London’s North-South Cycle Highway to King’s Cross approved

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed they intend to go ahead with the North-South Cycle Superhighway to King’s Cross, after plans were supported by 70% of respondents to its consultation.

Once complete the full North-South route, also known as Cycle Superhighway 6 (CS6), will provide what TfL calls a safe and direct route for cyclists across central London between Elephant and Castle and King’s Cross.  5km in total, the route will be either fully separated from traffic, or on quiet back streets.  At its northern end, the route will connect both with the planned Quietway 2, and Central London Grid routes, allowing cyclists to travel safely to Hackney, Walthamstow, Camden and Swiss Cottage and opening up the city to cycling.

TfL has closely considered all of the responses received in the consultation for this scheme and incorporated several changes to the original plan to address the concerns of local residents and stakeholders.  A detailed design will now be developed and, subject to approval from Camden Council and Islington Council, construction will begin in spring 2017.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said, “We must make it safer and easier for all Londoners to cycle.  It can have major benefits for our health, and making cycling part of people’s everyday lives will also help clean up London’s toxic air.

“The extension of the North-South Cycle Superhighway will make a big difference joining up existing and planned safe cycle routes in this part of London, and make cycling a safe and practical option for thousands more Londoners.

“We’re determined to learn all the lessons from previous superhighway schemes, and we’ve listened carefully to everyone who responded to the consultation. This includes incorporating wider pavements and more crossing points to ensure pedestrians properly benefit from the new scheme too.”

TfL says the new route, which it calls safe and attractive, is expected to be as popular as the first section, which opened in April between Elephant and Castle, across Blackfriars Bridge to Stonecutter Street, “unlocking huge latent demand for safe cycling routes”. On Blackfriars Bridge 70% of all vehicles during the busiest times are now cyclists.

It adds that pedestrians will also benefit from the plans with 1,600sq metres of new footway along the route as well as 14 new or upgraded signalised pedestrian crossings with tactile paving and pedestrian countdown technology.  It will also provide a much improved pedestrian crossing at Farringdon Road for the many thousands of Thameslink passengers who use Farringdon station each day, and for those who will use the new Crossrail station in two years’ time.

Alan Bristow, TfL’s Director of Road Space Management, said: “The first part of the North-South Cycle Superhighway has been a great success and is already being used by thousands of Londoners daily. We’re now keen to complete the route to enable even more cycling journeys, but will be planning the project carefully to minimise disruption to other road users.”

Councillor Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to add to Islington’s cycling network, improving access and safety.

“Since the public expressed their overwhelming support, we have been working hard behind the scenes with TfL and Camden Council to make sure we get every aspect right so that all can enjoy it and no community is left behind or adversely affected.

“As we proceed to deliver this historic change, it is important that the work is carried out with the minimum of disruption. I look forward to seeing the clear benefits of the scheme finally come to pass – from safer cycling in an integrated network to a better environment for pedestrians and residents, as well as improvements to Islington’s air quality.”

TfL says it will ensure that plans for construction take on board lessons learned from the previous routes.  This includes a construction timetable that is fully coordinated with other roadworks and the potential for more night time working to complete the work faster.

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