Map of changes

View the layout changes on the image below, or you can also download this map as a PDF.


Cycling

Northumberland Avenue to Horse Guards Avenue

Cyclists will still have segregated, two-way cycle lanes throughout the works.

There will be some slight changes to the layout of the Cycle Superhighway (CS3) between Northumberland Avenue and Horse Guards Avenue. This shouldn't have an impact on your cycle journey time.

From early April 2017, a section of the existing Cycle Superhighway between Northumberland Avenue and Horse Guards Avenue will be narrowed to 2.5m (it is usually 3.2m) to construct the new layout. This will be in place for approximately two and a half months. Afterwards, cyclists will use the new layout which will be a 3.2m two way segregated cycle lane. Advance warning signs will be in place to alert cyclists to the narrower lane widths.

Blackfriars

The works at Blackfriars affect the East-West (CS3) and North-South (CS6) cycle superhighways.

  • The layout shown above is 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.


Driving

Northumberland Avenue to Horse Guards Avenue

Two-way traffic along Victoria Embankment will be maintained throughout the works.

Some overnight lane closures will be required throughout - dates will be confirmed once they are known. Two way access will be maintained at all times.

Blackfriars

The changes to the Cycle Superhighways at Blackfriars 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

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.


Buses

Blackfriars

The N550 is diverted in both directions until Tideway works at Blackfriars 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

Northumberland Avenue to Horse Guards Avenue

Part of one of the coach bays along Victoria Embankment, near the Royal Air Force Memorial, will be used as a shared loading bay from Monday 27 March, until the works are completed. Loading will be available until 11am, after which time it will revert back to coach parking only.

Blackfriars

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

Part of the coach bays along Victoria Embankment near the Royal Air Force Memorial is now used as a loading bay. Loading will be available until 11am, after which time it will revert back to coach parking only.

Blackfriars

  • 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:


Walking

Northumberland Avenue to Horse Guards Avenue

Until early June there will be no changes for pedestrians. From early June part of the riverside walk (Thames Path), between Northumberland Avenue and Horse Guards Avenue will be closed. Pedestrians will still be able to use the footpath on the opposite side of the road alongside Whitehall Gardens. This alternative walking route will be clearly signposted.

View the route by downloading this PDF.

Blackfriars

From late March, 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.