Battersea Bridge safety

After the tragic death of a man on Battersea Bridge early in 2021, we worked closely with Kensington and Chelsea Council to speed up urgent plans for a new crossing over the bridge.

We have now built a brand-new signalised pedestrian crossing on the north side of Battersea Bridge to improve safety for people walking at this busy junction.

Every death on London's streets is one too many, and we are committed to making London safer through the Mayor's Vision Zero programme. This aims to eradicate deaths and serious injuries on London's roads by 2041.

What we've done

The new crossing across the southern arm of the junction of Battersea Bridge, Beaufort Street, Cheyne Walk and Chelsea Embankment:

  • Operates with a push button
  • Has a pedestrian countdown timer
  • Enables people to walk across the southern arm of the junction free from the dangers of turning vehicles

We have also:

  • Widened the pavement on each side of Battersea Bridge Road
  • Installed tactile paving to make it easier for people with accessibility needs
  • Installed a new stop line for cyclists 12.5 metres from its existing position
  • Lowered the speed limit on Chelsea Embankment from 30mph to 20mph

We'll now also enforce the existing banned right turn from Cheyne Walk into Battersea Bridge Road 24 hours a day, instead of just during the daytime.

What's next

We're proposing to add more pedestrian crossings and improvements for cyclists at the junction.

We've worked with local stakeholders - including the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Wandsworth Council - to develop plans on both sides of the river.

We recently ran a public consultation on these plans. Later in 2023, we'll publish a consultation report outlining the next steps for the scheme. You can still view the consultation materials on the Battersea Bridge area safety improvements page.

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