Section E: Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015


Following concerns raised in the September 2014 consultation, we have made changes to the original proposals at the junction of Great George Street/ Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards Road.

Our new proposals include:

  • New signalised junction at Great George Street/ Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards Road
  • Storey’s Gate to become one-way southbound for vehicles
  • Two new signalised pedestrian crossings; across Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards Road
  • A segregated two-way cycle track on Birdcage Walk and Great George Street

New signalised junction to allow motorist access to and from Horse Guards Road

  • We are proposing a new signalised junction which would allow traffic to turn right into Horse Guards Road from Great George Street and turn left and right out of Horse Guards Road
  • The junction was closed to general traffic under our previous proposals.
  • We plan to proceed with the previously-proposed banned left turn into Horse Guards Road from Birdcage Walk (except cycles) in order to make the junction operate more efficiently and reduce the impact on general traffic.
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 10 vehicles per hour turning left onto Horse Guards Road at the busiest times of day (excluding cycles).

Revised traffic restrictions at Storey’s Gate (becomes entry only)

  • We are also proposing to make the northern section of Storey’s Gate one-way southbound (Storey’s Gate becomes entry only, except cycles) in order to make the new junction design at Horse Guards Road operate more efficiently
  • Vehicles would be able to enter Storey’s Gate from any direction, but would exit via Victoria Street or Tothill Street (this means the removal of the previous proposal to ban the right turn into Storey’s Gate from Birdcage Walk) 
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 42 vehicles per hour turning right onto Great George Street, 48 vehicles per hour turning left onto Birdcage Walk and 157 vehicles per hour proceeding ahead into Horse Guards Road in the morning and evening peaks (excluding cycles) 

Section E - Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk (PDF)

Dedicated signals for cyclists

  • The new signalised junction would allow cycle and vehicle movements to be separated. Right-turning traffic from Great George Street into Horse Guards Road would be held on a red light whilst cyclists proceed through the junction
  • Cyclists exiting both Horse Guards Road and Storey’s Gate would do so on a cycle-specific green light, whilst other traffic is held on red

New pedestrian crossings

  • By introducing a new signalised junction, we would also be able to provide two new signal controlled pedestrian crossings; one on Birdcage Walk and one on Horse Guards Road.

Segregated two-way cycle track on Birdcage Walk

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the northern side of the road and would be between 4.1 and 5.1 metres wide
  • Traffic islands and infrastructure would be removeable so the full road width is available during major events and ceremonies
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

Widening of segregated cycle track on Great George Street

By changing the layout of the junction of Horse Guards Road/ Birdcage Walk/ Great George Street we have been able to create additional space and widen the cycle track to a minimum of 3 metres from the previously-proposed minimum of 2.7 metres.

Traffic impact of these proposals

The overall proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway are expected to mean longer journeys for motorists and bus, coach and taxi passengers at busy times, although we have made changes to the overall scheme to reduce the impact. Please see for more information. The proposed changes to the road layouts in the parks are not in themselves expected to have a significant impact on traffic, although motorists affected by the traffic restrictions at the junction of Storey’s Gate, Horse Guards Road and North Carriage Drive would need to find alternative routes.

TfL is developing wider traffic management plans for central London to help reduce the traffic impacts of this proposed scheme and others, including those proposed by London local authorities and developers. This will include investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time. There will also be customer information to enable road users to make informed journey choices and campaigns to encourage road users to check before they travel.

Please click here for a summary of predicted journey time impacts through the overall scheme area for road users.

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