Baker Street and Gloucester Place form a large one-way system running from Regent's Park to Oxford Street. We're making plans with Westminster City Council, Baker Street Quarter Partnership and Portman Estates to introduce two-way traffic on these routes.
Subject to approval by our Surface Board and the Cabinet Member of Westminster City Council, this work will start in summer 2017 and last 18 months.
The project will reduce the dominance of traffic along Baker Street and Gloucester Place, making it safer and easier to access.
Rebalancing road space will benefit pedestrians and cyclists, and keep traffic flowing while also discouraging high speeds.
A number of similar one-way road systems are being transformed into community-friendly, safe, two-way streets as part of our Road Modernisation Plan.
- Introducing two-way traffic will help shorten journey times as vehicles won't have to follow long routes around the system or make circuitous routes on residential streets
- Up to 50 new and upgraded pedestrian crossings will be introduced, making it easier to cross safely in any direction
- Wider pavements, reduced street clutter and improved street lighting along Baker Street and at Dorset Square will make the area more pleasant. Westminster City Council is also exploring opportunities to introduce more trees and green spaces
- New cycle lanes will connect the area with the emerging Central London Grid and Cycle Superhighways. New advanced stop lines at junctions would help make cycling in the area safer and there will be more places to park bikes
- Two-way traffic will help improve access to buses and take passengers closer to their destinations
- The project will help prepare the area for the extra visitors and workers expected when the Elizabeth line (currently being built by Crossrail) is completed in 2018, and in anticipation of the planned Chiltern line upgrade into Marylebone station
Changes to bus routes
We recently consulted on potential changes the bus routes. Find out more on our Baker Street consultation page.
Find out more about the overarching Baker Street two-way project and download Westminster City Council's feasibility report, drawings and Cabinet Member report.