Cyclists will be fully segregated from vehicles on London’s first cycle superhighway, under new plans unveiled by Transport for London (TfL).
The two-way cycle lanes are to be built from Kennington Oval to Pimlico, running through the Vauxhall gyratory system. Currently, cyclists make up almost a quarter of rush-hour traffic through Vauxhall.
There will also be more space for pedestrians, with around one square kilometre of new footway.
Subject to a public consultation, work to build the route could begin in winter 2014.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “In my cycling vision, I promised that the worst and most dangerous junctions would be safe for cyclists.
“Vauxhall is the first. In the same week London hosted the Tour de France, I am perhaps even more excited by this plan, which will help cyclists every day for many years.”
The new segregated track will be part of cycle superhighway 5 from Belgrave Square to New Cross. It will link to back-street ‘Quietway’ cycle routes at both ends.
TfL is also working with Network Rail to widen the existing Vauxhall subway under the railway on the north side of Kennington Lane to provide a wider off-carriageway route for westbound cyclists.
The public consultation opens today on the plans and will be open for comments until 14 September.