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 provisions for cycling on streets along a proposed Quietway route between Hyde Park and Fitzrovia. 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 3km in length. The streets affected by these proposals are:
This Quietway will connect with other proposed cycle routes on the Central London Cycle Grid, and the potential alignment of Cycle Superhighway 11, which is planned along Portland Place and subject to future consultation by Transport for London in early February 2016. This Quietway will connect to existing cycle routes in Hyde Park and Howland Street and Maple Street in the London Borough of Camden.
The proposed cycle route will use an existing cycle crossing from Hyde Park to Stanhope Place. To make this route more comfortable for cyclists, three residents’ parking bays will be removed from Stanhope Place to accommodate a wider contraflow northbound cycle lane. An Advanced Stop Line facility is proposed at the junction of Stanhope Place and Bayswater Road to assist southbound cyclists. At the junction of Stanhope Place and Seymour Street, we are proposing to install a raised table, to help reduce vehicle speeds and assist cyclists and pedestrians.
In Connaught Square, Connaught Street, Porchester Place and Norfolk Crescent, we are proposing to place cycle wayfinding symbols on the road to help direct cyclists along the route of this Quietway. At the junction of Kendal Street and Porchester Place, a right-turn pocket is proposed to assist cyclists. Changes at the Kendal Street / Edgware Road / George Street junction will be designed and delivered by Transport for London and is subject to separate consultation.
Along George Street, Manchester Street and Spanish Place we are proposing to place cycle wayfinding symbols on the road to help direct cyclists along the route of this Quietway. At signalised junctions along George Street, we are proposing Advanced Stop Line facilities to help cyclists and signal controlled pedestrian crossings to assist pedestrians. Works will be coordinated with any potential changes relating to the proposed Baker Street Two-way scheme.
Around Manchester Square, we are proposing to install new zebra crossings at all entry and exit points. These crossings will help to reduce vehicle speeds and assist cyclists and pedestrians. This will require the removal of several parking bays. At the Hinde Street / Thayer Street junction we are planning to introduce an Advanced Stop Line facility and signal controlled pedestrian crossings.
In Welbeck Street, a new contraflow cycle lane is proposed to accommodate northbound cyclists between Bentinck Street and Queen Anne Street. This will change the existing waiting and loading restrictions along the length of the proposed mandatory contraflow cycle lane to No Stopping At Any Time. Wayfinding symbols are also proposed to help guide cyclists along the route and an Advanced Stop Line facility at the junction of Queen Anne Street and Wimpole Street is proposed.
Along New Cavendish Street, east of its junction with Wimpole Street, we are proposing to accommodate two-way cycling by introducing a segregated eastbound contraflow cycle lane adjacent to the footway. This will provide a safe connection into the existing cycle network in Maple Street. To achieve this, we are proposing to alter the existing parking and loading bays to protect contraflow cyclists from the westbound general traffic. The proposals we are consulting on will reduce the width of the westbound carriageway to a single traffic lane and should make it easier for pedestrians to cross New Cavendish Street.
At all signalised junctions along New Cavendish Street, we are proposing to install Advanced Stop Line facilities to help cyclists and to improve the existing provision for pedestrian crossings.
Works will be coordinated with any future proposals for Cycle Superhighway 11, which is planned along Portland Place. Cycle Superhighway 11 will be subject to separate, future consultation led by Transport for London in early February 2016.
This consultation closed on 29 February 2016.