Blackfriars Bridge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-03-23
Session date: 
March 23, 2011
Reference: 
2011/1035
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have been contacted by a number of cycling organisations, who believe that TfL's plans for alterations to traffic arrangements at the north end of Blackfriars Bridge will make life difficult for cyclists and pedestrians. They also feel that consultation has been lacking. Please could you answer the following queries?

1. Please confirm which cycling groups you, or your officials, have been in contact with in order to consult them about the proposed changes.

2. Please confirm the details for the consultation on the proposals.

3. Please confirm that the current proposals involve the removal of the cycle lane from the junction of Queen Victoria Street southwards onto Blackfriars Bridge in order to facilitate a third traffic lane.

4. The cyclists have raised concerns that the lack of a left turn for cyclists from New Bridge Street into Queen Victoria Street would mean they would have to cross three lanes of traffic. Is this correct and if so what mitigation measures are TfL proposing to install to ensure cyclists are safe.

5. I also understand that a pedestrian crossing from Watergate Street to the north side of Queen Victoria Street is to be removed. Is this the case and if so how are pedestrians expected to safely cross the road?

Answer

Answer for Blackfriars Bridge

Answer for Blackfriars Bridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

1. City of London, as a development partner in the Network Rail led scheme to redevelop the Blackfriars junction to accommodate the reopening of Blackfriars station, consulted a representative of the London Cycling Campaign at an early stage in the scheme development process. As you know, TfL is currently engaging a large range of stakeholder groups on the plans for the junction, including Living Streets, London Cycling Campaign and London TravelWatch.

2. TfL has published the scheme plans on line, together with an explanation of key points of the scheme. TfL's engagement will run until 15 April, following which TfL will discuss the feedback it receives with Network Rail.

3. In fact the proposals involve the removal of the southbound cycle lane in order to meet significantly increased demand from pedestrians once Blackfriars Station reopens. This will be achieved by increasing the footway space immediately outside the station entrance, and by introducing two new pedestrian crossings, for example.

4. It is correct that the scheme involves the banning of a currently permitted left turn from New Bridge Street into Queen Victoria Street. It is necessary to ban this manoeuvre in order to avoid traffic coming into conflict with pedestrians exiting the station via one of the two new pedestrian crossings. Cyclists wishing to turn left onto the bridge can follow a diversion, using the new crossings.

5. It is necessary to remove the pedestrian crossing on New Bridge Street (at the Blackfriars Public House) as there is not sufficient footway space at this junction to accommodate the forecast number of passengers who would use the crossing were it to remain in place following the re opening of the station. Pedestrians making the movement across New Bridge Street will be able to use the existing subways.