Quietway route from Fitzrovia to Pimlico

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.

This project aims to improve provision for cycling on streets along a proposed route between Fitzrovia and Pimlico. 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. Improvements to pedestrian facilities have also been proposed as part of the scheme. 

The section of this route consulted on within the City of Westminster is approximately 4km in length. The streets affected by these proposals are:

  • Cleveland Street
  • Mortimer Street 
  • Berners Street 
  • Wardour Street 
  • Whitcomb Street 
  • Pall Mall East 
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Spring Gardens 
  • The Mall 
  • Horse Guards Road 
  • Storey’s Gate
  • Victoria Street 
  • Great Smith Street 
  • Marsham Street 
  • Herrick Street
  • Bulinga Street  
  • John Islip Street 

This proposed route will intersect with the proposed East-West Cycle Superhighway at Birdcage Walk, which is being delivered by Transport for London. To the north, this route will connect with a proposed Quietway from Edgware Road to Fitzrovia, which has been consulted on in autumn 2015. Details of this previous consultation can be found on our website. To the south, this route will connect with Cycle Superhighway 5 along Bessborough Gardens and Vauxhall Bridge Road, which has recently been implemented by Transport for London.

Proposed intervention measures

The proposed route will run through high-profile retail and residential areas in central London. A variety of interventions, including public realm improvements, are proposed to improve the experience for cyclists and pedestrians in these areas.  

At the junction of Cleveland Street and Maple Street we are proposing a raised junction to assist all users. Between Howland Street and Riding House Street, we are proposing to place double yellow lines on the eastern side of the street to help the flow of traffic; loading and servicing can take place on the western side of the street. Between Riding House Street and Mortimer Street, we are proposing to install a chamfered kerb along the western side of the street to increase the amount of usable road space for cyclists. Between Tottenham Street and Mortimer Street, we are proposing to place double yellow lines on the eastern side of the street to help two-way cycling. At the junction of Cleveland Street and Mortimer Street, we wish to introduce a new phase in the signal controlled junction to assist cyclists along this route.

In Mortimer Street, we are proposing to introduce cycle lanes to help cyclists between Cleveland Street and Berners Street. Along Berners Street between Mortimer Street and Eastcastle Street, we are proposing to introduce a segregated cycle lane on the western side of the street for north bound cycles and we are coordinating with the Berners and Allsop Estate project. A raised table is proposed at the junction of Berners Street and Eastcastle Street to reduce vehicle speeds and to help cyclists and pedestrians cross the road. 

Along Wardour Street (currently one-way northbound), we would like to introduce two-way cycling through the placement of wayfinding symbols on the road which will provide a direct and convenient connection for local people to make journeys by bicycle. To support this, we are planning to introduce raised tables at all road junctions along Wardour Street (except Winnet Street) to reduce vehicle speeds and to help cyclists and pedestrians. At the junction of Brewer Street and Wardour Street, we are proposing to redesign an existing pedestrian crossing and relocate it to a more convenient location for pedestrians. Between Old Compton Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, we wish to help cyclists by introducing a separated contra-flow cycle facility between parking bays and the footway. South of Shaftesbury Avenue, we propose to amend the existing pedestrian zone to allow two-way cycling at all times. 

Along Whitcomb Street we are proposing to enable two-way cycling. On the western side of the street between Coventry Street and Panton Street we propose to have a segregated cycle lane for northbound cyclists. We are proposing a shared surface between Orange Street and Pall Mall, which will help to reduce vehicle speeds and assist cyclists and pedestrians. Design development will be co-ordinated with other development schemes in this area. 

Adjacent to Trafalgar Square, we are proposing a shared use facility around the eastern side of Canada House to help cyclists between Whitcomb Street and Spring Gardens. As part of these proposals, we also wish to convert an existing pedestrian crossing over Cockspur Street into a Toucan crossing to allow cyclists to share this with pedestrians. 

Transport for London, in partnership with The Royal Parks Agency, is undertaking improvements along The Mall, Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk as part of the East-West Cycle Superhighway, and these changes will include new pedestrian crossings. 

In Storey’s Gate, wayfinding symbols on the road are proposed to help direct cyclists along the Quietway. The existing granite cobbles have recently been replaced by asphalt. Minimal interventions are proposed at the junction of Storey’s Gate, Victoria Street and Great Smith Street, whilst we await the implementation of the East West Cycle Superhighway at Parliament Square.

In Great Smith Street, Marsham Street, Herrick Street, Bulinga Street and John Islip Street, wayfinding symbols on the road are proposed to help direct cyclists along the Quietway. At the junction of Great Smith Street and Horseferry Road, we wish to introduce Advanced Stop Lines on all four arms of the junction to help cyclists. 

View the proposals on a map

These proposals can be seen on the map below.

This consultation closed on Friday 19 February 2016.


Last updated: 19 December 2016
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