Plans for New Nine Elms Cycle Route to Be Progressed

TfL says 60% of respondents to consultation strongly supported the scheme

Visualisation of the new road layout in Nine Elms. Picture: TfL

January 31, 2023

Transport for London (TfL) has said that it intends to move forward with proposals for new cycle routes in the Nine Elms area.

It says that the report into the consultation on the proposal showed strong backing with 60 per cent strongly supporting the new cycling infrastructure on Battersea Park Road.

The plan is for a mix of protected and mandatory cycle lanes to the area, as well as improvements to Queenstown Road junction and improved pedestrian crossings with work being funded by Wandsworth Council and local developers

The eastern end of the Nine Elms area has seen significant development in recent years, including a new station on the Northern line, and the changes aim to help to connect the new and existing neighbourhoods in the west of Nine Elms to London’s growing network of Cycleways.

The plans for Battersea Park Road include:

• 150m of protected cycle tracks with physical segregation, in response to feedback on earlier designs which had a mix of advisory and mandatory cycle lanes with no physical protection
• Improvements at Queenstown Road junction, including:
• early release on all arms of the junction, so people cycling can move off before general traffic
• dedicated cycle lanes guiding people cycling across the junction going both east and west
• a cycle gate for people cycling eastbound
• New 20mph limits along the whole of Battersea Park Road
• Improved ‘straight across’ pedestrian crossings at the junctions with Queenstown Road and Prince of Wales Drive
• New bus shelters featuring real time bus information for stops serving Battersea Park station
• One-way entry to Meath Street from Battersea Park Road
• Relocation of existing loading and parking arrangements from the main road to side roads

TfL says that feedback from people who responded to the consultation showed that 67 per cent believed the scheme would encourage many or some more people to cycle, with 53 per cent saying the same about walking.

TfL has already published a consultation report for an earlier phase of the scheme east of Pump House Lane, and work is set to begin here in autumn this year. The section between Pump House Lane and Duchess Bridge was completed in September 2021. TfL will continue to work on finalising this next phase of the scheme, west of Duchess Bridge, and work here will follow in autumn 2024, subject to funding. Work to complete the entire scheme will be complete by spring 2026.

Battersea Park Road links directly with the CS8 cycle route. The proposals on Battersea Park Road will build on recent upgrades to other cycle routes in the area, by connecting the existing Cycleways of CS8 in Battersea to CS5 in Vauxhall, through Nine Elms and onwards to Wandsworth town centre.

Helen Cansick, TfL's Head of Healthy Streets Investment, said, “We’re determined to ensure that everyone in London is able to walk and cycle safely and these changes will be an important new addition to the capital’s network of high quality Cycleways, as well as making it easier to walk and cross this busy road. I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation for their feedback and we’ll continue to work on our plans for Nine Elms to ensure people have even better options for accessing the area sustainably and affordably.”

Councillor Clare Fraser, Wandsworth Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "These plans help support this key area of Battersea and will provide transport improvements to cycling and bus infrastructure as well as pedestrian crossings. I’m also pleased to see that the whole of Battersea Park Road will be 20mph under this scheme.

"TfL has developed these plans in response to feedback from local residents, businesses and schools, which is crucial to shape the future of our streets. We want better local walking and cycling routes so that people feel confident about choosing more sustainable travel options, which are also healthier and cheaper to use."

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