Skyscraper City Forum banner
1 - 20 of 129 Posts

·
Not in L.A.
Joined
·
2,883 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Tottenham Court Road to be overhauled in £26m revamp

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-27681073

Tottenham Court Road will be reserved for buses and bicycles only during daylight hours from Monday to Saturday.

Camden Council wants to make the central London street safer and boost business ahead of the opening of a new Crossrail station in 2018.

The current one-way system will be replaced with tree-lined, two-way traffic flows to help cut congestion.

Wider pavements, cycle lanes and safer pedestrian crossings will also be installed as part of the £26m plan.

Only buses, cycles and local access will be allowed on Tottenham Court Road from 08:00 to 19:00 Monday to Saturday under the scheme announced by Camden Council.

Four new public spaces will be created including a new pedestrianised plaza at the foot of Centre Point next to the new Crossrail station.

A new park will be built in Alfred Place and wider pavements and direct pedestrian crossings will be installed on Tottenham Court Road and New Oxford Street.



Protected cycle lanes will be installed on Gower Lane and University College London will receive an extra wide crossing.

A new network of safe cycle routes will connect Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia with the West End.

Camden Council said the current one-way system on Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street increased journey times and caused confusion for bus passengers whose bus routes start and end on different streets.

Camden Councillor Phil Jones said: "Our ambitious West End Project will transform the Tottenham Court Road area into one of London's premier commercial, cultural and academic districts."

Camden Council will hold a public consultation on the changes from 9 June until 18 July.
 

·
Buka Pintu
Joined
·
23,647 Posts
Long overdue - this area is teaming with pedestrians who have to stop every block for slow traffic light changes. Hopefully neighbouring Westminster won't do anything to scuttle the plans
The usual "end of the world" stuff coming from the motorists already...
 

·
Moderator
South East Nine
Joined
·
39,956 Posts

West End Project
Camden Council
WC1


Official website: http://www.camden.gov.uk/westendproject

Architect: http://www.dsdha.co.uk/



Development Facts

Cost: £26 million

New public realm: 18,000m²

Completion: 2018


Traffic alterations

Tottenham Court Road: From one-way to two-way. Buses and cyclists only from Monday to Saturday, 8am-7pm

Gower Street: From one-way to two-way



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,185 Posts
Yeah, great news.

I'm no longer a student nearby but still find myself around the middle and upper sections often. Also note that Camden are closing one of the roads off TCR eastwards, just south of Warren Street (can't remember which).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24,356 Posts
Finally something good happening to the West End. Westminster need to be as bold- if they are serious about wanting the best for their borough take this as an inspiration and extend it down Charing Cross Road and into the side streets that it passes through- we might finally get some kind of Ramblas that London should have had a decade ago.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,251 Posts
Didn't realise it involved the creation of public space and a park. What a fantastic project, the theatre will be greatly enhanced with the new space. I suggest everyone go to the Camden website and show your support for this project. They will receive plenty of criticism so let's show our positive feedback.
 

·
Not Cwite There
Joined
·
9,244 Posts
Tottenham Court Road itself will no doubt become more pleasant, though Gower Street (which often feels rather quiet) will become much busier. Slightly concerned that the south side of Euston Road outside the hospital might not be able to cope very well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,486 Posts
The street needs to rid itself of a few buildings that degrade it ,the YMCA and the appalling 1-2 Stephen Street even though Derwent London think a piecemeal lobby refurb will solve things... it won't.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,712 Posts
The YMCA building is great but needs refurb - clean up at the top and new street facade. The design is a classic and a textbook example in how to ensure everyone gets a window:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
114 Posts
Some of this year's RIBA exams concerned the YMCA building. (A friend took them.)

Apparently there were originally towers planned to top out each corner of the building. Which partly explains its rather hulking & monolithic presence & undistinguished roofline.
 
1 - 20 of 129 Posts
Top