Section 1 – Tooley Street / Tower Bridge Road

Closed 19 Nov 2017

Opened 28 Sep 2017

Overview

Tooley Street and Jamaica Road are currently dominated by motor traffic and can be an intimidating and unpleasant place to cycle and walk. The proposals would give people space and time to cycle through the area more easily, and make it easier to cross the road at dedicated crossing points.

These improvements would help to make these streets work better for cycling and walking, so both individuals in the area and the community as a whole can benefit.

Summary of proposals

  • Segregated two-way cycle track on the north side of Tooley Street
  • Pedestrian improvements at the Tooley Street/Tower Bridge Road junction and Shad Thame/Tanner Street junction
  • Link between CS4 and the proposed Cycling Quietway 14 on Tanner Street (view Tanner Street proposals)
  • Shad Thames would become one-way northbound
  • Changes to bus lanes and bus stops
  • Changes to the position of some loading bays

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Improvements for cycling

  • Segregated eastbound one-way cycle track on Tooley Street between Queen Elizabeth Street and Tower Bridge Road replaces eastbound general traffic lane.
  • Tower Bridge Road junction redesigned to include separate cycle only stage
  • Segregated two-cycle track on the north side of Tooley Street replaces eastbound bus lane between Tower Bridge Road and Tanner Street
  • The two-way cycle track would be 3 to 4 metres wide, the segregating kerb would be a minimum of 0.5 metres wide
  • Tanner Street and Shad Thames junction redesigned with dedicated low-level cycle signals to provide safer passage for cyclists
  • Link between CS4 and proposed Cycling Quietway 14 on Tanner Street (view Tanner Street proposals)
  • Segregated two-cycle track continues on the northern side of Jamaica Road and replaces westbound bus lane between Shad Thames and Abbey Street
  • Cycle priority provided across all side roads through raised junction treatments to reduce the speed of turning vehicles. Contrasting surfacing would be used at some side roads to remind motorists of the presence of cyclists

Improvements for walking

  • At the Tower Bridge Road junction, all pedestrian crossings would be widened and some section of footway to provide more space for pedestrians and a shorter crossing distance.
  • Pedestrian crossing opposite Three Oak Lane would be widened
  • Tanner Street junction has been redesigned to provide quicker and simpler crossings. We predict pedestrian crossing times would be over a minute quicker during the evening peak

Changes to buses

  • Eastbound bus lane between Tower Bridge Road and Tanner Street would be replaced by the two-way cycle track
  • Westbound bus lane between Shad Thames and Abbey Street would be replaced by the two-way cycle track
  • Eastbound bus stops on the northern side of Tooley Street and Jamaica Road would have bypasses for cyclists. These stops are eastbound stop K at Tower Bridge Road/City Hall, S at Boss Street, H at Dockhead (find out more about bus stop bypasses)
  • Westbound bus stop E at Dockhead would be relocated 20 metres to the west

Road design and layout

  • Eastbound general traffic lane between Queen Elizabeth Street and Tower Bridge Road replaced by the one-way cycle track
  • Shad Thames would become one-way northbound. This would improve the performance of the junction for all road users and allow simpler crossings for pedestrians across Tooley Street and Jamaica Road with reduced wait times. Our traffic counts show the proposed banned turn is made by a maximum of 103 vehicles per hour

Parking and loading

  • Motor cycle parking bay next to 190 Tooley Street moved to outside of one-way cycle track
  • Loading and disabled parking bay next to 201 Tooley Street moved to outside of one-way cycle track
  • Loading and disabled parking bay next to 205 Tooley Street moved to outside of two-way cycle track
  • Loading and disabled parking bay next to supermarket on corner of Mill Street moved to outside of two-way cycle track

Areas

  • Greenwich
  • Lewisham
  • Southwark

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Roads