Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5 - New Cross Gate to central London
Barclays Cycle Superhighways are cycle routes running between outer and central London. They provide new cycle lanes and other dedicated infrastructure so that cyclists can enjoy swift, direct, safer journeys around the city.
In December 2012, we consulted on proposals to introduce Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5 (CS5) between New Cross Gate and Victoria.
Having analysed the responses to consultation and reviewed the proposals in light of the Mayor’s new Vision for Cycling in London, we decided to substantially recast the previous proposals for some sections of CS5. An update on our delivery of the route is below. Further details of the consultation and our response to it can be found in our Response to consultation.
We now intend to proceed with this route in three phases:
Phase 1 – New Cross Gate to Oval (Durham Street) – completed by 2014
We have decided to postpone the full opening of the New Cross – Oval section of CS5 until we have finalised our previously-announced plans for semi-segregation. Semi-segregation will see all the bus and mandatory cycle lanes on this part of the route separated from the general traffic using measures such as cats’ eyes, rumble strips, traffic ‘wands’, or a combination. As the Vision stated, semi-segregation is our preference where we cannot do full segregation because it would cause too much disruption to buses. Semi-segregation is not being done immediately as we are trialling which form of separation works best.
The blue surfacing and signage associated with Barclays Cycle Superhighways will therefore not be delivered in 2013. We will however complete the previously announced road layout changes by early 2014 (except as outlined in sections 6, 9 and 15). These changes include new cycle and bus lanes, road resurfacing, and new junction layouts. We will review these layouts as part of our work to install semi-segregation, to see if they can be even further improved for cyclists. Green cycle surfacing will be used until this part of the route is ready to be opened as a Barclays Cycle Superhighway.
We will also implement the new and extended 20mph speed limits in Camberwell town centre and New Cross respectively by early 2014. Additionally, we are proposing a new 20mph speed limit in Peckham town centre, and will consult on this early next year.
Phase 2 – Oval (Durham Street) to central London – during 2014
In Phase 2, sections 1-5 (central London to Oval - just east of the Harleyford Road/Durham Street junction) will be completed to substantially improved designs, including full segregation on more of the route and improved treatment at junctions. We are currently developing these revised proposals and will consider comments submitted as part of this consultation. We will consult on our revived proposals for Phase 2 in 2014.
Phase 3 – Major junction improvements at Oval – by end of 2015
We are developing substantial, fully-funded changes to the Oval junction to bring about safety and urban realm improvements for all road users. We will consult on our plans here in 2014. We have therefore revised our previous proposals for the junction and will now deliver initial improvements here as part of Phase 1. Please see page 19 of the Response to consultation for more details.
The full route of CS5 will therefore be completed to the standards outlined in the Mayor’s Cycling Vision by the end of 2015.
New proposals for CS5 at New Cross Gate: We are currently working with Lewisham Council to explore the feasibility of extending CS5 to Lewisham station and Greenwich town centre using quieter backstreet roads and, potentially, a bridge over the railway at New Cross Gate. This extension is highly likely to use a different route or design compared to the current proposals. Therefore, to avoid undertaking costly and disruptive work in New Cross for a facility which is then superseded by the extension, TfL has decided to postpone plans to build the final 400 metres of Phase 1 of CS5 (Section 15 of the original proposals). The first phase of CS5 will therefore end at the junction of Queen’s Road and New Cross Road, as we continue to develop improved proposals for the route east of that point. We will still extend the existing 20mph speed limit in New Cross, as outlined in the original proposals.
New Quietway route in parallel to CS5: We are in discussions with the relevant local authorities with the intention of developing a high-quality cycle route on low-traffic back streets running parallel to CS5.
What did we consult on?
Consultation on CS5 has now closed. The consultation ran between 3 December 2012 and 13 January 2013 (consultation on CS5 in Camberwell ran from 24 January to 8 March 2013).
The new route proposed substantial changes to the road layout to improve safety for cyclists, including:
- More space for cyclists and buses, through reallocation of road space
- New mandatory cycle lanes, all at least 1.5 metres wide
- Improvements for cyclists at 52 junctions, including new Advanced Stop Lines, cycle feeder lanes, and speed reduction measures
- An innovative cycle ‘early-start’ facility at Vauxhall Bridge Road/Millbank to help cyclists get ahead of traffic
- Banning some turns for cars and lorries to reduce conflict with cyclists
- Extended 20mph speed limit in New Cross
Find out more about what we originally proposed for each section of the route by clicking the links below. These designs do not reflect the changes outlined in the Response to consultation.
We plan to start work in July 2013. We’ll write to local residents before undertaking work. The route is planned to open in 2014.
Having analysed the responses to consultation and reviewed the proposals in light of the Mayor’s new Vision for Cycling in London, TfL has decided to substantially recast the previous proposals for some sections of CS5. An overview of the changes is shown at the top of the page, with further details available in our Response to consultation.