Option

Description

Reason for Rejection

1

Make Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street two-way for all vehicles with two-way bus routes on both streets.

Compared to the consultation option, allowing all vehicles to use Tottenham Court Road would make this street less safe and attractive for walking and cycling as there would be more vehicles which would likely lead to more collisions and pollution.

Having all the bus routes on Tottenham Court Road rather than on both streets would lead to quicker journeys and take more people to an important shopping street.

2

Make Gower Street two-way for all vehicles and Tottenham Court Road two-way for buses, cycles and taxis only.

Compared to the consultation option, allowing taxis on Tottenham Court Road would make this street less safe and attractive for cycling and pedestrians as there would be more vehicles which would likely lead to more collisions and pollution. Allowing taxis would result in up to 160 extra vehicles in certain sections on Tottenham Court Road.

There would be no significant reduction in the amount of traffic on side roads.

3

Remove one-way system and introduce

protected cycle lanes in both directions on Tottenham Court Road

To provide two 2m wide cycle lanes, two 3m traffic lanes, a 2.5m island bus stop and a 0.5m separation between cyclists and other traffic would require a road width of at least 13m.

 

The following map shows that in some sections Tottenham Court Road has a width of 9m. Therefore, this option would require losing up to 4m of pavement and this would be unacceptable due to the very large number of pedestrians on Tottenham Court Road

4

Close either Gower Street or Tottenham Court Road to all traffic except cycling.

This would lead to an unacceptable amount of traffic diverting onto surrounding residential streets and unacceptable delays to buses.

 
 
The remaining options explored retention of the one-way system and providing segregated cycle lanes:
 

5

Keep one-way system with two 2m wide protected cycle lanes in each direction on Tottenham Court Road

One-way systems have some undesirable impacts e.g. speeding, longer journey times and difficulty crossing the road.

To provide two 2m wide cycle lanes, two 3m traffic lanes, and a 0.5m separation between cyclists and other traffic would require a road width of at least 10.5m. The following map shows that in some sections Tottenham Court Road has a width of 9m. Therefore, this option would require losing up to 1.5m of pavement and this would be unacceptable due to the very large number of pedestrians on Tottenham Court Road. Surveys show 12,000 pedestrians an hour walk on the street.

 

 

5a

 

If only one traffic lane were provided there would be sufficient space but buses would be delayed by other traffic, by up to 15 minutes per journey, as there would be no space for overtaking.

 
 

6

 

Keep one-way system, with one 2m wide protected cycle lanes in one direction on Tottenham Court Road, and one 2m wide cycle lane in the other direction on Gower Street

 

One-way cycle routes offer fewer benefits than two-way cycle routes and they are more difficult to navigate.

To provide one 2m wide cycle lanes, one 4.5m traffic lanes, and a 0.5m separation between cyclists and other traffic would require a road width of at least 7m. There would be sufficient space for this option which would also allow pavements to be widened.

However, if only one traffic lane were provided there would be sufficient space but buses would be delayed by other traffic, by up to 15 minutes per journey, as there would be no space for overtaking.

 

 
  
 
If you would like more information about our assessment of different options please see here.