Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Lambeth Council have announced that work to transform Waterloo roundabout and the surrounding area to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians will commence in early 2020.
The news comes as figures from Transport for London (TfL) show year-on-year growth in levels of cycling within the Congestion Charging Zone in the third quarter of this year (July-September), underlining the effect of safe infrastructure in encouraging people to cycle.
Confirmation the works at Waterloo will go ahead follows a public consultation held earlier this year in which some 55 per cent of the 1,628 respondents said that they either strongly agreed or agreed to the proposals.
Under the plans, the roundabout surrounding the IMAX cinema at the southern end of Waterloo Bridge will be removed and turned into a new public space with TfL seeking to end the current domination of motor traffic in the area.
In a press release, TfL said: “Cycling will be made easier and more appealing through dedicated space and signals to reduce collisions, while tackling this notorious junction removes a barrier to cycling in the wider area.
“Both pedestrians and bus users will benefit from a new signalised crossing, a new public square and wider footways.”
With the corner of the roundabout nearest to Waterloo Station closed, the roundabout will be replaced by roads with two-way traffic flow, including protected cycle lanes.
Pedestrians will benefit from wider footways and better crossings, while the bus station close to the roundabout will also be improved.