Mayor Boris Johnson has published plans for the final section of his flagship segregated East-West cycling “Superhighway” which will run from Tower Hill to Lancaster Gate.
Plans for the rest of the route have already been published and consulted on and Mr Johnson’s office and Transport for London have now reached agreement with Royal Parks on the final element of the route which will guide cyclists past Buckingham Palace.
A two-way segregated cycle track will be created on Spur Road, in front of the Queen Victoria Memorial, through the use of removable bollards which would be specially designed to reflect the “road’s heritage and character”.
City Hall says there will be no paint used on the road surface outside Buckingham Palace or anywhere in Royal Parks grounds and that the use of removable bollards means the full road space will be available for use in ceremonial events and activities while still providing protection for cyclists throughout the rest of the year.
Mayor Johnson, said: “This is the final jigsaw piece in what will be one of the world’s great cycling routes. The new East West superhighway will be a treasured part of our new network, running through the heart of the capital and past the front door of some of our most loved landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. “
A public consultation on the proposals will run until 4 October.
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Work on transforming London into a cycling city is now well and truly underway with engineers working day and night across the Capital to deliver these improvements.
“Once completed, the new East West Cycle Superhighway will become one of the world’s most iconic cycling routes with this proposed section in front of Buckingham Palace no doubt becoming a postcard icon of the future.
“We look forward to hearing people’s thoughts on these proposals and, if approved, will work to deliver them as quickly as possible.”