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 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 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.

Who is doing the work?

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.

Current works

Saffron Hill/Herbal Hill junction

We will be working at and near the junction of Herbal Hill, Saffron Hill and Clerkenwell Road throughout summer 2018.

As part of these works we will install a new junction and pedestrian crossing with signals.

Farringdon Street between Turnagain Lane, Newcastle Close and Bear Alley

We will be working on these roads until summer 2018. We are building a stepped cycle track (it sits above the road level) and relocating motorcycle parking and a taxi bay on the southbound side of Farringdon Street.

Farringdon Street (northbound) to Stonecutter Street

We will be working on the northbound side of Farringdon Street until the end of July. In mid-August we will start work on the Stonecutter junction and install a signalised cycle crossing.

Farringdon Street will be closed between Ludgate Circus and Snow Hill on these weekends while we lay a new kerb:

  • Saturday 14 July from 07:00 to Sunday 15 July 2018 19:00
  • Saturday 21 July from 07:00 to Sunday 22 July 2018 19:00

Northbound traffic travelling from Ludgate Circus to Farringdon Road will need to follow a signed diversion route via Fleet Street, New Fetter Lane (A4), Holborn (A40), Gray's Inn Road (A5200) and Rosebery Avenue (A401).

Southbound traffic will not be affected.

West Smithfield/Snow Hill Junction

We will be working at and near the junction of West Smithfield, and the A201 Farringdon Road throughout summer 2018.

How your travel might be affected

Check before you travel and allow more time for your journey. Visit tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter for live road travel updates.

Bus services

Please plan ahead and allow more time for your journeys. Visit tfl.gov.uk/bus/status or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter for live updates.

Pedestrians

We will keep footways and pedestrian crossings open wherever possible and clearly signpost any temporary closures or diversions. You will still be able to access your property.

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.

Completed 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

We will replace the temporary cycle track with a permanent segregated cycle track by summer 2018.

Our partners

We are working with the London Borough of Camden, the London Borough of Islington, CVU and Volkers.

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.

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.