On the Bridge by 6hp9Ow32

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									               BLACKFRIARS BRIDGE & APPROACHES
On the Bridge : a 2-way kerb segregated track on the East side would provide a much safer
facility , with better continuity , which would give cyclists a high quality route
( take 1m of carriageway + 1m of pavement + existing lane - currently its too narrow)

North side : crossing over at the end of Blackfriars Lane (red) , would avoid the junction at the
end of New Bridge St (& the access road) ; the traffic light stop lines could be set back - which
would also allow for new pedestrian crossing to the station (green)



                                                             Black
             New Bridge St                                   friars
                                                             Lane


Water
gate
                                                                               Queen
                                                                               Victoria St




                                                          Blackfriars
                                                          Station




Watergate could also be used to provide a 2-way link to Tudor St and thence Shoe Lane
South side : the existing ‘cage’ arrangement is used by no-one and is a barrier to turning right
into Upper Ground : it has (rightly) been widely criticized as one of the least useful ‘facilities’ in
London and cyclists can be observed doing all sorts of illegal & hazardous moves to by-pass it ;
it is also a very poor ped.crossing, which should be single phase;
it could easily be replaced by a simple signalled T-junction




               Queens Walk                                  subway




          Upper Ground




                                                           Blackfriars Rd



There is ample road E-side space (4 lanes S-bound) for the 2-way track to be extended to the
Stamford St traffic lights , and beyond - Blackfriars Rd is well wide enough to accommodate a
kerb segregated cycle track.

The space freed up by scrapping the cage could be used to provide a N-bound bus lane;
there is some dead space just N of Upper Ground which could also be used

Another consideration is the link to the Thames Path which is the only safe E-W link to the Tate
(albeit a ‘dismount section’); the few steps in Marigold Alley should be ramped

Upper Ground is a rat-run and should be closed to through traffic – the simplest place to close it
is at / near its E end : it would then become 2-way throughout but access only ; but the more
creative solution would be by uniting the 2 halves of Bernie Spain Gdns

RA                             version 2                                       July ‘03

								
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