London Bridge corridor

Closes 31 Dec 2020

Opened 1 Jul 2020

Overview

As London continues to emerge from the lockdown we will need to help people to walk and cycle more often, to reduce demand for public and private transport to essential trips only.  

London Bridge itself has been closed to traffic (except pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, buses and taxis) for approximately six months due to bridge refurbishment works. The road layout of London Bridge is already scheduled to be amended when the bridge refurbishment works are complete to provide a lightly segregated cycleway, bus lane and general traffic lane in each direction.  

Before the lockdown, London Bridge station was Britain’s fourth busiest National Rail station and it is London’s fifth busiest Tube station. Pedestrian numbers in the London Bridge ‘corridor’ were already very high before the lockdown, and there was significant pedestrian congestion on footways in the area. Bus journey times were also an issue, with many buses being delayed in heavy traffic in the area.  

We anticipate that there will be an increase in the number of people travelling to and from London Bridge station as our city continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 virus and as London’s workplaces continue to reopen. Cycling rates in the area are now broadly similar to the levels they were at before the lockdown, and this is likely also to increase in the coming weeks and months. For these reasons we plan to accelerate the introduction of the changes we had already planned to make to the road layout of London Bridge.  

The map below shows an overview of the changes we will be making.

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London Bridge corridor overview map (PDF 3.31MB)

The specific changes we are making are:  

Improvements for cyclists

  • New 2m wide segregated cycle lane in each direction - these will help encourage people to cycle more as an alternative to public or private transport 

Improvements and changes for bus passengers   

  • An improved width bus lane in each direction. The previous bus lane was made less effective by the temporary barrier. The new design fixes this  

Changes for general traffic  

  • A single 3.2m wide lane for general traffic in each direction, instead of the two lanes for general traffic that used to exist before the bridge works

Additional temporary changes we are introducing 

Only the following will be allowed over London Bridge, between 07:00 - 19:00 Monday to Friday:  

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Motorcyclists
  • Buses
  • Taxis (but not private hire vehicles)  

Signage will be located in advance of the bridge as well as at the bridge itself to enable other traffic to complete a diversion to nearby crossings. Alternative routes to cross the Thames will be signed via Southwark and Blackfriars bridges

The pack of maps below illustrates these changes in more detail.

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London Bridge corridor layout maps (PDF 225KB)
 
We will be monitoring the effects of these temporary changes over the coming months. We will also be listening to feedback from the public and other stakeholders. Where we believe that it is necessary to make adjustments to the temporary changes, we will do so.
 
Although we are not undertaking a formal consultation on any Streetspace schemes, we would like to know about your experiences of them. If you have any comments about the effects of our scheme, or suggestions for changes or improvements we might make, please let us know at: streetspacelondon@tfl.gov.uk 
 
We will continue to monitor the effects of these temporary changes over the coming months. This includes their effects on traffic flow, road safety and cycling and walking rates. We have written to local people, businesses and other stakeholders to explain what changes we have made and encouraged them to provide us their views and experiences of the changes. We will listen carefully to the feedback we receive. 

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Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Traffic Management
  • Cycling
  • Walking