Travel & Transport
Getting To The Quarter
We’re spoilt for choice for transport links which is why so many leading companies choose to base their headquarters here. Easy access to national rail services from Marylebone, Euston, Paddington and Kings Cross / St Pancras Station, makes commuting or visiting the Quarter a breeze. Underground stations are within easy walking distance with Baker Street Station running the biggest service with five lines serving the station. South of the Quarter the Central line can be used at Marble Arch and Bond Street where you can also hop on to the Jubilee line and the brand new Elizabeth line when it opens. There are also a dozen bus routes and coach services passing through in all directions. You can plan your route at the Transport for London website or view the bus routes in the area here.
We have worked with our partners at TfL, Westminster City Council and the Portman Estate to develop solutions for safe travel to the Quarter by bike, foot and public transport.
We have focused on providing additional space for distancing at key transport hubs – including Baker Street station; adding cycling capacity and storage; adding space for pedestrians and encouraging off-peak and staggered travel to the area for office workers.
Transport for London put into place their Streetspace plans which have repurposed London’s streets to increase capacity for walking and cycling during this time which includes construction of a strategic cycling including temporary cycle lanes on the Euston Road and temporary cycles routes on Park Lane. Find out more about the Streetspace plan.
Find a selection of reassurance posters to download, share with colleagues or print and display around your workplace here.
TfL have put together the following resources to help you and your customers to travel safely to the Quarter:
TfL Briefing for Businesses here
TfL Briefing for Retail Businesses here
TfL Briefing for Hospitality and Leisure Businesses here
TfL Active Travel Toolkit here
TfL’s new travel planning app TfL Go
Chiltern Railways information – If you do need to travel, please follow the advice and guidance on this website
Biking to the Quarter
Many of you have told us how important cycling will be for your employees and your business as you return to the workplace. With this in mind, we’ve put into place a number of facilities and exploring other activities in support of our members and their employees:
Increased secure cycle storage – we’ve worked with Westminster City Council to place new cycle storage in suitable locations across the area. Temporary racks are now in place on Dorset Street/Baker Street, Manchester Square, Blandford Street/Baker Street (East and West), Old Quebec Street and Fitzhardinge Street/Baker Street. In addition to this, we are working with private land and building owners to explore opportunities to install secure cycle storage.
Bike storage location map – we have developed a map detailing all the new and existing locations of public access bike storage throughout the Quarter. You can view and share this here.
Cyclehoop Bikehangars – already installed in Chiltern Street – thanks to Westminster City Council and the GLA – Cyclehoop’s unique bike storage solution, the Bikehangar, protects up to six bikes from weather and vandalism, using the equivalent of half the space of a car parking bay. If this type of secure cycling storage is something that would be of interest to your business to invest in, please do let us know. It is worth noting that these require planning permission to be installed on the public highway or pavement but not if you have space for one on private property.
Q Parks – Secure Bike Parking – In addition Q Parks will ‘sell’ a company space if you want to hire a secure space for bike parking in one of their car parks – the nearest being Harley Street and Marble Arch – detail here: https://www.q-park.co.uk/en-gb/bicycle-parking/
Bikeworks – we are excited to be working with Bikeworks – a London-based social enterprise, who offer a range of programmes and activities to encourage people to travel more actively, safely and sustainably. Their programmes include everything from Dr Bike cycle maintenance sessions through to workshops and webinars, debunking myths around cycling, as well as individual accompanied rides and group training sessions – all with the aim of building confidence in cycling around the capital.
Moped Parking – secure motorbike anchors can be located on Dorset Street near the junction with Baker Street.
Exploring The Quarter
Once you’ve reached the Quarter, you can take the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle. It’s always the case the best discoveries are made off the beaten track and here is no exception. Our streets are home to some beautiful buildings, boutiques and great spaces and exploring at your own pace lets you take them all in at your own leisure. You can walk from north to south of the Quarter in around 15 minutes and east to west will take you no longer than 10 minutes, view a map of the Quarter here. You will find Santander cycle hire docking stations throughout the Quarter which gives you the chance to explore at your own pace. Plan your cycle hire at Transport of London.
Take a look at what’s coming up where you’ll find a host of activities including our monthly walks, perfect for getting acquainted with the Quarter!
A Clean and Safe Environment
We will continue to ensure the high standards of the public spaces of the Quarter providing reassurance to those returning that it is well managed and safe. Our efforts have been refocused and stepped up for the recovery period. The duties of our Street Safety Team and Street Environment Manager continue to provide customer friendly assistance, reassurance and advice on the ground while also now encouraging distancing. Additional cleaning regimes have also taken place along with proactive management of key spaces. Trouble shooting and sharing of information with Council and Police has been stepped up along with resilience planning for any future lockdowns.