Lancaster Gate: a solution in sight?
A solution may be in sight for a major obstacle to eastbound cycling along the Bayswater Road.
Transport for London (TfL) have now had a number of meetings with representatives of the South East Bayswater Residents Association (SEBRA) about the Lancaster Gate gyratory system. The aim has been to find a route for the East-West Cycle Superhighway, the so-called Cycling Crossrail, as well as one for eastbound cyclists following the Bayswater Road.
Current proposals are for a direct route for NW-bound cyclists along Westbourne Street, to the east of the hotel, as well as restoring two-way traffic in Bayswater Road past the Underground station. These proposals would mean that cyclists would no longer have to traverse two sides of the triangle or to perform scissor-like manoeuvres in merging and diverging traffic streams.
Over the years, a number of options have been considered for eastbound cycling along the Bayswater Road. A route through Kensington Gardens, although likely to be attractive, was ruled out on safety grounds in view of the hill at the eastern end and possible conflict with pedestrians near the park gates. And the park would be closed after dark, necessitating an alternative route along the street. A contraflow lane for cyclists would mean conflicting movements with other traffic at each end as well as failing to bring any benefit to other road users, such as buses. Restoring the road to two-way would speed up bus journeys as well as reducing the load on other arms of the gyratory, so that space could be released for a cycle lane.
The East-West Cycle Superhighway is due to open in 2016. As well as at Lancaster Gate, the route is likely to bring improvements for cycling at Buckingham Palace and in Parliament Square.
Illegal cycling at Lancaster Gate could be a thing of the past.