Have your say on proposed changes to the junction of Knightsbridge (A4), Albert Gate and William Street

Closed 20 Dec 2015

Opened 12 Nov 2015

Results updated 1 Aug 2019

The cycle routes that used to be called Cycle Superhighways and Quietways are now known as Cycleways. These are routes that link communities, businesses and destinations across London in one cycle network. To find out more, please visit our website: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/routes-and-maps/cycleways.

Results Updated 18 Mar 2016

Between 12 November and 20 December 2015, we consulted on proposals to improve the cycling facilities across Knightsbridge (A4), including proposals to provide a safer and better-aligned cycle connection across Knightsbridge, between Albert Gate and William Street.

We received 18 responses to the consultation, of which the majority (14) supported or partially supported our proposals. Comments from respondents included general support for the proposals, the proposed width of the cycle facilities and suggestions that the cycle track on William Street should be segregated.

After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the proposals as set out in the consultation.

Subject to the formal Traffic Order process, and agreement with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the first phase of construction work could start in April 2016. Construction will first start on Knightsbridge and Albert Gate, with completion planned for May 2016.  The remaining construction work on William Street will begin once the re-development on the corner of William Street and Knightsbridge is complete in 2019.

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

Overview

Update - 18 March 2016

Between 12 November and 20 December 2015, we consulted on proposals to improve the cycling facilities across Knightsbridge (A4), including proposals to provide a safer and better-aligned cycle connection across Knightsbridge, between Albert Gate and William Street.

We received 18 responses to the consultation, of which the majority (14) supported or partially supported our proposals. Comments from respondents included general support for the proposals, the proposed width of the cycle facilities and suggestions that the cycle track on William Street should be segregated.

After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the proposals as set out in the consultation.

Subject to the formal Traffic Order process, and agreement with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the first phase of construction work could start in April 2016. Construction will first start on Knightsbridge and Albert Gate, with completion planned for May 2016.  The remaining construction work on William Street will begin once the re-development on the corner of William Street and Knightsbridge is complete in 2019.

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

Details of the consultation can be found below.

Update ends

Background

As part of the Central London Cycling Grid, we propose to improve the cycling facilities across Knightsbridge (A4), which is part of the Transport for London Road Network. Westminster City Council recently consulted on proposals for a new Quietway on William Street and we have now developed proposals to provide a safer and better-aligned cycle connection across Knightsbridge, between Albert Gate and William Street.

For more information on the City of Westminster’s Quietway proposals, please visit their website.

This junction is already well used by cyclists and pedestrians. Our proposals aim to improve safety and to cater for the predicted increase in cycling along this route, as well as the high pedestrian numbers.

What we proposed?

We proposed changes on the following roads:

  • Albert Gate
  • William Street
  • Knightsbridge
     

Albert Gate

  • Two-way segregated cycle lane with separate cycle signals in the centre of the carriageway, improving the alignment of the existing facility and reducing the potential for conflict with vehicles and pedestrians using the gate into Hyde Park
  • A new ‘straight across’, signalised pedestrian crossing with a ‘countdown’ timer across Albert Gate, to provide a safer and more convenient facility for pedestrians
     

William Street

  • Two-way segregated cycle lane with separate cycle signals in the centre of the carriageway, improving the alignment of the existing facility and reducing the potential for conflict with vehicles and pedestrians using the gate into Hyde Park
  • A new ‘straight across’, signalised pedestrian crossing with a ‘countdown’ timer across Albert Gate, to provide a safer and more convenient facility for pedestrians
     

Knightsbridge

  • A new ‘straight across’, signalised pedestrian crossing with a ‘countdown’ timer on the western arm of the junction, to improve safety and convenience for pedestrians
  • New five metre deep, part-width ASLs on both the eastern and western approaches to the junction
  • Improvements to the existing tactile paving at the crossing points around the junction, to help visually impaired pedestrians identify crossing points
     

Please see the map below for further details:

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

Our traffic modelling for this proposal indicates that the proposed changes can be accommodated without undue delays to any road users.

You can find out more information on the central London cycling grid website.

 

Areas

  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • 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
  • Junction Improvements