East-West Cycle Superhighway Section 4: Upper Thames Street / Puddle Dock / Castle Baynard Street

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014

Overview

 

Section 4 – Upper Thames Street / Castle Baynard Street / Puddle Dock

Proposals include:

  • Two-way cycling along Castle Baynard Street
  • Banned left turn into Lambeth Hill from Queen Victoria Street (except cycles), meaning Lambeth Hill becomes one-way northbound
  • Castle Baynard Street made local access only
  • Right turn from Puddle Dock banned (Puddle Dock opened to southbound traffic)
  • Dedicated traffic lights for cyclists travelling along Upper Thames Street at Puddle Dock
  • One eastbound traffic removed within the Upper Thames Street tunnel
  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one traffic lane in each direction under Blackfriars Underpass

 

 

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Two-way cycling along Castle Baynard Street; loss of two trees

  • Cyclists on the East-West route would use Castle Baynard Street, a street with low traffic flows adjacent to the Upper Thames Street tunnel
  • Castle Baynard Street would be made local access only to traffic (see below for details on how the junction with Puddle Dock would operate)
  • A segregating cycle island would replace two trees at the entrance/exit of Castle Baynard Street to protect cyclists from turning traffic. We are working to identify potential locations for planting new trees
  • We are investigating whether the loading area would need to be removed or relocated to ensure ahead vehicles are not blocked
  • Castle Baynard Street would not have segregation for cyclists owing to the low traffic flows
  • We would improve the lighting and urban realm on Castle Baynard Street to make this an attractive route for cyclists

 

Banned left turn into Lambeth Hill from Queen Victoria Street, except cycles (Lambeth Hill becomes one-way northbound)

  • Lambeth Hill would be made one-way northbound to reduce the number of vehicles entering Castle Baynard Street
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 96 vehicles per hour making the left turn (excluding cycles) 
  • A cycle crossing area and contraflow lane would be provided to enable cyclists to access the East-West route from Queen Victoria Street

 

Castle Baynard Street made local access only and the right turn from Puddle Dock banned (Puddle Dock opened to southbound traffic)

  • One tree would be removed and the planted area cut back in order to allow traffic to turn left from Puddle Dock into Upper Thames Street
  • The introduction of the cycle track and the opening of Puddle Dock to southbound traffic means it would no longer be possible for vehicles to turn right into Castle Baynard Street
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 30 vehicles per hour making the right turn (excluding cycles)

 

Dedicated traffic lights for cyclists travelling along Upper Thames Street at Puddle Dock

  • Dedicated traffic lights for cycles would allow cyclists to travel along Upper Thames Street while left-turning traffic is held back

 

One eastbound traffic lane removed within the Upper Thames Street tunnel

  • The traffic lane would be removed to maintain consistent road space along the route

 

Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one traffic lane in each direction under Blackfriars Underpass

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the northern side of the road and would be between 3 and 4 metres wide
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island at least 0.7 metres wide
  • The narrow traffic lane widths in the underpass, coupled with the need to retain a safe distance between opposing traffic, and between traffic and the underpass walls, means that one traffic lane in each direction would need to be removed to make room for the cycle track
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

 

Impact of these proposals on traffic capacity and pedestrian crossing times

Our latest analysis shows the proposals would mean longer journey times for motorists and bus, coach and taxi passengers along most of the route, both during construction and once complete. There would also be longer journey times for users of many of the roads approaching the proposed route and longer waits for pedestrians at some signalised crossings.

 TfL is developing wider traffic management plans for central London to help reduce the traffic impacts of this scheme and others, including those proposed by London local authorities and developers. This will include investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time. There will also be customer information to enable road users to make informed journey choices and campaigns to encourage road users to check before they travel.

Please click here for a summary of the benefits and impacts for other road users on routes through the proposed scheme area, including predicted changes to journey times.

 

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