Transport for London (TfL) has launched a consultation on Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1), a new 11km route linking Tottenham and the City.
CS1 will start at White Hart Lane, cross Lordship Lane, rejoining the A10 briefly around Seven Sisters Road before heading back to quieter roads into Stoke Newington. The route then runs through Dalston and Haggerston via Culford Road, into Hoxton on Pitfield Street, then down Paul Street and Wilson Street to behind Liverpool Street station.
TfL is proposing a number of changes to the existing roads along the route to improve things for cyclists — just eight sets of traffic lights compared with 54 along the main road, reducing journey time from the City to Tottenham from 42 minutes to 30 minutes. There will also be changes to Apex Junction at Great Eastern Street and Old Street to make it safer for cyclists to cross, and road closures on some streets. TfL's managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels, said:
“Cycling in London has more than doubled in the last decade. However, many existing and potential cyclists are not aware of direct cycle routes along quieter streets, such as the route that CS1 would follow. These plans will provide a clear and safe cycling route into central London, as well as see the major transformation of the ‘Apex Junction’. We look forward to hearing from Londoners about these designs and, subject to the comments received, will look to deliver these improvements as quickly as we can to help more people take to two wheels.”
On Balls Pond Road, TfL is considering options for replacing the little-used bus lane with either cycle lanes and traffic islands between Culford Road and Kingsbury Road, or a two-way segregated cycle track along Tottenham High Road.
It's worth noting that this isn't primarily a segregated cycleway. While there are a few segregated sections, those will be on the sections where CS1 has to use a busier road. There will be segregated tracks to link CS1 to the Old Street roundabout. We anticipate some criticism from cyclists over that, but the Mayor's cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, said:
“As we made clear in the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, superhighways need not be on main roads where better, more direct alternatives exist. Some of the most successful stretches of the current network, such as Cable Street and Narrow Street on CS3, are on side streets. This route will be quicker to deliver, more pleasant to use and more convenient for cyclists than anything we could do on the main road – including full segregation.”
If the outcome of the six week consultation over CS1 is positive, work could begin this summer and be completed in early 2016. The segregated east-west section of the cycle superhighway was recently given the go ahead, and work is expected to start in April.
The consultation closes on 29 March, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cs1 to have your say.