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Junction upgrades to benefit cyclists

Words: Laura Edgar

The second phase of London’s ‘Quietways’ cycle scheme has been launched as work on the first major junction upgrade begins.

Substantial funding has been set aside for a series of cycling schemes in outer London, alongside further cycle routes that will extend the network to every borough.

Transport for London (TfL) and Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor of London’s cycling commissioner, have written to all London boroughs committing to funding for phase two of Quietways.

Work has also begun on the first junction, which is being transformed under Mayor Boris Johnson’s junction review programme, said TfL. Thirty-three junctions will be redesigned under the scheme. About £300 million will be spent on the upgrades.

Work at Oval junction, South London, which is on Cycle Superhighway 7, includes tracks to separate cyclists from vehicles. Another four junctions will also be altered in the area to include low-level signals built at the height of cyclist to help provide them with an early start.

Johnson, said: “We know that most serious bike and pedestrian injuries and fatalities occur at junctions. That’s why we are overhauling some of the worst examples of these Sixties relics across London. In my Cycling Vision I promised to focus on making serious, meaningful improvements to our worst routes and junctions. We can turn these junctions into more civilised places for cyclists and pedestrians, while at the same time maintaining their traffic function.”

Seven of the 33 junction proposals have already been launched for public consultation; Oval, Aldgate, Tower Hill, Blackfriars, Elephant & Castle, Parliament Square and Lancaster Gate. A third of the redesigned junctions are set to be completed by 2016.

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “Following detailed design and modelling, the hardhats are on and the spades are about to hit the ground on these hugely transformative schemes. Our redesign of Oval Triangle will provide more dedicated space for cyclists, better crossing for pedestrians and a more pleasant environment for all.”

Johnson’s Cycling Vision will create a ‘Crossrail for the bike’. Which is part of his plan for close to a £1 billion investment in London cycling. The aim is to make the streets safer for cycling and have more people travelling by bike in the city.