Hyde Park: Section C - West Carriage Drive

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015

Overview

A segregated two-way cycle track would be introduced to the eastern side of West Carriage Drive by narrowing traffic lanes, replacing some sections of kerbside parking and removing the existing cycle tracks from the footways.

Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track on eastern side of West Carriage Drive
  • Changes to footways and parking north of Serpentine Bridge
  • New raised pedestrian crossing between the car park and Sackler Gallery
  • New segregated cycle and horse track over Serpentine Bridge
  • Changes to footways and parking south of Serpentine Bridge
  • Retention of car parking provision and accessible parking spaces as existing.
     

Segregated two-way cycle track on eastern side

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level and would be 4 metres wide. It would narrow to 3 metres wide at pedestrian crossings
  • It would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island between 0.5 and 2 metres wide
  • A short section of the kerb would be removable where the Policeman’s Path joins West Carriage Drive, north of the Sackler Gallery to allow official vehicles to cross the path.
  • The cycle track would be raised where it crosses the entrance and exit from the car park opposite the Sackler Gallery
  • No coloured surfacing would be used


East-West Cycle Superhighway Section C - West Carriage Drive
 

Changes to footways and parking north of Serpentine Bridge

  • A 200 metre section of kerb side parking on the eastern side of West Carriage Drive would be removed to provide space for the two-way segregated cycle track
  • Parking on the western side of West Carriage Drive would not be affected by the proposals
  • 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
  • Footways would be widened by up to 1m on the eastern side (on average widened by approx 0.7m) and by around 0.5m on the western side
     

New raised crossing area between the car park and the Sackler Gallery

  • We would narrow the existing carriageway widths in order to provide a new unsignalised raised pedestrian crossing and widen the footway by 3.1 metres outside the Sackler Gallery. Two pedestrian refuge islands would be provided between 2 – 2.2 metres wide
  • We will retain the existing unsignalised pedestrian crossing by the Serpentine Gallery
     

New cycle and horse track over Serpentine Bridge

  • Serpentine Bridge would remain one traffic lane in each direction
  • The existing on carriageway cycle lanes would be removed and replaced with a 3 metre two way cycle track on the eastern side of the bridge
  • A 2.4 metre horse ride would be provided between the cycle track and the footway. The horse ride would have a ‘sandy’ coloured surfacing to distinguish it from the cycle track
  • The horse ride and cycle track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island which would be 0.5 metres wide on the outside of the horse ride
     

Changes to footways and parking south of Serpentine Bridge

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the eastern side of the road and would be 4 metres wide with a 0.5 metre wide kerb island to separate cycles from the traffic
  • The track would narrow to 3 metres wide at the pedestrian crossings, where the kerb island segregation would be 2 metres wide and 3.6 metres wide when passing the entrance to the car park, to provide refuge islands for crossing pedestrians. The cycle track at these locations would also be raised to help slow vehicles when crossing the cycle track
  • With the introduction of a two-way cycle track on the eastern side of West Carriage Drive, the existing cycle track on the western footway would be removed, providing more space for pedestrians
  • One tree on the western footway south of Rotten Row would be removed and replanted locally
  • Car parking provision retained and accessible parking spaces in current locations.
     

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