[Talk-GB] One for the London mappers

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Tue Oct 20 10:12:48 UTC 2015

Slightly surprised this hasn't appeared on OSM yet...!


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Subject:     TfL Press Release - First section of Mayor’s North-South Cycle
Superhighway opens ‎
Date:     Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:52:39 +0000
From:     TfL Press Office <PressOffice at tfl.gov.uk>
To:     undisclosed-recipients:;



20 October 2015

First section of Mayor’s North-South Cycle Superhighway opens ‎

·Two-way 800m section north from Elephant & Castle to Blackfriars Road
via St George’s Road has opened‎

·Latest milestone in the creation of safer cycle superhighway networks

·Traffic already returning to similar levels seen before the work began ‎

The first section of a safe, segregated cycle route that will ultimately
run from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross has opened – six months after
the Mayor helped dig out the first piece of tarmac.

Transport for London (TfL) has completed the two-way 800m section, from
Elephant & Castle to the Peabody estate on Blackfriars Road, and
engineers continue to work at pace to complete the new route. The new
North-South section will intersect with the new Quietway 1 from Waterloo
to Greenwich at Webber Street, as well as the existing Cycle
Superhighway 7 at Princess Street.

‎It’s the latest milestone in the creation of the Mayor and TfL’s cycle
networks, and as new routes are completed and other major improvements
are finished, the traffic impact across London will start to reduce.

Already, congestion levels along St George’s Road have greatly eased
since work finished. At certain times, especially outside the peak
hours, traffic is reducing back to similar levels seen before the work
began, but with the added benefits of better cycle facilities and
pedestrian crossings.

‎Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “This is another key moment in
the evolution of cycling in our great city. We promised world-class
facilities and that's exactly what's being delivered on the ground. We
appreciate there's disruption going on as this network of routes takes
shape alongside other major development work in London, but TfL is
pulling out all the stops to minimise delays. The opening of this
section of superhighway is an important part of our mission to get more
Londoners cycling safely, offering a fantastic new segregated route for
thousands of people making a trip from north to south.”

In the new year, cyclists will be able to travel from Elephant and
Castle to Blackfriars Bridge along the new North-South route, with
Blackfriars Road transformed from a car-dominated street into a new
urban boulevard with almost 20,000 square feet of new space for
pedestrians and a two-way segregated cycle track.

‎The link across Blackfriars Bridge will open to cyclists by spring 2016,
connecting it with the East-West Cycle Superhighway and Farringdon. The
North-South route will be co-branded Cycle Superhighway 6, bringing it
into the wider Cycle Superhighway network.

‎Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: “It’s
incredible that in just six months we have managed to transform these
roads into a truly continental cycling landscape. A cyclist travels
along the North-South corridor every two seconds in the peak, and the
new protected route will provide a direct, safer journey for thousands
of new and experienced cyclists. We will continue building these routes,
both here and more widely across London, thanking local residents and
businesses for their patience as we do so.”

The East-West and North-South routes were consulted on in autumn 2014,
receiving over 21,000 responses. More than 84 per cent of people backed
the plans and hundreds of businesses joined a campaign to show their
support. Independent opinion polling also showed overwhelming public
backing for the new routes.


In addition to the North-South route, since March 2015, work has been
progressing with the East-West route from Tower Hill to Westbourne
Terrace. Two other segregated superhighways are also under construction:
the upgrade of Cycle Superhighway 2 from Aldgate to Bow and the new
Cycle Superhighway 5 from Oval to Pimlico, which will open next month.
All these routes will be built by summer 2016 alongside other
transformative junction improvements at Elephant & Castle, Stockwell and

Councillor Darren Merrill, Cabinet Member for public realm and
environment at Southwark Council, said: “The new North-South Cycle
Superhighway complements the council’s existing plans to improve cycling
facilities in the borough. We’re determined to see cycling levels
increase amongst people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages. The
Superhighway works especially well with our plans for a new Quieter
route, the Southwark Spine, which offers a direct and easy to navigate
route from the Elephant and Castle to Dulwich in the south of the
borough. We look forward to rolling this out once we’ve consulted fully
with residents.”


Ian Mehrtens, Chief Operating Officer at London South Bank University,
said: “Cycling is an important form of transport for many students and
staff at London South Bank University. The North-South Cycle
Superhighway is a welcomed step towards even safer cycling to and from
our campus, and provides a more pleasant cycling and walking
environment. We look forward to more sections opening, so visitors to
the campus can travel in comfort right across the city.”

During these works, drivers are strongly advised to plan alternative
routes to avoid delays, particularly during peak travel times. TfL is
working hard to minimise disruption, with roadside message signs
alerting drivers to any closures and live travel information provided at
www.tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews <http://www.tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews>and on
Twitter at @tfltrafficnews and @tflbusalerts.




Notes to Editors:


·In March 2013, the Mayor launched his Vision for Cycling in London,
which detailed his £913m programme to improve infrastructure and safety
for cyclists in the capital: www.tfl.gov.uk/cyclingvision

·Throughout the delivery of the Cycle Superhighways and other
transformative schemes under the Road Modernisation Plan, TfL’s skilled
traffic engineers have been developing traffic management plans to
ensure that the impacts on all road users are kept to a minimum.
Sophisticated traffic signal technology, which allows better management
of traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time, is used
to ensure that key routes and junctions are controlled in real-time to
help keep traffic moving.

·The initial design work for the North-South Cycle Superhighway was
carried out by TfL’s in-house design and modelling team. The detailed
design and construction works are being carried out by CVU, a member of
the London Highway Alliance (LoHAC), under supervision by TfL.

·TfL has written to local residents and businesses and details of the
sections of work taking place and delivery timeline can be found on the
TfL website here: www.tfl.gov.uk/northsouth

·Recent analysis by TfL shows that nearly two thirds of potentially
cyclable trips are currently made by car and four in ten potentially
cyclable trips are made for shopping and leisure purposes. By delivering
these cycling improvements across the whole of London, it is hoped that
more people can be encouraged to take to two wheels, helping to reduce
congestion while still supporting local businesses.

TfL Press Office

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