Section 6 - Merchant Street to Bromley High Street

Closed 2 Nov 2014

Opened 23 Sep 2014



The Barclays Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) upgrade proposals include:

Kerb-separated cycle tracks and wand-separated cycle lanes replace some pavement and some traffic lanes on Bow Road

  • The cycle track would mainly be at carriageway level, though it would be raised at some points to avoid removing trees
  • The cycle track would be approximately 2 metres wide, narrowing to approximately 1.5 metres at bus stop bypasses
  • Where the road is too narrow to accommodate a kerb-segregated cycle track, we would create a wand-segregated cycle lane approximately 2 metres wide, except under Bow Church rail bridge where it would be 1.5 metres wide
  • We would add a new northbound kerb-separated cycle track on Bromley High Street


Upgraded junction at Campbell Road

We would build a new junction layout that would include kerb-separated cycle track at the westbound junction approach, a wand-separated cycle lane on the eastbound junction approach on Bow Road and:

Deeper Advanced Stop Lines and early releases for cyclists on Bow Road and Campbell Road

  • Deeper, 7.5 metre Advanced Stop Lines for eastbound would allow cyclists to wait ahead of traffic
  • Early releases would give cyclists arriving at a red signal for all traffic their own green signal before traffic and buses to allow them to move more safely through the junction. When traffic has a green signal, cyclists would proceed with traffic. This design is subject to Department for Transport approval


For a larger version of this map click here


Upgraded junction at Fairfield Road

We would build a new junction layout that would include kerb-separated cycle tracks on Bow Road and:

Separate traffic signal phases for cyclists and left-turning traffic on Bow Road

  • When cyclists have a green signal, left-turning traffic would be held at red. Cyclists would then be held at a red signal while traffic is turning left
  • This would avoid one of the most common causes of cyclist deaths and injuries – conflict between straight-ahead cyclists and left-turning traffic


Early releases, a deeper Advanced Stop Line and other provision for cyclists on Fairfield Road

  • There would be a deeper, 7.5 metre Advanced Stop Line which would allow cyclists to wait ahead of traffic at the junction approach
  • We would provide an early release which would allow cyclists to enter the junction ahead of other traffic. This design is subject to Department for Transport approval
  • Cyclists would now be permitted to turn right out of Fairfield Road


A signalised right turn facility for westbound cyclists turning onto Fairfield Road

  • The facility would be a dedicated cycle traffic signal and stop line.
  • Straight-ahead eastbound cyclists would use a junction bypass.


Parking and loading changes

  • Please see the detailed map above for proposed changes to parking and loading in this section, including proposed changes to hours of operation


Other road layout changes

  • We would remove the right turn pockets from Bow Road into Wellington Way and Kitcat Terrace to accommodate the cycle track
  • At the Bow Road/Bromley High Street junction, we would tighten the left turn and widen the footway on Bow Road


Bus stop changes

  • Bus stops on the route would become bus stop bypasses. The cycle route would continue behind the stop. Bus passengers would access a 2.5 metre wide waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a raised, marked crossing point. 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 eastbound bus stop Bow Road Station (Y) 25m east of where it is now


Pedestrian crossing changes

We would:

  • change the pedestrian crossing west of Addington Road to staggered
  • relocate the pedestrian crossing at Bromley High Street 30 metres east


Seven trees removed

  • We would remove six smaller trees and one larger tree to make room for the cycle track. Where possible, we would replace trees


Cycle hire docking station east of Wellington Way relocated

  • We would move the cycle hire docking station to make room for the cycle track. We have yet to confirm the new location.


Traffic capacity and pedestrian crossing time impacts

  • 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 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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