Have your say on a new East-West cycle route through Hyde Park

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015

Overview

Update on 29 January 2016

Response to issues raised – North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive

We have continued to work closely with The Royal Parks, key stakeholders, businesses and events organisers to consider and respond to the issues raised during this consultation in order to confirm our plans for North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive. We have now published our response to issues raised about our proposals for North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive.

Click here for the East-West Cycle Superhighway in Hyde Park response to issues raised – North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive (PDF)

After considering all of the responses received, we intend to make the following changes to the detailed proposals we consulted on for North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive:

  • Introduction of raised kerb segregation on North Carriage Drive between the traffic lane/horse track and the cycle track, which allows for a permanent cycle track to be maintained throughout the year, including during events
  • Reduction of the northern footway on North Carriage Drive in order to maintain the minimum carriageway width required for event operations. The footway will be a minimum of 2.7m wide
  • Modification of the layout of the North Carriage Drive/West Carriage Drive junction layout to reduce the speed of left-turning traffic 
  • Retention of the signalised pedestrian crossing at the junction of South Carriage Drive and Edinburgh Gate
  • Extension of the proposed shared-use area at Apsley Gate to connect with the existing shared-use area at Hyde Park Corner
     

Construction work will begin in late February 2016, and will be phased to minimise the impact on other road and park users, and to account for forthcoming events in Hyde Park. 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. Work is expected to finish in summer 2016.

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Update on 4 August 2015

We received 670 responses to the consultation on proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway in Hyde Park. 79% of respondents supported or partially supported our proposals. Comments from respondents included general support for the proposals, concern about the alignment of the Cycle Superhighway in Hyde Park, traffic congestion as a result of the scheme, and the potential impact on pedestrians and other park users.

Click here for the East-West Cycle Superhighway in Hyde Park Response to Consultation (PDF)

After considering all of the responses received, we intend to proceed with the overall scheme along the route alignment consulted on, although with some changes to the detailed proposals, as summarised below. Subject to agreement with The Royal Parks, we plan for the first phase of construction work to take place on the section of West Carriage Drive south of North Carriage Drive to Coalbrookdale Gate. We are still finalising detailed plans for the route on North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive, and will publish these later this year.
 

Changes to proposals set out in consultation documents on West Carriage Drive

Having considered comments received, we are planning some changes to the proposals set out for consultation, including:

  • Cyclists will be provided with their own dedicated signal phase to travel southbound out of the park through the junction of West Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive. Cyclists may also choose to use the dedicated shared footway to cross South Carriage Drive
  • For events held at the Serpentine Galleries, some deliveries may require the use of oversized vehicles. To enable this, sections of the segregation between the cycle track and carriageway have been designed to be overrun by these vehicles. Access at these times will be arranged and appropriately managed by the delivery or events company to ensure no conflict arises with pedestrians or cyclists when crossing the footways and/or overhanging the cycle track
     

Changes to proposals set out in consultation documents on North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive

We will continue to work with The Royal Parks, key stakeholders, businesses and events organisers to respond to the issues raised during this consultation, and to finalise designs for North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive. We will publish our response later this year.

Next steps

Work on West Carriage Drive could begin in late August 2015, and will be phased to minimise the impact on other road and park users, and to account for forthcoming events in Hyde Park. 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.

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Details of the original proposals are below:

This page contains a summary of our proposals. Detailed proposals for each section of route can be found at the bottom of this page or here

The East-West route is proposed to run through Hyde Park as it provides an attractive route between Hyde Park Corner and Lancaster Gate, with space to physically separate cyclists from other road users.

Hyde Park already has a number of cycle routes which are very popular including the Broadwalk, Serpentine Road and Rotten Row; however they’re shared with a large number of pedestrians and are subject to disruption during the many events within the park.

To provide a high quality, dedicated facility for cyclists the Cycle Superhighway would follow South Carriage Drive and West Carriage Drive between Hyde Park Corner and Lancaster Gate, providing a two-way fully separated track for cycles. This would also connect with proposed Quietway routes to Kensington and Exhibition Road.

A two-way cycle track would be provided on the southern side of North Carriage Drive to provide a connection between West Carriage Drive and Speakers’ Corner.

Cyclists will still be able to enjoy riding on existing cycle routes within the park following the introduction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway.

Artist's impression. Looking towards the northern end of West Carriage Drive, approaching Victoria Gate.

The key features of the East-West Cycle Superhighway in Hyde Park would be:

  • Segregated two way cycle tracks would be provided on South Carriage Drive and West Carriage Drive
  • Dedicated cycle track would be provided along North Carriage Drive to assist cyclists travelling to and from Speakers’ Corner
  • North Carriage Drive would be made one way eastbound to vehicles (except cycles) to enable a simplified T- junction at West Carriage Drive and North Carriage Drive (Victoria Gate). This would also enable part of the existing highway to be turned into up to 600 metres2 of additional park land
  • Junction improvements at the entrances to the park from Hyde Park Corner
  • Appropriate lighting, paving, planting and other improvements to enhance the enjoyment of the park for cyclists and other park users
  • High-quality materials to enhance the look of the park environment and reflect their importance and heritage
     

East-West Cycle Superhighway - Lancaster Gate to St James's Park (PDF)


Detailed proposals for Hyde Park

Details of each section can be found in the links below:

Section A: North Carriage Drive

Section B: North Carriage Drive and West Carriage Drive

Section C: West Carriage Drive

Section D: West Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive

Section E: South Carriage Drive

Section F: South Carriage Drive, Broad Walk and Serpentine Road

 

 

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