The upgrade will create a fully and semi-segregated route between Aldgate and Bow roundabout, including 11 cycle-priority junctions installed, including at Aldgate, Mile End and Whitechapel.
A vast majority of the route will be separated with a kerb, which will keep cyclists away from road traffic. Where there is less space for kerbed segregation, cyclists will be separated from traffic by pioneering highly-visible traffic ‘wands’ – regularly spaced flexible poles that clearly define the cycle track.
TfL has begun ripping out the existing central reservations to make new space for traffic during these works and significant safety improvements at key junctions along Whitechapel Road and Mile End Road are also now underway.
The start of the upgrade work on CS2 kicks off a major build programme of new cycle routes across the capital this year, including the North-South and East-West “Crossrail for Bikes” routes, which the FTA warned last month were being rushed through before the full impact on traffic flow and deliveries had been assessed.
The full upgraded CS2 route is due for completion by spring 2016.
TfL said it will monitor the route 24 hours a day through its traffic control centre, however, drivers are strongly advised to plan alternative routes to avoid delays, particularly during peak travel times. Live traffic information is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews and on Twitter at @tfltrafficnews and @tflbusalerts.