In July 2014, Transport for London consulted on proposals for Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5 (CS5) between Oval and Belgravia. Overall, 72% of the 912 respondents said they supported or partially supported the proposals.
Based on feedback from this consultation and further investigation by our design team, in November 2014 we consulted on a redesign of the section of CS5 between Vauxhall gyratory and Kennington Oval. The response was positive, with 87% of respondents supporting or partially supporting these revised proposals.
Having considered the issues raised in consultation, TfL intends to start construction of CS5 in February 2015.
Construction of CS5
Preparatory construction works are planned to start on 9 February 2015, including installing temporary traffic light supports along the length of the route and relocating a planter at Millbank to make space for a new westbound traffic lane at the junction of Vauxhall Bridge and Grosvenor Road.
Main works are planned to start on 13 April 2015, and are due for completion in autumn 2015.
Over the course of the construction of CS5, there will need to be some road and lane closures as well as parking, loading and stopping restrictions in certain places. Fully signed diversion routes and traffic management strategies will be in place where appropriate.
Footways, pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes will be kept open wherever possible during construction, but short-term closures may be necessary. Signed diversion routes will be available.
Construction will be phased to minimise its impact on the traffic network, and will not affect all areas at all times. We will write to local residents and businesses before starting work in their area. Some road users and bus passengers will also experience increased congestion at certain times and places.
Work on CS5 will be coordinated with other road improvement works in the area, including works at Oval triangle, which are planned to take place between April and October 2015.
We urge all road users to visit tfl.gov.uk/cs5 for the latest construction information and travel advice.
Details of the scheme
Please see below for details of CS5 through Vauxhall gyratory, over Vauxhall Bridge and along Vauxhall Bridge Road as far as Rampayne Street (Sections 2 to 5). A summary of the consultation and TfL’s response to issues commonly raised is available in our Response to Consultation.
To see the revised proposals for CS5 between Vauxhall gyratory and Kennington Oval, please visit tfl.gov.uk/cs5-harleyford-road.
The section of CS5 between Pimlico and Belgravia is being developed in partnership with Westminster City Council. The Council is considering the responses to consultation and will consult on detailed proposals for this section of route in the future.
Summary of changes to CS5 Inner based on consultation responses
Proposed changes to scheme on Harleyford Road and Kennington Oval
We are proposing to move the two-way cycle track from the northern side of Harleyford Road and Kennington Oval to the southern side. This would have the following benefits over the previous proposals:
Improvements to the junction of Harleyford Road and Kennington Oval, adding a dedicated crossing for cyclists, so CS5 cycle traffic no longer crosses the existing pedestrian-cyclist shared use area
Reduced journey times for all road users compared to the previous proposal
Right turn from Harleyford Road into Kennington Lane remains open to motorists
A new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing outside St Anne’s Primary School on Durham Street
Improved layout at the junction of Durham Street and Kennington Lane, with new crossings for pedestrians, and reduced journey times for motorists.
CS5 cyclists would no longer cross Durham Street or Kennington Oval, although they would cross the quieter junction with Vauxhall Grove.
Moving the proposed relocated loading bay from Harleyford Road closer to The Beehive pub on Durham Street to facilitate deliveries
The changes would mean a new bus stop bypass for cyclists on Harleyford Road, as well as other substantial changes to the road layout. Information about the revised proposals can be found at tfl.gov.uk/cs5-harleyford-road.
Proposals to help mitigate any impact of the banned left turn from Bessborough Gardens on to Millbank, including possible changes to the route of northbound bus route 88
While TfL does not expect a substantial increase in motor traffic in nearby residential streets, given the relatively low number of turning vehicles and availability of other routes, it does acknowledge local concerns over the potential for rat-running. To mitigate the risk, we are working with Westminster City Council (the responsible Highway Authority for John Islip Street, Ponsonby Place and Ponsonby Terrace) to put in place traffic-calming measures to deter additional traffic from rat-running.
TfL is also developing a proposal to reroute northbound bus route 88 towards Camden Town, so it would use Millbank and Atterbury Street before joining John Islip Street. It would no longer serve bus stop S on John Islip Street, but would instead serve nearby bus stop T on Millbank. The route towards Clapham Common would not change. This would address local concerns about buses blocking John Islip Street at the junction with Bessborough Gardens. It would also improve bus journey times, as buses would bypass the traffic lights at the junction of Bessborough Gardens and John Islip Street. TfL will undertake a separate consultation with Westminster City Council, local people and bus users before any decision is made.
TfL will also work to provide drivers with advance information to help them plan suitable alternative routes (see Appendix B of the Response to Consultation for further details).
Shared pedestrian/cyclist space between Millbank and Vauxhall Bridge
Scheme designs have been amended to provide a clearer layout for pedestrians and cyclists without the need for shared space. The revised proposals include a segregated cycle track at the junction, with clearly-marked space for cyclists and pedestrians. Clear signage and tactile paving will be provided where necessary to assist pedestrians and cyclists using the area.
Bus stop D on Vauxhall Bridge Road
Several respondents questioned the proposed new location of bus stop D on Vauxhall Bridge Road to the north of Regency Street junction, saying there would be issues with space and sight lines. There was also a 73-name petition against the proposals. Following further investigations, we are now proposing to relocate the bus stop approximately 30 metres north of the Rampayne Street junction, outside 44-46 Vauxhall Bridge Road. Relocating the bus stop simplifies the junction layout at Regency Street, meaning buses are not pulling in and out at this junction. The relocated bus stop will also provide space for two buses to stop.
Zebra crossing over cycle track at Bridgefoot
Due to high pedestrian flows at the crossings over Bridgefoot, and in response to comments about crossing the cycle track, we intend to provide a zebra crossing over the track (subject to Department for Transport approval).
Bus lane improvements on Vauxhall Bridge
The short westbound bus feeder lane from Vauxhall Bus Station to Vauxhall Bridge will be extended to make it easier for buses to join the general traffic flow going west over the bridge.
CS5 between Pimlico and Belgravia
The section of CS5 between Pimlico and Belgravia is being developed in partnership with Westminster City Council. The Council is considering the responses to consultation and will consult on detailed proposals for this section of route in the future. This includes the possibility of splitting the route between Route 1 and Vauxhall Bridge Road.
Having considered the consultation responses and undertaken further investigations, Westminster City Council considers that having a two-way cycle route along Belgrave Road, Eccleston Bridge, Eccleston Street and Belgrave Place (Route 1) is probably not viable, as it is likely to require the narrowing of the footways and loss of some well-used residents’ parking. Further discussions are therefore needed on a suitable alternative, which might include splitting the route between Route 1 and Vauxhall Bridge Road.
Completion of CS5 between Oval and Pimlico
There are no other significant changes to the CS5 proposals on TfL roads that were put out for public consultation from to 9 July to 14 September 2014. TfL’s response to issues commonly raised is available in Appendix B of the Response to Consultation.
Subject to feedback on the revised proposals for Harleyford Road and Kennington Oval, we plan to start construction work on CS5 between Oval and Pimlico in spring 2015. We will write to local residents and affected properties before work starts to provide a summary of this consultation, an overview of the updated proposals, and an outline of the construction programme.
Information on the public consultation which ran 9 July 2014 – 14 September 2014
What are we proposing?
TfL proposed a continuous, largely segregated two-way cycle track between Oval and Pimlico. The proposed track would allow cyclists and drivers to avoid each other, and would offer major improvements in safety and comfort for cyclists.
There were three options for the route between Pimlico and Belgravia (see map below). Please tell us which you prefer and if you have any suggestions on ways to improve them. Westminster City Council will then develop more detailed proposals on the selected route(s) chosen to be taken forward from views expressed during this consultation. These proposals will be the subject of future consultation.
For a larger version of this map please click here
Detailed information for each section of the route
Please see the links below for more details on proposals for each section of the route.
Section 1 – Pimlico (Drummond Gate) – Belgravia
Section 2 – Vauxhall Bridge Road / Drummond Gate
Section 3 – Bessborough Gardens / Millbank
Section 4 – Vauxhall Bridge
Section 5 – Vauxhall gyratory
Section 6 – Harleyford Road (west) / Durham Street
Section 7 – Harleyford Road (east) / Kennington Oval
Why did we propose this?
Vauxhall is difficult to avoid for many cycle journeys between south-west and central London. Around 3,000 cyclists use the bridge in the rush hours alone. But Vauxhall can also be a very intimidating location for cyclists, requiring multiple manoeuvres in the middle of often fast-moving traffic. Creating cycle-friendly routes to, from and through Vauxhall is key to opening up south London to cycling.
TfL has undertaken traffic surveys to identify the number of vehicles turning left from Drummond Gate into Vauxhall Bridge Road, turning left from Vauxhall Bridge Road into Millbank, and turning right from Harleyford Road into Kennington Lane. The relatively low numbers of vehicles making these turns suggest that it may be appropriate to ban these turning movements. We would therefore like your views on banning these turning movements, as it would allow better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
TfL is working with Westminster City Council on new proposals for the Pimlico – Belgravia section of the route. Cyclists using CS5 would be able to avoid passing through Victoria gyratory, and have easy access to Buckingham Palace Road and the Ebury Street cycle track.
Westminster City Council is keen to help encourage cycling in the City of Westminster and has recently drafted a Cycling Strategy, which supports the principle of encouraging less experienced cyclists by providing them with facilities that are sometimes segregated to give them confidence to cycle within central London.
Proposed road layout changes
The new route would mean some substantial changes to the road layout, including:
A 1.4km two-way segregated cycle track running from the Oval, through Vauxhall, and over Vauxhall Bridge to Pimlico. Road space would be reallocated from general traffic and buses to create improved conditions for cyclists and pedestrians, with connections to other local cycle routes.
Redesigned junction layouts across the route to make them safer and more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians
Banned turns for motorists at three locations (see map above)
Changes to footways and pedestrian crossings. Some areas of footway would be enlarged (particularly at Vauxhall), but we would also need to reduce footway space in some locations to make room for the cycle track. There would be an overall increase in footway area across the route as a whole
Eastbound bus stop moved from Harleyford Street to Durham Street (about 120 metres), with another on Kennington Oval moved about 30 metres
Bus stop D on Vauxhall Bridge Road moved to the other side of the junction with Regency Street (approximately 50 metres west)
Please see the detailed information for each section for more information
Other effects of the proposed changes
We are investigating widening the existing pedestrian and cycle subway under the railway on the north side of Kennington Lane.
We would modify the footbridge next to the railway bridge at Vauxhall to create space for the cycle track.
TfL’s traffic network impact analysis shows that the completed scheme would mean longer journeys at busy times for most motorists and bus passengers in the Vauxhall area, as well as at some other points along the route. We would work to mitigate the impact as much as possible, including continuing to invest in our already-sophisticated traffic management systems, and looking to reduce delays to buses by improving journey times at other locations on the same routes.
Is this linked to wider redevelopment plans for Vauxhall?
This scheme is completely separate from the longer-term aspirations for the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea area. Options for wider changes (including to the road layout and bus stopping arrangements) are still being developed in conjunction with the London Borough of Lambeth and the local community. Consultation on these wider plans is scheduled for autumn 2014. CS5 would be built ahead of any wider Vauxhall scheme and would be incorporated into those proposals.