Have your say on a new segregated East-West Cycle Superhighway through central London

Overview


Update on 9 February 2015

We consulted on overall proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway in September 2014. Please see below for more information, including changes made following consultation and TfL’s response to issues commonly raised. TfL Board has now approved the overall scheme, subject to consultation on revised proposals for the following sections of the route:
 

Lancaster Gate: Revised proposals for the route between Sussex Gardens and Brook Street / Hyde Park, featuring a two-way segregated cycle track on the east side of Westbourne Street and one-way segregated cycle tracks in each direction on Bayswater Road
 

Hyde Park: Detailed proposals for a continuous, segregated cycle route through the park, including North Carriage Drive becoming one-way eastbound for motorists
 

St James’s Park and the Green Park: Detailed proposals for improved cycling provision through the parks. This includes revised proposals for the Horse Guards Road / Storey’s Gate junction, with changes to the previously-proposed traffic restrictions
 

Victoria Embankment / Northumberland Avenue: Revised proposals to aid traffic flow on Victoria Embankment, including a banned right turn from Northumberland Avenue to Victoria Embankment and removal of a bus/coach stop and pedestrian crossing
 

Please click the links above for details of the proposals for each section and to have your say. The deadline for comments is Sunday 29 March 2015.


September 2014 consultation on overall proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway

Last year we consulted on proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway – a continuous largely segregated cycle route between Tower Hill and Acton. The consultation ran from 3 September to 9 November 2014. Thank you to all who took part in our consultation.

We received a total of 8,847 direct responses to the East-West Cycle Superhighway consultation. The majority of these supported the overall proposals, with 73% fully supporting and 5% partially supporting the scheme. 20% of direct respondents did not support the proposed scheme. We also received 5,650** emails submitted using a template on the London Cycling Campaign website, supporting both these proposals and those for the North-South Cycle Superhighway. With these, the overall full support rate for the route is 84% (14,497 responses).

** not including duplicate submissions or people who had already responded to the consultation directly to TfL

Following consultation, the TfL Board has agreed that the Tower Hill – Paddington section of the East-West Cycle Superhighway should progress to construction, although with some changes to the proposals set out for consultation (some of which are subject to further consultation).

These include:

  • Changes to reduce the journey time impacts of the proposals, which retain the proposed segregated route for cyclists, but also provide two westbound traffic lanes between Tower Hill and Northumberland Avenue. Space would be created in various ways, including some reductions in pavement, cycle track and traffic island widths
  • Lifting some of the previously-proposed traffic restrictions at Fish Street Hill, Horse Guards Road and Storey’s Gate (new signalised junction at Horse Guards Road / Storey’s Gate subject to further consultation)
  • New banned turns at Northumberland Avenue and Storey’s Gate (subject to further consultation)
  • More loading, disabled and motorcycle parking on Victoria Embankment and more time allowed for loading (subject to local consultation)
  • New design at Lancaster Gate with a more direct route for southbound cyclists (subject to further consultation)
  • Consultation on detailed proposals for St James’s Park and Hyde Park


Full details of the changes to the original proposals and TfL’s response to issues commonly raised can be viewed or downloaded from the link below:

East-West Cycle Superhighway - Response to consultation
 

Next steps:

We plan to start constructing some sections of the route in spring 2015, with completion planned for spring 2016. Works will be phased to minimise impact on the traffic network and would cater for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users as much as possible.
 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Details from the 2014 consultation are included below:
 

What we proposed?

Transport for London (TfL), in close consultation with its partner City of Westminster, proposed a continuous, largely segregated cycle route between Tower Hill and Acton. The East-West Cycle Superhighway would provide a clear and convenient route for cyclists, physically separated from other vehicles. We would create space for the new cycle route by reallocating road space from other traffic and changing the operation of some junctions.

This page contains a summary of our proposals. Detailed proposals for each section of route can be found here.

 

Please note: This page was updated on 25/09/14 extending the closing date to 9 November 2014 and adding additional information on benefits and impacts for other road users.

 

Why did we propose this?

Cycling in London has more than doubled in the last decade. Bikes now make up around a quarter of rush hour traffic in central London* - but there are few special routes or facilities for them. The proposed Superhighway would create a separated cycle corridor to improve safety and reduce conflict between motor vehicles and cyclists. It has been designed to encourage the large numbers of people who would like to cycle, but currently feel unable to. Data from existing Barclays Cycle Superhighways suggests the new route would also draw cyclists away from other routes in central London which are less suitable for them.

*Source: TfL Cycle Census 2013

The route is one of the measures outlined in the Mayor's Vision for Cycling in London, which outlines the Mayor’s plans to make cycling an integral part of the city’s transport network.

 

Where would the East-West Cycle Superhighway go?

The new Superhighway would start at Tower Hill, where it would connect to the existing Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 3 (CS3), which runs east to Canary Wharf and Barking. From Tower Hill, the new route would run along Lower and Upper Thames Street, Victoria Embankment, across Parliament Square, through St James’s Park, Green Park and Hyde Park, and over the Westway flyover from Westbourne Bridge to Wood Lane. From there, it would continue along the A40 Western  Avenue as far as Horn Lane, Acton.*

*Consultation on Westway to Acton section at a later date

There would also be connections to other existing and proposed cycle routes, including the proposed North-South Cycle Superhighway from Elephant & Castle to King’s Cross, and potential ‘Quietway’ backstreet routes to other parts of the City, the West End, Paddington, Maida Vale, Notting Hill and many other places. Quietway routes are also being considered to connect the route to Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith, Acton, Wembley and Ealing town centres, and the Park Royal trading estate.

Click here  for a map of the proposed route alignment.

Click here for further details of proposals for each section of the route from Tower Hill to Acton.

Visualisation of proposed segregated two-way cycle track on Tower Hill (below)

Tower Hill westbound

 

Detailed proposals

Click here for further details of proposals for each section of the route from Tower Hill to Acton. Some of the main proposals are also summarised below.

 

Overview of proposed road layout changes

The new route would mean major changes to the road layout. Proposals for each section of the route are described in detail here and summarised below: 

  • A wide, two-way kerb-segregated cycle track in the road, meaning a reduction in traffic lanes along most sections of the proposed route. The segregation would be removable in certain areas for ceremonial and state occasions and other major events
  • New segregated cycle tracks replacing a traffic lane in both directions on Westbourne Terrace
  • Redesigned junctions, including a segregated route for cyclists through Parliament Square and the partial removal of the Lancaster Gate one-way system
  • Banned turns or other restrictions for motorists at various locations. Proposals include the closure of Horse Guards Road at its junction with Birdcage Walk and Great George Street to general traffic (except cyclists and official vehicles), and the closure of Shorter Street to general traffic (except buses and cyclists). Please see the maps on pages 8-15 for details of these and other proposed changes
  • Changes to parking and loading arrangements, including a reduction in motorcycle and car parking and the relocation of some coach parking on Victoria Embankment
  • Changes to bus and coach stops, including new bypasses for cyclists at Tower Hill, Lower Thames Street (beneath Cannon Street station) and Victoria Embankment
  • Changes to footways and pedestrian crossings. There would be footway extensions in some areas, including Parliament Square and Hyde Park Corner. However, there are also areas where we would need to reduce the footway width to make room for the cycle track
  • Segregated cycle tracks would be created on the traffic roads in Hyde Park. Further consultation on detailed proposals will take place at a later date, although we welcome comments now on our initial proposals
     

Click here for further details of proposals for each section of the route from Tower Hill to Acton.

 

What other benefits would the new route bring?

  • A wide segregating island between the cycle and traffic lanes along Victoria Embankment, which could be used for deliveries and for setting down bus, coach and taxi passengers
  • Increased distance between the footway and the road, creating a more pleasant pedestrian environment
  • Low traffic, boulevard-type environment for pedestrians and cyclists on Horse Guard’s Road, created by closing the junction with Birdcage Walk to all traffic except cycles and official vehicles
  • New and upgraded pedestrian crossings, for example at Trinity Square, Parliament Square and Lancaster Gate
  • Links to other existing and proposed cycle routes, including the existing Barclays Cycle Superhighways at Southwark Bridge and Tower Hill and the proposed North-South Cycle Superhighway at Blackfriars (please see separate consultation at tfl.gov.uk/cycle-north-south)
  • New cycle parking
  • High-quality materials to enhance the look of the streets and reflect their importance
  • New lighting, paving, planting and other improvements at various locations, including Hyde Park Corner and Great Tower Street
     

What impacts would this scheme have on other road users?

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.

 

How else would the proposals affect other road users?

Parking and loading:

We would need to relocate or remove some existing kerbside parking and loading to make space for the cycle track. Please click here for details of proposed changes for specific sections of the route

Deliveries and servicing:

We continue to work with businesses and freight operators to minimise the impact of these proposals on their operations. If your home or workplace is on or near the proposed route, please let us know if the proposals could affect your deliveries, collections and servicing. We would encourage you to discuss the proposals with companies undertaking these operations.

 

Working with City of London and City of Westminster

These proposals have been developed with the involvement of City of Westminster, and City of London, who have assisted in evaluating options but have not formally agreed the proposals, and will be responding to this consultation.


 

Additional information

You may find the following documents provide useful information about these proposals and about TfL’s and the Mayor’s plans for cycling in London:

 

 

Related Information

Links:

Consultations:

Related Documents

Results

We received a total of 8,847 direct responses to the East-West Cycle Superhighway consultation. The majority of these supported the overall proposals, with 73% fully supporting and 5% partially supporting the scheme. 20% of direct respondents did not support the proposed scheme. We also received 5,650** emails submitted using a template on the London Cycling Campaign website, supporting both these proposals and those for the North-South Cycle Superhighway. With these, the overall full support rate is 84% (14,497 responses).

** not including duplicate submissions or people who had already responded to the consultation directly to TfL

Having considered the responses, we will recommend to the TfL Board that the Tower Hill – Paddington section of the East-West Cycle Superhighway progresses to construction, although with some changes to the proposals set out for consultation.

These include:

  • Changes to reduce the journey time impacts of the proposals, which retain the proposed segregated route for cyclists, but also provide two westbound traffic lanes between Tower Hill and Northumberland Avenue. Space would be created in various ways, including some reductions in pavement, cycle track and traffic island widths
  • Lifting some of the previously-proposed traffic restrictions at Fish Street Hill, Horse Guards Road and Storey’s Gate
  • New banned turns at Northumberland Avenue and Storey’s Gate (subject to further consultation)
  • More loading, disabled and motorcycle parking on Victoria Embankment and more time allowed for loading (subject to local consultation)
  • New design at Lancaster Gate with a more direct route for southbound cyclists (subject to further consultation)
  • Consultation on detailed proposals for St James’s Park and Hyde Park


Our response to consultation report can be viewed or downloaded from the link below:
 

East-West Cycle Superhighway - Response to consultation


Next steps:

TfL Board will meet on 4 February 2015 to decide whether this route should progress to construction as outlined above. Where further consultation is required, TfL will recommend for its Board to grant approval for TfL management to take the final decisions on these sections following consultation. Subject to approval by TfL Board and approvals by other Highway Authorities where required, we plan to start constructing some sections of the route in spring 2015, with completion planned for spring 2016. Works would be phased to minimise impact on the traffic network and would cater for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users as much as possible.

Share This Consultation

Contact

Key Dates

Consultation is Closed

Ran from 3 Sep 2014 to 9 Nov 2014

Other Information

Areas:

All Areas

Audience:

Anyone from any background

Interests:

  • Cycling