Baker Street switch to two way traffic completed

Mon, 25/02/2019

Work has been completed on schedule to switch to two-way traffic flow at Baker Street and Gloucester Place, which were previously one way streets. The work is a key element of a two-year scheme to improve a vital neighbourhood in the heart of London’s West End. Everyone using the area is asked to take extra care whilst they get used to the new arrangements.

The changes will help transform Baker Street and Gloucester Place into more welcoming streets where people can get about easily and safely, relax and spend time whilst also restoring the unique Marylebone character of the area.

The switch to two-way working on Baker Street and Gloucester Place took place from 21-24 February 2019. Both roads were closed in phases during this period as new road markings and temporary central islands were installed. All roads reopened Sunday morning after the works were completed on schedule.

Cllr Tim Mitchell, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management, said: “The Baker Street two-way scheme will help create a safer, more accessible environment in what is a vital area for residents and businesses in the local community. We have reached an important milestone with the switch to two-way traffic in Baker Street and Gloucester Place, so we would urge everyone to make sure they are aware of the details of what has changed. Whilst we have made sure that disruption was kept to a minimum, we would like to express our thanks to our local residents, businesses, transport users and local organisations for their continued patience and support whilst these improvement works have been carried out. We also ask that people take particular care as they get used to the new lay out.”

The completed two way project will offer a number of additional benefits, including;

  • wider pavements
  • improvements to 50 road crossings  
  • reduced street clutter
  • improved street lighting
  • 23 new, fully grown, trees
  • improved cycle lanes, and new cycle parking
  • a simpler bus network
  • shorter more direct car journeys.

The scheme will now be closely monitored in the coming months to ensure it is working effectively for all road users and pedestrians. Uniformed marshalls will initially be on hand to help people navigate the new system, for example finding their bus stop which may have moved. The best way to keep up to date with the latest information is to sign up for the project enewsletter at and check out the dedicated website

Notes to Editors

The Baker Street Two Way project is being delivered by Westminster City Council and Transport for London. The project is also supported by the Baker Street Quarter Partnership and The Portman Estate.

Work on the Baker Street Two Way Project commenced in Summer 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2019. The switch to two-way traffic in Baker Street and Gloucester Place is a key element of the whole project but activity will continue across the district for several more months until all works are completed. 

The switch to two-way working on Baker Street and Gloucester Place began at 8pm Thursday 21 February and was completed on Sunday 24 February.


Last updated: 25 February 2019