Westminster City Council, in partnership with Transport for London and other local authorities, is supporting the delivery of the proposed Central London Cycle Grid. The Central London Cycle Grid is being funded by the Mayor of London's Vision for Cycling, a 10-year plan to deliver cycling improvements across London, including delivering a set of connected routes for people to cycle across central London, comprising a network of Quietways and Cycle Superhighway routes.
In Summer 2015, we consulted on a project which aims to improve provision for cycling on streets along a proposed Quietway route between Hyde Park and Belgravia. 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.
The section of this route consulted on within the City of Westminster is approximately 650 metres in length. The streets affected by these proposals are William Street, Lowndes Square and Lowndes Street. There is a future aspiration to connect this Quietway cycle route to Cycle Superhighway 5 to provide connections towards Vauxhall Bridge.
Along William Street, we are proposing to widen the existing contraflow cycle lane to enable a more comfortable southbound cycling route. To achieve this, it is proposed to reduce the width of the western footway by approximately half a metre, leaving a footway width of 2 metres. There will be no net loss of parking bays.
Road markings showing cycle logos will be introduced on the carriageway around Lowndes Square, maintaining the existing one way operation.
Along Lowndes Street, we are proposing to introduce road markings showing cycle logos along the carriageway.