East-West Cycle Superhighway Section 5: Victoria Embankment (Temple Avenue – Blackfriars)

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014

Overview

 

Section 5 – Victoria Embankment (Temple Avenue – Blackfriars)

We are proposing substantial changes to the road layout on and near the Victoria Embankment / Blackfriars Bridge junction to provide a direct traffic-free connection between the East-West route and the proposed North-South Cycle Superhighway (see separate consultation here). Our proposals include closing the southern slip road to all traffic except pedestrians and cycles and instead introducing two-way working on the northern slip road. This would require some changes to local parking and loading arrangements.

The East-West route would also cross from the northern side of the road to the southern ‘river’ side, so that the track would not need to cross any side roads on Victoria Embankment.

Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one traffic lane in each direction under Blackfriars Underpass
  • Signalised cycle crossing to allow East-West Cycle Superhighway to cross from the northern side of the road to the southern side
  • Southern slip road from Blackfriars Bridge closed to traffic and converted to pedestrian and cycle use
  • Northern slip road onto Blackfriars Bridge converted to two-way operation for general traffic
  • No access to Victoria Embankment from Temple Avenue (except cyclists)
  • Carmelite Street opened to southbound traffic (no access to Blackfriars Underpass)
  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one eastbound traffic lane on Victoria Embankment
  • Changes to parking and loading

 

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Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one traffic lane in each direction under Blackfriars Underpass

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the northern side of the road and would be between 3.8 and 4 metres wide
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island at least 0.5 metres wide
  • The narrow traffic lane widths in the underpass, coupled with the need to retain a safe distance between opposing traffic, and between traffic and the underpass walls, means that one traffic lane in each direction would need to be removed to make room for the cycle track
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

 

Signalised cycle crossing to allow East-West Cycle Superhighway to cross from the northern side of the road to the southern side

  • The East-West Cycle Superhighway is proposed to use the southern side of Victoria Embankment as the cycle track would not need to cross any side roads. A wide dedicated crossing would allow cyclists to cross from one side to the other whilst other traffic is held at a red signal
  • The cycle crossing would also provide a link for cyclists travelling between Blackfriars Bridge and the East-West Cycle Superhighway to/from east London

 

Southern slip road from Blackfriars Bridge closed to traffic and converted to pedestrian and cycle use

  • A two-way cycle track would replace the traffic lanes on the southern slip road to allow cyclists to get to and from the proposed North-South Cycle Superhighway (see separate consultation at www.tfl.gov.uk/cycle-north-south)
  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level and would be between 4.5 and 6.7 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • The proposals would require the removal of the existing coach parking and loading bays on the slip road

 

Northern slip road onto Blackfriars Bridge converted to two-way operation for general traffic

  • Traffic would operate in both directions on the northern slip road in order to allow the southern slip road to be converted into a cycle and pedestrian link between the Embankment and Blackfriars Bridge (see above)  
  • The 30 minute parking bays on the slip road would be removed to make room for two-way traffic to operate
  • The Barclays Cycle Hire docking station would be relocated to the segregating island between the cycle track and road, 110 metres to the west

 

Visualisation of proposed new road layout at Victoria Embankment / Blackfriars Bridge

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Carmelite Street opened to southbound traffic (no access to Blackfriars Underpass)

  • The closure of Temple Avenue would enable a new parallel signalised cycle crossing to be introduced to connect Temple Avenue with the East-West Cycle Superhighway
  • A new signalised pedestrian crossing would be provided across Temple Avenue
  • The existing pedestrian crossing across Victoria Embankment at the Temple Avenue junction would be fully signalised
  • The footway would be widened to provide more space for pedestrians at the Temple Avenue / Victoria Embankment junction
  • Motorist access to Victoria Embankment and Blackfriars Bridge would be provided by opening Carmelite Street to southbound traffic. Traffic would no longer be able to join the eastbound traffic lane on Victoria Embankment
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 144 vehicles per hour  turning right from Temple Avenue onto westbound Victoria Embankment and 30 turning left onto eastbound Victoria Embankment or Blackfriars Bridge in the morning and evening peaks (excluding buses and cycles)

 

Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one eastbound traffic lane on Victoria Embankment

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the southern side of the road and would be between 3.2 and 3.1 metres wide
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island up to 3.5 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

 

Changes to parking and loading:

  • The coach parking and loading bays on the Blackfriars Bridge southern slip road would be removed as the slip road would be converted to cycle and pedestrian use
  • The 30 minute parking bays on the Blackfriars Bridge northern slip road would be removed to make room for two-way traffic to operate on the slip road
  • The loading bay on Victoria Embankment (riverside) opposite Temple Avenue would be shortened from 14 metres to 12 metres and moved to the segregating island. Disabled parking would no longer be allowed in the loading bay

 

Please click here for an overview of proposed changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment. TfL has undertaken studies to understand the use of any facilities proposed for removal or relocation and is consulting directly with affected businesses and residents.

 

Thames Tideway Tunnel project

We are working with the Thames Tideway Tunnel project team to ensure that the proposed design and construction programmes for both schemes would be coordinated.

 

Impact of these proposals on traffic capacity and pedestrian crossing times

Our latest analysis shows the proposals would mean longer journey times for motorists and bus, coach and taxi passengers along most of the route, both during construction and once complete. There would also be longer journey times for users of many of the roads approaching the proposed route and longer waits for pedestrians at some signalised crossings.

 TfL is developing wider traffic management plans for central London to help reduce the traffic impacts of this scheme and others, including those proposed by London local authorities and developers. This will include investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time. There will also be customer information to enable road users to make informed journey choices and campaigns to encourage road users to check before they travel.

Please click here for a summary of the benefits and impacts for other road users on routes through the proposed scheme area, including predicted changes to journey times.

 

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