The Baker Street Two Way project is nearing completion and is scheduled to be completed by this summer. The two year scheme will improve a vital neighbourhood in the heart of London’s West End with 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 scheme is being developed jointly between Westminster City Council, Transport for London (TfL), Baker Street Quarter Partnership and The Portman Estate, in order to reduce the dominance of traffic along Baker Street and Gloucester Place, making it safer and easier to access.
Although the scheme is 90% complete, the team needs to finalise some areas that could only be completed with Baker Street operating as two-way. As such, construction will resume on Monday 1st April, as part of Phase 4 of the scheme. Three temporary road closures will be in place from 08:00 Monday 1st April. The closures will apply 24 hours a day, although works will only be taking place between 08:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays. Pedestrian access will be maintained to all affected properties. The road closures will be as follows:
1. Baker Street (between Dorset Street and Blandford Street) will be closed to northbound and southbound traffic for 2 weeks until 17:00 on Friday 12th April. This is for the installation of a permanent traffic island and carriageway resurfacing. All traffic will be diverted via Gloucester Place. The taxi rank outside 55 Baker Street will also be suspended for the duration of the works.
2. Portman Mews South (between Granville Place and Portman Street) will be closed for 6 weeks until 17:00 on Friday 10th May for footway paving and carriageway reconstruction. All traffic will be diverted via Granville Place.
3. Portman Street (between Portman Square and Granville Place) will be closed to southbound traffic only for 2 weeks until 17:00 on Friday 12th April. This is to facilitate kerb replacement, drainage works and footway paving in advance of carriageway resurfacing. Southbound traffic will be diverted via Portman Square and Orchard Street.
As well as localised road closures, buses will be on diversion at times until the finishing works are completed in the summer. People are advised to check before they travel, using the TfL website https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
Cllr Tim Mitchell, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management, said: “The Baker Street two-way project is creating a safer, more accessible environment. We have reached an important milestone with final phase of works getting underway and the completion of this vital two year project is now firmly in sight. We would urge everyone to make sure they are aware of the details of what work is happening and whilst we have always tried to ensure that disruption is 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 continue to take particular care as they are getting used to the new layout.”
The Baker Street two way project aligns with TfL’s Healthy Streets Approach to make London’s streets greener, healthier and more attractive places to live, work, play and do business.
The completed project will offer a number of additional benefits, including;
The best way to keep up to date with the latest information is to sign up for the project enewsletter at www.bakerstreettwoway.co.uk/#contact and check out the dedicated website www.bakerstreettwoway.co.uk
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