Stockwell’s ‘nasty’ gyratory to undergo regeneration to improve safety for London cyclists

Plans to transform Stockwell’s ‘nasty’ gyratory system and improve facilities for cyclists as part of Boris Johnson’s ‘Vision for Cycling’ were unveiled by TfL this week.

Segregated cycling lanes, new cycling paths on Stockwell Road and South Lambeth Road and a signal phase to protect cyclists from left-turning traffic, are among the plans in the Mayor of London and TfL’s public consultation.

The Cycle Superhighway 7 already runs through the gyratory and carries 2,500 cyclists per hour at peak time, with the junction to be turned into a crossroads.

Mr Johnson said: “Whether you’re riding a bike or on foot, our plans for Stockwell will make the area a safer, more inviting place to be.

“Stockwell gyratory is one of the 33 nastiest junctions in the capital that we’re overhauling to make more accessible and easier to use for all road users and residents.”

The gyratory would be returned to a two-way system with bus lanes widened and a new public space would be built around Stockwell Memorial Gardens.

The mayor’s £913 million scheme aims to make London safer for cyclists, with Lambeth Cyclists, a branch of the London Cycling Campaign, estimating that the number of cyclists using Stockwell gyratory has doubled since 2001.

“Lambeth Cyclists welcome these proposals as a step towards making Lambeth and London more cycle-friendly,” said a statement from Lambeth Cyclists.

Lambeth councillor Jack Hopkins welcomed the boost to the local economy the plans would bring.

He said: “Removing the Stockwell gyratory system would make this area safer and better for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Road improvements can support and encourage local investment in the area, helping to create new homes, jobs, shops and other opportunities.”

T he public consultation is due to run until January 18.

Picture courtesy of The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with thanks

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