Update 18 March 2016
Between 17 August and 27 September 2015, we consulted on proposals to introduce a permanent 45 metre off-peak coach parking bay on Albert Embankment, to replace some of the coach parking on Victoria Embankment that was relocated due to the East-West Cycle Superhighway.
We received 63 responses to the consultation, of which 85% supported or partially supported our proposals. There was strong support from the coach industry for the principle of providing more coach parking, with many respondents saying the proposals would go some way to compensating for the parking lost to the East-West Cycle Superhighway, although some felt that more provision was needed. Comments also included concerns about the potential impact of the proposals on cyclists using the bus lane along Albert Embankment.
After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the proposals as set out in the consultation documents.
Subject to the formal Traffic Order process and temporary arrangements required for construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, we propose to implement the permanent arrangements by the end of 2016.
Please click here to read the full report (PDF)
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In February 2015 we announced that we would go ahead with our proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway (CSEW); a segregated cycle route which would mean changes to the road layout on Victoria Embankment, including relocating coach parking away from Victoria Embankment.
On 27 May 2015, we introduced a temporary 45 metre off-peak coach parking bay on Albert Embankment, to replace some of the coach parking on Victoria Embankment that will be removed as part of the construction of the CSEW. We chose Albert Embankment as one of the alternative sites because it has existing coach facilities and provides easy access to central London.
What we proposed
We proposed to make this bay permanent due to the ongoing need for alternative coach parking.
The permanent bay will be at the same location as the existing temporary bay: within the northbound bus lane, outside Camelford House. It will be 45 metres long to provide space for three large coaches.
It will operate in the following way:
Coaches will be allowed to park free of charge at all times except between 7am-10am and 4pm-8pm, Monday to Sunday
During operating times, coaches will be allowed to park for a maximum of one hour and would not be permitted to return within two hours
These operating times will ensure that the bus lane is kept clear during the morning and evening rush hours and will be consistent with the operating times of the other parking bays on Albert Embankment.
Please see the map below for further details:
Click here for a larger version of the Albert Embankment coach parking map (PDF)