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 is now underway.
Many of our members and the wider community have raised concerns for some time 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 to removing the existing Baker Street gyratory.
Turning Baker Street and Gloucester Place to two-way flow would reduce 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 will dramatically transform and revitalise our area for everyone. As part of changes pavements will be widened , innovative new pedestrian crossings will be 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, the plans for the works and lots of FAQ’s www.bakerstreettwoway.co.uk which are regularly updated.
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.
Elizabeth Line to Baker Street Gateway Project - Manchester Square
The imminent opening of the Elizabeth Line at Bond Street station later this year 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 defining a strategy with property owners to attract desirable retailers.
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.
More on The Wonderpass
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. Local favourite, Souli have set up a stall by our small, yet perfectly formed, park where you can grab a coffee and a snack before taking to a deckchair for your break. Pop down and enjoy!