Facelift for Westminster Bridge to prevent cyclist deaths

Infrastructure overhaul follows fatal accident

Slowly but surely, bits of London’s street furniture are being improved and refitted to accommodate the growing number of people choosing to cycle around the capital.

Westminster Bridge is a bit of a pinch-point if you’re on two wheels, while the large, multi-lane gyratory is decidedly bicycle unfriendly.

But new proposals from TfL aim to address the problem.

The proposed changes would include two segregated cycle ways, improved infrastructure at the gyratory and new pedestrian crossings.

Last year, a London City University student, Maria Nekrasova, 18, was killed by a black cab as she crossed the bridge.

According to TfL, the improvements would open up safer cycle links from Waterloo station and south London to the new East-West Cycle Superhighway, currently under construction.

It would also give cyclists a high quality route from Waterloo to Parliament Square, the Embankment, Marble Arch, Paddington, Blackfriars and the City.

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “London is rapidly changing and that is why we are modernising our roads to keep pace with it. We can turn a potentially hazardous junction into a safer place for cyclists and pedestrians by redesigning this area. Our proposed safety improvements would benefit Londoners and commuters of London’s busiest railway station, Waterloo, who would have better walking and cycling links to and from the station.”

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  • I as do all cyclists hope these proposals aren't shelved under Govt budget cuts. They are another small step towards a cycle friendly and pedestrian friendly city, helping reduce our pollution levels too by encouraging more to cycle, especially those currently too nervous. Now how about South East London? The forgotten corner for cyclists!

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