The first section of the substantially segregated cycle route, between Elephant and Castle and Stonecutter Street, opened in spring 2016.

The route has now been extended between Farringdon and King's Cross. This extension passes through key transport hubs such as Blackfriars and Farringdon stations. The full route is 5km long.

The route extension was created in partnership with Islington and Camden Councils.

Extension of the route

The final section of the route to King's Cross meant major changes to the road layout, including:

  • Dedicated cycle lanes replacing sections of traffic and bus lane on Farringdon Road/Farringdon Street
  • Redesigned junctions with improved priority for cyclists
  • New traffic restrictions to help traffic flow and create better conditions for cyclists, including banned turns for drivers at Clerkenwell Road and Charterhouse Street
  • Wider footways and public spaces, including at Calthorpe Street and Greville Street
  • Seven new pedestrian crossings with signals including at all arms of the Charterhouse Street junction
  • Changes to parking and loading
  • Changes to bus stops, including new bus stop bypasses for cyclists

Benefits

The extended route improves safety and comfort for cyclists by reducing conflict with motorised traffic. It also provides new and improved facilities for pedestrians.

Cycle Superhighway 6 (North-South) is either fully separated from traffic, or on quiet back streets.

The first section of CS6 connects to CS7 at Elephant & Castle, the East-West Cycle Superhighway at Blackfriars Junction and Quietway 1 at Webber Street.

The extension continues the route along main roads and adds another connection to the proposed Central London Grid from West Smithfield.

It links to the quieter back streets, connecting to Calthorpe Street and the proposed cycle route at Judd Street/Midland Road.

To make the route safer for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users we have introduced:

  • New or improved pedestrian crossings
  • Early release for cyclists to give them a head-start at traffic lights
  • 'Hold the left turn' for vehicles to separate them from cyclists
  • Two-stage turns for cyclists to make it safer and easier for them to turn right
  • Advanced Stop Lines so cyclists can stop at the front of the queue at traffic lights
  • Banned turns or road closures so cyclists can travel more safely along roads
  • Separate signal phasing for cyclists and motorists, ensuring they are kept apart when traffic lights turn green

Other improvement works

Warner Street/Ray Street

We improved the footway along Warner Street and opened Ray Street for cyclists to travel in both directions after permanently altering traffic arrangements there.

Our work included:

  • Banning traffic movements from Ray Street onto the A201 Farringdon Road
  • Changing Ray Street to one-way for motor vehicles (westbound only towards Warner Street)
  • Installing a temporary cycle track and a new pedestrian crossing with signals on Farringdon Road at the junction with Ray Street
  • Replacing the temporary cycle track with a permanent segregated cycle track

Consultation

We consulted on proposals for the first section (Elephant & Castle to Stonecutter Street) of CS6 in autumn 2014.

A separate consultation was held in spring 2016 on detailed proposals for the extension from Stonecutter Street to King's Cross.

Find out more on the North-South Cycle Superhighway consultation page.

Read the consultation decision report for works in Camden.

The revised proposals for the junction of Farringdon Street/West Smithfield/Snow Hill in November/December 2016 are on the Farringdon Street/West Smithfield/Snow Hill consultation page.