Road changes at Victoria Embankment

Map of changes and diversion route

Click on 'View map' to view the diversion route and traffic impact which will be in place until around 2021. Or you can view the layout changes on the image below. 

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The works affect the East-West (CS3) and North-South (CS6) cycle superhighways from Monday 20 February 2017. After this date:

  • The layout shown above will be in effect throughout the works
  • You'll still have segregated two-way cycle lanes on the Victoria Embankment slip-road. This will link East-West and North-South

Check availability of Santander Cycles using the online docking station map, or visit our cycling section for full information on cycling in London.


The changes to the Cycle Superhighways will mean that on the Victoria Embankment slip road, westbound traffic is diverted.

A signed diversion route is in place. For westbound access to Victoria Embankment:

  • Travelling north on Blackfriars Road: use Stamford Street, IMAX roundabout, Waterloo Bridge, Strand, Arundel Street and Temple Place
  • Travelling south on New Bridge Street: use Fleet Street, Strand, Arundel Street and Temple Place

Full closures

The Victoria Embankment slip road will be fully closed to prepare for the new layout on:

  • Saturday 28 January 05:00 to Monday 30 January 2017 05:00
  • Monday 4 to Friday 17 February 2017: each night 21:00-05:00
  • Saturday 11 February 05:00 to Monday 13 February 2017 05:00
  • Saturday 18 February 05:00 to Monday 20 February 2017 05:00

Westbound traffic will be diverted along Fleet Street, Strand, Arundel Street and Temple Place. Eastbound traffic will be diverted along Puddle Dock Lane and Queen Victoria Street.

    Traffic in the area

    Throughout the works, roads in the surrounding area will be busier than usual. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

    For the latest information on how roads are operating, see our traffic status updates page or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.


    The N550 is diverted in both directions until Tideway works are complete. The diversion will take the bus via Fleet Street, Strand and Ludgate Hill.

    For the latest information on how buses are operating, see our bus status updates or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

    Taxis & minicabs

    No taxi ranks will be suspended, but journey times will be affected by traffic and diversions in the area - please plan your journey in advance and leave more time to travel.

    For up-to-date information for the taxi and private hire industry, visit our taxis and minicabs section or follow @TfLTPH on Twitter.


    Coaches travelling through the affected area may be diverted and not stop at Blackfriars station.

    Contact your coach operator for details about possible changes to services, and allow plenty of time to travel.

    Deliveries in London

    • Freight drivers should familiarise themselves with the new road layout
    • There are no height, weight or width restrictions on the diversion route, but here is a length restriction on Fleet Street of 40 feet. Large vehicles should use Stamford Street
    • Temple Avenue/Victoria Embankment - loading bay along the westbound lane will not be in use

      If you make or receive deliveries around Blackfriars or Victoria Embankment, talk to your customers and suppliers ahead of time. You may want to consider changing the times of your deliveries to avoid road closures, or using alternative routes that avoid busy areas.

      You can also:


      From Monday 20 February 2017 part of the Riverside Walk (Thames Path), between Blackfriars Bridge and Temple Avenue will be closed.

      Download the new pedestrian route below.

      To keep access for everyone, there is a lift to street level near Blackfriars Bridge and you'll still be able to use the footpath on the Victoria Embankment slip road. It will be clearly signed as an alternative walking option.

      Why this is happening

      London's sewage system is now at capacity meaning that millions of tonnes of sewage have to be released into the River Thames every year.

      To tackle these overflows from the Capital's Victorian sewers for at least the next 120 years Tideway is building a new 25 kilometre long sewer under the River Thames between 2017 and 2023.

      There will be 24 construction sites across London, some of which have the potential to disrupt transport at certain times.

      After construction, more than four acres of new public space will be created next to the River Thames and the new tunnel will allow the UK to meet European environmental standards.

      Works will take around four years to complete. Find out more on the Tideway site.

      Other Tideway works

      Tideway will build a connection shaft into their new sewage tunnel further west along Victoria Embankment, between Northumberland Avenue and Horse Guards Place. This will also create a brand new public space once it's completed.

      To accommodate their construction site, there will be changes to the road layout. Cycle superhighway access and two-way traffic along Victoria Embankment will be kept. Preparation works for the construction site will begin at the end of February 2017.

      We'll provide more information when it's available.

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