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.
In Autumn 2015, we consulted on a project which aims to improve provision for cycling on streets along a proposed Quietway route between Edgware Road and Fitzrovia (to the boundary with the London Borough of Camden). 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.
The section of this route consulted on within the City of Westminster is approximately 2km in length. The streets affected by these proposals are Harrowby Street, Seymour Place, Crawford Street, Paddington Street, Nottingham Place, Nottingham Street, Marylebone High Street, Devonshire Street, Great Portland Street and Carburton Street. The Quietway will provide a key cycle route for people to cycle parallel to Marylebone Road. Subject to further consultation, at a later date we intend to extend this Quietway towards Bayswater Road and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The design of the junction of Edgware Road and Harrowby Street is currently being undertaken by Transport for London. Along Harrowby Street and Seymour Street, we are proposing to introduce cycle logos on the road to help cyclists follow this Quietway route.
Along Crawford Street, at the junction with Seymour Place, signalised pedestrian crossings are proposed to help people cross the road. The designs of the junctions of Crawford Street with Gloucester Place and Baker Street are currently under review following the recent consultation on the Baker Street Two-way scheme.
Between Paddington Street and Devonshire Street, this Quietway route will follow the flow of general traffic westbound via Marylebone High Street, and eastbound via Nottingham Place, Nottingham Street and Marylebone High Street. We are proposing to introduce cycle logo road markings to help cyclists to easily follow this route.
Along Devonshire Street, at the junction with Marylebone High Street, we are proposing to widen the footways to make crossing the road easier for pedestrians. This will also make turning movements easier for cyclists by removing a pinch point created by the existing traffic island. At the other junctions along Devonshire Street, advanced stop lines are proposed at traffic signal junctions to help cyclists. This may require changes to parking bays adjacent to some junctions.
In Great Portland Street, we are proposing to rearrange the street layout to enable two-way cycling. A new traffic signal is proposed to help cyclists and pedestrians cross the road. Changes to parking bays and kerbside restrictions will be needed to enable these improvements for vulnerable road users.
We are seeking to enable two-way cycling along Carburton Street to help create an important link for cycling in Westminster, especially for less confident cyclists. This will require changes to the layout of Carburton Street as shown on the proposals.