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Plan for people-friendly Waterloo & Lambeth Bridge

Waterloo Bridge
The new look Waterloo junction would feature segregated cycle lanes

Plans to make Lambeth Bridge and Waterloo roundabout more people-friendly have been published today by Transport for London (TfL).

he new layouts will improve conditions for walking, cycling and public transport, says TfL. Waterloo roundabout and Lambeth Bridge northern roundabout were identified by TfL as among the 73 junctions in the capital with the worst safety record for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Changes include segregated cycle lanes, cycle-specific traffic lights, wider paths, the removal or alteration of the intimidating junctions and vastly improved public spaces.

The improvements would also connect new safe cycling route with current and planned cycle network, says TfL. The proposals for Lambeth Bridge would join onto Cycle Superhighway 8, a number of Quietways as well as improvement work underway around Westminster Bridge. New routes at Waterloo would connect with the wider cycle network including nearby Quietway 1 and the proposed Quietway 5.

Last week London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced plans to increase the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80% of journeys by 2041, as part of his draft Transport Strategy.

The northern and southern roundabouts at Lambeth Bridge would be removed and replaced with signalised crossroads. These crossroads would remove a number of conflicts between cyclists and vehicles and provide signalised pedestrian crossings, says TfL.

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

The area around Waterloo is currently overcrowded and unpleasant for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users, says TfL. TfL and Lambeth Council’s proposals for Waterloo would:

* Create a new large public square by closing the south west corner of the roundabout
* Return safer two-way traffic around Waterloo Imax
* Introduce safer segregated cycle lanes around the Imax
* Widen footways and improve a pedestrian crossing
* Improve the bus station on Waterloo Road

Subject to the results of the public consultations, which close on 20 August, work at Lambeth could begin as next year and around Waterloo in late 2019.
To respond to the proposals for the Waterloo area go to tfl.gov.uk/waterloo-roundabout and for Lambeth Bridge proposals go to tfl.gov.uk/Lambeth-bridge.