Section 5 - Farringdon Road, Ray Street, Herbal Hill and Warner Street

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016


Update 1 August 2019

The cycle routes that used to be called Cycle Superhighways and Quietways are now known as Cycleways. These are routes that link communities, businesses and destinations across London in one cycle network. To find out more, please visit our website:

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At Ray Street, the North-South Cycle Superhighway continues on quiet back-streets to King’s Cross.

Junction between Farringdon Road, Ray Street and Ray Street Bridge signalised to improve safety and allow southbound cyclists to access the cycle track from Ray Street

  • Signalised pedestrian crossing at Farringdon Lane would be relocated south and incorporated into a new signalised junction
  • Ray Street would be converted to one-way westbound for traffic with a contraflow cycle lane for cyclists heading south on the North-South Cycle Superhighway. Alternative route via Warner Street and Baker’s Row.
  • 24hr mandatory cycle lanes north of the junction
  • Ray Street Bridge and Farringdon Lane one-way directions would be reversed to one-way eastbound on Ray Street Bridge and one-way northbound on Farringdon Lane to simplify the new junction. A contra-flow cycle lane would be provided on Ray Street Bridge. Alternative route onto Farringdon Road via Farringdon Lane.

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.

Northbound and southbound back–street route on Ray Street and Warner Street

  • Round top road humps on Warner Street would be removed and replaced with raised tables to improve comfort for cyclists.

Changes to parking and loading restrictions

  • All single red lines would be replaced by double red lines (no stopping at any time)
  • Single yellow lines replaced with double yellow lines (no parking / waiting at any time) on the north side of Ray Street where new 24hr mandatory cycle lane is proposed
  • Parking bay on the southern side of Ray Street would be reduced in length by 1m at the eastern end and to allow large vehicles to turn into Ray Street from Farringdon Road – no net loss in parking bays
  • Removal of two mixed use parking bays on western end of Ray Street
  • Trader parking bay on Ray Street west of Herbal Hill to be relocated north-west on Warner Street replacing underutilised pay and display parking bay
  • Parking bays on the corner of Warner Street to be relocated west to improve vehicle sightlines
  • Single yellow lines replaced with double yellow lines with double blips (no waiting / loading at any time) at the eastern end of Warner Street to improve sightlines where the road bends. In areas of high frequency loading (at number 28 Warner Street), double yellow line with single blips (loading only at off peak times) would be provided to allow loading off peak.

Pedestrian improvements

  • Three new signalised pedestrian crossings would be introduced across Ray Street and Ray Street Bridge at the junction with Farringdon Road
  • Footways widened on Ray Street / Warner Street to reduce vehicles speeds and create more space for pedestrians.

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

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

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