Transport for London releases early plans for more safety measures at Battersea Bridge

Published: Tuesday 26 July 2022

Transport for London is engaging local residents on changes to the junction north of Battersea Bridge.

This TfL junction has been a dangerous spot for all road users, with 35 people injured and one sadly killed in the last three years. For cyclists, the junction has the third worst safety record in London. Residents have already played a major role in campaigning for improved safety measures, with TfL installing a pedestrian crossing on the southern arm of the junction last year.

Full consultation will take place later this year. In the meantime, you can give your views on the proposed scheme online.

The scheme includes:

  • Straight-across pedestrian crossings on all four arms of the junction (currently only the bridge arm has a pedestrian crossing).
  • Banning the left turn from Chelsea Embankment onto Beaufort Street.
  • A westbound bus lane starting at the junction of Royal Hospital Road to Battersea Bridge.
  • A shorter eastbound bus lane beginning after Battersea Bridge going towards Chelsea. 
  • Signals separating cycles from traffic turning left onto Battersea Bridge, to improve cycle safety.

Cllr Cem Kemahli, lead member for planning, place and environment, said:
“Residents and councillors have asked TfL to make the junction of Battersea Bridge and Chelsea Embankment safer for a long time and last year’s crossing on the southern section was a step in the right direction. It’s crucial that the whole junction is made safer as quickly as possible and plans for new crossings are a promising step forward for pedestrians and cyclists. 
“However it’s disappointing that we were not informed of elements of this scheme, such as new bus lanes, in advance and I am yet to see the full traffic management projections but banning turns for cars and cyclists will have knock on effects for all road users. I urge TfL to listen to the people who live here and use the junction most often as they finalise their plans.”

Take the Transport for London survey on safety improvements at Battersea Bridge.