New bus and cycle lanes from part of Transport for London’s next steps for improving the streets of Nine Elms, making them better for people walking, cycling and using public transport.
The proposals support the wider regeneration in the area and will see the 2.5km (1.5mile) stretch of Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Road completely redesigned to make more attractive, accessible and people-friendly streets.
The proposals include:
- A new substantially segregated cycle route connecting to Cycle Superhighway 8, which runs between Wandsworth and Westminster
- Signals and junctions designed to separate cyclists and motor vehicles by time or space
- New wider pavements
- 23 new or improved pedestrian crossings
- Improved bus lanes
Owing to the length of the route, the scheme has been divided into seven sections, with sections one to three along the western sections of Battersea Park Road and sections four to seven along the eastern end of Battersea Park Road and Nine Elms Lane.
TfL says it has considered and addressed all the responses to the consultation, which has helped shape the design of the eastern part of the scheme. This section of the scheme includes improved pedestrian space, stepped cycle tracks and bus stop bypasses.
There was less support for the western sections of the route at consultation and TfL is now reviewing the designs with a view to delivering greater protection for cyclists and maintaining a key public transport interchange.
Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, says: “I’m pleased that the plans for the eastern section of Nine Elms will be progressed including wider pavements, new and improved crossing points and segregated cycle lanes.
“Feedback from the consultation will enable us to improve proposals for the western section, bringing further benefits to pedestrians and cyclists. This scheme will enable more people to walk and cycle, reducing car use which is crucial to cleaning up London’s toxic air.”
Ben Plowden, director of strategy and network development for surface transport at TfL, says: “Our ambitious proposals to transform the streets around Nine Elms support the major regeneration of the area, which is bringing new homes, jobs, shops and parks to the local community. The improvements are part of our commitment to create healthy streets across the UK capital and include a new substantially segregated cycle route, newly designed junctions and transformed public spaces, for all to enjoy.”
The proposals are funded by local developer contributions. In total, more than £1bn of new transport and social infrastructure is being delivered across Nine Elms on the South Bank as it transforms from a largely light industrial area into a vibrant new central London district.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, says: “Nine Elms is already a success story with a new community of residents and businesses who have moved to the area, along with the many visitors who go there regularly to enjoy its cultural and leisure attractions. On its vacant industrial land there will soon be 20,000 new homes, including 4,000 affordable units and some 25,000 permanent jobs.
“Delivering the right transport infrastructure is key to its continued success and while construction has already started on the Northern Line extension along with a new pier to boost river transport, we need to make sure we get the next phase of infrastructure right.”
Subject to securing approvals, construction is likely to take place between 2020 and 2021. TfL and Wandsworth Council continue to coordinate with other work in the area to explore opportunities to integrate proposals, seek cost efficiencies and minimise disruption. As a result, delivery of some sections may take place earlier or later. TfL has also installed temporary upgrades to cycling and pedestrian infrastructure to protect vulnerable road users during the major development of the area.