Westminster Cycling Campaign News - January 2017

South Carriage Drive now open

Photo, January 2017

After many months of works and disruption, the cycle track has finally opened along the South Carriage Drive of Hyde Park.

Until now, east-west cyclists have been using the segregated path alongside Rotten Row. This has been inadequate for present-day volumes of cyclists - and their speed has been considered a danger. By contrast, the track along South Carriage Drive is designed for high volumes of cyclists - and for higher speeds. The Royal Parks will be retaining the Rotten Row path essentially as a leisure route for cyclists.

Rotten Row
The Rotten Row path is unsuitable for present-day volumes of cyclists - or their speed.

The South Carriage Drive is part of the East-West Cycle Superhighway. The current state of completion is shown on the map below.


The section along Westbourne Terrace, through the Lancaster Gate gyratory system and along Constitution Hill appear to be complete apart from final surfacing.

Work is in progress on the link between the South and West Carriage Drives, though cyclists can still interchange between the two sections of the route.

Work recently started on the junction of Birdcage Walk with Horseguards Road and Storey's Gate. This will continue for several months and require the closure of the different arms of the junction at different times.