TfL consult on what could be London's first real cycle superhighway at Vauxhall


Fully segregated lanes running through the worst traffic one-way system in London and across Vauxhall Bridge make this the most ambitious cycle infrastructure yet seen in London. The complex plans and options are open for public consultation until September 17th.

This is the first section of Cycle Superhigway 5, linking the Oval to Belgravia and quiet routes around Victoria Station. Future sections are planned to take this route through Camberwell towards Lewisham.

The key test for the plan is that it must provide enough space for any cyclist to easily find their way through the junctions without extra delay. This should be a route suitable for family cyclists as well as the thousands commuting to and from work.

The new plans for Oval junctions also published this week offer even more for safe cycling on the Cycle Superhighway 5 route. 

London Cycling Campaign CEO Ashok Sinha welcomed this consultation. He said: “We are very pleased to see that the Mayor is beginning to make good his commitment to LCC's Love London, Go Dutch campaign by recognising the past deficiencies of the Cycle Superhighway programme and only adopting international quality standards from now on. We remain concerned however that the plans for CS 5 do not address all the major safety problems inherent in the Vauxhall one-way system and call on the Mayor to urgently rip out this hazardous junction and replace it with a safer layout as he has promised”

The difficult road layout means that complex interchanges and cross-overs are required. On the north side of the traffic system people cycling out of town have a much wider path through a new entrance to the tunnel under the railway. People going into town ride on a cycle track protected from the motor traffic by a high concrete barrier.

The junction “I hate the most”

The Vauxhall one-way road system has been feared by cyclists for decades. LCC’s local group, Lambeth Cyclists, have been urging  for it to be replaced with normal two way streets. Lambeth Council have also been battling with Transport for London to get a re-design approved. After cyclist Tafsir Butt died in the one-way traffic system in June this year Andrew Gilligan told the BBC that this junction "is genuinely dangerous, and is unavoidable for thousands and thousands of cyclists".

He added it was "the one I hate the most".

The protected route continues through complex crossings then across Vauxhall Bridge. At Drummond Gate, where another cyclist was killed by a cement lorry in 2012, the route divides and TfL and Westminster Council are consulting of various routes to Belgravia. Routes through this junction appear unclear. Clear direction signage and generous timing of the traffic lights will be essential to make this safe and inviting for all cyclists.

London Cycling Campaign will be consulting with local cyclists and developing a full response to the consultation for the September deadline.

To find out more about the Mayor’s commitments to make cycling in London safe and inviting for cyclists click this link “Love London – Go Dutch”.

Visit the TfL consultation website to see all the plans for the whole scheme and further details, then add your views to their survey.


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Larger images and downloads of background information are all available from the TfL consultation website link

It's amazing. All that media noise, and TfL is still absolutely hopeless at designing cycle friendly junctions.

Look at that cross-over in a diagonal, those segragated paths suddenly mixing with traffic, making detours or ending in a disastrous "shared zone".

Even the Americans are getting better in the meantime.

Suggest TfL get a copy of this: Please 'Consult' it for only 90 euros plus tax, post and packing. Then go and plan infrastructure again.. properly, thanks. There, consultation done! The main points are summarized here:

That does not look very good to me at all.

The design seems to attempt to create a route from one point to another, which is not what many cyclists would be using. If you venture off this route, you'll still have the same old poorly designed infrastructure to use.

If you're going to bother to spend time and money on redisigning anything, do it properly from the start.

Personally I think the whole of the Vauxhall system needs a thorough look as to the flow of cars/trucks/buses, cycles and pedestrians. Nothing of that works well together today and the proposed re-design I think will not improve anything either.

For example, how about thinking bold and making an underpass for the traffic running along the river?

What about a redesign of the whole bus-station and connections with the train stations (which will make it safer for pedestrians to use it).

What about a massive flyover for cyclists, so that the whole Vauxhall system is basically avoided altogether?

Considering the proposed re-design, look at the interrupted bike paths, crossing the big roads and mingling with pedestrians several times. It's not worthy of the name of a "super highway" at all - give something like that to motorists and they will go mad.

How about having two cycle lanes crossing the bridge, each on either side of the bridge going in the same direction as other traffic. If you segregate this, you'll already have made an improvement over the current system.

The entire gyratory is being redesigned, but this is still a few years in the future. 

Hopefully this two way track will become the northbound element of two wide one-way (or 2-way) tracks on each side of the bridge when the redesign is complete...

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