Update - 18 March 2016
We received 630 responses to the consultation. Thanks to all those who provided their views.
74 per cent of the responses supported or partially supported the proposals, whereas 19 per cent did not. 48 per cent of respondents expressed a preference for the option of 1.8 metre segregated cycle tracks on Westminster Bridge, compared to 20 per cent who preferred the option of 2.3 metre mandatory lanes and 23 per cent who wanted neither option.
After considering all of the responses, we intend to proceed with the layout changes as consulted on, with 1.8 metre segregated cycle tracks on Westminster Bridge.
We are still in discussions with Network Rail regarding the proposed changes for taxis on Station Approach Road, and will make a further announcement once an agreement has been reached.
As part of the ongoing design process we will also continue to work with stakeholders to address concerns raised regarding the bus stop bypasses.
Construction work is scheduled to begin in autumn 2016 and be completed by .
The details of the consultation can be found below.
End of update
What we proposed?
As part of our £4bn Road Modernisation Plan, we proposed changes at Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth Palace Road, Addington Street and York Road. The proposals aimed to deliver improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.
Why we proposed this?
Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth Palace Road, Addington Street and York Road are well used cycling routes which pass through the ‘roundabout’ formed by Westminster Bridge Road, Addington Street and York Road.
The ‘roundabout’ is currently traffic dominated and can be an intimidating place to walk and cycle. We proposed to give cyclists dedicated space and separate cycle signals at junctions. Our proposals would deliver improvements for pedestrians including upgraded crossings, clearer footways and a new pedestrian crossing on Westminster Bridge Road.
The improvements would provide a connection between the East-West Cycle Superhighway on the north bank of the Thames and the Central London Cycling Grid on Belvedere Road and Royal Street in Lambeth, providing a joined-up cycling network for this part of London.
Proposed layout changes
To improve conditions and safety for cyclists we would:
Provide cyclists with dedicated road space on Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth Palace Road, Addington Street and York Road; cyclists would be separated from traffic by a kerb or white line
Separate cyclists and motor vehicle movements at junctions; cyclists would have their own traffic signals which would operate at different times to those for other traffic
Widen the pedestrian/cycle crossing by the south end of Belvedere Road and improve the connection between Belvedere Road and Westminster Bridge Road
Convert the pedestrian crossing on Lambeth Palace Road outside the hospital to a pedestrian/cycle crossing so that cyclists can access Royal Street from Lambeth Palace Road. The crossing would be changed from ‘staggered’ (two separate crossings with an island in the middle) to ‘straight across’ (a single crossing)
Provide bus stop bypasses at bus stops D and E on Westminster Bridge Road, bus stops B and C on Lambeth Palace Road and the tour bus stop at the east side of Westminster Bridge so that cyclists could avoid having to mix with traffic. Cyclists would continue behind the bus stops on a carriageway-level cycle track, which would feature a chicane and narrowed track to reduce speeds. Bus passengers would access the bus stop waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a marked crossing point/s
Widen the footway on the corner of York Road and Westminster Bridge Road to slow down left turning vehicles
Cyclists would still be able to use the northbound bus and cyclist only route from Westminster Bridge Road to York Road
To improve conditions and safety for pedestrians we would:
Provide a new pedestrian crossing on Westminster Bridge Road between the new ‘Urbanest’ building and the Park Plaza (Westminster Bridge) hotel to give a more direct walking route along Westminster Bridge Road and between Lambeth Palace Road and York Road. This would be subject to agreement with the Park Plaza Hotel Group
Replace the ‘staggered’ pedestrian crossing on Lambeth Palace Road (at its junction with Westminster Bridge Road) with a ‘straight across’ crossing
Replace the ‘staggered’ crossing on Lambeth Palace Road outside St. Thomas’ hospital with a ‘straight across’ pedestrian/cycle crossing
Install pedestrian countdown signals at three pedestrian crossings
Improve the quality and consistency of the pavements on Westminster Bridge Road and on the ‘roundabout’
Widen the pedestrian crossing at the south end of Belvedere Road
Widen the western pavement of York Road by the Park Plaza hotel and plant trees on the new pavement area
Provide improved footway materials at the following locations:
the service access to the Park Plaza (County Hall) and Travelodge hotels on Addington Street
the northern footway on Westminster Bridge Road where it meets Belvedere Road
the access to the London Marriot County Hall hotel on Westminster Bridge Road
the accesses to St. Thomas’ hospital on Lambeth Palace Road
De-clutter footways by rationalising locations of street furniture
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