Work Begins On London's First Ever Segregated Roundabout
Wednesday 20th August 2014
Work is to begin on London's first ever fully segegated roundabout - separating motorists and cyclists.
Construction begins this week on Queens Circus Roundabout, with Wandworth Council, Transport for London and Battersea Power Station Development Company all involved. It is being done in phases and is expected to be finished next summer.
The project is one part of plans to overhaul large sections of the street network in Nine Elms on the South Bank.
A series of new residential and office buildings are being built on the former industrial area.
The council says the long-term aim is to make Nine Elms one of the most cycle and pedestrian friendly districts in central London.
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: "This is an innovative design and we expect it will be the first major roundabout in London which separates cyclists from other traffic in this way. There will be segregated cycle lanes and the points at which riders cross the road will be controlled by traffic lights to avoid any potential conflict. We hope this will be a blueprint others can follow.
"We’re able to provide extra space for the cycle lanes by reducing the size of the roundabout’s central island. This means the space for other traffic is maintained and overall traffic can be better managed through this busy junction.
"In Nine Elms we are redeveloping an entire district of the city which provides a unique opportunity to plan and deliver an exceptional new transport network. But we also asking drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care while the work is on-going."
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport at TfL said the move is in reaction to the increased number of cyclists on London's streets.
"London is embracing cycling like never before, with world class races taking place throughout the summer and new cycle routes now being planned and delivered across all 33 boroughs," he commented.
"These ambitious and innovative plans for Queens Circus will deliver improvements for cyclists while also making the environment better for pedestrians and other road users, helping deliver the wider aspirations of the Mayors Vision for Cycling."
The roundabout is located at the western end of Nine Elms regeneration area, next to Battersea Park.
The roads will remain open for the vast majority of the project but there will be temporary traffic lane and pavement closures as well as changes to bus stop locations.