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Transport for London seeks public feedback on trial changes to major cycle route

Responses will influence whether CS8 improvements between Chelsea Bridge and Wandsworth should be made permanent.

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking feedback over recent trial changes made to cycleway CS8 between Chelsea Bridge and Wandsworth Town Centre – and says that the responses will help it determine whether they should be made permanent.

According to TfL, the route is among the top five per cent in the capital with the greatest potential for getting people cycling, and the changes, introduced from February this year, are already having an impact, with as many as 2,650 cyclists using it each day, up 30 per cent on the weekday average for 2014-19 despite a drop in all journeys in the capital due to the pandemic.

The trial changes include:

  • a wider, protected cycle lane southbound on Chelsea Bridge
  • wider cycle lanes with sections of protected space on Battersea Park Road
  • a new protected cycle lane southbound on Ram Street in Wandsworth Town Centre
  • 20mph speed limits along large sections of the route and
  • a banned right turn onto York Place to reduce conflict with motor vehicles.

TfL says that the engagement process, full details of which can be found here, will remain open for six months, and is encouraging people to provide feedback on how the route has changed the area they live in and the way they get around.

Such feedback will then be used to decide whether any changes are needed to the trial schemes, and whether they should be made permanent.

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London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, said: “We are continuing to do all we can to support the increasing numbers of Londoners who are walking and cycling, and help prevent a damaging car-led recovery from the pandemic. Reducing road danger through upgrades, introducing 20mph speed limits and making changes to road layouts is central to this.

“I encourage everyone who lives, works or visits the areas within the CS8 trial changes to have their say to ensure that their feedback is taken on board going forward.”

Helen Cansick, head of Healthy Streets delivery at TfL, commented:  "We want to make walking and cycling easier and less intimidating on some of London's busier roads and we really value people’s opinions on how we can best achieve this.

“The trial changes to the CS8 route in Wandsworth aim to give people a new high-quality, safe cycling route, connecting neighbourhoods in the area to local high streets, Wandsworth Town Centre, central London and beyond.”

She added: “London’s growing network of high-quality Cycleways will play a vital role in ensuring a sustainable recovery from the pandemic and I’d encourage everyone who lives in, works in and travels through the area to get in touch with their feedback on these important trial changes.”

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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