Cycle superhighways

East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways

Acton to Barking; Elephant and Castle to Kings Cross - due to open March 2016

East westConstruction has now begun on two new Cycle Superhighways which could be the first step towards creating safe, inviting streets where everybody feels able to cycle. The proposed superhighways - a new North-South route running from Elephant and Castle to King's Cross, an East-West route running from Tower Hill to Paddington and an upgraded CS2 from Aldgate to Bow - would feature segregated cycle tracks and junctions redesigned to separate cyclists from motor vehicles. They're due for completion in March 2016.

Find out more about the East-West and North-South cycle superhighways.

Cycle Superhighway 1

Tottenham to the City - due to open April 2016

CS1Transport for London has recently consulted on its plans for Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1), which would run from White Hart Lane in Tottenham to Liverpool Street station, forming part of the London-wide network of Cycle Superhighways. There's been much debate about whether or not the route should be called a 'Superhighway'. Rather than following main roads, as the majority of Cycle Superhighways do, Cycle Superhighway 1 is planned to run primarily on residential roads running to the west of the A10. Segregated cycle tracks would only be used on a few sections where the route passes along busy roads. 

Find out more about Cycle Superhighway 1

Cycle Superhighway 2

Aldgate to Stratford - currently open; Aldgate to Bow upgrade due for completion December 2015

CS2Cycle Superhighway 2 runs from Aldgate to Stratford. In consultations with Transport for London over Cycle Superhighway 2 before it opened, we expressed grave concerns about the low level of protection for cyclists, particularly on Bow roundabout. This is now a route on which six cyclists have died since it opened in 2011. 

In November 2014, Transport for London held a consultation on the urgently needed upgrade to the stretch of Cycle Superhighway 2 which runs from Aldgate to Bow. The consultation, which ran from 23 September to 2 November, showed 95% of respondents supported protected space along the route - yet despite this overwhelming support, LCC believes that Transport for London has watered down the plans, which will compromise cycling safety. Tower Hamlets Wheelers, the local LCC group, have been actively campaigning for Tower Hamlets and Transport for London to reverse their decision. 

Find out more about Cycle Superhighway 2

Cycle Superhighway 3

Barking to Tower Gateway - currently open; upgrades at Cable St and Horseferry Rd due by March 2016

Cycle Superhighway 3 is currently open, but TfL are due to make upgrades to CS3 by March 2016, and have recently consulted on the details. We’re calling for radical improvements as part of the Superhighway review, particularly on Cable St which doesn’t have the capacity needed. At a number of points the two-way cycle track on one side of the road squeezes the pavement down to the width of a buggy or wheelchair. At a few junctions the two way track puts cyclists in a position hard to see for drivers, especially at Watney Street, near Shadwell rail and DLR station. Our preferred solution is to put in some motor vehicle closures so that Cable Street stops being a busy commuter rat run and only serves local residents and businesses. That would allow cyclists to use the roadway safely in one or possibly two directions. It would greatly reduce the pedestrian conflicts. 

Cycle Superhighway 4

London Bridge to Woolwich - not yet open

Cycle Superhighway 4 would run from London Bridge to Woolwich via Deptford, and include improvements to three junctions in the Better Junctions scheme – Rotherhithe Roundabout, Surrey Quays and Woolwich Rd. However, these aren’t due for completion until March 2017, with improvements at Borough High St/Tooley St not due until September 2018. We anticipate consultation on the first section of CS4 in 2015.

Cycle Superhighway 5

Central London to Lewisham - partially open

Various consultations have taken place on Cycle Superhighway 5 since 2012. It includes the Vauxhall one-way road system, one of the worst junctions for cyclists in London. Andrew Gilligan has described it as ‘the one I hate the most’. Following consultation in 2014, the first section of CS5 - linking Oval to Belgravia – is now due to have fully segregated lanes through the junction. The rest of it – which will take the route through Camberwell towards Lewisham – isn’t planned for completion until after 2016.

Cycle Superhighway 6


Cycle Superhighway 6 was due to run from Penge to the City. Sadly, it has been unceremoniously dumped from the programme, along with Cycle Superhighway 12 from East Finchley to Angel.

Cycle Superhighway 7

Merton to the City - currently open

Cycle Superhighway 7 launched in 2010, but is in urgent need of improvement, not least at Oval. Transport for London has said they will complete upgrades to this route, including at Oval – which is due to be made safer for cycling by giving cyclists a separate phase at the traffic lights, removing the risk of being hit by left turning vehicles - by March 2016.

Cycle Superhighway 8

Wandsworth to Westminster - currently open

Cycle Superhighway 8 is another superhighway that is open, but also in urgent need of improvement – particularly at Battersea. Wandsworth Council consulted on a new design for the Queens Circus roundabout, at the corner of Battersea Park, in 2014 – but we’ve expressed serious concerns about this design. This junction would work much better as a cross roads with protected space and turns for cyclists; the minor estate roads would join away from the main junction. Transport for London are due to complete upgrades to this route before May 2016.

Cycle Superhighway 9

Hyde Park to Hounslow - not yet open

Cycle Superhighway 9 was due to open in 2014, but ran into opposition from Kensington and Chelsea Council. The cycling commissioner has now said Cycle Superhighway 9 will go ahead on the Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham sections of the route, but not before May 2016. 

Cycle Superhighway 10

Cricklewood to Marble Arch - not yet open

Cycle Superhighway 10 won’t be built before May 2016. TfL plan to consult on Marble Arch gyratory in 2016, but it’s not due for completion until 2021.

Cycle Superhighway 11

West Hampstead to Hyde Park Corner

Cycle Superhighway 11 is due to be completed by December 2016. It includes the notorious Swiss Cottage gyratory, which – subject to public consultation – would be removed and returned to two way traffic. We anticipate the public consultation in summer 2015.

Cycle Superhighway 12


Cycle Superhighway 12, which was due to run from East Finchley to Angel, has been dropped from the superhighways programme.

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LCC supports the concept of the Cycle Superhighways but we've often been concerned about the quality of the routes. Our campaigning on CS2 is resulting in upgrades along the route and the East-West and North-South Superhighways are a direct result of our Love London, Go Dutch campaign. We continue to campaign to ensure that the remaining superhighways are delivered to the highest possible standards.

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