Cycle Bypass at Elephant & Castle

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5007
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Cycle Bypass at the Elephant and Castle is going to be diverted into a park to facilitate easier access for HGV construction vehicles. Please can the following be examined:

• Widening the existing entrance into the park at the south-east end so it can be easily used by pedestrians and two-way cyclists.

• Re-designating the section of the route through the park as a cycle way and helping separate the pedestrians from the cyclists

• Accommodating two-way cycling at the exit to the park at the north-west end, by widening the existing small disabled ramp, with appropriate markings.

• Ensuring that there is a clear cyclist right of way at both exits of the park, with construction vehicles giving.

Answer

Answer for Cycle Bypass at Elephant & Castle

Answer for Cycle Bypass at Elephant & Castle

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The cycle bypass at Elephant & Castle uses Churchyard Row. This needs to be closed to allow deliveries into the construction site from Newington Butts Road (A3), in order to minimise the impact on the surrounding neighbours along Dante Road and Longville Road.  The proposals for the diversion of CS7 through St Mary's Churchyard have been developed with Southwark Council and TfL. Addressing your specific suggestions in turn:

Widening the existing entrance into the park at the south-east end so it can be easily used by pedestrians and two-way cyclists - The existing path will be widened by 900mm to provide a 3 metre wide path for shared use by cyclists and pedestrians.  The path will be finished to match the existing surface. New lighting columns along the relocated route will be provided with appropriate Lux levels, as agreed with Southwark Council.

Re-designating the section of the route through the park as a cycle way and helping separate the pedestrians from the cyclists - New signage will be provided in advance of the diversion and along the route through the Churchyard to guide pedestrians and cyclists, denoting the diverted CS7 route and indicating the shared and segregated areas. Corduroy surfacing will be installed to certain pathways in St. Mary's Churchyard in order to restrict cyclists' movement along designated pedestrian areas, as requested by Southwark Council.

Accommodating two-way cycling at the exit to the park at the north-west end, by widening the existing small disabled ramp, with appropriate markings - Both the northern and southern entrances/exits to the park will have segregated pedestrian and cyclist provision which will be physically separated by a wall and will be appropriately signposted. A new 3 metre wide ramp will be constructed at the southern entrance providing access and egress for cyclists.  Separate steps will be provided for pedestrian access. At the northern entrance the existing ramp will be widened to provide a minimum of 3 metre wide ramp for cyclists to use in both directions. 

Ensuring that there is a clear cyclist right of way at both exits of the park, with construction vehicles giving. - Segregating the public from construction traffic was paramount in establishing the logistics strategy. Creating a thoroughfare has avoided the need for reversing off site onto Newington Butts road. In Traffic Marshals will be in place at both site entrances/gates to manage pedestrian and cyclist traffic when the gates are in use.