Transport for London (TfL), is working with key stakeholders to propose a major new cycle route. Cycle Superhighway 11 (CS11) would provide a continuous route from Swiss Cottage to the West End.
Cycling is now a major mode of transport in London. In 2014, 645,000 journeys a day were made by bike, a 10 per cent increase from 2013. Cycling during the morning rush hour in London has more than trebled since 2000 (*source: Travel in London, Report 8). The proposals for CS11 have been designed to improve cycling safety and reduce conflict between motor vehicles and cyclists.
As part of a network of Cycle Superhighways across London, CS11 would improve conditions for existing cyclists and help make cycling attractive to more people. We are proposing significant changes to existing road layouts and junctions to make them safer and more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians, taking account of local conditions and other demands.
Artist's impression of how Swiss Cottage could look
What we proposed
CS11 is planned to provide a continuous route from Brent Cross to the West End. The consultation set out our proposals for the route from Swiss Cottage southwards, along Avenue Road, the Outer Circle of The Regent’s Park, Park Crescent and Portland Place, ending at the junction with New Cavendish Street where it would link in with the planned Central London Grid.
To the north of Swiss Cottage, the route is proposed to run along Finchley Road and Hendon Way, as far as Brent Cross. We are continuing to look at different options for this section of the route, and consultation is planned for a later date, subject to the outcome of further investigations and discussions with stakeholders.
The map below shows some of the main changes proposed along the route.
Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)
Details of each section of the proposed route
To make it easier to review our proposals and view the relevent maps and illustrations we have separated the consultation into six sections:
Section 1 - Swiss Cottage
Section 2 – Avenue Road (north) – London Borough of Camden section
Section 3 - Avenue Road (south) – City of Westminster section
Section 4 – The Regent’s Park
Section 5 - Park Crescent and Portland Place, including the junction with Devonshire Street
Section 6 - Portland Place, junction with Weymouth Street and junction with New Cavendish Street
How would this impact traffic?
These proposals would mean that journey times for general traffic and some bus routes would change. Some journeys would be expected to improve at certain times of day, particularly southbound traffic during the morning peak. Others would be expected to be longer at certain times of day, particularly around Swiss Cottage. The changes to the road layout and to park access would mean that some traffic would take a different route to get to its destination. Some borough roads would be likely to see an increase in traffic because of these proposals, while other borough roads would see a reduction in traffic volumes.
We would take a number of steps to ensure that the changes made along the route are balanced. TfL is investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time, and we are working to improve road user information so people can make informed journey choices before they travel.
More detailed information on the traffic impacts of the CS11 proposals, including tables of the likely journey time impacts, can be found here.
Parking and loading:
Although we have designed our proposals to minimise the impact on parking and loading, we would need to relocate or remove existing kerbside parking and loading to make space for the cycle route. Some loading provision would also operate for less time. In particular our proposals at Swiss Cottage would mean that Avenue Road becomes bus and cycle only. On Finchley Road we propose changes to the eastern side near to the cinema, and to the western side near to Harben Parade.
Businesses, servicing and deliveries:
We are committed to working with businesses and freight operators to minimise the impact of these proposals on their operations. If your home or workplace is on or near the proposed route, or if you deliver, collect or provide services in these areas, please let us know if you feel the proposals could affect this activity.
We are currently reviewing the proposals for CS11 in light of the consultation responses, in order to determine the best way forward. We continue to discuss the potential impacts of the proposals with key stakeholders.
We held a five public events in February and March at which TfL and borough staff involved in the project were available to answer questions.