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Cycle Lane Closed so that road signs can be displayed

Reported via desktop in the Roadworks category anonymously at 13:30, Thu 23 June 2022

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS3618105.

Why is SAFE cyclepath closed. It is being used purely for motor vehicle signage. Surely this could have been planned better and the SAFE cycle lane kept open? The traffic merging feels very dangerous, surely the contractor can handle this better. How long are these works scheduled for - they are dangerous

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  • Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. It is much appreciated. We will contact the contractor and request the signage to be removed from the cycle lane.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 14:24, Thu 23 June 2022

  • Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. It is much appreciated. Our team had investigated this for you and found that this doesn't fall under the responsibility of Transport for London and comes under the remit of the local borough. The cycle lane is currently closed to cyclists whilst our contractor FM Conway carries out waterproofing works on the approach viaducts to the bridge. This has been agreed (under permit/TTRO) by Southwark and City highway authorities. For the approach viaducts to the bridge, in order to waterproof the viaducts and maintain free-flowing traffic in each direction, it is necessary to carry out the works in 3 phases. Within each phase, cyclists are accommodated within the main 3.25m running lanes in each direction with signage to encourage them to stay centrally within the lane, also with signage to vehicles not to overtake. Where the viaduct meets the main bridge, the transition from the works to the bridge cycle lane was considered a significant safety risk by the contractor when developing their TM proposals for approval by the respective highway authorities. They therefore continued the arrangement on the approach viaducts onto the main bridge, for consistency and to avoid confusion, in the interests of cyclist safety Despite all the TM, barriers, signage and contractors’ best efforts, some cyclists are still trying to get into the cycle lane on the bridge, leading to the conflict with the signage you refer to. However, they should be following the signage provided and not be entering the closed cycle lane (hence avoiding any conflict with signs).

    State changed to: not TfL’s responsibility

    Posted by TfL at 09:54, Fri 24 June 2022

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