Hyde Park: Section B - North Carriage Drive and West Carriage Drive

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015

Overview

By changing North Carriage Drive to become one way only for eastbound vehicles we would be able to simplify the junction with West Carriage Drive. This would enable part of the existing highway to be turned into up to 600 metres2 of new park land

Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track on eastern side of West Carriage Drive, to the south of the junction
  • Up to 600 metres2 of new park land
  • North Carriage Drive one-way only for eastbound vehicles
  • New unsignalised crossing for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Changes to footways


Segregated two-way cycle track on eastern side of West Carriage Drive

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level and would be 4 metres wide
  • It would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island between 5 metres and 1 metres wide
  • We would work with The Royal Parks to plant new grass and trees on the cycle segregation at its wider sections
  • Three trees would need to be removed to provide the cycle track and would be replaced locally
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • Car parking provision would remain the same with some places reallocated to car parks. Accessible parking spaces would remain the same.

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

Up to 600 metres2 of additional park land

  • West Carriage Drive would be realigned to the east of the current island with one ahead lane to exit the park and a right turn lane into North Carriage Drive
  • The new junction design would allow an additional landscaped area covering approximately 600 metres2 to be provided on the north-west corner of the junction


New unsignalised crossing for cyclists and pedestrians and segregated cycle track for northbound cyclists leaving the park

  • A new unsignalised crossing will be provided for pedestrians and cyclists to cross West Carriage Drive.
  • Northbound cyclists leaving the park would use the new crossing to connect to a 2 metre wide cycle track on the western side of West Carriage Drive, which would be separated from vehicles by a 0.5 metre wide kerb island.
     

Advisory cycle lane for southbound cyclists entering Hyde Park

  • An advisory cycle lane will be provided for southbound cyclists entering the park
  • The cycle lane would be 2 metres wide and marked by a white line
  • The cycle lane passes the entrance of North Carriage Drive before joining the segregated two-way cycle track south of the junction.
  • Cyclists entering the park from the East-West route on Bayswater Road will do so in their own traffic stage, unopposed by other traffic. This will help to reduce the likelihood of interacting with vehicles at this unsignalised side road.
     

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
  • This would provide space for a two-way 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
     

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

  • A two-way cycle track would be introduced on the southern side of 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.
     

Changes to footways

  • Introducing a two-way cycle track on the eastern side of West Carriage Drive, would allow the removal of the existing cycle track on the western footway, providing more dedicated space for pedestrians
     

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.
 

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Areas

  • Westminster

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Cycling