Baker Street Two Way Project
The Baker Street Two Way project, led by Westminster City Council and Transport for London and supported by us and The Portman Estate will transform our area, and we’re delighted that the project, which switched to two way flow in February, will soon be completed.
Many of our members and the wider community raised concerns about the dominance of traffic in the area and associated noise, pedestrian and cyclist safety concerns and pollution. In 2011 we commissioned a Traffic & Pedestrian Study followed by an Urban Realm & Transport Study, the results of which supported our aspirations of removing the Baker Street gyratory.
Turning Baker Street and Gloucester Place to two-way flow reduces the impact and dominance of traffic, making the area more attractive to residents and businesses. This isn’t just a traffic project, albeit a very big one, as the benefits have dramatically transformed and revitalised our area for everyone. Pavements have been widened. New pedestrian crossings were introduced, improved cycling facilities implemented and better lighting and greening. Take a look at our Infographic which neatly summaries the benefits and key aspects of the project.
A dedicated website is available if you want to take a look at the background to the project, and details of the post-implementation monitoring strategy that the project team will undertake www.bakerstreettwoway.co.uk
Elizabeth Line to Baker Street Gateway Project - Manchester Square
The opening of the Elizabeth Line at Bond Street station will provide new connections for commuters and visitors and our area needs to embrace this opportunity. The streets linking Bond Street to the Quarter require enhancements that make people feel welcome and secure. The gateway’s ‘hidden gems’ are Manchester Square and the Wallace Collection. If given the right context and links, these can reach their full potential and make the area a significant townscape and cultural destination. We recently commissioned a feasibility study on how this could be achieved.
Our research tells us that people want a broader, more coherent retail offer with a stronger evening economy. The future transformation of the area, thanks to the Baker Street Two Way Project, and the commitment of property owners provide the opportunity to improve the appeal of the area. This year we will be working with property owners to define a strategy to be implemented over time to ensure the area’s retail serves those working and living in the area as well as visitors.
We were delighted to open the transformed Wonderpass in 2016. Previously a much neglected, dank and dingy Marylebone Road Subway, the vibrant and welcoming walkway is a safe alternative to those wishing to cross 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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A Little Green Oasis For All To Enjoy
Working with Derwent London and The Portman Estate, we have transformed an unused, unloved space off George Street (near the junction with Baker Street) into a veritable oasis. With space at a premium, design was everything. But with the backing of our partners on this project, both the design and planting of this ‘pocket’ park have been geared towards air quality and biodiversity as well as creating a beautiful space. Every other week, on a Tuesday and Thursday, you’ll find a fabulous street food stall serving authentic cuisines. Take a look at what’s coming up and be sure to pop down.