When complete, the North-South Cycle Superhighway (CS6) will provide a safe and direct route for cyclists through central London between Elephant and Castle and King's Cross. Works to extend the route to King's Cross will continue until summer 2018.
The first section of the substantially segregated cycle route, between Elephant and Castle and Stonecutter Street, opened in spring 2016. Cyclists can use the route in both directions.
The project is managed in partnership with the London Borough of Camden and Islington Council.
What are we doing?
The new section of the route means 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 signalised pedestrian crossings 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
The extended route will improve safety and comfort for cyclists by reducing conflict with motorised traffic. It also provides new and improved facilities for pedestrians.
The 5km North-South route will be either fully separated from traffic, or on quiet back streets.
The first section of CS6 already connects to CS7 at Elephant & Castle, the East-West Cycle Superhighway at Blackfriars Junction and Quietway 1 at Webber Street.
The second phase will continue the route along main roads and add a further connection to the proposed Central London Grid from West Smithfield.
It will then link to the quieter back streets where it will connect 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 will introduce:
- 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
This work is part of our plan to improve London's roads.
When will the work take place?
The second section of the route travels along TfL, Camden and Islington roads.
We will manage construction on the roads owned by TfL and Islington Council. Camden will manage works on its own roads.
The map below shows the route and who is responsible for managing each section of construction.
Camden's works at Regent Square, which began in November 2017, take place 08:00-16:30 on weekdays and some Saturdays.
Warner Street/Ray Street
Works to improve the footway along Warner Street started on the northern side of the street at the junction with Mount Pleasant. They will continue throughout February 2018 on the southern side of the street.
In February 2018 we finished work to permanently alter the traffic arrangements on Ray Street. Ray Street is now open - in both directions - for cyclists.
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
We will replace the temporary cycle track with a permanent segregated cycle track by summer 2018.
Charterhouse Street/A201 Farringdon Road
We will be working at the junction of the A201 Farringdon Road and Charterhouse Street throughout February 2018.
Clerkenwell Road/A201 Farringdon Road
We will be working at and near the junction of the A201 Farringdon Road and Clerkenwell Road throughout February and into March 2018.
As part of these works we will install part of a new cycle track at Farringdon Road.
We will be working on the footway at Herbal Hill throughout February and into March 2018.
Most of these works will take place 08:00-18:00 on weekdays. Where possible, we will work overnight and at weekends to minimise disruption.
How your travel might be affected
Overnight on 25 February, 21:00-05:00:
- The A201 southbound will be closed between Bowling Green Lane and Clerkenwell Road
- Please follow the signed diversion route
- Southbound bus stop 'Clerkenwell Road' (stop H) serving routes 63, 172 and N63 will be closed
Overnight on 26 February, 21:00-05:00:
- The A201 northbound will be closed between Clerkenwell Road and Bowling Green Lane
- Please follow the signed diversion route
- The northbound bus lane will also be closed
- Journeys may take slightly longer
27 and 28 February, 08:00-17:00:
- Farringdon Lane and Ray Street Bridge will be closed
- You will still be able to get in and out of your property
27 and 28 February, and 2 March, 08:00-17:00:
- Herbal Hill will be closed to through traffic
- For safety reasons, there will be no pedestrian access
- You will still be able to get in and out of properties - marshals will be on site to help with this
Until March 2018:
- The A201 southbound will be reduced to one lane between Ray Street Bridge and Clerkenwell Road
- Plan ahead and allow more time to complete your journey
- Look for alternative routes outside of the affected areas
- Travel outside peak times (before 07:00, between 10:00 and 16:00, and after 19:00)
When planning a bus journey, check bus status updates or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.
Follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter for the latest updates on how London's roads are operating.
Minimising disruption and noise
We will use a range of measures to minimise noise, vibration and disruption, including:
- Noise-reducing acoustic barriers
- Compressors and generators fitted with acoustic covers to reduce noise
- Vehicles, plant and equipment fitted with exhaust silencers
- Dust levels monitored on a daily basis
- Water sprays to reduce airborne dust
- Taking steps to ensure lights do not shine into people's homes
We will have recycling skips on site to ensure we recycle everything we can.
We are working with the London Borough of Camden, the London Borough of Islington, CVU and Volkers.
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.
We consulted on revised proposals for the junction of Farringdon Street/West Smithfield/Snow Hill in November/December 2016.
Find out more on the Farringdon Street/West Smithfield/Snow Hill consultation page.