Work Begins on Wandsworth Cycle Route Upgrade

Aim is to improve link between town centre and Chelsea Bridge

Work to be done on Wandsworth section of cycle route
Work to be done on Wandsworth section of cycle route

TfL is starting construction work on a major upgrade of the segregated cycle route between Wandsworth Town Centre and Chelsea Bridge.

The project on CS8 follows on from work done last year between Chelsea Bridge and Lambeth Bridge.

TfL says its analysis shows that the area is on a key strategic cycling corridor and is in the top five per cent for current and future cycling demand in London.

Work between Queen’s Circus and Wandsworth Town Centre started on 22 February and will include:

  • Widening of cycle lanes on Battersea Park Road and light segregation in some sections to improve safety for people cycling, as well as extending advanced stop lines at junctions. Battersea Park Road will also be a 20mph zone to improve general traffic safety
  • Building new widened cycle lanes on York Road with light segregation in some sections, a new section of bus lane, which will operate 24 hours a day, as well as a new right turn ban onto York Place to limit delays and improve junction safety. York Road will also have a 20mph speed limit
  • Adding cycle signage on Macduff Road for easier wayfinding for cyclists and better driver awareness of cyclists at junctions.
  • Work on Chelsea Bridge, including the widening of the existing southbound cycle lane with segregation from general traffic, is planned to begin in late March, subject to borough approval.

During the trial operation of the new configuration feedback can still be submitted. It is expected to be in operation from early March.

Currently, there is no protected cycling infrastructure along this busy corridor. TfL says that data shows that there were collisions involving 64 people cycling along the route of CS8 between November 2016 to November 2019, of which 11 were seriously injured.

TfL says it will use feedback received to help it decide whether it is necessary to make any changes to the trial scheme once it is in place, and whether it should stay in place permanently.

TfL says route is on a key strategic cycling corridor
TfL says route is on a key strategic cycling corridor

Will Norman, London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said, “Londoners have shown a record-breaking demand for cycling over the past few months and I'm delighted that our bold new measures build on that momentum and ensure we're doing all we can to avoid a damaging car-based recovery.

“Enabling more people to walk and cycle is key to a green recovery for our city, and the Mayor’s world-leading improvements to London’s streets are enabling millions of journeys to be made by walking and cycling.”

Helen Cansick, TfL's Head of Healthy Streets Delivery, said, “Cycling has been an essential mode of transport for many people throughout the pandemic and we anticipate increasing numbers of people will want to cycle and walk in the area, as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease. We’re working to deliver more infrastructure across the capital to support these journeys and our work to upgrade sections of CS8 will help to make cycling easier and safer for thousands of people, as well as ensuring that there is enough space on public transport for those who need it most.”

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February 23, 2021