Update on 27 February 2015:
Transport for London (TfL) will start to build the North-South Cycle Superhighway from 9 March 2015 as part of the Road Modernisation Plan.
Construction is planned to take place between March 2015 and spring 2016. It will be phased to minimise the impact on traffic, and will not affect all areas along the route at all times.
Update on 27 January 2015:
Last year we consulted on proposals for the North-South Cycle Superhighway – a continuous largely segregated cycle route between Elephant & Castle and King’s Cross. The consultation ran from 3 September to 9 November 2014. Thank you to all those people and organisations who took part in our consultation.
We received a total of 6,309 direct responses, with 86% fully supporting and 3% partially supporting the proposals. 10% of respondents did not support the proposals. We also received 5,689 emails submitted using a template on the London Cycling Campaign website supporting both these proposals and those for the East-West Cycle Superhighway. With these, the overall full support rate is 93%.
Having considered responses received in consultation, TfL intends to recommend to its board that the North-South Cycle Superhighway between Elephant & Castle and King’s Cross be progressed to construction. TfL is continuing to explore options for the route north of Stonecutter Street, taking into account the presence of developments such as Crossrail on this section of the route and will consult on the details in the near future. The developments will not hold up construction of the route between Elephant & Castle and Stonecutter Street although with some changes to the proposals set-out for consultation. These changes include:
Change in the design of the unsignalised crossings at bus stop bypasses and most pedestrian crossings to be fully raised to footway level with a colour difference and tactile paving
Relocation of a new pedestrian crossing on St George’s Road further north towards the Lambeth Road junction to better suit pedestrian desire lines and the needs of local schools
Straight-across pedestrian crossings at Ludgate Circus rather than staggered pedestrians crossings
Changes to the location of loading, motorcycle and taxi parking along the route as a response to discussing with frontages and a greater understanding of their loading and parking requirements
Removal of the proposed 7.5t weight restriction on Union Street because of a change in the placement of traffic signals making it possible for large vehicles to turn into and out of Union Street.
Our response to consultation report can be viewed or downloaded from the link below:
North-South Cycle Superhighway - Response to consultation
TfL Board will meet on 4 February 2015 to decide whether the North-South Cycle Superhighway 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 routes 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.
TfL will recommend for its Board to grant approval for TfL Officers to take the final decisions on the short section of route north of Stonecutter Street.
Details from the 2014 consultation are included below:
What we proposed?
Transport for London (TfL), in close consultation with its partners the boroughs of Southwark, Camden and Islington, proposed a continuous, high quality, substantially segregated cycle route between Elephant & Castle and King’s Cross. The North-South 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 and is in a leaflet here. Detailed proposals for each section of the 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 North-South Cycle Superhighway go?
At Elephant & Castle the new route would connect to the existing Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 7 (CS7) at Princess Street, continue along St. George’s Road, through St. George’s Circus, along Blackfriars Road and across Blackfriars Bridge connecting to the proposed East-West Cycle Superhighway on the north bank of the River Thames.
Using New Bridge Street, Farringdon Street, Farringdon Road and quieter backstreet roads it is planned to continue to King’s Cross. Future extension of the route north of King’s Cross will be investigated in conjunction with the King’s Cross Improvement scheme.
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, replacing some traffic lanes along most of the proposed route between Elephant & Castle and Farringdon station. The segregation would be removable in certain areas for the Lord Mayor’s Show and other events
A planned ‘Quietway’ back-street cycle route north of Farringdon station to King’s Cross
Banned turns for motorists (see the maps for locations)
New pedestrian crossings for example on St. George’s Road and New Bridge Street
Changes to parking and loading
Changes to bus stops, including new bypasses for cyclists
Changes to footways and pedestrian crossings. There would be footway extensions in some areas, including St. George’s Circus and Ludgate Circus. However, there are also areas where we would need to reduce the footway width to make room for the cycle track.
Overview map of the proposed route (below):
Click here for maps of the northern and southern sections and click here for detailed drawings and descriptions of each section.
What the proposed segregated two-way cycle track would look like on Blackfriars Road
What other benefits would the new route bring?
A wide segregating island between the cycle track and traffic lanes along Blackfriars Road which could be used for deliveries and for setting-down bus, coach and taxi passengers
On Blackfriars Road there would be an increased distance between the western footway and the road and a narrowing of the overall road width, creating a more pleasant pedestrian environment
Improvements including new street furniture and planting
Links to other existing and proposed cycle routes including the proposed East-West Cycle Superhighway (please see separate consultation here)
The proposed route along Blackfriars Road would help in the significant regeneration of this road. This is a shared aspiration with Southwark Council and has already started with many new developments underway. Southwark Council has a website here on the vision for Blackfriars Road that these proposals will contribute to. Ten design principles for the landscaping and public realm of Blackfriars Road have been developed here
Redesigned junctions at the Stamford Street junction with Blackfriars Road and at Ludgate Circus
A refurbished St. George’s Circus with improvements to the footway and new pedestrian crossings
Improving Blackfriars Road as a key walking and cycling route linking Elephant & Castle, the River Thames and the City of London
New and upgraded pedestrian crossings, for example at Stamford Street and Ludgate Circus
New cycle parking.
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. Detailed proposals for parking and loading on each section of the route can be found here.
Businesses, servicing and deliveries:
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 encourage you to discuss these proposals with the companies undertaking these operations.
Click here for further details of the proposals for each section of the route.
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: