Community group calls for low traffic neighbourhood

Map of low traffic neighbourhood.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association (FNA) has called on Camden and Westminster councils to consider making Fitzrovia a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN), in line with the Mayor of London’s Streetspace plans to help people with social distancing and enable walking and cycling. The FNA has asked for both the Camden side and Westminster side of Fitzrovia …

The New West End Company wants more car parking and no road charges

New West End Company values parking.

Plans released by the largest commercial group in the West End to steer a path to recovery when the lockdown is eased show it to be completely out of touch with the stark reality facing London. In a week when Westminster council were approving more ambitious plans to tackle air pollution and encouraging a modal-shift …

Westminster council will be ‘more ambitious in its commitments to reduce air pollution’

Air Quality Action Plan front cover.

While often (sometimes unfairly) seen as the rotten borough with regard to taking action to clean up its air, Westminster Council has now decided to "be more ambitious in its commitments to reduce air pollution". Fitzrovia News understand that reports put before the council's cabinet on Monday 11 May have been approved, paving the way …

Help us improve the streets for walking and cycling in Fitzrovia West

Map of Fitzrovia West.

By Barbara Corr A group of residents in City of Westminster want the council to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists and help maintain social distancing ahead of any lockdown being eased. Fitz West and Westminster Healthy Streets want to hear suggestions for improving the streets and have produced a map to which …

Pedicab Bill postponed until Parliament begins debating members bills again

Commons business.

Nickie Aiken's Bill to regulate pedicabs in London, due to be presented on Tuesday 21 April when Parliament opened, had to be postponed due to MPs having to take time to debate setting up a "virtual Parliament". The MP for Cities of London and Westminster said: "I was due to present my Bill to the …

MP for Cities of London and Westminster to introduce pedicab regulation Bill

Passenger and cargo bicycle.

Nickie Aiken the MP for Cities of London and Westminster is to introduce a Bill to Parliament on 21 April for the regulation of pedicabs to carry paying passengers. The Pedicabs (London) Bill would allow Transport for London to regulate the use of pedicabs in public places in Greater London for hire or reward, and …

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 …

Westminster council announces consultation on 20 mph limit

20 mph image.

Westminster council has finally a got around to consider a 20 miles per hour speed limit across the city with the announcement this week of a public consultation on the plans. If given the go ahead it will mean an end to the two different speed limits in operation on several streets in Fitzrovia on …

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 …

Cycle to work this week (and every week) in Camden and Westminster

Don't let the weather put you off cycling to work because Camden and Westminster cyclists have some tips and events to make your journey a pleasure every day. Today (Monday) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in Kensington Gardens there will be a free Dr Bike Mechanic, "Exchanging Places HGV Awareness", cycle security marking, and cycling information, organised by Westminster …

Westminster council seeks local views on ‘Oxford Street District’ plans

Map of Oxford Street and surrounding area.

An exhibition of plans to re-shape the 'Oxford Street District' will be held this weekend at the building formerly known as the Fitzrovia Community Centre. Westminster council is asking local residents and people who work or visit the area what they think of their £150m strategy to "improve" the environment of the shopping street and …

Westminster council to draw up new plans for ‘improving the Oxford Street District’

Buses and taxis on Oxford Street.

Westminster council has written to community groups in the neighbourhoods surrounding Oxford Street to announce that "completely new proposals" will be drawn up after the summer but that pedestrianisation is "off the table for good". In a letter signed by leader Nickie Aiken and cabinet member Richard Beddoe they say there is a very clear …

If we don’t care for our own backyard then nobody else is likely to

TfL map of Oxford Street west district.

By Griff Rhys Jones There are big plans for Oxford Street in the offing. You may already know of them and they are certainly going to affect the residents who live around that retail artery. There was a consultation with Transport for London, but it appears that they put up the “wrong address” on their …

Oxford Street consultation report withdrawn after responses were not counted

Cyclist, taxi and bus on Oxford Street.

A report analysing the responses to a consultation on the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street has had to be withdrawn after it was discovered Transport for London gave out an incorrect email address for respondents to use. Last week Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for transport, hailed the results of the consultation as a success and said …

Cycling is part of the solution to London’s transport challenge

Strava heat map.

Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to ban cycling along Oxford Street, yet it is an important route for cyclists connecting east and west London. So why is the London Cycling Campaign asking people to support the Mayor's plans? Transport for London are asking people's views on yet another consultation for the so-called "transformation of Oxford Street". …

Free cycle security and road danger awareness training outside the Beeb

Policy cycle event.

The Metropolitan Police will be holding a free "exchanging places" and security event outside Broadcasting House this month to help cyclists ride defensively and prevent cycle theft. It is an opportunity for cyclists to get their bikes marked with a security tag that can be registered on a database to prevent theft. If the cycle …

Oxford Street pedestrianisation plans divert traffic into neighbouring areas

TfL map of Oxford Street west district.

Mayor Sadiq Khan this week revealed more details on his proposal to pedestrianise London's Oxford Street and confirmed exactly what residents in surrounding districts feared -- all vehicles will be simply diverted into neighbouring streets but with a reduction in buses serving the area. The plans put out for consultation this week by Westminster Council …

CitiPark is actually undermining Westminster council’s efforts to discourage diesel

Times newspaper article.

The Times newspaper says that "Drivers of petrol and diesel cars will face higher charges to use private car parks under a plan to tackle pollution". The article by transport correspondent Graeme Paton goes on to say that car park operator CitiPark will "impose a levy on all but the most fuel-efficient vehicles as part …

Overnight work begins to refurbish lifts at Goodge Street station

Front of tube station at night.

Over a year of sometimes noisy night-time maintenance work will start this week to overhaul all four passenger lifts at Goodge Street underground station. Overnight "enabling work" will start on  Monday 10 July before the main project starts. This work will take place from 22:00 to 06:00 Sunday to Thursday. Then from Monday 4 September …

Diesel parking charges increase in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Hyde Park zones

Map of parking zone f.

A 50 percent surcharge will apply to drivers of pre-2015 diesel vehicles paying to park in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Hyde Park zones from today (Monday 26 June 2017) as part of Westminster council's Low Emission Neighbourhood initiative. The hourly charge for pre-2015 diesel vehicles will be £7.35 and all other vehicles will continue to be …