Westminster unveils Central London Grid

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Westminster has now published draft proposals for its portion of the Central London Grid of cycle routes.

The Grid is intended to be a network of direct, high-capacity, joined-up cycle routes across central London. Many of these will run in parallel with key Underground, rail and bus routes, and will be signed and branded accordingly. Two types of routes will form part of this Cycle Grid: ‘Cycle Superhighways’ and ‘Quietways’. The aim will be for cyclists to feel safer and more confident that they can navigate its streets with ease.

The proposals for the Central London Grid form part of Westminster's draft Cycling Strategy. This sets out how Westminster intends to help deliver the Mayor of London’s Vision for Cycling on a more local level.

The proposals are out for public consultation until 20th January 2014.

Map of the proposed routes »

List of proposed routes »

You can comment on these routes as part of Westminster's Cycling Consultation. Question 11 is the one about routes. In particular, you may wish to identify:

  • Routes that would make a big difference to journeys you make
  • Routes you already use that would benefit from some improvement
  • Routes that look a bit inconvenient
  • Important omissions

In addition, Transport for London has now published proposals for the whole Central London Grid. Link to TfL »

This post was edited by Westminster Cycling Campaign at 08:48am 20 Dec 2013.

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The link for the list of routes isn't working. Also, shouldn't this be front-page news on the main site rather than hidden in here?

Thanks for your comments, Marco. I have corrected the link to the list of routes.

This posting is here because it is the part of the site for submissions by local groups. The editor may choose to run a more prominent story in due course.

The proposals include a number of routes for which we have been campaigning for many years, for example:

  • Tavistock Street: two-way cycling between Southampton Street and Wellington Street
  • Blomfield Road: two-way cycling between Westbourne Terrace Road and Warwick Avenue
  • New Bond Street: two-way cycling at least between Clifford Street and Conduit Street
  • A link from Ebury Street to Buckingham Palace Road (NE of Lower Grosvenor Place)
  • The Wiggins Way: Carlton Vale - Carlton Hill, passing Sir Bradley's former residence
  • A route up the NE side of Green Park

There are a few surprising omissions that may be errors, namely:

  • The 'Ambassador' route between Chelsea Bridge and Paddington
  • Cycle Superhighway 8
  • Cycle Superhighway 9

A few popular destinations are poorly served, for example:

  • The LSE
  • Somerset House / King's College
  • Charing Cross Station
  • The St Martin's Lane / Long Acre area of Covent Garden
  • Victoria Station

Some of the routes look a bit tortuous - let's hope these were a constraint of the mapping system! For example:

  • Quietway 88 in the Trafalgar Square are
  • The Jubilee Line in St James's
  • The E-W Superhighway at Lancaster Gate

 

Please join us at our meeting on Monday 06 January 2014 to have your say on the issues that affect you and other cyclists, and inform our response to the draft Westminster Cycling Strategy and Central London Grid.

Westminster Cycling Campaign is the local group of the London Cycling Campaign. Our group is open to any London Cycling Campaign member who lives, works, studies or cycles in the City of Westminster. The majority of our 270 members are Westminster residents. When we write to our local councillors, we are writing to Westminster's councillors.

We meet at 7pm at the rear of the Cleveland Arms, 28 Chilworth Street, W2 6DT. Food, alcoholic and soft drinks are available.

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