Revised proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway at Lancaster Gate

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015

Overview


Update - 10 September 2015

We received 651 responses to the consultation, of which 78% supported or partially supported our proposals. Comments from respondents included general support for the proposals, suggestions that a pedestrian crossing should be provided to Sussex Gardens, and concerns regarding the impact on traffic.

Click here for a copy of our Consultation Report (PDF)

After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the scheme as set out in the consultation documents, although with some changes to the detailed proposals, as summarised below:
 

  • Following further investigations and discussions with Westminster City Council and key stakeholders, we will install a new signalised crossing to the north-west corner of the public garden at Sussex Gardens, providing a controlled pedestrian access point to this park
  • We have revised the design of the Bayswater Road / Lancaster Terrace junction to accommodate a ‘straight-across’ pedestrian crossing on Bayswater Road, opposite the entrance to Hyde Park at Marlborough Gate, instead of the two-stage ‘staggered’ crossing we consulted on
  • We have reviewed parking controls in the area to ensure available parking is maximised. The conversion of a zebra crossing to signalised crossing at Westbourne Crescent means that shorter zig-zag markings can be provided. The remaining space will be placed under single yellow line control, allowing parking during off-peak times including Sunday
     

Next steps

Subject to the formal Traffic Order process and agreement with Westminster City Council, we plan to start construction work in November 2015, with completion planned for summer 2016. We will keep visitors and road users informed of our plans and progress, including writing to local residents, businesses and other stakeholders before undertaking work in their area. We will also provide road traffic information to help people better plan their journeys and make informed choices about how, where and when they travel.

Further proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway - main page

The details of the original consultation can be found below.

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Following the September 2014 consultation on the East-West Cycle Superhighway, and the decision of the Transport for London (TfL) Board to proceed with the overall scheme, we are inviting comments on revised proposals for the section of the route at Lancaster Gate.

The amended designs have been developed following further investigations and in response to feedback from residents and others. Please see the text below and the accompanying diagram for further details.

Our plans for the other sections of the route are outlined in our Response to Consultation.
 

The new proposals at Lancaster Gate include

  • Segregated two-way cycle track on Westbourne Street between Sussex Gardens and Bayswater Road
  • New signalised pedestrian crossing across Westbourne Street at the junction with Stanhope Terrace
  • Segregated cycle track eastbound on Bayswater Road
  • Removal of approximately 13 resident parking spaces on Westbourne Street
  • Removal of some mature trees
  • No reduction in parking on Bathurst Street, Stanhope Terrace or Sussex Square
  • Changes to local bus operations
     

Elements of the previous scheme that would remain

  • Introduction of two-way traffic on Bayswater Road
  • Segregated cycle track westbound on Bayswater Road
  • Segregated cycle tracks onto Westbourne Terrace via Sussex Gardens
  • New signalised pedestrian crossing at Victoria Gate/Brook Street junction
     

Benefits of the scheme compared to previous proposals

  • The revised proposals provide southbound cyclists on the East-West Cycle Superhighway with a more direct route to Hyde Park via Westbourne Street and Bayswater Road
  • The road layout of Bathurst Street, Stanhope Terrace, Sussex Square and Brook Street would remain unchanged
  • Moving the segregated cycle track to the eastern side of Westbourne Street would maintain the existing access to the Lancaster London Hotel and remove interactions with loading and the taxi rank
  • A new signalised crossing on Westbourne Street would allow pedestrians to cross in one movement


Detailed proposals

Lancaster Gate can be an intimidating environment for cycling, requiring multiple manoeuvres amid often fast-moving traffic. We are therefore proposing a direct cycle route through the junction, with cyclists on the East-West Cycle Superhighway physically segregated from motorists. We would make room for the new cycle route by reallocating road space from other traffic.

East-West Cycle Superhighway - Lancaster Gate (PDF)

Our proposals include creating a more direct route for eastbound traffic by partially removing the one-way system and introducing two-way traffic on Bayswater Road. There would also be improvements for pedestrians, including wider footways in some areas and new and simplified pedestrian crossings.

Changes are proposed on the following roads:

Bayswater Road


Two-way traffic on Bayswater Road

  • Motorists and bus passengers heading into central London on the eastbound A402 would no longer be forced to turn left into Lancaster Terrace and would instead be allowed to continue straight on along Bayswater Road
  • This would provide a more direct route for motorists and bus passengers and would mean less traffic using Lancaster Terrace and Westbourne Street
  • This also enables improved interchange between bus and Underground passengers Lancaster Gate station
     

Segregated cycle tracks replace one traffic lane in each direction on Bayswater Road between Victoria Gate and Westbourne Street

  • The new cycle tracks would be at carriageway level and be between 1.5 and 2.7 metres wide
  • The tracks would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island at least 0.5 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • Westbound traffic on the approach to Victoria Gate would be reduced to a single ahead and left turn lane to maintain a consistent number of traffic lanes along Bayswater Road through Lancaster Gate
  • To accommodate this proposal, the northern footway of Bayswater Road would be cut back slightly. This would mean the removal of the mature tree on the eastern corner of Bayswater Road and Brook Street. We are working to identify potential locations for planting new trees
     

New signalised pedestrian crossing over Bayswater Road at the junction with Brook Street and segregated cycle lane replaces one eastbound traffic lane

  • We would signalise the pedestrian crossing over Bayswater Road at the junction with Brook Street, to provide more protection for pedestrians crossing here
     

New double yellow lines on Bayswater Road

  • The proposed road layout changes would mean that we would need to introduce double yellow lines on the stretch of Bayswater Road between Lancaster Terrace and Victoria Gate in order to leave enough room for moving traffic. Parking and loading would not be allowed at any time on the double yellow lines
     

Dedicated traffic lights for cyclists at Bayswater Road / Westbourne Street junction

  • Cyclists turning right into Westbourne Street would receive a dedicated traffic light phase to allow them to make the turn while other traffic is held at a red light
  • Westbound cyclists travelling straight on along Bayswater Road would wait ahead of other traffic, allowing them to move away from the junction first
  • To accommodate this proposal, we would cut back the southern footway on Bayswater Road and remove the tree to the east of the pedestrian crossing. We are working to identify potential locations for planting new trees
     

Barclays Cycle Hire docking station relocated and traffic island made smaller

  • The large traffic island between Bayswater Road and Westbourne Terrace would reduce in size to accommodate two-way traffic on Bayswater Road
  • We would remove the mature tree on the traffic island by the red telephone boxes to accommodate this proposal. We are working to identify potential locations for planting new trees
  • We would need to relocate the existing Barclays Cycle Hire docking station at the Westbourne Street / Bayswater Road traffic island, as we would reduce the size of the traffic island as part of the new road layout
  • We are exploring options to retain the docking station on the same island
     

‘Early-start’ signals for eastbound cyclists at the Bayswater Road / Lancaster Terrace junction

  • ‘Early-start’ signals would allow eastbound cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic at the junction before moving away a few seconds earlier, significantly reducing the chances of conflict between cyclists and turning vehicles
  • An 18 metre area would be provided for cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic
  • A new 2 metre wide cycle lane would feed into the early start signals, narrowing to 1.5 metres in the segregated section to make room for the traffic lights.
  • The facility  would replace one of the two eastbound traffic lanes at the junction approach
  • ‘Early-start’ signals are used at Bow roundabout. Monitoring has shown them to be effective at addressing the left turn conflict that they were designed to address.
     

Shorter, simpler pedestrian crossing at Lancaster Terrace and removal of traffic island and tree

  • We would remove the existing traffic island as eastbound traffic would be allowed to continue straight on along Bayswater Road
  • Pedestrians would be able to cross Lancaster Terrace in one movement instead of having to wait on the island
  • We would widen the footway at either side of the entrance to Lancaster Terrace to reduce the crossing distance and provide more space for pedestrians
  • We would need to remove the small tree and relocate the cycle stands which are currently on the traffic island. We are working to identify potential locations for planting new trees

 

Westbourne Street
 

Segregated two-way cycle track on Westbourne Street replaces traffic lanes

  • A new two-way cycle track would provide a more direct route for cyclists between Westbourne Terrace and Bayswater Road on the East-West Cycle Superhighway
  • The new cycle track would be at carriageway level on the eastern side of the road and would be 3 metres wide
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island at least 1.4 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • The cycle track would replace approximately 13 parking spaces (6 to the north of Bathurst Street and 7 to the south) and the Westbourne Street bus stop
  • The cycle track would require new double yellow lines on the eastern side of Westbourne Street in order to keep traffic moving
  • The eastern footway would be cut back at the junctions with Bayswater Road and Bathurst Street to accommodate these proposals. This may require the removal of two mature trees, subject to further investigation. We are working to identify potential locations for planting new trees
  • Loading and unloading would be allowed outside of controlled hours close to the junction with Bathurst Street. Loading and unloading would be prohibited at all times south of Bathurst Street
  • The proposals would mean two traffic lanes on Westbourne Street and one at the junction with Bayswater Road instead of three as at present. However, the amount of traffic using Westbourne Terrace would be reduced by the introduction of two-way working on Bayswater Road
     

Dedicated traffic lights for cyclists at the Stanhope Terrace and Sussex Gardens junctions

  • Dedicated traffic light phases would allow cyclists to proceed across the Stanhope Terrace and Sussex Gardens junctions separately from other traffic
     

New signalised pedestrian crossing across Westbourne Street at the junction with Stanhope Terrace

  • Pedestrians would be able to cross Westbourne Street in one movement instead of having to wait on the traffic island
  • We would widen the footway at either side of Westbourne Street to reduce the crossing distance and provide more space for pedestrians
     

New loading box outside Lancaster London Hotel

  • A new 15 metre loading box would be provided to allow formal loading and unloading from the Lancaster London Hotel
  • To accommodate this proposal, the footway build-out and mature tree by the hotel would be removed. We are working to identify potential locations for planting new trees
     

Lancaster Terrace
 

As part of the proposals to improve the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Lancaster Terrace and Bayswater Road, and due to the anticipated traffic flow reduction due to making Bayswater Road two-way for general traffic, it is proposed to reduce Lancaster Terrace to two lanes of traffic.

 

  • The reallocation of road space allows for new footway buildouts and reduced pedestrian crossing distances
  • Providing a new two-way segregated cycle track on Westbourne Street and allowing eastbound traffic on Bayswater Road mean that there will be some changes to the bus stops on Lancaster Terrace. For more details see the section on changes to local bus operations
     

Sussex Gardens


The Sussex Gardens one-way system currently means cyclists have to position themselves among multiple lanes of moving traffic (especially when travelling south). Our proposals would mean a direct and physically separated route for cyclists in both directions. We are also proposing wider footways and new signalised crossings for pedestrians. However, some existing single yellow line parking would need to be removed to make room for the cycle tracks.

Segregated cycle tracks replace traffic lanes on both sides of road

  • New segregated cycle tracks would provide a dedicated, physically protected route through Sussex Gardens for cyclists heading to and from Westbourne Terrace
  • The new cycle tracks would be at carriageway level and would be 2 metres wide
  • The tracks would be separated from other traffic by kerbed islands at least 0.5 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • The proposals would mean two traffic lanes on the western (northbound) arm of the junction instead of four as at present
     

Single yellow lines replaced by double yellow lines on Sussex Gardens

  • The new cycle track and resulting reduction in traffic lanes would require double yellow lines on both sides of the western (northbound) arm of the junction in order to keep traffic moving.
     

New signalised junction with a new pedestrian crossing and wider footways at Lancaster Terrace/ Sussex Gardens

  • Traffic lights would be provided at this junction to allow cyclists to travel through the junction without coming into conflict with turning traffic
  • Signalising the junction would mean we could provide new signalised pedestrian crossings at Sussex Gardens/ Lancaster Terrace, replacing the existing zebra crossings
  • A bigger island and wider footway would provide more space for pedestrians at the southern end of Sussex Gardens
  • One southbound traffic lane would be removed to accommodate the new signalised junction
  • We investigated providing new a pedestrian crossing to improve access to the Gardens themselves. However, this would require additional traffic light stages, meaning longer journey times through the junction. Pedestrian access to the Gardens remains under active consideration.
     

New signalised junction, including ‘early-start’ facility for southbound cyclists at Westbourne Terrace / Sussex Gardens

  • Early-start’ signals would allow southbound cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic at the junction before moving away a few seconds earlier, significantly reducing the chances of conflict between cyclists and turning vehicles
  • An 18 metre area would be provided for cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic
  • A new 2 metre wide segregated cycle track would feed into the early start signals
  • ‘Early-start’ signals are used at Bow roundabout. Monitoring has shown them to be effective at addressing the left turn conflict that they were designed to address.
     

Changes to local bus operations

The provision of a two-way segregated cycle track on Westbourne Street, and the introduction of two-way traffic on Bayswater Road, would require some changes to local bus services operate in the area. The changes would make best use of the available facilities and ensure that service levels are maintained, while providing an improved interchange with Lancaster Gate Underground station. Please see the map below showing these proposed changes to bus stop operations

  • Routes 94, 148, 390 and N207 eastbound would be rerouted via Bayswater Road, and serve a new stop outside Lancaster Gate Underground station. Buses would no longer serve Lancaster Terrace
  • Route 46 towards Lancaster Gate would no longer serve Westbourne Street, and instead continue via Bayswater Road to terminate and stand at stop LH on Lancaster Terrace. The first stop towards Islington would remain unchanged
  • Route 274 would stand at stop LA on Lancaster Terrace. The first and last stops would remain unchanged
  • Route 436 would use the offside stand on Lancaster Terrace. Buses would continue to terminate at Paddington station
     

East-West Cycle Superhighway - Changes to bus services at Lancaster Gate map (PDF)
 

Impact of these revised proposals on traffic capacity and pedestrian crossing times

Our latest analysis shows the proposals would mean longer journeys at busy times for motorists and bus, coach and taxi passengers along most of the route, both during construction and once complete. There would also be longer journey times for users of many of the roads approaching the proposed route and longer waits for pedestrians at some signalised crossings.

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 scheme area for different road users
 

Further consultation on other sections of East-West Cycle Superhighway

We are proposing a continuous cycle route in Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park, in close consultation with The Royal Parks. The scheme is an important part of the wider East-West Cycle Superhighway, which runs from Tower Hill to Acton. It would provide a clearer and much safer route for cyclists around central London, largely separated from other vehicles, and be fully integrated with our revised proposals at Lancaster Gate. The proposals in the parks were not sufficiently developed for inclusion in the wider consultation on the East-West Cycle Superhighway when it began in September 2014.

We are also inviting comments on revised proposals for the section of the route at Victoria Embankment/Northumberland Avenue. In response to concerns about the traffic impact of the scheme, we have made changes to the Northumberland Avenue junction that would improve its operation and reduce the impact on general traffic. Under these proposals we would ban the right turn from Northumberland Avenue into Victoria Embankment and remove the pedestrian crossing, and relocate the westbound bus and coach stop on Victoria Embankment.

You can view the detailed proposals for the consultations and have your say at tfl.gov.uk/east-west-consult, or visit one of the public exhibitions listed above, where information on all of the consultations will be available.

 

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