Transport for London’s Cycle Superhighways are in the running for an engineering "Oscar". The shortlist was revealed today for the London Civil Engineering Awards organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers. And it’s a public vote so anyone can pick their favourite engineering project.
The other shortlisted projects are:
- Battersea Power Station Phase 2
- Bermondsey Dive-Under (BDU)
- Crossrail – C502 Liverpool Street – Tunnels and Platforms
- Custom House Station
- Guy’s Cancer Centre
- Hampstead Heath Pond Project
- London Bridge Station Redevelopment
The first phase of the North-South Cycle Superhighway, going from Elephant and Castle and Stonecutter Street near Holborn Viaduct, opened in Spring 2016. Cyclists are physically separated from traffic and junctions have been radically redesigned to give cyclists priority through early-release traffic lights.
Nigel Hardy, Head of Sponsorship, Road Space Management at TfL, said: "Since the North-South Cycle Superhighway opened we’ve seen the number of cyclists soar. In fact, on Blackfriars Bridge at peak times 70 per cent of all traffic is now made up of cyclists.
"The number of people riding is at an all-time high, and as more segregated cycle lanes are created we expect to see these numbers climb even higher."
The Cycle Superhighway is one of eight shortlisted projects that will be visited by a panel of judges, with the winner announced at the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards on 25th May.
The winner of the public vote wins the Londonist People’s Choice Award. Those who vote also get the chance to win free tickets to the Awards Ceremony and ICE’s inaugural Engineering Late in November, an evening of talks, events and activities.
Suzanne Moroney, ICE London Director said: “Whilst infrastructure is vitally important, it is often hidden from public view. This makes it hard for us to apprec