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Plans unveiled to rip out three of London's most dangerous roundabouts

Transport for London opens consultation on proposed safety improvements at Lambeth Bridge and Waterloo

Transport for London has unveiled plans to rip out roundabouts at what the city’s cycling and walking commissioner, Will Norman, describes as three of the most “intimidating junctions in the capital for pedestrians and cyclists.

The locations in question are the IMAX roundabout at the southern end of Waterloo Bridge, and the roundabouts at either end of Lambeth Bridge.

That includes the one at the northern end of Lambeth Bridge, where Moira Gemmill lost her life in 2015 when she was crushed by a tipper truck and which was named earlier this year as the most dangerous junction in Britain for cyclists.

We revealed in April that the three junctions, along with the King’s Cross Gyratory, were scheduled for improvement, with consultation planned for the summer, and now launched following today’s announcement (see here for Waterloo and here for Lambeth).​

> London's most dangerous junctions scheduled for improvement

Potential changes unveiled for Lambeth Bridge North at the end of last year were rejected after cycling campaigners raised concerns that they would make the situation more dangerous than it already was for people on bikes.

Under the plans revealed today, the roundabouts at either end of Lambeth Bridge are now set to be removed and replaced with a crossroads layout, together with signalised pedestrian crossings and segregated cycle bypasses as well as two-stage right-turns for cyclists.

Lambeth Bridge South before and after (source TfL).gif

Lambeth Bridge South (source TfL)

It is also proposed that there be segregated cycle lanes running along either side of the bridge itself.

Meanwhile, at Waterloo, where cyclists made up 40 per cent of traffic according to data from 2013, the IMAX Cinema, currently isolated in the middle of the roundabout, is now planned to occupy a peninsula site, creating a new public space, and with segregated cycle lanes running around it.

Waterloo IMAX (source TfL).jpeg

Waterloo IMAX roundabout  (source TfL)

Norman said: “Our plans for Lambeth Bridge and Waterloo will make a real difference to these intimidating junctions.

“They will be completely transformed to make the areas safer and more pleasant to travel through, and will link cyclists up to our wider cycle network.

“It’s a great example of our work to improve London’s most dangerous junctions and create people-friendly streets across the city,” he added.

With barriers introduced on a number of Thames crossings in the capital following the recent terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge and London Bridge, Transport for London added: “The Metropolitan Police Service has installed barriers to increase security on London’s busiest bridges.

“Our proposals will aim to ensure that the security of all road users is maintained in the future.”

Both consultations run until 20 October 2017, with work on Lambeth Bridge potentially starting next year and at Waterloo in 2019.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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