Have your say on proposals for Cycle Superhighway Route 11 between Swiss Cottage and the West End

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016

Results Updated 19 Mar 2019

We were due to start construction at Swiss Cottage, the first section of CS11, in July 2018 but were prevented from doing so by legal action brought by Westminster City Council. The Court found against us on the basis that we had not fully considered that Westminster City Council may continue to object to sections of CS11 due to be constructed on its highway. We applied for permission to appeal the Court’s decision but permission was refused.   

We are disappointed with this outcome, having spent many years planning, designing and working closely with stakeholders to develop the CS11 proposals, which included significant safety improvements for both cyclists and pedestrians at Swiss Cottage and Regent’s Park. We remain willing to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including Westminster City Council, to help deliver much-needed benefits for vulnerable road users between Swiss Cottage and the West End.

The Court’s decision did not determine that CS11 was a badly designed scheme, nor that it had an unacceptable impact on traffic, air quality or the environment, or that TfL had not engaged correctly with the public and stakeholders. We follow consistent and rigorous processes for developing and delivering projects and always work collaboratively and constructively with other highway authorities and stakeholders in doing so.

We undertook a detailed public consultation on the CS11 proposals in February 2016, with over 6,000 responses received and 60% support or partial support. Concerns were raised from some respondents in relation to changes in traffic movements as a result of the scheme. Recognising these concerns we worked to further minimise any traffic displacement, including revising the design at Swiss Cottage.

We also worked collaboratively with Camden Council to develop a strategy setting out plans to monitor the surrounding road network and develop mitigation measures for any undue traffic impact identified. The same approach towards mitigation was offered to Westminster City Council.

We had also committed to complete traffic assessments for the southern section of the CS11 route and to work closely with Westminster City Council in doing so. The timing for these traffic assessments had been planned to coincide with similar traffic analysis for the Oxford Street Pedestrianisation scheme, which Westminster City Council has since decided not to move ahead with in the form previously agreed with TfL and the Mayor.

We also undertook detailed environmental assessments for the scheme, which concluded no overall significant impact was predicted on air quality or noise as a result of the CS11 proposals.

It is essential to consider new approaches to how we plan for and design our highways, including making significant changes to the road network in order to meet key objectives set-out in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy: to achieve 80% of journeys being made by public transport, cycling and walking by 2041; and Vision Zero to prevent all serious injuries and fatalities on London’s transport network. The importance of these objectives cannot be overstated in terms of relieving the pressure on transport capacity and in preventing the devastating impact of personal injury collisions.

We have also engaged closely with the Crown Estate Paving Commission (CEPC) and The Royal Parks over plans for CS11 in Regent’s Park. The scheme as proposed would have provided millions of pounds worth of investment into improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists using the currently dangerous Outer Circle in Regent’s Park, where there is a high accident rate and high vehicle speeds, with some speeds recorded in excess of 80mph. The CEPC, who take responsibility for repair and maintenance of the streets, pavements and gardens of the Crown Estate around Regent’s Park, and for the current night-time closure of Regent’s Park gates, have recently indicated that they are not willing to progress the planned safety improvements in the Park, despite two alternative workable options being developed.

In the short-term we will focus our resources on delivering other much-needed cycle routes. However, it is clear that Swiss Cottage needs to be made safer and we will work with Camden Council on plans for this area in order to transform this intimidating, traffic-dominated and outdated junction. We remain keen to work with the CEPC towards how they can address road danger in Regent’s Park.

Results Updated 20 Feb 2019

The scheme has been delayed following court action by Westminster City Council in September 2018.

We have not been granted an appeal hearing, so we will now consider other options for moving ahead with the scheme. Please check back here for updates.

Results Updated 21 May 2018

From 8 February to 20 March 2016, we consulted on detailed proposals for CS11 between Swiss Cottage and the West End. 

In August 2016, we published our factual Consultation Report (see below), which described the consultation process and highlighted the issues most frequently raised during consultation.

As we reported in August, we received 6,270 responses to the consultation, of which 60 per cent supported (53%) or partially supported (7%) our proposals, while 37 per cent did not support the scheme and 3 per cent said they were not sure or did not give an opinion.

Following consultation, we held a series of meetings with stakeholders including local boroughs, The Royal Parks, campaign groups (both in favour of and against the scheme) and residents’ associations. We also attended meetings with MPs and local councillors. These meetings were an opportunity to discuss some of the issues that were raised during consultation and share ideas about how we might be able to respond to concerns.

Next steps

Having considered all responses to consultation, we have decided to proceed with the majority of the proposals as they were outlined during the CS11 consultation, with the following changes:

  • Swiss Cottage: We have made a number of changes to the proposals in response to issues raised during consultation. There was concern among local residents that there would be an increase in the amount of motor traffic in some minor roads as a result of CS11. We have reviewed the designs and we now plan to allow motor traffic to make two turns that we had originally proposed to ban. 

Traffic modelling indicates that allowing these turns will significantly reduce the amount of traffic reassigning into nearby minor roads. It will also improve access for local people who want to reach destinations to the west of Swiss Cottage.  

However, allowing these turns will change the journey time impacts of the scheme, and some journey times for buses and motor traffic are predicted to increase, particularly for vehicles travelling east on Hilgrove Road.

           The latest traffic modelling information is available on our website.

  • The Regent’s Park: We will be doing further work on the proposals for The Regent’s Park before deciding on a way forward for this section of the route. We plan to announce a way forward for The Regent’s Park as soon as possible.
     
  • Portland Place: We consulted on two options for Portland Place. Having considered the consultation responses we will be taking forward Option B, for segregated cycle lanes on Portland Place. We will now carry out detailed traffic modelling on this option and the design will be reviewed in the light of the outcomes of this modelling.

We have also made a number of other changes to the proposals in response to feedback. All of the changes are described in detail in our Response to Issues Raised report, which includes updated traffic modelling information. Please click here to read the document (PDF).

We plan to start construction at Swiss Cottage in July, subject to the formal Traffic Order process. We will write to affected properties before construction starts, and aim to minimise disruption wherever possible. For the latest information visit the project website: https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/cycle-superhighway-11

End of update

In February-March 2016, we consulted on proposals for Cycle Superhighway Route 11 (CS11) between Swiss Cottage and the West End.

We received 6,270 responses to our consultation, of which 60 per cent supported or partially supported our proposals. 37 per cent did not support them, while 3 per cent said they were not sure or did not give an opinion.

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.

Below is a link to our Consultation Report, which provides a representative summary of the suggestions and concerns that stakeholders and members of the public brought to our attention.

We plan to publish our response to the issues raised during consultation, as well as a decision on how to proceed, later in 2016.

Please click here to read our Consultation Report (PDF)

Files:

Overview

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.

Next steps

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.

Public events

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.

 

 

Areas

  • Camden
  • Westminster

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Cycling