Baker Street Two-Way Scheme

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3646
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Westminster Council is progressing a design for the Baker Street Two-Way scheme. However, when judged using the Cycling Level of Service (CLOS) tool the design scores several critical fails. Given Transport for London is being asked to pay for much of the scheme, will you withhold funding until Westminster puts forward an inclusive design that allows all those who wish to pass through the area on a bike, including families, children, the elderly and disabled cyclists to do so safely, easily and directly?

Answer

Answer for Baker Street Two-Way Scheme

Answer for Baker Street Two-Way Scheme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has reviewed the plans to ensure that there are no "critical fails". After some amendments to lane widths and alignments that have been agreed with Westminster, I'm pleased to say there are now no critical fails. The current design achieves a comparatively high Cycling Level of Service score and has a very good benefit-cost ratio of eleven to one.

The existing gyratory is intimidating for cyclists due to fast speeds, wide carriageways and dangerous drainage grates and gullies which can trap cycle wheels. There are currently no dedicated facilities for cyclists in the area. This scheme will provide an important north-south connection, linking the Central London Grid with CS11 and Regent's Park. The main route for cyclists will be from Clarence Gate of Regent's Park to the West End (via Park Road, Ivor Place, Glentworth Street, Melcombe Street and Gloucester Place). This route takes cyclists away from the busier Baker Street where there would be greater conflict with buses and on-street loading for retailers.

The scheme will provide significant pedestrians benefits, including wider footways, all-green crossing phases at all junctions on Baker Street, a new straight-ahead crossing of Marylebone Road outside Baker Street Station (currently a very busy staggered crossing), and new controlled pedestrian crossings on Gloucester Place which have been requested by local residents for some time. The scheme provides a better sense of place and a more pedestrian friendly Baker St. The bus network will be simplified and interchange between routes on Baker Street will be improved.

Subject to closing a small funding gap and mitigating the impacts on bus journey times, TfL are likely to recommend the project for funding.