Section 4 – Vauxhall Bridge (Options 1 and 2)

Closed 11 Jan 2013

Opened 3 Dec 2012

Overview

We've developed two potential options for Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5 on Vauxhall Bridge. We've developed two options at Vauxhall Bridge: 

 

Proposals for Option 1 include: 

  • New eastbound footway-level cycle track on Vauxhall Bridge eastbound
  • New eastbound cycle ‘early-start’ at junction with Albert Embankment.

 

Proposals for Option 2 include:

  • New 4 metre eastbound bus lane
  • Dedicated bus and cycle traffic lights

 

Option One (footway-level cycle track)

 

New eastbound footway-level cycle track on Vauxhall Bridge eastbound:

We would introduce a new 1.3 metre cycle track at footway level on Vauxhall Bridge eastbound. This would replace the existing 1 metre advisory cycle lane on the carriageway and would provide a dedicated traffic-free route over the bridge for eastbound cyclists. However, the limited amount of available space on the bridge means that the width of the marked track would be slightly below our usual minimum of 1.5 metres.

The new track would feature:

  • Ramps at either end to allow cyclists to join and leave the track
  • Cyclists separated from pedestrians by a solid white line and by the existing lampposts
  • Cyclists separated from the road by a solid white line and a 0.5 metre area between the edge of the cycle track and the kerb.
  • Dark grey surfacing with blue CS5 logos. 

 

We would widen the existing footway to create room for the new cycle track. The proposals would mean a reduction in the existing footway width for pedestrians from 2.7 metres to 2 metres. However, this space would be taken from the narrow area between the existing kerb and the lampposts, which is generally not used by pedestrians.

 

New eastbound cycle ‘early-start’ at junction with Albert Embankment:

We’re proposing to introduce an eastbound cycle ‘early-start’ facility on Vauxhall Bridgefoot at the entrance to Vauxhall gyratory. This would provide:

  • A dedicated green light phase to allow cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic before crossing the junction
  • A new mandatory cycle lane to allow cyclists to get to front of the queue without having to filter through other traffic. The lane would be separated from other traffic by a physical kerb
  • An 8 metre early-start area would provide a clear space for cyclists ahead of other traffic.
  • Lights at the second stop line would turn green first, allowing cyclists to cross the junction ahead of other traffic.

 

The cycle early-start would improve safety, due to the reduced risk of conflict between cyclists travelling straight ahead and vehicles turning left. We have already introduced a cycle early-start facility at Bow roundabout in east London. Our provisional monitoring to date shows that it has been effective in reducing risk of conflict between cyclists and left-turning motorists.

 

Extending a small section of existing shared-use footway:

We’re proposing a small extension to the existing shared-use footway at the junction of Vauxhall Bridgefoot and Albert Embankment. This would make it easier for cyclists to access the existing shared pedestrian / cyclist ‘toucan’ crossing and footway level cycle track.

View and download a large version of the plans for Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5  Section 4, Option 1.

 

Option Two (Wide eastbound nearside bus lane)

 

New 4 metre eastbound nearside bus lane for buses and cyclists:

A new 4 metre wide bus lane on the nearside of the bridge would be shared by eastbound cyclists and buses. If we pursue this option, it would replace the proposals for a footway-level cycle track and cycle ‘early-start’. Option 2 would provide more space for cyclists and pedestrians compared to Option 1, but would mean that cyclists share space with buses.

The existing offside eastbound bus lane would become a general traffic lane. However, on the approach to the Albert Embankment junction there would be a reduction from four to three general traffic lanes. We are currently undertaking traffic modelling analysis to assess the impact on other road users.

Taxis and motorcycles would not be able to use the new bus lane due to the proposed dedicated bus and cycle traffic lights at the Albert Embankment junction (see below).

 

Dedicated traffic lights for buses and cyclists:

Buses and cyclists would have their own traffic light signal to cross the Albert Embankment junction ahead of other traffic. This would replace the existing facility in the central bus lane. As buses would be turning right and cyclists continuing straight on, there would be very little potential for conflict. The dedicated bus and cycle traffic lights would mean that taxis and motorcycles would not be able to use the new bus lane.

 

Cyclists use existing westbound bus lane in both options:

Both options propose that westbound cyclists use the existing bus lane. Blue cycle surfacing would be provided.

 

View and download a large version of the plans for Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5 Section 4, Option 2

 

 

Glossary:

Advisory cycle lanes are not designed to be used by motor vehicles unless absolutely necessary. They are shown by a dashed white line separating the lane from the general carriageway and by roadside signs.

Mandatory cycle lanes must not be entered by motorists, including motorcyclists. They are shown by a solid white line separating the lane from the general carriageway and by roadside signs, which also display operating times.

Nearside lane: The lane nearest the kerb, furthest from the centre of the road

Offside lane: The lane closest to the centre

 

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Areas

  • Lambeth
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