GOOD NEWS! Mayor supports Superhighway extension to Kings Cross

TfL have announced today that there was an overwhelming level of support from the public and other stakeholders for the extension of North-South Cycle Superhighway to King’s Cross. The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said today that he wants to see the scheme proceed and confirmed his commitment to 'make London a by-word for cycling'. 

The results of the consultation earlier this year showed over 70% of the 1300 responses were in support of the proposals put forward by TfL for the an extension to the North-South Cycle Superhighway (CS6) between the junction of Stonecutter Street/Farringdon Street and King’s Cross. The new section would link with the first section of this Superhighway, which opened in April running from Elephant and Castle and crossing Blackfriars Bridge. The full length of the substantially segregated cycle route will be five kilometres from end to end. 

The number of people cycling in London is continuing to grow, particularly where new safer routes have been built. On Vauxhall Bridge, over which Cycle Superhighway 5 runs, there has been a 73 per cent increase year on year in the number of cyclists during rush hour. On the section of the North-South Cycle Superhighway on Blackfriars Bridge, cyclist numbers have increased by 55 per cent and 70 per cent of all vehicles on the bridge are now cyclists at the busiest times.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: “I want to make London a by-word for cycling around the world. Encouraging more Londoners to cycle by making it safer and easier benefits all of us – helping cleaning up London’s toxic air pollution, improving our health, and helping to tackle congestion on our roads.

“The extension of North-South Cycle Superhighway to King’s Cross will make a big difference joining up existing and planned safe cycle routes in this part of London.  It will provide thousands more Londoners with an easier and safer cycling route in central London.  

“Of course, there are lessons to be learned from how previous routes were delivered, including reducing the impact of construction on all road users. I have therefore asked TfL to look very carefully at issues raised by the public to make sure they are properly considered during the process.” 

Amy Summers, LCC Campaigns Coordinator said:

"Following the success and popularity of new stretches of the fully segregated North-South and East-West Superhighways which opened in April this year; it’s no surprise that Londoners want to see more of the same. The new Superhighways have helped to make existing cycle journeys safer and much more enjoyable, as well as enable more people to take up cycling on these great, segregated routes.

"Furthermore, we’re delighted that the Mayor has given the go-ahead for TfL to get moving with these plans. The extension of the Superhighway up to Kings Cross, once built, will mean the Mayor is one step closer to delivering on his promise to treble the current mileage of Cycle Superhighways by 2020 as part of LCC’s Sign for Cycling campaign earlier this year.

London Cycling Campaign submitted a full response to the North-South Extension consultation which you can read here. We will work with TfL to ensure the concerns we do have over the route are addressed.

Existing section of the North-South Superhighway over Blackfriars Bridge, opened earlier this year

Where does the new route go?

In the King’s Cross area, the route will connect with the Central London Grid, which will provide high quality cycle connections to Camden Town and Swiss Cottage, and to Quietway 2 to Waltham Forest via Islington and Hackney.

Pedestrians will also benefit from the plans with 1,665sqm of new footway along the route to make walking easier and more attractive, as well as 14 new and upgraded signalised pedestrian crossings with tactile paving and pedestrian countdown. 

Alan Bristow, TfL’s Director of Road Space Management, said: “The first section of the North-South Cycle Superhighway has been a great success, with cyclists making up 70 per cent of traffic going over Blackfriars Bridge in the busiest times. We’re keen to move forward with the next section to King’s Cross, linking in with other cycling routes in central London, and will continue to work with the boroughs, community groups and other stakeholders to address the issues raised during the consultation ahead of setting out our next steps.”

The Mayor has personally written to the Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) following concerns raised during the consultation about changes to pedestrian crossings and the impact on visually impaired people. He confirmed that the signal-controlled crossing outside the RNIB headquarters on Judd Street near Euston Road will not be changed. Find out more about RNIB’s concerns over Judd St.

The Mayor has asked TfL to continue progressing the plans and speaking with stakeholders to address any outstanding issues, particularly about the impact on local traffic. He has also asked TfL to ensure any plans for construction take on board lessons learned from the previous routes. This includes a construction timetable that is better coordinated and the potential for more night time working to complete roadworks faster.

TfL will now prepare detailed responses to the issues raised during the consultation and continue to engage with local stakeholders and Islington and Camden councils to progress work on the scheme. 

Councillor Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport & Planning at Camden Council, said: “It’s crucial that we provide new high quality cycle routes to give more people the option to cycle safely. Not only is this a healthy and low cost choice for individuals but it also helps tackle London’s air pollution and reduce overcrowding on public transport.

“I welcome the strong public support for the North-South Cycle Superhighway and we will work with TfL and the local community to get the plans right.”

Work is also ongoing to review all of the responses received as part of the consultations on Cycle Superhighway 11, from Swiss Cottage to the West End, and the extension of the East-West Cycle Superhighway towards Acton in west London.