Quietway Route from Bloomsbury to South Bank

Westminster City Council, in partnership with Transport for London and other local authorities, is supporting the delivery of a proposed Central London Cycle Grid. This Cycle Grid is being funded under the Mayor of London's Vision for Cycling, a 10-year plan delivering cycling improvements across London. The plan includes a network of Quietways and Cycle Superhighway routes, providing connected ways for cycling across central London.

About this route

In Summer 2015, we consulted on a project which aims to improve provision for cycling on streets along a proposed Quietway route between Bloomsbury and Southbank via Covent Garden. It will benefit all people who want to cycle in the area, particularly those wishing to avoid some of the busier, highly trafficked main roads. Facilities for pedestrians will also be improved as part of the scheme. This consultation closed on 19 October 2015. View the findings of this consultation

The section of this route consulted on within the City of Westminster is approximately 800 metres in length. The streets affected by these proposals are Endell Street and Long Acre, Bow Street, Wellington Street, Lancaster Place and Waterloo Bridge.  The route will continue into the London Borough of Camden to the north and the London Borough of Lambeth to the south.

What we are proposing

This is already a key route for cyclists in central London, and we are looking to improve provision for cycling where it is most needed.

In Bow Street, Long Acre and Endell Street, we are proposing to introduce cycle logo road markings to direct cyclists along this proposed Quietway. Future route alignment will be coordinated with the London Borough of Camden and the West End Partnership.

In Wellington Street, between Russell Street and Exeter Street, we are proposing to resurface the carriageway, and provide a new raised table at the junction of Wellington Street and Tavistock Street to help slow vehicle speeds and help pedestrians to cross the road more easily. Pedestrians will benefit from widened footways.

In Wellington Street, between Exeter Street and Strand, we are proposing to improve the public realm environment by widening footways and reducing access for general traffic. A 4 metre cycle track will provide space for cycle movement through the area.

At the junction of Wellington Street and Strand, existing street furniture will be rationalised and the existing cycle facility will be widened to 4 metres to provide space for cycling. A more traditional street layout will be adopted to help pedestrians and cyclists at this junction. The cycle facility will be dropped to carriageway level. The introduction of a kerb along the footway, with a level difference between the footway and cycle facility, will help enable more comfortable movement at this busy location.

Along Waterloo Bridge, we are proposing double yellow lines to provide space for cycling. This will be consistent with provision on the bridge within the London Borough of Lambeth. On the northbound approach along Lancaster Place, we would like to remove bus stop T to help vulnerable cyclists and powered two wheeler riders on their approach to the junction with Strand and Wellington Street. We are currently discussing this with Transport for London and believe many bus passengers which currently use this stop at Lancaster Place could also use bus stops nearby on Strand and on Aldwych. There would be separate TfL consultation on changes to bus stops.

Last updated: 19 June 2018