Baker Street Two Way Project
Many of our members and the wider community have raised concerns about the dominance of traffic in the area and associated noise, pedestrian and cyclist safety concerns and pollution. This is something we have been seeking to address for some time. In 2011 we commissioned a Traffic & Pedestrian Study followed by an Urban Realm & Transport Study, the results of which supported our aspirations to removing the existing Baker Street gyratory. We are working with Westminster City Council, Transport for London (TfL) and The Portman Estate to achieve this and revitalise the Marylebone area.
This project would reduce the impact of vehicles, making the area more attractive to residents and businesses. As part of this approach we would also seek to widen footways, introduce innovative new pedestrian crossings and ensure we are fully joined up with the public transport network. This isn’t just a traffic project, albeit a very big one, as the benefits will dramatically transform and revitalise our area for everyone. Take a look at our Infographic which neatly summaries the benefits and key aspects of the project.
More information about the benefits of two-way working can be found on the dedicated project website www.bakerstreettwoway.co.uk.
Baker Street station
Baker Street Station does not currently provide the kind of welcome to the area the Quarter deserves, and this concern is shared by many of our members with staff and clients travelling to their premises via the station. We hold quarterly meetings with TfL who are very keen to improve the station environment and Madame Tussauds who is a keen supporter of the project. Discussions are progressing well, and we are exploring how we can continue to work together to improve the area for pedestrians, station users, local businesses and residents. Once proposals for improvements have been approved, we will share these with you.
We’re delighted to have completed one of our major projects to transform the much neglected, dank and dingy Marylebone Road Subway at Baker Street Station into the vibrant and welcoming Wonderpass. An important, safe alternative to those wishing to cross the Marylebone Road, The Wonderpass is also a cultural crossing that’s a wonderful celebration of our area’s history and attractions. More than just a lick of paint, the project involved a major structural upgrade, improving and renewing drainage, electrics and lighting, stairwells, floors and handrails. It represents a true collaboration of ourselves, TfL and Westminster City Council ward councillors, with production from Sing London, and the design features work from the Wallace Collection, Madame Tussauds and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
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