London Cycling Campaign)
The Mayor of London promised to build Cycle Superhighways to continental standards. How’s he doing?
Acton to Barking; Elephant and Castle to Kings Cross – phase II upcoming
The jewels in the Cycle Superhighways crown.
The East-West Cycle Superhighway currently runs from Parliament to Tower Bridge with wide bidirectional track that’s largely of very high quality.
At Tower Bridge in the east, it connects directly into CS3 that runs along Cable Street and out to Barking. And the East-West connects with the North-South at Blackfriars Bridge.
In the west, work is ongoing on the sections past Buckingham Palace that continue the East-West to the north edge of Hyde Park and onto Westbourne Terrace near Paddington.
A further extension of the East-West was proposed to take it onto the elevated Westway, over the top of Kensington & Chelsea borough (who apparently will not currently tolerate any Cycle Superhighway on surface roads within their boundaries), and on to Acton. Beyond Wood Lane, the East-West was proposed to be “shared use” unfit to carry “Cycle Superhighway” branding. This alignment has, however, been shelved for now – with Mayor Sadiq Khan promising an alternative route. How he achieves that with Kensington & Chelsea remains to be seen.
The North-South Cycle Superhighway runs from Elephant & Castle in the South to Stonecutter Street in Holborn currently. It also features high-quality bidirectional tracks for the majority of its length. However, Elephant & Castle, the section between it and St George’s Circus, and the Circus itself, remain beset with issues currently, that require urgent fixes. North from St George’s Circus and over Blackfriars Bridge, linking into the East-West there, the track is arguably the highest-quality cycling facility in the UK.