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Lambeth Bridge, St George’s Circus & Waterloo in cycle safety review

Transport for London has announced that it is carrying out studies of three SE1 road junctions as part of a major review of cycle safety ordered by the Mayor.

The 14 junctions where review work has already started include:

• the Lambeth Bridge gyratory at the junction with Albert Embankment, Lambeth Road and Lambeth Palace Road

St George's Circus where Blackfriars Road meets Lambeth Road, London Road, Borough Road and Westminster Bridge Road

• the Waterloo (BFI IMAX) roundabout where Waterloo Road meets Stamford Street and York Road

Last autumn the Waterloo roundabout was named as the junction with the fourth highest number of collisions involving cyclists in the capital. The Mayor said at the time that work was in hand to provide better signage for alternative routes so that cyclists could avoid the roundabout.

Towards the end of 2011 a number of cyclists were killed on London's roads including two in the vicinity of Bow roundabout and Ellie Carey in Tower Bridge Road.

As a result of pressure from the London Assembly and cycle campaigners, the Mayor asked TfL to carry out a thorough review of around 150 major junctions and planned schemes on TfL roads as well as all junctions on the existing Barclays Cycle Superhighways, to see if more could be done for cyclists in these locations.

"Improving safety for cyclists in London has always been a key focus for TfL whenever designing or implementing any improvements to our road network," says Leon Daniels, TfL's managing director of surface transport.

"By getting key stakeholders from road user groups involved as part of our junction review process, we can build on the good work and skills-base already available to ensure London becomes an even more world class city for cyclists."

The review has been welcomed by Labour London Assembly member Val Shawcross.

"I'm particularly pleased to see that St George's Circus is to receive attention as traffic speeds there are high and there are a number of tourist attractions and public facilities as well as schools – nearby," she said.

"I hope that Elephant & Castle will be borne in mind in this regard too. I am very pleased that the Mayor has finally taken note of the London Assembly's concerns about cyclist and pedestrian safety."

TfL has already formed a steering group and held the first of a series of meetings as part of the junction review programme. Senior staff from TfL and representatives of the main road user groups including freight vehicle drivers, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and road safety organisations will continue to meet regularly to discuss the establishment and progression of the review.

"We know that cycle safety is the big problem which puts Londoners off jumping on their bikes and this review of challenging junctions is something which the London Assembly has been pressing the Mayor to carry out," says Jenny Jones, Green Party assembly member and mayoral candidate.

"However, the review will not make the street safer unless the Mayor tells his engineers that cyclists and pedestrians come first. I am worried that the Mayor's policy of smoothing traffic flow is saving time for some people, by putting the lives of others in danger."

• See the full list of junctions in the first review phase at www.tfl.gov.uk/junctionreview

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