Have your say on further proposals for a new cycle route on Spur Road

Closed 4 Oct 2015

Opened 19 Aug 2015

Results Updated 10 Mar 2016

Between 19 August and 4 October 2015, we consulted on further proposals for a segregated cycle track along Spur Road. We received 449 responses to the consultation, of which 80% supported or partially supported our proposals. Comments from respondents included general support for the proposals, views on the lack of cycle facilities on Link Road and concern about the interaction between cyclists and other park users.

After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the scheme as set out in the consultation documents. Subject to agreement with The Royal Parks, we plan to start construction work in summer 2016, with completion planned for autumn 2016.

The scheme will be introduced on a trial basis for an initial period of 12 months. It will be monitored to assess its operational effectiveness and any associated impacts, for example, on regular ceremonial events.

We will keep visitors and road users informed of our plans and progress, including writing to local residents, businesses and other stakeholders before undertaking work in their area. We will also provide road traffic information to help people better plan their journeys and make informed choices about how, where and when they travel. 

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Overview

Update 10 March 2016

Between 19 August and 4 October 2015, we consulted on further proposals for a segregated cycle track along Spur Road. We received 449 responses to the consultation, of which 80% supported or partially supported our proposals. Comments from respondents included general support for the proposals, views on the lack of cycle facilities on Link Road and concern about the interaction between cyclists and other park users.

After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the scheme as set out in the consultation documents. Subject to agreement with The Royal Parks, we plan to start construction work in summer 2016, with completion planned for autumn 2016.

The scheme will be introduced on a trial basis for an initial period of 12 months. It will be monitored to assess its operational effectiveness and any associated impacts, for example, on regular ceremonial events.

We will keep visitors and road users informed of our plans and progress, including writing to local residents, businesses and other stakeholders before undertaking work in their area. We will also provide road traffic information to help people better plan their journeys and make informed choices about how, where and when they travel. 

To read the full report please click here (PDF document)

End of update

We consulted on proposals to improved cycle routes in St James’s Park and The Green Park between 9 February and 29 March 2015, including The Mall (North Horse Ride), Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk. Having considered responses received to the February consultation, we have developed further proposals for a segregated cycle track along Spur Road, in consultation with The Royal Parks.

The new design incorporates many of the proposals consulted on in February. Please see the text below and the accompanying images for further details.

 

A Computer Generated Image (CGI) of Spur Road
 

What we proposed

The new proposals include

  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one traffic lane on Spur Road (between Constitution Hill and the junction of Spur Road and The Mall)
  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces two southbound traffic lanes on Spur Road (between the junction of Spur Road and The Mall, and Birdcage Walk)
     

Elements of the previous scheme that would remain

  • Eastbound segregated cycle track and westbound mandatory cycle lane replace one traffic lane on Birdcage Walk
  • New signalised junction at Birdcage Walk / Spur Road
  • Relocated signalised pedestrian crossing on Birdcage Walk (outside Wellington Barracks), with a dedicated traffic light phase for cyclists
  • Straighter, shorter and wider pedestrian crossings at Buckingham Gate
  • Advanced Stop Lines for cyclists at Buckingham Gate
  • Widened footways on the western side of Link Road replace one traffic lane
     

Detailed proposals

Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one traffic lane on Spur Road (between Constitution Hill and the junction of Spur Road and The Mall)

  • The cycle track will allow cyclists to travel between Birdcage Walk and Constitution Hill without having to travel around the busy gyratory and move across traffic lanes 
  • The cycle track will be at carriageway level and will be 6 metres wide (narrowing to 4.5 metres wide at the traffic signals). It will be separated from other traffic by a row of segregating flexible bollards
  • Cyclists will continue to be able to travel between Constitution Hill and The Mall (North Horse Ride) using the existing shared-use footway; bollards which will help encourage appropriate cycling speed

Segregated two-way cycle track replaces two southbound traffic lanes on Spur Road (between the junction of Spur Road and The Mall, and Birdcage Walk)

  • This proposal replaces the proposed mandatory southbound cycle lane that we consulted on in February, and will make it a two-way cycle track
  • Making the track two-way, instead of one-way, will allow cyclists to travel northbound as well as southbound along Spur Road, between Birdcage Walk and Constitution Hill, without having to travel around the busy gyratory and move across traffic lanes 
  • The cycle track will be at carriageway level and will be 6 metres wide (narrowing to 4.5 metres wide at the traffic signals and through Australia Gate). It would be separated from other traffic by a row of segregating flexible bollards
  • The signalised junction at Spur Road/Birdcage Walk will have dedicated traffic light phases for cyclists, allowing cycle and vehicle movements to be separated. Motor traffic will be held at red lights whilst cyclists travel east and west through the junction. Left-turning traffic from Spur Road will also be held at a red light whilst cyclists turn right from Spur Road into Birdcage Walk (towards Buckingham Gate)  
     

We will not use any coloured surfacing that is not already used in the park. Infrastructure will be minimal, as it would need to be removed regularly in certain areas to accommodate ceremonial and state occasions, and other major events. We will provide a light form of segregation between the cycle track and other traffic. To acknowledge the heritage and national importance of these roads, and reduce the impact on the historic landscape, new road markings and signage will be minimal.

Trialling the proposals

The cycle track on Spur Road will be introduced on a trial basis for an initial period of 12 months. It will be monitored to assess its operational effectiveness and any associated impacts, for example, on regular ceremonial events such as Changing the Guard.

 

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

 

Signalised junction at Birdcage Walk and Spur Road

  • A signalised junction at Birdcage Walk and Spur Road will separate traffic that currently merges from these two roads
  • The junction will 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 will also be held on a red light whilst cyclists turn right into Birdcage Walk
     

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

  • We will 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
     

Eastbound contraflow segregated cycle track and westbound mandatory cycle lane replace one traffic lane on Birdcage Walk, between Buckingham Gate and Spur Road.

Eastbound:

  • A new contraflow cycle track will 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 will be at carriageway level and would be 2.4 metres wide (narrowing to 1.8 metres wide at the traffic signals). It will be separated from other traffic by a 0.5 metres wide kerbed island.
  • Traffic will be held on a red light whilst eastbound cyclists proceed through the junction
     

Westbound:

  • The mandatory cycle lane will be 2.8 metres wide (narrowing to 1.8 metres wide at the signals)
  • It will be marked with a white line. Physical separation will be used at the eastern end of the cycle lane to protect cyclists from traffic turning into Birdcage Walk from Spur Road. These will be removable so the full road width will be available during major events and ceremonies
  • Traffic will be held on a red light whilst westbound cyclists proceed through the junction
  • No coloured surfacing will 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.
     

A segregated two-way cycle track will be implemented on the remaining eastern section of Birdcage Walk, as previously consulted on.

Advanced Stop Lines for cyclists at Buckingham Gate

  • At the junction with Birdcage Walk / Link Road, we will install new Advanced Stop Lines for cyclists on each arm of Buckingham Gate
     

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

  • We will straighten the existing staggered pedestrian crossings over Link Road and Birdcage Walk, allowing pedestrians to cross these roads in one single movement. These crossings will be widened to 4 metres and 3.6 metres
  • We will 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 will straighten the existing signalised pedestrian crossing across Buckingham Gate, providing a more consistent and intuitive crossing alignment. These crossing will be widened to 3.6 metres and 6 metres.

 

Widened footways on the western side of Link Road replace one traffic lane

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

Events in St James’s Park

Throughout the year, a significant number of events are held in St James’s Park, which require the full or partial closure of the park to traffic. During any such closures that affect Spur Road and the surrounding area, the proposed segregated cycle track will be closed for use by cyclists.  Details of road closures are published in advance on The Royal Parks’ website and cyclists will need to plan ahead accordingly (with information available on the TfL website). Other frequent events, such as Changing the Guard, will require all traffic, including cyclists, to stop for the duration of the event. There will be no alternative route through the park during such events.  

Traffic impact of these proposals

Although the proposals for Spur Road include reallocating traffic lanes to provide a new segregated cycle track, they are not expected to have a noticeable impact on traffic beyond that of the overall East-West Cycle Superhighway scheme, as previously consulted on. The reduction in traffic capacity at Spur Road will not be significant in the context of the wider scheme.

The Spur Road proposals are aligned with our wider traffic management plans for central London, which have been designed to keep traffic moving and reduce the impacts of the East-West Cycle Superhighway and other road modernisation schemes, including those proposed by London local authorities and developers. These plans include investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time.
 

Public exhibitions

The Green Park, at the east end of Constitution Hill, behind Canada Gate:

  • Tuesday 8 September, from 7.30am to 9.30am
  • Thursday 17 September, from 4pm to 8pm

 

 

Overview map of East-West Cycle Superhighway

Click here for a larger version of the East-West Cycle Superhighway overview map (PDF)

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