Hyde Park: Section A - North Carriage Drive

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015


The changes to North Carriage Drive would provide a connection for cyclists travelling to and from Speakers’ Corner from the East-West Cycle Superhighway

Proposals include:

  • North Carriage Drive one-way only for eastbound vehicles (except cycles)
  • Dedicated cycle track on North Carriage Drive, separated from other traffic by a surface level horse ride
  • Provision for cyclist when North Carriage Drive is closed through traffic.

North Carriage Drive one-way only for eastbound vehicles (except cycles)

  • North Carriage Drive would become one way only for vehicles travelling in the eastbound direction (except cyclists)
  • This would provide space for dedicated cycle track on North Carriage Drive and enable the junction improvements at West Carriage Drive
  • Vehicles would still be able to access the Marble Arch underground car park from Cumberland Gate
  • Vehicles would need to turn right when leaving the car park and exit to Cumberland Gate, the left turn would not permitted into North Carriage Drive
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 89 vehicles per hour driving westbound on North Carriage Drive and turning into West Carriage Drive in the evening peaks (excluding cycles)
  • Vehicles coming from Marble Arch will be able to reach West Carriage Drive by continuing along Bayswater Road (as they do currently) and turning left into Hyde Park at Victoria Gate

East-West Cycle Superhighway Section A - North Carriage Drive (PDF)

Two-way cycle track on southern side of North Carriage Drive

  • A dedicated cycle track would be introduced North Carriage Drive and would replace the westbound traffic lane
  • It would not have any physical segregation but would be separated from other traffic by ‘sandy’ coloured surfacing
  • The coloured surfacing would be 3 metres wide and reserved for use during ceremonies, events and by the military for training
  • The cycle track would connect into existing routes at Speakers Corner
  • No coloured surfacing would be used on the cycle track.

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 tfl.gov.uk/cycle-east-west 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.

Go to Section B - North Carriage Drive and West Carriage Drive



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