CS8 Upgrade Phase 2 - Chelsea Bridge to Wandsworth town centre

Closes 31 Dec 2021

Opened 1 Jul 2020

Overview

We are building temporary schemes to help people who can to walk and cycle more, to help maintain space on public transport for those who need it, and help people to avoid people using their cars as much as possible. We are introducing these measures on a temporary basis, as part of our emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cycle Superhighway 8 (CS8) is in the top 5% of routes in London with the greatest potential for people to cycle, but only if we help them to do so by providing new cycle lanes and other infrastructure. Doing so will help to take pressure off buses and trains so that key workers, and people who cannot walk or cycle can travel more easily. We also need to take action to prevent people walking and cycling from being hurt and injured: in the last three years up to November 2019 64 people cycling and 54 people walking were hurt in collisions involving traffic on this route.    

These temporary changes build on a series of temporary improvements we made to the northern section of CS8 last Spring. The upgraded CS8 will also connect to existing cycling facilities on Queenstown Road and Garrett Lane. More information about the first phase of the upgrade of CS8 is on our website, together with our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

We recently briefed local Councillors and stakeholders about the temporary measures we are introducing. The slide deck we used to explain the changes and the reasons for them is below.

CS8 Stakeholder briefing (PDF 1.78MB)

The changes in summary 

The changes will be made across five sections. In summary these are: 

Section 1 - Chelsea Bridge  

  • Widen and segregate the existing southbound mandatory cycle lane and provide light segregation cylinders
  • Extend the northbound bus lane by 49m and make it operate 24 hours a day
  • Add 20mph signage on the bridge
  • Deepen the Advanced Stop Line box for cyclists to 7.5m at Chelsea Bridge Road junction

Section 2 - Prince of Wales Drive/MacDuff Road  

  • Add cycle logos on Prince of Wales Drive and Macduff Road to improve wayfinding for cyclists and driver awareness at junctions

Section 3 - Battersea Park Road  

  • Provide mandatory widened cycle lanes that will be segregated in some sections to improve safety for people cycling
  • Upgrade single red lines to double red lines in some sections (mainly in mandatory cycle lanes) to keep the cycle lane free of parked cars between 19:00 and 07:00
  • To enable these changes we will remove red route parking bays and a 10m loading & disabled bay
  • Deepen the Advanced Stop Line boxes for cyclists at junctions to 7.5m
  • Introduce a 20mph speed limit on Battersea Park Road

Section 4 - York Road  

  • To improve safety for people cycling, provide new advisory and mandatory widened cycle lanes that will be segregated in some sections
  • Upgrade single red lines to double red lines in some sections (mainly in mandatory cycle lanes) to keep the cycle lane free of parked cars between 19:00 and 07:00
  • Introduce a new northbound bus lane on York Road between Lombard Road and Falcon Road
  • Deepen Advanced Stop Line boxes for cyclists at junctions to 7.5m
  • Introduce a 20mph speed limit on York Road

To enable these changes we will: 

  • Remove red route parking near Falcon Road junction and remove one of the two westbound traffic lanes at Plough Road junction
  • Introduce a banned right turn onto York Place

Section 5 - Wandsworth town centre 

  • Provide a new southbound mandatory cycle lane that will be segregated from traffic on Ram Street to improve cyclist safety
  • Suspend the existing bus stand on Ram Street. Bus route 485 will use a new stand on Wandsworth Riverside as part of a planned route change. Routes 220 and 270 will use the Armoury Way bus stand which will be extended by 19m, but will still serve the Ram Street bus stop

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

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CS8 Upgrade Phase 2 overview map (PDF 334KB)

We are planning to begin construction of these temporary changes in February 2021 for sections two to five and March 2021 for section one. We will write to you again closer to the time to confirm when construction will begin.

Consulting you on the changes  

We are introducing these temporary changes with an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO). Traffic Orders make it legally possible for us to make certain changes to the road network, and ETROs allow us to introduce changes temporarily, and on an experimental basis, so that we can better understand the effects the scheme will have.   

Ordinarily we would consult local people and other stakeholders before commencing work on changes to London’s streets. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means we need to take emergency action to help London’s communities to cope with the virus, and the measures that are necessary to control it.   

Your views are important however and we will consult you on these changes. Our consultation will begin once we have completed the changes: we will write to you at this point to tell you the consultation has begun and how you can respond to it.   

We will use the consultation to help us decide whether:

  • It is necessary to make any changes to the temporary scheme once it is in place, and if so, what these changes might be
  • The scheme should remain in place permanently, or if it should be withdrawn at the end of the experimental period  

You do not need to wait until the consultation to share your views however. If you have any immediate comments please complete our feedback form. We will be sharing the details of any comments we receive about the temporary changes we plan to make to Chelsea Bridge with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. We will begin collating comments about this section from 7 February 2021. If you have any initial thoughts about the changes to Chelsea Bridge, please do let us know by that time so that we can share your thoughts with the Royal Borough. There will be lots of opportunities beyond 7 February 2021 for you to tell us your thoughts; our consultation for example will open once the scheme has been built.

The changes in detail  

We have described in this section what changes will be made in each section. There is also a pack of maps to help illustrate the changes, and we’ve described what changes are shown in each map.

Section 1 - Chelsea Bridge  

These changes are illustrated in Map A in the pack below.  

  • The southbound cycle lane will be widened with cylinders spaced at 8m to segregate people cycling from general traffic. This will help encourage people to cycle more as an alternative to public or private transport
  • To enable the southbound cycle lane to be widened and segregated, the northbound bus lane width will be reduced from 4.5m to 4m
  • The northbound bus lane to be converted to 24/7 operating hours and extended to the north by 49m, this will enable us to provide a longer stretch of segregation for cyclists on the southbound side whilst giving cyclists extended protection from general traffic in the bus lane on the northbound side
  • The Advanced Stop Line (ASL) box on Chelsea Bridge Road will be deepened to 7.5m to give cyclists more space at the junction
  • Alongside this scheme the speed limit along Chelsea Bridge will be reduced to 20mph to improve safety for all modes of transport, this will tie in with the existing 20mph roads on either side of the bridge

Section 2 - Prince of Wales Drive/MacDuff Road  

This change is illustrated in map B in the pack below.  

  • Cycle logos painted on Prince of Wales Drive and Macduff Road will improve wayfinding for cyclists and driver awareness at junctions

Section 3 - Battersea Park Road  

We will make a number of temporary changes here, and the changes are illustrated across several maps.   

The following changes are illustrated in map C in the pack below. 

  • ASL box lengthened to 7.5m near the junction with Macduff Road to give cyclists more space and visibility ahead of traffic at the junction
  • New sections of mandatory cycle lane will be provided westbound, and they will be segregated from traffic near Battersea Park Library and Alexandra Avenue to improve safety for cyclists. The cylinders will be spaced 8m apart to allow for to allow vehicles to move into the cycle lane if an emergency vehicle needs to pass
  • To enable the changes described above a 21m parking bay opposite the junction with Forfar Road and a 23m parking bay outside Battersea Park Library will be removed

These changes are illustrated in map D in the pack below.

  • New sections of mandatory cycle lane will be provided in both directions between Culvert Road and Harpsden Street to improve safety for cyclists, and they will be segregated from traffic. The cylinders will be spaced at 4m or where needed 8m apart to allow for vehicles to move into the cycle lane if an emergency vehicle needs to pass
  • Cycle logos will be provided on the road across the junction with Culvert Road to increase driver awareness of cyclists
  • To enable this safety improvement for people cycling, the eastbound 57m parking bay opposite Chesney Street and 52m parking bay outside The Imperial Laundry, and three westbound parking bays near Chesney Street and Parkside Street will be removed
  • One 10m loading and disabled parking bay will be removed opposite Culvert Road (with a loading and disabled parking bay retained within 44m) to improve cyclist safety by providing light segregation cylinders through this junction, and a general parking bay just to the east of here will be removed to provide further cycling segregation
  • Most of the existing loading and disabled parking bays will be retained but with new exceptions (no stopping Monday to Saturday 07:00 - 19:00 except 10:00 - 16:00 for loading, maximum 20 minutes or disabled parking, maximum 3 hours)

These changes are illustrated in map E in the pack below. 

  • ASL boxes lengthened to 7.5m at the junctions with Albert Bridge Road and Battersea Bridge Road, to give cyclists more space and visibility at the head of traffic
  • The existing eastbound cycle lane will be made mandatory and segregated from traffic with ‘wands’ spaced every 8m to allow vehicles to move into the cycle lane if an emergency vehicle needs to pass. To maximise the length of the segregated cycle lane 36m of parking bay will be removed and a 21m long disabled parking bay will be relocated 36m west in front of Dovedale Cottages
  • Westbound, a 13m parking bay will be removed prior to bus stop ‘LB’ to improve cyclist safety, and a short section of mandatory cycle lane that will be segregated from traffic will be added leading into the junction with Latchmere Road
  • Single red lines will be upgraded to double red lines to improve safety for cyclists by keeping the cycle lane free of parked cars between 07:00 and 19:00
  • Existing loading and disabled parking bays will be retained but with new exceptions (no stopping Monday to Saturday 07:00 - 19:00 except 10:00 - 16:00 for loading, maximum 20 minutes or disabled parking, maximum 3 hours)

These changes are illustrated in map F in the pack below. 

  • A new section of mandatory cycle lane, that will be segregated from traffic with ‘wands’ and line markings will be provided westbound leading into the junction with Falcon Road
  • ASL box lengthened to 7.5m at the junction with Falcon Road to give cyclists more space and visibility at the head of traffic

Section 4 - York Road 

We will make a number of temporary changes here, and the changes are illustrated across several maps.   

These changes are illustrated in map G in the pack below. 

  • The ASL boxes on York Road either side of the junction of Falcon Road will be lengthened to 7.5m and have the cycle logos refreshed so that they are more visible. This will give cyclists more space and visibility ahead of traffic
  • Westbound from the junction with Falcon Road, a new cycle lane will be provided and segregated from traffic to improve safety for people cycling. To enable this change a 57m parking bay will be removed
  • A new 255m eastbound bus lane with 24-hour operation will be provided from Lombard Road junction to within 50m of Falcon Road junction, this will help bus journey times and provide a safer space for cyclists away from general traffic
  • A 15m eastbound parking bay will be removed and the eastbound disabled parking bay outside 32 York Road will be relocated 15m east, which will allow cyclists to pass safely within the new bus lane without entering the general traffic lane

These changes are illustrated in map H in the pack below. 

  • On York Road the ASL boxes will be widened to 7.5m either side of the junction with Lombard Road to give cyclists more space and visibility at the head of traffic
  • A new eastbound section of mandatory cycle lane will be provided and segregated from traffic, and line markings will be provided near 100 York Road to improve safety for people cycling
  • A new eastbound bus lane with 24-hour operation will be provided from the junction with Lombard Road extending for 255m towards the junction with Falcon Road, this will help improve bus journey times and provide a safer space for cyclists away from general traffic
  • To improve safety for people cycling westbound, a new section of mandatory cycle lane with light segregation cylinders will be provided from bus stop LL to Wye Street, and light segregation cylinders will be added to the existing mandatory cycle lane between Wye Street and Lombard Road

These changes are illustrated in map I in the pack below. 

  • On York Road ASL boxes will be widened to 7.5m either side of the junction with Plough Road to give cyclists more space and visibility at the head of traffic
  • A new section of mandatory cycle lane with ‘wands’ and line markings will be provided westbound from the junction with Plough Road to improve cyclist safety
  • To support westbound traffic flow the approach into Plough Road junction will be changed to a cycle lane and single traffic lane, and the right turn from York Road into York Place will be banned. Traffic will be able to access residences and businesses in this area via Garton’s Way
  • A new section advisory cycle lane will be provided across the junction with Hope Street
  • To improve safety for people cycling eastbound a new section of mandatory cycle lane that will be segregated from traffic with ‘wands’, and line markings will be provided either side of the junction with Plough Road
  • Single red lines will be upgraded to double red lines to improve safety for cyclists by keeping the cycle lane free of parked cars between 07:00 and 19:00

These changes are illustrated in map J in the pack below. 

  • On York Road ASL boxes will be widened to 7.5m either side of the junction with Petergate to give cyclists more space and visibility at the head of traffic
  • Eastbound, the advisory cycle lane east of Juniper Drive will be widened from 1.5m to 1.8m and made mandatory
  • Cycle logos will be added to the cycle lane on York Road to improve wayfinding for cyclists and driver awareness at junctions. Single red lines will be upgraded to double red lines to help cyclist safety by helping to keep the bus lane free of parked cars between 07:00 and 19:00

Section 5 - Wandsworth town centre  

We will make a number of temporary changes here, and the changes are illustrated across several maps.   

These changes are illustrated in map L in the pack below. 

  • On Old York Road the ASL box at the junction with Fairfield Street will be widened to 7.5m to give cyclists more space and visibility at the head of traffic
  • Cycle logos will be added to the road on Barchard Street to improve wayfinding for cyclists and driver awareness

 These changes are illustrated in map M in the pack below.

  • A new southbound mandatory cycle lane that will be segregated from traffic will be provided on Ram Street from Barchard Street to the junction with Shoreham Street
  • The ASL box on Ram Street at the junction with Wandsworth High Street will be widened to 7.5m to give cyclists more space and visibility at the head of traffic
  • To enable this change the existing bus stand on Ram Street will be suspended, instead the 485 service will use a new stand being constructed on Wandsworth Riverside as part of a planned route change, and the 220 and 270 services will use the bus stand on Armoury Way for curtailments which will be extended from 20m to 39m
  • Bus stop ‘R’ on Ram Street will continue to serve the 220 and 270 routes as existing

These changes are illustrated in map N in the pack below. 

  • The existing 20m bus stand on Armoury Way will be lengthened to 39m. This is to accommodate routes 220 and 270, which currently stand on Ram Street
  • The existing bus stop cage will be relocated 19m east to maintain its existing 58m length. Bus stop D will be relocated 28.5m east and bus stop E will be relocated 18.5m east, with new temporary bus stop flags provided

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

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CS8 Upgrade Phase 2 layout maps (PDF 962KB) 

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