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TFL proposes major overhaul for notorious CS2 cycle route

Major changes proposed for Aldgate to Bow roundabout section including kerb separation and new junction designs

A consultation period is underway for proposed changes to a stretch of the notorious CS2 Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 2 running from Aldgate to Bow Roundabout. Proposed changes, for the stretch that runs past both QMUL campuses, are part of a TFL improvement programme to make travelling on the roads of the capital safer and more comfortable for cyclists. Fourteen cyclists were killed on London’s roads in 2013, with six killed in the space of two weeks in November – three of which occurred on CS2. The number of cyclists has also dramatically increased along the route, with a 32% increase in the first year of CS2 alone, and an estimated two thousand cyclists a day using the route in either direction.

The major changes put forward by TFL include kerb and ‘wand’ separated cycle tracks, bus stop bypasses and new junction designs, as well as the relocation and merging of bus stops. Kerbing would separate cyclists from motorists and buses for most of route, whilst high visibility poles referred to as ‘wands’ would provide separation in narrower areas where kerbs are not possible to install. Bus stop bypasses would also provide a safer degree of separation, continuing with the layout already utilised from Bow roundabout to Stratford. New junction designs aim to reduce conflict between cyclists and left turning vehicles, whilst relocation and merging of bus stops aims to provide space for revamped the cycle lanes.

Many of the proposals laid out are subject to approval from the Department for Transport and are likely to face opposition. TFL analysis shows that the changes are likely to extend journey times for all motorists on the route both during construction and on completion. Tower Hamlets council and TFL are also in consultation with market traders in the Whitechapel area about the effects on loading and pavement space.

The consultation period for the measures ends on Sunday 2nd November 2014, and members of the public are encouraged to have their say in online surveys or in person at public exhibitions and events. For more information and for detailed maps of the proposed changes, visit: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cs2-upgrade

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