Section 4 - Farringdon Road and Saffron Hill (between St. Cross Street and Ray Street)

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016

Overview

The North-South Cycle Superhighway route would split between Greville Street and Ray Street. Northbound cyclists would be directed onto a quiet back-street route on Saffron Hill and Herbal Hill. Southbound cyclists would remain on Farringdon Road in a segregated cycle track. The entire route would be supported by wayfinding signage and road markings.

Southbound raised cycle track replaces southbound bus lane on Farringdon Road

  • The raised cycle tracks would be between footway and carriageway level on the eastern side of Farringdon Road
  • The track would be 2.5m wide, allowing space for overtaking
  • Early releases for cyclists at all arms at Clerkenwell Road junction
  • Footway narrowed on Clerkenwell Road east of Farringdon Road to original width and consistent with other footways. This allows space for mandatory cycle lane on exit from the junction
  • There is insufficient width available for bus stop bypasses, so the segregation would be broken for the bus stops to allow buses to access the kerb and cyclists to go around. Only the route 63 runs along this section of Farringdon Road.
     

Northbound Quietway back-street route on Saffron Hill and Herbal Hill

  • Herbal Hill would be raised to footway level throughout to balance space for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Carriageway would be a uniform width of 2.5m and footways provided in a contrasting colour and material
  • Bollards would protect buildings and basements from being overrun by motor traffic.
     

Signalised junction on Clerkenwell Road with Saffron Hill and Herbal Hill

  • New signalised junction at Clerkenwell Road with Saffron Hill to assist cyclists crossing Clerkenwell Road
  • Early releases for cyclists on all arms
  • New mandatory cycle lanes on Clerkenwell Road
  • Junction raised to footway level to provide level surface for pedestrians and reduce vehicle speeds.
     

Changes to parking and loading restrictions

  • Parking and loading bays on the eastern side of Farringdon Road would be removed. Kerbside surveys show that these are not well used
  • The loading and disabled bay on the western side of Farringdon Road, north of the Clerkenwell Road junction would be reduced in length by 16m to accommodate the relocated bus stop
  • Parking and loading bays on west side of Farringdon Road, south of Clerkenwell Road would be maintained
  • Single yellow lines would be replaced with double yellow lines with double blips (no loading at any time) on Clerkenwell Road on approach to the junction of Saffron and Herbal Hill
  • Single yellow lines would be replaced with double yellow lines (no parking / waiting at any time) on Clerkenwell Road on approach to the Farringdon Road junction
  • Single yellow lines would be replaced by double yellow lines with double blips (no waiting / loading at any time) on Saffron Hill and Herbal Hill to maintain space for northbound cyclists during peak times. Full video surveys have been conducted to determine areas of high frequency loading. At these locations (at numbers 55-59 and 67-74 Saffron Hill and 10 Herbal Hill), double yellow lines with single blips (loading only at off peak times) would be provided to allow loading off peak.
     

Banned left turn onto Farringdon Road (north) from Clerkenwell Road (west) and onto Clerkenwell Road (east) from Farringdon Road (north) for all traffic except cyclists

  • Banned left turn for eastbound vehicles onto Farringdon Road (north) and conversion of the left turn slip lane to cycle only. Our latest traffic counts show that a maximum of 66 vehicles per hour make this movement. Alternative nearby routes are available
  • Banned left turn for southbound vehicles onto Clerkenwell Road (east). Our latest traffic counts show that a maximum of 45 vehicles per hour make this turn. Alternative nearby routes are available.
     

Early release for cyclists

  • Early release signals would be provided for cyclists on Saffron Hill, Farringdon Road and all arms of Clerkenwell Road. A video showing how an early release operates is available here.
     

‘Two-stage’ right turn

  • A ‘two-stage turn’ for cyclists would be provided for cyclists travelling all directions at the junction with Clerkenwell Road. A video showing how a two-stage right turn operates is available here.
     

Improved pedestrian facilities

  • Signalised crossings widened on all arms of Clerkenwell Road junction with Farringdon Road
  • Footway would be widened at the northwest corner of the junction with Clerkenwell Road and would include a new left turn cycle only slip lane from Clerkenwell Road (west) to Farringdon Road (north)
  • New signalised pedestrian crossing to replace existing zebra crossing on Clerkenwell Road near Saffron Hill
  • Clerkenwell Road junction with Saffron Hill would be raised to footway level to provide a level crossing point for pedestrians and to slow vehicles through the junction.
     

Relocation of bus stops

  • The northbound (C, Clerkenwell Road) and southbound (H, Clerkenwell Road) bus stops on the approaches to the junction between Farringdon Road and Clerkenwell Road would be relocated to the exits of the junction. This would make it easier for cyclists to get to the front of waiting traffic and also improve the junction operation for other vehicles. Bus route 63 serves these two stops
  • The eastbound bus stop (E, Hatton Garden) on the approach to the junction between Clerkenwell Road and Saffron Hill would be relocated to the exit of the junction. Bus routes 55, 243 and N35 serve this stop.
     

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Please click here for a table showing predicted changes to journey times on routes through the proposed scheme area.

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