TfL seeks feedback on cycling ‘upgrades’ in Lambeth and Southwark

TfL is asking for feedback on a series of changes made earlier this year to three south London cycle routes in Lambeth and Southwark.

The changes along the A23 between Oval and Streatham, Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill in central London and on the CS7 cycle route between Oval and Elephant & Castle are being trialled for 18 months.

TfL says the changes are designed to support increased levels of walking and cycling and are a vital part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

TfL is encouraging people to use its new engagement and consultation website to comment on how successful they think the trial changes have been.

The start of the engagement process coincides with the start of the UN’s Global Road Safety Week, which is promoting the need for streets across the world which are healthy, green and liveable.

TfL will use the consultations to help decide whether it is necessary to make any changes to the trial schemes and whether they should stay in place permanently.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “The ambition set out in the mayor’s manifesto on which he was recently re-elected is clear: we must continue to build a comprehensive and safe cycling network, and we must do it fast.

“We know that these three trial schemes have enabled more people living in and around Lambeth and Southwark to cycle in these areas, no matter what their age or ability.”

On the A23, TfL made changes to bus lanes to make them safer for people cycling. Changes include wider bus lanes and separate traffic signals for cyclists at junctions in Brixton.

The changes along CS7 include new cycle wands to segregate the existing cycle lanes on the westbound and southbound approaches to the Camberwell New Road/ Kennington Park Road junction - as well as wider bus lanes.

At Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill, moderations include new sections of light cycle segregation with wands in both directions and the closure of a slip road near the London Bridge Hospital to create a new pedestrian space.

Helen Cansick, TfL’s head of healthy streets delivery, said: “We want to make cycling easier and less intimidating on some of London’s busier roads.

“These trial changes to roads in Lambeth and Southwark aim to give people new to cycling confidence that it is a safe and viable way to make essential journeys now, during the pandemic, but also as part of their longer-term travel habits.

“We’d really like to hear people’s thoughts on the improvements we’ve made and will continue to work with both councils and people in the area through the trial period.”

20 May 2021