Upper Thames Street

Closed 22 Nov 2013

Opened 18 Oct 2013

Results updated 2 Jul 2014

We recently consulted on proposals to carry out safety improvement works on Upper Thames Street between the junctions of Queen Street and Dowgate Hill. The proposed safety improvements would benefit cyclists and all road users.

We received 91 responses to the consultation and after carefully considering all responses, we have made a decision.

We will be progressing with the scheme but following the consultation process we have withdrawn some elements of the scheme. We will still be progressing with the change to the crossing at Cousin Lane and preventing the right hand turn to and from Upper Thames Street into Cousin Lane. We expect these works to be carried out in August 2014.

The full consultation and our answers to issues raised report can be found here.



We developed proposals to improve safety at the junctions of Upper Thames Street with Queen Street Place and Bell Wharf Lane, and asked for your views.

About the area

Upper Thames Street is a popular route for cyclists travelling to and from the City. Cyclists using Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 7 on Southwark Bridge also need to either cross or join Upper Thames Street to continue their journeys.

Our review of the current junction layout at the Queen Street Place and Bell Wharf Lane junctions of Upper Thames Street had identified a number of safety improvements that would benefit cyclists and other road users.

The proposals outlined below represent the first stage in a series of planned improvements in the area. Additionally the Mayor has recently announced plans to introduce an east/west cycle route running through central London. The new route, which is scheduled to open by 2016, will provide further significant enhancements for cyclists and will be the subject of a separate consultation once plans have been developed further.

The proposed improvements

These proposals, which have been developed in line with the City of London’s requirements as the local highway authority for Queen Street Place and Bell Wharf Lane, include:

  • Replacing advisory cycle lanes and off-carriageway cycle track on Upper Thames Street with 1.5 metre-wide mandatory cycle lanes on the carriageway. This would make it clearer that the space is dedicated for cyclists. Motorists could be fined for entering the lanes as a result.
  • Providing a central waiting area for cyclists turning right from Upper Thames Street into Queen Street Place.
  • Providing “keep clear” markings on Upper Thames Street to prevent vehicles from queuing across the Queen Street Place junction and to make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to cross.
  • Extending the right turn area for vehicles turning from Upper Thames Street to Bell Wharf Lane. As well as helping to keep traffic moving eastbound, this would reduce the risk of drivers entering the nearside cycle lane to avoid vehicles waiting to turn right. The northern carriageway would be widened by 0.5 metres, in place of the existing off-carriageway cycle track. This work is dependent on further investigation on the location of underground utilities. At least 2.6 metres of footway space would be retained.
  • Introducing a raised entry table at the northern end of Bell Wharf Lane to encourage vehicles to turn to and from the road more slowly and improve safety.
  • Reviewing the location and size of “keep clear” markings at the junction of Bell Wharf Lane and Upper Thames Street.
  • Improving access for pedestrians by Cousin Lane with a new single crossing to replace the existing staggered crossing.
  • Preventing the right turn from Upper Thames Street into Cousin Lane and the right turn from Cousin Lane into Upper Thames Street to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians using the new crossing. The central reservation on Upper Thames Street would be extended between Bell Wharf Lane and Cousin Lane to prevent the right turns to and from Cousin Lane.
  • Introducing additional road markings and signage to encourage drivers to look out for cyclists. 

Please click here to view map for further information on our proposals. We intend to begin these works in August 2014. 


  • City of London


  • Public
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  • Local residents
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