Section F: Spur Road Gyratory

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015

Overview

Proposals include:

  • Wider footways on the western side of Link Road outside Buckingham Palace
  • Straighter, shorter and wider pedestrian crossings at Buckingham Gate
  • New signalised junction at Birdcage Walk and Spur Road
  • New signalised pedestrian crossing on Birdcage Walk (outside Wellington Barracks)
  • Contraflow segregated cycle track eastbound on Birdcage Walk between Buckingham Gate and Spur Road
  • Mandatory cycle lane westbound on Birdcage Walk between Spur Road and Buckingham Gate
     

Wider footways replace a traffic lane on Link Road outside Buckingham Palace

  • We would widen the western footway next to Buckingham Palace by up to 6.9 metres, introducing approximately 900 metres² of new footway to help reduce existing pedestrian congestion in this area
     

Straighter, shorter and wider pedestrian crossings at the Birdcage Walk/ Buckingham Gate junction

  • We would straighten the existing staggered pedestrian crossings over Link Road and Birdcage Walk, allowing pedestrians to cross these roads in one single movement. These crossings would be widened to 4 metres and 3.6 metres
  • We would widen the footway on Link Road at the pedestrian crossing by 4.4 metres and on the central island by 4.3 metres, providing more space for waiting pedestrians
  • We would straighten the existing signalised pedestrian crossing across Buckingham Gate, providing a more consistent and intuitive crossing alignment. These crossing would be widened to 3.6 metres and 6 metres.

Section F - Spur Road Gyratory (PDF)


Contraflow eastbound segregated cycle track and mandatory westbound cycle lane replaces one traffic lane on Birdcage Walk (between Buckingham Gate and Spur Road)
 

Eastbound:

  • A new contraflow cycle track would help cyclists access the East-West Cycle Superhighway from Buckingham Gate without having to move across traffic lanes on the busy gyratory
  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level and would be 2.4 metres wide (narrowing to 1.8 metres wide at the traffic signals). It would be separated from other traffic by a 0.5 metres wide kerbed island.
  • Traffic would be held on a red light whilst eastbound cyclists proceed through the junction
     

Westbound:

  • The mandatory cycle lane would be 2.8 metres wide (narrowing to 1.8 metres wide at the signals)
  • It would be marked with a white line. Physical separation would be used at the eastern end of the cycle lane to protect cyclists from traffic turning into Birdcage Walk from Spur Road. These would be removable so the full road width would be available during major events and ceremonies
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • Mandatory cycle lanes must not be entered by motor vehicles. Cyclists can still choose to use the carriageway if they wish to do so.
     

New signalised junction at Birdcage Walk and Spur Road

  • We would provide a new signalised junction at Birdcage Walk and Spur Road that would separate traffic that currently merges from these two roads
  • The new signalised junction would allow cycle and vehicle movements to be separated. Traffic would be held on a red light whilst cyclists travel east and west through the junction. Left-turning traffic from Spur Road would also be held on a red light whilst cyclists turn right into Birdcage Walk
  • The traffic signal infrastructure would be removable, meaning the full road width would be available during major events and ceremonies
     

Mandatory southbound cycle lane replaces two traffic lanes on Spur Road

  • Contrasting surfacing would separate a left turn and a right turn cycle lane at the signalised junction with Birdcage Walk.
  • No coloured surfacing would be used and the infrastructure would be removable so the full road width would be available during major events and ceremonies
  • Mandatory cycle lanes must not be entered by motor vehicles. Cyclists can still choose to use the carriageway if they wish to do so.
     

Relocated signalised pedestrian crossing on Birdcage Walk (outside Wellington Barracks)

  • We would relocate the existing signalised pedestrian crossing on Birdcage Walk slightly to the west of its current location to better align to the entrance/ exit to St James’s Park
     

Traffic impact of these proposals

The overall proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway are expected to mean longer journeys for motorists and bus, coach and taxi passengers at busy times, although we have made changes to the overall scheme to reduce the impact. Please see tfl.gov.uk/cycle-east-west for more information. The proposed changes to the road layouts in the parks are not in themselves expected to have a significant impact on traffic, although motorists affected by the traffic restrictions at the junction of Storey’s Gate, Horse Guards Road and North Carriage Drive would need to find alternative routes.

TfL is developing wider traffic management plans for central London to help reduce the traffic impacts of this proposed 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 predicted journey time impacts through the overall scheme area for road users.
 

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Areas

  • 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