A key milestone in the West End Project’s programme will be achieved this Easter when Tottenham Court Road becomes two way for buses and cyclists today.
On Saturday 20 April, sections of Tottenham Court Road will change to two-way traffic. From spring 2020, sections of Tottenham Court Road will become bus and cycle only in both directions between 08:00 and 19:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Some access to loading bays will be maintained via the northbound lane on Tottenham Court Road
Access for publicly licensed black taxis will be revoked in Spring 2020. The 100% wheelchair accessible vehicles will no longer be able to fully access the key shopping area during peak opening hours of the shops.
Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for Improving Camden’s Environment said: “This will improve the area for pedestrians and cyclists, and make bus journeys less confusing and more efficient.
“All buses will use Tottenham Court Road from the afternoon of Easter Saturday and it is important to note that there will no longer be any buses serving Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street. This will make bus journeys more efficient and you will be able to get on and off your bus on the same street, facilitated by the new bus stops along Tottenham Court Road.
“Switching to two way is a major change for Tottenham Court Road and we are working hard to make sure that people are aware of the positive impact on the journeys they make and the importance of being prepared for this change.
“Crucially I would like to remind pedestrians the important need to look both ways when crossing Tottenham Court Road following these changes.”
David Hughes, TfL’s Director of Investment Delivery Planning, said: “The Mayor’s Healthy Streets programme is making London’s streets more attractive, accessible and people-friendly, encouraging Londoners and visitors to walk, shop and enjoy their streets.
“We’re pleased to see that our funding has helped Camden Council move on to the next phase of its West End Project, as traffic switches to two-way operation over Easter. I’d like to encourage local residents and visitors to take extra care once the switchover is complete, as people and traffic get used to the new layout.”
Image: West End Project