Hyde Park: Section E - South Carriage Drive

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015


Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track
  • Signals removed from junction at Edinburgh Gate
  • Pedestrian and cycle crossing widened and straightened
  • Changes to footway widths

Segregated two-way cycle track

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the northern side of the North Carriage Drive and would be 4 metres wide
  • It would be separated from other traffic by a 0.5 metres wide kerbed island
  • The track would narrow to 3.5 metres wide at the pedestrian crossings, where the kerb segregation would be about 1.6 metres wide to provide a refuge island for pedestrians
  • Opposite the entrance to the Hyde Park Barracks, a short section of segregation would not be provided to facilitate ceremonial movements. We would provide a ‘sandy’ coloured surface outside the Barracks and local signage to raise awareness of crossing vehicles
  • We would provide a gap in the segregation for cyclists turning into New Edinburgh Gate to access local routes and  Albert Gate to access the proposed Quietway

East-West Cycle Superhighway Section E - South Carriage Drive (PDF)

Signals removed from the Edinburgh Gate junction

  • Owing to the low volume of traffic turning into and out of Edinburgh Gate, it is not necessary to provide a signalised junction at this location
  • We would replace the signals with give way markings for vehicles leaving Edinburgh Gate
  • The removal of these signals will also ensure cyclists are able to travel east and west through the junction without having to stop

Pedestrian and cycle crossing widened and straightened

  • We would widen the existing shared crossing at Albert Gate to 7.4 metres in order to provide separate crossing areas for pedestrians and cycles
  • The crossings would also be straightened which would reduce the crossing distance

Changes to footway widths

  • To provide space for the cycle track, footways on the southern side of South Carriage Drive would need to be narrowed and the widths would vary along the length of South Carriage Drive
  • The footways would be reduced by between 1.5 to 1.8m, with remaining footway widths averaging 2.7 metres

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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