Transport for London (TfL) is to spend £37M overhauling Lambeth and Waterloo bridges and the surrounding junctions to make them safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
The tansport body announced the plans as part of a consultation for schemes to improve conditions around the busy junctions. The estimated cost for the Waterloo scheme is £25M while that of the Lambeth project is £12M.
The junctions have been identified as being among the 73 worst in the capital for their safety record.
The proposed changes include introducing segregated cycle lanes, cycle-specific traffic lights, wider paths, the removal or transformation of the junctions and improved public spaces.
The proposals for both areas will tie into the existing cycling network.
TfL said safety is one of the main reasons people choose not to cycle. The junction overhauls will help allay those fears, it said.
The new schemes are part of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from London’s streets, and increase the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80% of journeys – which currently stands at 64% – both by 2041.
TfL managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels said: “The mayor has set ambitious plans for 80% of all trips in London to be on foot, bike or public transport by 2041 and these ambitious plans for Lambeth Bridge and Waterloo rise to that challenge. By boosting sustainable and active travel we can make the most efficient use of road space to support growth and benefit the environment, health and the economy.
”We encourage Londoners to let us know what they think about the proposals to help make them as good as possible.”
TfL said: “The area around Waterloo is currently overcrowded and unpleasant for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users. This will be exacerbated by the expansion of the railway station and planned developments – making these changes all the more necessary.”
The proposals for Lambeth Bridge and the surrounding area would:
- Create segregated cycle lanes across the bridge
- Create two-stage facilities for cyclists turning right at both crossroads
- Ensure that left-turning cyclists can bypass both crossroads to eliminate conflict
- Introduce cycle signals to allow cyclists to be separated in time or space from general traffic
- Provide signalised pedestrian crossings and increase overall space for pedestrians
TfL and Lambeth Council’s proposals for Waterloo would:
- Create a new large public square by closing the south west corner of the Imax roundabout at the southern end
- Return safer two-way traffic around Waterloo Imax roundabout
- Introduce safer segregated cycle lanes around the Imax
- Widen footways and improve a pedestrian crossing
- Improve the bus station on Waterloo Road
In addition to these changes, the proposals also look to declutter the area, improve pedestrian crossings and increase the greenery in the area.