Have your say on cycling improvements in St James’s Park and the Green Park

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015

Overview

Update - 20 August 2015

Between 9 February and 29 March 2015, in collaboration with The Royal Parks, we consulted on detailed proposals for the East-West cycle route in St James’s Park and Green Park.

Click here for the St James's Park and Green Park Response to Consultation report

We received 646 responses to the consultation, of which 71% supported or partially supported our proposals. Comments from respondents included general support for the proposals, calls for continuous segregated cycling facilities along Spur Road, and concern over the proposal to route cyclists through the existing shared pedestrian-cyclist space behind Canada Gate.

After considering all of the responses to the consultation, we intend to proceed with the overall scheme along the route alignment consulted upon, with some changes to the detailed proposals as summarised below:

Spur Road

Working with The Royal Parks, we are now proposing a segregated two-way cycle track on Spur Road, between Constitution Hill and Birdcage Walk, introduced on a trial basis. We are currently consulting on these proposals, which can be found at tfl.gov.uk/east-west-spur-road. This consultation is open until 4 October 2015.

Junction of The Mall, Horse Guards Road and North Horse Ride

Following further investigation and discussions with The Royal Parks, we will provide northbound cyclists on Horse Guards Road with an early release facility. Cyclists will have their own set of traffic signals, providing them with a green light a few seconds ahead of motor traffic. This will allow cyclists to proceed ahead of general traffic, reducing the risk of ‘left hooks’.

We will install a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Horse Guards Road, and relocate the signalised pedestrian crossings on The Mall east and west of Horse Guards Road closer to the junction.

Junction of Storey’s Gate/Birdcage Walk/Great George Street/Horse Guards Road

We no longer intend to ban the left turn from Birdcage Walk into Horse Guards Road. This means motorists will be able to enter and leave Horse Guards Road as they do at present. Cyclists travelling eastbound and westbound on Birdcage Walk will be provided with their own dedicated signal phase to move through the junction.

Following further investigation and discussions with The Royal Parks, we will provide southbound cyclists on Horse Guards Road with an early release facility. Cyclists will have their own set of traffic signals, providing them with a green light a few seconds ahead of motor traffic. This will allow cyclists to proceed ahead of general traffic, reducing the risk of ‘left hooks’.

We will create a loading zone on the east side of Storey’s Gate to facilitate the servicing of local frontages.

Birdcage Walk

We will continue to work with The Royal Parks to finalise the design on Birdcage Walk, with the aim of widening the pedestrian crossings .

North Horse Ride

We will work with cycling and disability groups to ensure the route is navigable by non-standard cycles such as hand cycles and cargo bikes. Where necessary, bollards and gates will be realigned. Working with The Royal Parks, we are undertaking a review of lighting in this area to ensure conditions are safe for all users.

Next steps

Subject to agreement with the relevant Highway Authorities, we plan to start construction in early 2016, with completion due in summer 2016. Construction  will be phased to minimise the impact on other road and park users. 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.

Update ends

Details of the original consultation can be found 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

As part of the East-West Cycle Superhighway a number of improvements are proposed to the cycle route in St James’s Park and the Green Park along Horse Guards Road, The Mall (North Horse Ride) and Constitution Hill (Horse Ride). A segregated cycle route would also be provided along Birdcage Walk and cycle and pedestrian improvements made to the Spur Road gyratory.

Key features of the route in St James’s Park and the Green Park are:

  • Horse Guards Road and The Mall (North Horse Ride) would have minimal new physical infrastructure, reflecting the heritage and national importance of these roads
  • A new signalised junction at Horse Guards Road and Storey’s Gate would protect cyclists from turning traffic and provide two new signalised pedestrian crossings
  • A new signalised junction at Horse Guards Road and The Mall would provide a dedicated cycle crossing across The Mall
  • A simplified cycle crossing at Marlborough Gate
  • The existing horse ride on Constitution Hill would be converted into a two way cycle track and the footway widened, to better cater for the needs of users in this area
  • A segregated cycle track would be introduced along Birdcage Walk in St James’s Park, assisting cycle journeys to and from Victoria and the proposed ‘Quietway’ cycle route on Buckingham Gate
  • A new signalised junction at Birdcage Walk and Spur Road would separate traffic that currently merges from two arms of the gyratory
  • Improvements for cyclists and pedestrians would be made at the Spur Road gyratory, including up to 900 metres2 of new footway, simplified pedestrian crossings and a contraflow cycle track for eastbound cyclists
     

The proposals for Constitution Hill were presented in the first consultation and will not be covered in detail within this consultation.

Detailed proposals for St James's Park and Green Park

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

Section A: Green Park

Section B: The Mall (North Horse Ride)

Section C: The Mall and Horse Guards Road

Section D: Horse Guards Road

Section E: Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk

Section F: Spur Road Gyratory

 

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.

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

 

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