Cyclists To Be Segregated on 'Nastiest' London Junction
Wednesday 9th July 2014
Plans have been published for central London's first segregated cycle "superhighway" to improve safety on one of the capital's most dangerous junctions.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson says it will run from Kennington Oval to Pimlico across Vauxhall Bridge, meaning cyclists will no longer have to negotiate the notorious Vauxhall gyratory system.
The junction has been described by mayor's cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan as the "nastiest" in the capital. Early last month a 52-year-old cyclist was killed in an accident with a tipper truck there.
It was the sixth cyclist death
in London this year.
"In my cycling vision, I promised that the worst and most dangerous junctions would be made safe for cyclists. Vauxhall is the first," Boris commented.
"In the same week London hosted the Tour de France, I am perhaps even more excited by this scheme, which will help ordinary cyclists every day for years to come."
The new suerhighway will create space for new protected north-south routes through the gyratory, the first of which will be installed later in 2015. More space will also be made for pedestrians.
Public consultation opens today on the plans and it will be open for comments until September 14.
London Assembly Green Party member Darren Johnson has welcomed the proposals to improve safety around Vauxhall Bridge, calling them a "major step forward compared to the dangerous plans the mayor put forward three years ago".