Baker Street two-way proposal (5)

MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The two way proposal for Baker Street is likely to cause slower, more congested traffic and increase pollution in the largely residential area of North Marylebone which already suffers from illegally high levels of air emissions.   Will you continue to proceed with the scheme if it were shown to be likely to cause more air pollution, especially in light of the recent ruling on the European Directive on Air Emissions now being referred to the Supreme Court?


Answer for Baker Street two-way proposal (5)

Answer for Baker Street two-way proposal (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The aim of the Baker Street and Gloucester Place scheme is to reduce the dominance of traffic throughout the area and improve the street environment by restoring two-way streets. TfL and Westminster City Council believe that by redistributing the existing road space, through restoration of the network to two-way working, the resulting reduction in vehicle speeds and overall trip lengths through the area is likely to result in a decrease in noise pollution and emissions. The changes in vehicle speeds and journey times will be confirmed through traffic modelling. The project partners, including the Business Improvement District, are also developing a number of additional measures to assist in improving air quality, including investigating the potential for freight consolidation in the area. The scheme would increase safety and accessibility for all road users, and offer an opportunity to improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers.

A period of public consultation is currently proposed to take place this spring.