Westminster Cycling Campaign News - October 2016

Regent's Park: Westminster opposes gate closures

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Westminster council has continued its opposition to closing the gates of Regent's Park at certain times to traffic other than cycles.

In response to two petitions, Westminster's Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking has decided to object to the proposed closure of the four gates in Regent’s Park (Macclesfield Bridge, York Gate, Park Square West and Park Square East) 'due to the lack of clarity of the traffic impacts of the proposals'

Macclesfield Gate
Local residents claim that the temporary closure of Macclesfield Gate to motor vehicles in July 2014 resulted in traffic chaos.

Closing the four gates to motor traffic at certain times is a key feature of the proposed Cycle Superhighway 11. Following the publication of the consultation results in August, the new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, ordered Transport for London to continue work on the CS11 route.

The route begins at Swiss Cottage, over the border in Camden. The proposal here is to convert the gyratory system back to two-way, with the eastern arm reserved for buses and cycles. This proposal has also provoked opposition from residents, fearing that traffic will be displaced onto their own streets. Cyclists held a rally supporting the scheme on 8th October.

The route ends in Portland Place. Two options were presented in TfL’s consultation for this element of the scheme, which comprised either advisory cycle lanes or segregated cycle lanes. However, TfL’s traffic modelling completed to date has not included Portland Place. Westminster says it cannot indicate a scheme preference without understanding the traffic impacts of both options.

Further reading

TfL's consultation report »

Westminster's response to petition (Mrs Elaine Davis and Mrs Maureen Butterworth) »

Westminster's response to petition (Daniel Howard) »