Consultation on new or revised proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway - summary of journey time impacts for road users

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015


Cycling in London has more than doubled in the last decade. Bikes now make up around a quarter of rush hour traffic in central London - but there are few special routes or facilities for them.

This scheme aims to reduce conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles and to provide safer, more comfortable journeys for cyclists.

There are impacts – both benefits and disadvantages - for all road users. A selection of journeys through the scheme area has been modelled to determine any expected changes in journey times for cyclists, general traffic and buses, and changes in wait times for pedestrians. The traffic modelling analysis looks at journey times at the busiest single hour in the morning and evening peaks. The model assumes that traffic volumes in central London will remain at current levels. Traffic in central London has fallen over the last eight years, though it has recently stabilised. The data shown in the table below includes the impact of the advanced traffic signal management programme which will change signal phasing to more effectively regulate the flow of traffic into central London.

Traffic modelling data table

The table shows the current on-street situation (base model), the predicted journey times once the scheme is built (in December 2016) and the difference between the two. It is worth noting that the proposed cycling route alignment has changed slightly through the St James’s Park area, which has altered the base cycling journey times compared with the data published in the consultation in September 2014.

We have made a number of changes to the designs consulted on in September 2014, which have reduced the most significant delays to general traffic and the scheme’s impact on other road users.

The impacts calculated through the traffic models do not take account of a range of additional complementary measures that would have beneficial impacts on journey times for buses and general traffic.

  • Where there are negative impacts on journey times for bus routes shown in the table, a programme of work is being developed to save time elsewhere along the affected route by addressing delays and giving priority to buses at certain pinch-points
  • Road users can expect more comprehensive and specific travel advice to help them to make informed journey choices to avoid busy times and locations through our travel demand management programme
  • We will continue our work with freight and servicing companies to support them to plan their activity to avoid the busiest times and locations, evaluate quieter technology to enable more deliveries to take place out of hours and investigate the benefits of consolidation centres
  • Through the creation of the new Roads and Transport Policing Command, we will target enforcement at the busiest locations and known hot spots to reduce hold-ups and delays and keep traffic moving

The figures in the attached table do not include the effects of these further techniques. However, experience of pilot schemes suggests they could be of substantial help in further reducing journey time impacts.

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