Westminster Cycling Campaign News - October 2014
Westminster's U-turn on One-way Streets
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In a reversal of the policy it followed for several decades, Westminster has now questioned
whether one-way streets are still appropriate.
As a cautiously worded report to a recent meeting of Westminster's Environment Policy and
Scrutiny Committee put it,
It is timely to review whether it is appropriate to review some or all
of the city’s one-way roads and determine whether it would be preferable to
return them to two-way roads.
The report goes on to consider a number of one-way streets that could be candidates for
conversion back to two-way. These include:
- Baker Street / Gloucester Place: subject to Cabinet Member approval, initial design was due to commence in
September 2014 with a view to implementation commencing in 2015/16, subject to
funding, consultation and further approval.
- Victoria: it is the intention to
put a report before council members early next year on the options for consideration
concerning this gyratory.
- Brook Street / Grosvenor Street: the conversion of these routes to two-way working is now at an initial stage of being
considered as part of future proposals for Mayfair with TfL and Grosvenor Estate for
implementation by or after the opening of Crossrail in 2018. Old and New Bond Street,
as well as Grosvenor Square, will also be reviewed.
- Strand / Aldwych:
The Northbank Business Improvement District have recently carried out a study of their area and have sought to
start discussions with the City Council and Transport for London officers on the options for reviewing the
Intimidating one-way systems like Aldwych could be phased out.
The council also recognises for the first time the recommendations of the Roads Task Force - see our
news item in November 2013 -
Roads Task Force: what's in it for Westminster cyclists?
A further report on the policy and wider
issues will be considered at the committee's meeting on 19th January 2015.
Link to recent committee paper »