North-South Cycle Superhighway Section 3f – Blackfriars Bridge

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014


Proposals include:

Segregated two-way cycle track on Blackfriars Bridge

  • The two-way cycle track would be on the western side of Blackfriars Road, replacing the existing northbound cycle lane
  • To create space for the cycle track, we would narrow the footway by 2 metres to its historic width of 5 metres
  • The two-way cycle track would be at footway level, owing to underground stats
  • The track would be 4 metres wide allowing space for two-way cycling and overtaking
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a segregating island between 1 and 3 metres wide.


New northbound bus stop bypass for cyclists; southbound bus stops relocated

  • Northbound bus stop C  (Blackfriars Station / South Entrance) on Blackfriars Bridge would have a bypass for cyclists
  • Cyclists would be directed behind each bus stop on a 4 metre footway-level cycle track.  Bus passengers would access a waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a marked crossing point. The waiting area would be a minimum of 2.5 metres wide to accommodate the deployment of an accessible ramp when required
  • Bus stop bypasses are used elsewhere in London, the UK and Europe. They were recently introduced on Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 2 between Bow and Stratford. A video showing how bus stop bypasses operate is available here.
  • We would relocate the southbound bus stop L (Blackfriars Station / North Entrance) south and the southbound stop D (Blackfriars Station / South Entrance) north
  • Relocating the southbound bus stops would provide more space for general traffic to pass buses at the bus stops
  • Bus stops C, L and D are currently used by TfL bus routes 45, 63, 100, N63 and N89.


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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