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 Friday, February 19, 2016

Bow Road has, I fear, reached peak Cycle Superhighway.

The CS2 upgrade has now been running for twelve months, with just two months to go, and the road is beset by a crescendo of roadworks lest the final deadline be missed. There are dug up bits of pavement and dug up bits of street everywhere, there are innumerable plastic barriers blocking off cycle lanes and roadway, there are closed bus stops and closed pedestrian crossings, there are temporary traffic lights causing lengthy jams, and there are workmen scattered along the street attempting to bring certain sections to a conclusion. If you're a driver the queues are unpredictably miserable. If you're a bus passenger it's grim - it took me 30 minutes to travel three bus stops down the road in the rush hour yesterday. If you're a pedestrian it's an ever changing obstacle course, with blocked off access and temporary diversions. And if you're a cyclist it's bloody dangerous, as unfinished upgrade sections force you out of the safe lanes into busy traffic. In short, I wouldn't wish this hell on anyone. [8 photos]



It'll all be worth it eventually, we're assured, creating world-class segregated lanes and a step change in cycling provision. But when TfL do finally get round to trumpeting the successful completion of this flagship project, you need to know how miserable living through the Cycle Superhighway's upgrade has been.

So below is a record of CS2 roadworks on Bow Road as they stand in the middle of February 2016. The table runs from just past Mile End (at the top) to the Bow Roundabout (at the bottom). Cycle Superhighway 2 follows the two blue columns to either side, while road traffic runs down the middle. Black text shows normality, while red text shows roadworks. If you'd like to experience how difficult things are for cyclists, try following the last column downwards, or the first column upwards. And for your own safety don't try the journey in real life, not for a couple of months yet.

↑↑↑↑↑ ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑ ↑↑↑↑↓↓↓↓↓ ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ ↓↓↓↓
HARLEY GROVE
New wider blue stripe (not segregated because there isn't room either side of the crossing)Two lanes of trafficStaggered pedestrian crossing (completed)One lane coned off (start of roadworks)New wider blue stripe (not segregated because there isn't room either side of the crossing)
Segregated cycle lane under construction (half of pavement barriered off)Major roadworks (traffic reduced to one lane)Major roadworks (traffic reduced to one lane)
[photo]
Segregated lane complete, but barriered off
Segregated lane substantially complete, but barriered off
BUS STOP CLOSED
Bus stop bypass mostly complete, but barriered off
WELLINGTON WAY / ALFRED STREET
Major roadworks, including half of pavement (no cycle lane)Major roadworks (traffic reduced to one lane)Major roadworks (traffic reduced to one lane)Segregated cycle lane under construction (half of pavement barriered off)
BOW ROAD STATION
Major roadworks, including half of pavement (no cycle lane)
Major roadworks (traffic reduced to one lane)
[photo]
Pedestrian crossing removed and barriered off (currently a mass of rubble)Major roadworks (traffic reduced to one lane)
[photo]
Major roadworks, including half of pavement (no cycle lane)Central reservation removed (and not returning)
MORNINGTON GROVE Entrance to road part-blocked off
BUS STOP OPEN
Bus stop bypass not yet complete, so barriered off
Two lanes of traffic (except one's a bus stop)Major roadworks (traffic reduced to one lane)Segregated cycle lane complete, but used as parking for construction vehicles, so closed (half of pavement barriered off)
Unsegregated lane almost complete, mostly barriered offTwo lanes of trafficStaggered pedestrian crossing (recently completed)Two lanes of traffic
[photo]
ARNOLD GROVE / ADDINGTON ROAD
(railway bridge)
Currently no cycle lane under railway bridge (coned off)One lane of traffic under railway bridge (due to cones)Two lanes of traffic under railway bridgeNarrower unsegregated cycle lane under railway bridge
Original narrow cycle lane survives (so far)Two lanes of traffic (one of which includes old cycle lane)Two lanes of trafficUnsegregated cycle lane complete, but coned off
TOMLINS GROVE
Original narrow cycle lane survives (so far)Two lanes of traffic (one of which includes old cycle lane)Two lanes of trafficSpace for segregated cycle lane (not yet constructed)
Two lanes of traffic (one of which includes old cycle lane)New central reservation in advance of traffic lightsOne lane of traffic (and one coned off)Space for segregated cycle lane (coned off)
CAMPBELL ROAD / KITCAT TERRACE
Original narrow cycle lane survives (coned off)Two lanes of traffic (one of which includes old cycle lane)Original pedestrian crossing (not yet rebuilt)Two lanes of traffic (ish)Original narrow cycle lane survives (coned off)
BOW CHURCH DLR
Original narrow cycle lane survives (so far)
Two lanes of traffic (one of which includes old cycle lane)Two lanes of trafficSpace for segregated cycle lane (not yet constructed)
BUS STOP CLOSED
Work has only just begun (very seriously dug up)
One lane of trafficTwo lanes of traffic (except one's a bus stop) [photo]BUS STOP OPEN
Bus stop bypass not yet complete, so barriered off
Segregated cycle lane under construction (half of pavement barriered off)Two lanes of traffic (filter lane still under construction after seven months)Segregated cycle lane complete, but barriered off
Segregated cycle lane mostly complete, so barriered offOne lane of trafficStaggered pedestrian crossing not yet complete (and barriered off)Two lanes of traffic
[photo]
Temporary traffic lights causing long jams   FAIRFIELD ROAD
Original segregated cycle lane being retained (but being used as a worksite, so closed)One lane of traffic (one coned off)New traffic lights being installedTwo lanes of trafficSegregated cycle lane under construction (and barriered off)
Central reservation realigned
Unsegregated cycle lane (complete)
BROMLEY HIGH STREET
New wider blue stripe (not segregated because there isn't room either side of the crossing)Two lanes of trafficIsland linked by two new countdown crossingsTwo lanes of trafficNew wider blue stripe (not segregated because there isn't room either side of the crossing)
BUS STOPS OPEN
Bus stop bypass not quite complete, so barriered off
Two lanes of traffic (except one's a bus stop)BOW CHURCHUnsegregated cycle lane (complete)
Two lanes of traffic (except one's a bus stop)BUS STOP M OPEN
Bus stop bypass complete, as you'd expect after seven months, but still barriered off [photo]
Pavement and cycle lane coned off for intensive tarmacingTwo lanes of traffic (ish)Two lanes of trafficUnsegregated cycle lane (complete)
Segregated lane complete, but barriered offOne lane of traffic (was two)BOW FLYOVERSegregated lane complete, but barriered off
PAYNE ROAD
Unsegregated cycle lane (complete)One lane of traffic (and one temporary coned-off cycle lane)Segregated approach lane being dug up for the third time since 2011
[photo]
Cycle lane removed while pedestrian crossing is builtTwo lanes of traffic (ish)Mostly sealed off while new pedestrian crossing links are built
BOW ROUNDABOUT


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