Nine Elms cycling strategy unveiled

Published: Thursday 31st October 13

Transport for London(TfL) has published a draft cycling strategy for the Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration area which sets the aim of creating an “exemplary cycling environment”.

Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said:

“The enormous Nine Elms project gives us a truly unique opportunity to create a part of central London which is truly fit for cycling. The challenge is to transform a harsh and physically divided cycling landscape into a safe, attractive and convenient network where bikes don’t have to compete with cars.

“A network of 16 cycle routes is proposed which dissect the area and connect its key attractions. This would include routes though quiet back streets and major improvements to cycling conditions on busy main roads like Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Road.

“The network could also include a new cycle bridge across the Thames as well as completely car–free routes through the new linear park and along the Thames riverside.”

TfL is inviting comments on the draft strategy which can be emailed to  by 12pm noon on Monday 25 November.  

About Nine Elms on the South Bank

Nine Elms on the South Bank includes the Albert Embankment, Vauxhall and a large slice of industrial Battersea.  

An enormous investment programme has begun to transform the area - around 2million sq m of new development has been granted planning permission across the district.

More than 16,000 new homes will be built - the first 4,000 are now under construction.  

Up to 1,000 construction and engineering apprenticeships will be created across the regeneration programme.

The new Nine Elms on the South Bank will provide 25,000 new permanent jobs for London.  

The Northern Line Extension will provide two new Tube stops in the area. One will be located at Wandsworth Road and another at Battersea Power Station.

A new stretch of Thames Path will run through the district and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge is planned to create another link to Westminster on the opposite bank of the river.  

Work is now underway on major developments including Battersea Power Station, the US Embassy, Riverlight and Embassy Gardens.

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I just hope consideration will be given to cars as well. Cyclists are not necessarily very aware of how the traffic flows and often come in front of cars last minute and drivers have to suddenly break. I often witness how the buses drive outside the bus lane because the bus lane is occupied by cyclists. the roads in London are simply too narrow to have all the segregation. I live on battersea park and if there is a segregated cycle lane the already narrow battersea park road will become a nightmare for car drivers. Very good planning is required and as a world financial centre, London should provide comfortable roads for all transport means.

22 November 2013

Is a vast improvement on other developments, but should be designed to Dutch standards. There should be bike parking outside every commercial / public building. A bike hub would be great and #spaceforcycling on every street, plus a 20 mph speed limit on the whole area. Plans are commendable but with a wee bit more effort, they could be outstanding. The Council must push for the Vauxhall gyratory to be vastly remodelled (much more than currently planned in the delayed CS5 scheme) if the increased volume of cyclists in the area are to be kept safe. We need to see many more segregated cycle lanes across the borough though. People won't use these new facilities if they feel unsafe the second they leave the development.
Simon Shields

7 November 2013

The aim to achieve an overall plan echoes the laudable oversight principle for the Nine Elms project. It deserves strong local support. I note reference to the possible cyclist/pedestrian bridge linking North and South Banks. This is a much-needed element of the overall project that would hugely enhance leisure aspects for local residents as well as secure desirable north/south integration.
Michael Williams

7 November 2013

Thank you for this article. The cycle plan sounds grand.
Dominic Nutt

7 November 2013