Muted excitement as Lidl opens its new store on Tottenham Court Road

Front of supermarket.

There was somewhat muted excitement for shoppers this morning as German supermarket chain Lidl opened its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road, during a pandemic. Normally I'd be thrilled about the opening of a new food store close to home but shopping has lost much of its pleasure and become one of the …

Camden criticised over mural restoration contract

Cherry picker on open space.

Camden Council has been criticised for its choice of contractor to undertake the restoration of the Fitzrovia Mural and the way it handled the competitive tendering process. Kristina O'Donnell, whose father and uncle are depicted in the mural, says she is "heartbroken by the decision" to award the contract to Global Street Art to restore …

Drivers advised to avoid area around Tottenham Court Road because of resurfacing of Gower Street

Diversion sign with arrow.

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area around Tottenham Court Road due to the resurfacing works that are being carried out on Gower Street from today until Sunday 8 March, and Bloomsbury Street until Sunday 30 March. Camden Council says that it will "begin the resurfacing work on Gower Street, Bloomsbury Street and around …

Woman hit by police car on Tottenham Court Road

Police car and collision investigation.

Part of Tottenham Court Road was closed this evening after a police car struck a woman who was crossing the road. Camden police issued a statement saying that road closures are in place at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Chenies Street after a police vehicle "collided with a 19 year old female pedestrian …

Gower Street resurfacing and a confusing set of diversions

Road closed signs.

People living on Grafton Way as well as staff and patients at University College Hospital are taking the brunt of the current traffic diversions as Camden Council's West End Project grinds towards its final act. The air on TfL's gyratory around the hospital is thick with traffic fumes and drivers and cyclists are confronted with …

TfL limits buses to 10mph on Tottenham Court Road after ‘a number of collisions’ with pedestrians

Bus at night.

More than five months after Tottenham Court Road changed from one-way to two-way traffic a woman has become the fourth person to be struck by a southbound bus on the same pedestrian crossing. The woman, who has not been named, was hit by a route 29 bus operated by Arriva driven southbound on the central …

Pedestrian crossing on Tottenham Court Road has become a collision hot spot

Dried blood on pavement.

A light-controlled crossing on Tottenham Court Road has become a collision hot spot after three pedestrians were seriously injured after being struck by buses in almost identical circumstances. Since April emergency services and collision investigators have attended the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Torrington Place on three separate occasions. On the morning of Tuesday …

Third collision involving bus and pedestrian at junction of Tottenham Court Road and Torrington Place

Police vehicles and bus.

A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being struck by a southbound bus on Tottenham Court Road on Monday 2 September, the third such collision since the street was converted to two-way traffic in April. Fitzrovia News understands that a southbound doubledecker bus operated by Arriva for Transport for London struck a pedestrian near the …

Second pedestrian seriously injured on Tottenham Court Road

Police vehicles.

Another pedestrian has been seriously injured after a collision with a southbound bus on Tottenham Court Road today. In what appears to be nearly identical circumstances to a collision last Tuesday, a pedestrian and a southbound bus collided near the junction with Torrington Place this morning. Since April this year buses have been running in …

Lidl to open its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road

Front of shop.

German supermarket chain Lidl has announced it will open its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road next summer. Lidl will takeover and refurbish the Sainsbury’s store near Warren Street tube station, reports the Guardian and other media. It will be a full-sized Lidl store with a 1,300m2 shop floor, selling its full range …

Bus and pedestrian collide on Tottenham Court Road

A pedestrian was seriously injured after a collision with a bus on Tottenham Court Road on the morning of Tuesday 11 June. A man in his 30s and a southbound number 24 bus collided near the junction with Torrington Place. In a statement to MyLondon a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called …

Taxis, media lies, and Tottenham Court Road

Taxi blockade.

For the sixth weekday evening in a row London Taxi drivers have blocked Tottenham Court Road between 4pm and 7pm, and brought the surrounding streets to a standstill. Many people have struggled to get home by public transport and many more are wondering what's going on. There have also been a number of incorrect statements …

Cars, taxis and lorries are not being banned from Tottenham Court Road

Map of part of Tottenham Court Road.

Last week's news in the Evening Standard about cars, taxis and lorries being banned from Tottenham Court Road in three months' time (sic) brought jeers from drivers and cheers from active transport campaigners. But the Standard's story was so full of errors that it failed to describe what is actually happening. Cabbies may be pleasantly surprised …

Tottenham Court Road strip club benefits OAPs in northwest England

Frontage to night club.

A lap dancing club in Tottenham Court Road is helping out pensioners in northwest England, according to a licence application submitted to Camden Council in October. The application to renew a sexual entertainment licence for Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's Club states that Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council is the landlord of the premises. Chair of …

Memorial service for man who died sleeping rough in Fitzrovia park

Flowers, candle and card.

A memorial service will be held this Friday (21 September) at a church soup kitchen for a man who died while sleeping rough in Whitfield Gardens public open space. The man, known as Igor, was originally from Ukraine and died in his sleep on 31 August near where his friends were also sleeping rough. According …

Camden plans two years of chaos with ‘ground breaking project’

Street sign.

Residents and businesses in Fitzrovia will have to endure two years of disruption as work is due to kick off this week to transform the Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road one-way system in what Camden Council describes as a “ground breaking project”. All bus services will move to Tottenham Court Road making the street …

Three venues in Fitzrovia seek late night licences

Entrance to bar.

Late night licence applications for three premises in Fitzrovia are currently being consulted upon by Camden Council. Owners of the Reverend JW Simpson in Goodge Street are seeking to vary their existing licence to serve alcohol until 2am on four nights a week. The application states: "The proposed variation is to extend the sale of …

TfL to go ahead with bus changes in the Tottenham Court Road area

Map of bus services in Tottenham Court Road.

Transport for London (TFL) is to push ahead with changes to local bus services to coincide with the removal of the Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street one-way system. Earlier this year TfL consulted on proposals which would remove all buses from Gower Street, run buses in both directions along Tottenham Court Road, and replace the four northbound and southbound …

Police close cycle lane after white paint causes riders to crash

Police and ambulances.

Police closed a cycle lane on a busy stretch of Tottenham Court Road this morning for safety reasons after several cyclists sustained injuries after skidding and falling on the road. A combination of freshly painted white lines and a shower of rain caused the edge of the cycle lane and other road markings to become very …

Soup kitchen launches emergency appeal after rise in rough sleepers and cuts to benefits

Man handed a plate of food.

A small charity serving free food and handing out warm clothing for the homeless and those living in poverty has seen an increase in demand for its service this winter but is struggling to cover its own running costs. The Soup Kitchen at the rear of the American International Church in Tottenham Court Road is open for two hours, five …