Proposed changes to the junction of Farringdon Street and West Smithfield / Snow Hill as part of the North-South Cycle Superhighway

Closed 13 Dec 2016

Opened 2 Nov 2016

Results updated 31 Mar 2017

We received a total of 815 responses to the consultation, of which 508 (62 per cent) supported or strongly supported the proposals and 293 (36 per cent) opposed or strongly opposed the proposals.

The key themes that emerged from consultation included:

  • Benefits of the scheme for cycling, including safety improvements compared to the existing road layout
  • Concerns regarding increases in congestion or journey times on local roads or generally for motor vehicles
  • Concerns about existing conflicts between cyclists and motorists due to cyclists mixing with motor traffic, motorists blocking cyclists or motor vehicle speed

Having considered the responses and following further investigations, we intend to proceed with the scheme, although with some minor changes to the design we consulted on. These include:

  • Changes to loading / taxi / disabled bay designation and timings
  • Changes to cycle facilities including splitting the Advanced Stop Line on Snow Hill and shortening the southbound segregation on Farringdon Street to accommodate large vehicles turning
  • Adding hatched road markings and an additional traffic island on Farringdon Street

Subject to the formal Traffic Order process and the approval of the City of London Corporation, we aim to start constructing some sections of the route in autumn 2017, with completion planned for 2018.

We will write to local residents, businesses and other stakeholders before undertaking work in their area. We will also provide road traffic information to help people better plan their journeys and make informed choices about how, where and when they travel.

Please click here to read the full consultation report.

Please click here to read our responses to issues raised.


Following the recent publication of our response to issues raised report for the North-South Cycle Superhighway (CS6) between Stonecutter Street and King’s Cross, we are proposing further changes to the junction of Farringdon Street / West Smithfield / Snow Hill. The proposals include a new controlled cycle crossing which would provide a cycle link between CS6 and the Central London Grid cycle route through West Smithfield. In addition, a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing across Farringdon Street and traffic signals at the junction are proposed. The proposals would also create space for new segregated cycle tracks under Holborn Viaduct. Our proposals would address many of the current conflict points between motor traffic, cyclists and pedestrians and provide dedicated priority for all road users.

What are we proposing?

The scheme would include the following measures:

Pedestrian crossings

  • A new pedestrian crossing on Farringdon Street to provide pedestrians with a signal-controlled crossing point
  • Raising the existing uncontrolled pedestrian crossing across Snow Hill and West Smithfield to footway level to provide a level crossing point
  • Widening the footway on the north side of the West Smithfield arm of the junction to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians

Signal-controlled cycle link between CS6 and the Central London Grid

  • A new cycle link to provide cyclists with a controlled crossing point between CS6 and the Central London Grid on West Smithfield, including a segregated cycle feeder lane on West Smithfield and a link to Snow Hill

Segregated cycle tracks under Holborn Viaduct

  • Segregated cycle tracks (at least 1.5 metres wide) behind the existing protective kerbs under Holborn Viaduct, creating extra road space for motor traffic and cyclists

Traffic signals on Farringdon Street, Snow Hill and West Smithfield

  • New traffic signals for motor vehicles to separate movements between Farringdon Street and West Smithfield / Snow Hill
  • A 1.8 metre wide segregated cycle track behind the loading / disabled parking bay to allow northbound cyclists to bypass the signals
  • A segregated cycle track for southbound cyclists, who would proceed with southbound traffic to maximise green time

Banned left turn into West Smithfield except cycles

  • A banned turn for southbound traffic turning left from Farringdon Street into West Smithfield to remove the risk of ‘left hook’ conflicts between turning motor vehicles and cyclists travelling ahead at the junction
  • Traffic counts show that a maximum of 40 vehicles per hour make this movement. Alternative routes are available nearby

Changes to parking and loading

  • The loading / disabled bay previously proposed on the west side of Farringdon Street, north of Holborn Viaduct would be retained

Click here to view a larger version of the above map (PDF).

We would no longer be able to introduce the previously proposed taxi rank on the west side of Farringdon Street as the space would be needed for the new pedestrian crossing. However, as detailed in the response to the North-South Cycle Superhighway consultation, the bay on the east side of Farringdon Street, south of Holborn Viaduct will be a shared taxi rank / loading bay and we propose switching its position with the motorcycle parking bay to improve visibility from the north. The total net loss of taxi rank length for this scheme is 2.3 metres. You can find details of the original North-South Cycle Superhighway (CS6) between Stonecutter Street and King’s Cross consultation at

Traffic impacts

Our traffic modelling shows this scheme would have largely neutral impacts on traffic and bus journey times on Farringdon Street.

It is important to note that our traffic reassignment modelling is only ever indicative - it is intended to give an idea of where the impacts of changes in journey choice are most likely to be felt. It assumes that drivers have perfect knowledge of the network and will always choose the quickest route available. The reassignment is a picture of what the network may look like once the on-street proposals and associated driver behaviour has had a chance to bed in.

We would actively monitor and manage traffic conditions on the roads following the delivery of the scheme, and would aim to mitigate and manage traffic reassignment following implementation using the technology and tools we have at our disposal such as SCOOT dynamic signal control. We are investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time, and we are working to improve road user information so people can make informed journey choices before they travel.

Click here to view a larger version of the above table (PDF).

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Tuesday 13 December 2016.

Alternatively, you can:

  • Email us at, with ‘Cycle Superhighway North South – West Smithfield’
  • or write to us at FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS, ‘Cycle Superhighway North South – West Smithfield’

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