Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street changes to be unveiled

By News Reporters Camden Council will on Monday unveil the latest proposals for changing the Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street one-way traffic system into two-way working and other environmental changes.

At a meeting of the Bloomsbury Area Action Group to be held on Monday 17 March ward councillors will invite the council’s transport team to provide an update on the proposed two-way traffic scheme in Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street.

Known as the West End Project it is a major public realm scheme aimed at transforming a key part of what the council refers to as Camden’s West End. The project covers the area bounded by Euston Road, Gower Street, High Holborn, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road, including the side streets and public spaces in the area.

Camden held meetings with local groups and stakeholders within the wards of Bloomsbury and Holborn & Covent Garden in April 2013 to set out the Council’s emerging plans for the project and to listen to people’s comments and suggestions.

Those emerging plans included closing Tottenham Court Road to private vehicles, and shifting some south bound buses from Gower Street to Tottenham Court Road. Gower Street would be open to all traffic and both roads would have two-way traffic.

Now the Council has amended the proposals to take on board the views that were raised in previous engagements. This includes assessing a number of different options including different traffic arrangements and cycling options, and completing detailed traffic modelling of the proposals.

Camden has now agreed on a preferred proposal for public consultation. Prior to this public consultation in June 2014, the Monday meeting will provide an update on the project and seek further views on the proposals.

Bloomsbury Area Action Group, 6.30 to 8.30pm, Monday 17 March 2014, Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB.

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