Two-way Baker Street scheme gets a green light
Go-ahead for ‘more welcoming streets’ plan despite opposition
30 June, 2017 — By Tom Foot
Cllr Robert Davis said the move would ‘transform’ the area
WORKS to make Baker Street two-way to traffic will begin next month. Council planning chiefs have approved the major project – which includes Gloucester Place.
They say the changes will “reduce the dominance of traffic”, helping cyclists and pedestrians while “adding greenery” to the main roads. Campaigners and residents have criticised the plan. Work will start on July 24 and is not expected to end until early 2019.
Steven Dollond, who stood as an independent in a 2016 by-election on a “no to two-way” ticket, has described it as the “the most contentious issue to affect Baker Street in half a century”.
He added: “There is absolutely no local demand for this. Nobody here wants it. If it happens it will be a huge open-air experiment in traffic.”
Both Baker Street and Gloucester Place will remain open and operate with one-way traffic during the majority of the building work but there will be lane closures and turning restrictions.
Westminster Council’s business chief, Cllr Robert Davis, said: “No two ways about it, the works to transform Baker Street and Gloucester Place will soon see residents and businesses benefiting from healthier, safer and more welcoming streets.” The original two-way system was abolished in the late 1950s.
Road users are advised to visit tfl.gov.uk/baker-street-roadworks and bakerstreettwoway.co.uk for more information.