North-South Cycle Superhighway Section 4a – Blackfriars Junction

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014


Proposals include:

Southern slip road from Blackfriars Bridge closed to traffic and converted to pedestrian and cycle use

  • A two-way cycle track would replace the traffic lanes on the southern slip road onto Victoria Embankment, allowing cyclists to access and exit the proposed East-West Cycle Superhighway (see separate consultation here)
  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level and would be between 4 and 6.7 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used.


Northern slip road onto Blackfriars Bridge converted to two-way operation for general traffic

  • Traffic would operate two-way on the northern slip road onto Blackfriars in order to allow the southern slip road to be converted into a cycle (it’s always had footway) link between the Embankment and Blackfriars Bridge (see above), 
  • The parking bays on the slip road would be removed to accommodate the two-way traffic operation.


Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one southbound and partially one northbound traffic lane on New Bridge Street

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the western side of New Bridge Street
  • The track would be 4 metres wide allowing space for two-way cycling and overtaking
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • The track would be separated from other  traffic by a segregating island between 0.5 and 3.7 metres wide.


No access to Tudor Street from New Bridge Street (except cycles)

  • Tudor Street would be closed to traffic except cycles from  New Bridge Street as there would be insufficient space to hold turning vehicles without blocking northbound traffic 
  • Our latest traffic counts show that a maximum of 433 vehicles per hour make these movements in the morning and evening peaks*


* Latest traffic counts undertaken November 2013


Relocated bus stop bypass replaces existing bus stop and southbound bus stop relocated

  • We would relocate bus stop J (Blackfriars/North Entrance) to south of Tudor Street and install a bus stop bypass
  • Relocating the northbound bus stop would locate it closer to Blackfriars station and provide enough space for left-turning traffic at Bridewell Place
  • Cyclists would be directed behind the bus stop on a 4 metre intermediate-level cycle track.  Bus passengers would access a waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a marked crossing point. The waiting area would be a minimum of 2.5 metres wide to accommodate the deployment of an accessible ramp when required
  • Bus stop bypasses are used elsewhere in London, the UK and Europe. They were recently introduced on Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 2 between Bow and Stratford. A video showing how bus stop bypasses operate is available here.
  • We would relocate the southbound bus stop K (Queen Victoria Street) on New Bridge Street from the south of the junction with Apothecary Street to south of the junction with Pilgrim Street
  • Relocating the bus stop would provide more  space for general traffic to pass buses at the bus stop
  • Bus stops J and K are currently used by TfL bus routes 45, 63, 100, N63 and N89.


Changes to parking and loading

  • We would retain the single red lines on New Bridge Street north of the junction with Tudor Street
  • All other single red lines would be replaced by double red lines (no stopping at any time).


New pedestrian and cycle crossings at Blackfriars Junction

  • Substantial changes to the existing islands in order to reconfigure the road layout
  • The Queen Victoria Statue would need to be relocated
  • New signalised pedestrian crossing at New Bridge Street
  • New cycle crossings to provide access for cyclists into Queen Victoria Street
  • New signalised cycle crossing to allow southbound cyclists access to the off-sliproad onto Victoria Embankment.


Urban realm improvements

  • A reduction in street clutter.


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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