Lambeth Bridge is getting a cycling improvement

Transport for London is improving Lambeth Bridge for cyclists

The Mayor of London recently announced that since May 2016, the amount of safe cycling space in London has tripled, several months ahead of schedule. More than 160 km of lanes are either under construction or completed. 

The changes follow from public consultation on how TfL should make it less daunting to walk and cycle across the bridge which connects Westminster and Lambeth.

Transport for London is planning to remove roundabouts at each end of Lambeth Bridge and create more pedestrian and bike friendly traffic controls.

Construction work will not commence until 2022 and is not expected to be completed until 2024, but once completed, all roundabouts will be demolished and turned into crossroad junctions with traffic signals and signalised pedestrian crossings.

Lambeth Bridge roundabout

Lambeth Bridge roundabout

Dedicated space will be available for cycling people at each intersection, and wider footways will create more space for walking people.

Nigel Hardy, TfL’s head of healthy streets investment and delivery, said: “Enabling more people to walk and cycle is a vital part of our plans to tackle congestion and poor air quality.

“Changes at Lambeth Bridge will create a much-needed new safe cycle crossing over the Thames and make it much easier for people to get around the area by bike.”

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “The changes will enable many more Londoners to switch to greener ways of getting around our city, helping clean up air toxic air and tackle the climate emergency.”

Construction work currently underway across London involves Cycleway 4, a new route between Tower Bridge and Greenwich in southeast London, and Cycleway 9, a 15 km separated route between Brentford and Olympia in west London.

The latest TfL figures show the total distance cycled in London on an average day in 2018 saw the highest growth reported since tracking started in 2015, growing by nearly 5 percent from the previous year, while the distance cycled every day for the first time exceeded four million kilometres.

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