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West End Project gets the green light.

Following public consultation, which included contributions from The Fitzrovia Partnership and it’s members, Camden Council’s proposals for the West End Project were approved by Cabinet on 22 January.

The agreed project proposals are summarised as below.

Tottenham Court Road

  • Make Tottenham Court Road two-way for buses and cyclists only (from 8am-7pm, Monday to Saturday) with local access for cars, taxis and loading on short sections of Tottenham Court Road via side roads.
  • Wider pavements with trees and safer pedestrian crossings including new diagonal crossings at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.
  • New public space between Percy Street and Windmill Street with trees and seats, and improvements to Whitfield Gardens, including seating, planting and restoring the mural.
  • Raise the road to the same level as the pavement, in certain areas, to slow traffic.
  • Bus passengers would be able to arrive and leave from Tottenham Court Road.
  • New loading bays for local businesses and replacing existing kiosks with a more attractive design and a wider range of goods for sale.
  • Relocate the historic street lights from the middle of Tottenham Court Road to the pavements next to Whitfield Gardens. The other lights on Tottenham Court Road would be improved.

Gower Street

  • Make Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street two-way for all vehicles.
  • Protected cycle lanes in both directions (which would require some sections of pavement to be slightly narrowed). The protected cycle lanes would separate cyclists from traffic using ‘light segregation’ – rubber blocks sometimes called ‘armadillos’, similar to those on Royal College Street.
  • De-clutter pavements and provide safe and convenient pedestrian crossings.
  • Move all bus routes to Tottenham Court Road.
  • Remove all parking from Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street (loading bays would be available on Gower Street between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Sunday).
  • Raise the road to the same level as the pavement, in certain areas, to slow traffic.

Public spaces

  • A new park on Alfred Place, new plaza for St Giles – next to Centre Point, and a new public space at Princes Circus – the junction of Shaftesbury Avenue and High Holborn.
  • Improved public spaces on Tottenham Court Road – Whitfield Gardens and “Windmill Square” (between Percy Street and Windmill Street) – and on Huntley Street.
  • “Mini-parks” would be created at Bedford Avenue, Bayley Street and Capper Street. These streets would be closed to all traffic (except cyclists) at the Tottenham Court Road end, with new seating, cycle parking and trees.

Cycling

  • An additional fifteen streets would allow cycling in both directions to improve routes through the area and encourage people to cycle, including Gower Place, Gower Street/Bloomsbury Street, Grafton Way, Huntley Street, Warren Street, Tottenham Street, Store Street, Chenies Street, Ridgmount Gardens, Bedford Avenue, Bedford Square, Endell Street, Tottenham Court Road, High Holborn (part) and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Buses

  • Quicker and more reliable bus journeys for most bus routes by moving all bus routes from Gower Street to Tottenham Court Road, so that bus passengers would be able to arrive and leave from Tottenham Court Road.
  • Removing north-south bus routes that use New Oxford St will assist east-west bus routes and reduce congestion. Move all bus routes from part of St Giles High Street to Earnshaw Street and some bus stands from St Giles High Street to Earnshaw Street and Great Russell Street.

Taxis and general traffic

  • The taxi rank on Tottenham Court Road between Grafton Way and Euston Road would be moved to Grafton Way and additional taxi ranks would be provided on Store Street and Goodge Street
  • Local access for cars, taxis and loading would only be allowed on short sections of Tottenham Court Road (via side streets) from 8am to 7pm Monday to Saturday.
  • Charing Cross Road northbound, between Cambridge Circus and St Giles Circus, would be for buses and cyclists only (except for access via side streets).
  • Bedford Avenue, Bayley Street and Capper Street would be closed at their junctions with Tottenham Court Road to all traffic (except cyclists).
  • Some side streets would become one-way, and some turns would be banned, to allow access but prevent rat-running.
  • There would be less traffic in the area as a whole but some streets would see an increase in traffic.

Parking and loading

  • Some parking spaces would be removed including five residents’ bays, three Blue Badge disabled bays and 57 pay and display bays. Parking surveys show that their use is very low.
  • All parking would be removed from Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street to provide the lightly segregated cycle lane.
  • Some parking would be removed from side streets or relocated to provide areas for loading, taxi ranks and cycle parking.
  • Loading would only be possible in loading bays in the restricted sections of Tottenham Court Road, 7am-8am and 7pm-8pm, Monday to Sunday.
  • Away from the restricted sections, loading would be possible in loading bays, 7am-10am and 4pm-8pm, Monday to Sunday.
  • Loading on side streets off Tottenham Court Road would be allowed in loading bays 10am-4pm, Monday to Sunday.
  • Loading would be available in marked bays on Gower Street, 10am-2pm, Monday to Sunday.
  • Loading would be allowed on Alfred Place, 7am-10am, Monday to Friday.

Alfred Place park

  • Approve the overall concept of introducing a park on Alfred Place.
  • Further, detailed design work would be required including soft and hard landscaping, vehicle access and loading restrictions. The details would be discussed with the Corporation of London (as the landowner), and local stakeholders. The final design would be determined by a separate decision report to the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, subject to achieving funding to proceed with implementation of the park.

Whitfield Gardens

  • Approved the overall concept of changes to Whitfield Gardens including new seats, plants, restoring the mural and memorial stone. The final design would be determined by a separate decision report to the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning.

Windmill Square

  • A new public space (between Percy Street and Windmill Street on Tottenham Court Road).

 

The BID welcome the work Camden council has done to date the West End Project (WEP) and the decisions made at last week’s Cabinet meeting. The Fitzrovia Partnership submitted a full response to the WEP on behalf of our members and we look forward to hearing more on how Camden will proceed with the works proposed. We are committed to ensuring the Fitzrovia area benefits from the proposals and will be updating members further when Camden have progressed their decision making following future meetings.