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  • Thu, March 14, 2019 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    TfL caves in face of local opposition.  Ahead of our planned protest outside TfL’s offices later today and our 6,470 strong petition, TfL has announced today it is no longer pursuing the option of a coach station at Royal Oak. However, we will still be delivering our petition at 5.00 pm to TfL to enforce the local opposition to these moves and leave no room for doubt.

    Councillor Emily Payne says ‘This is great news and testament to the relentless hours our local community has spent fighting these plans.’

    Councillor Richard Elcho commented ‘This is a wonderful outcome. We are pleased to see TfL adopting a pragmatic approach that takes into account the views and health of Londoners.’

    While TfL are no longer considering a coach station at Royal Oak they are considering a mixed use development at the site. As these plans progress councillors Richard Elcho and Emily Payne will continue to represent you and any concerns you have about the development.


  • Wed, March 13, 2019 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    Want a place to park your bicycle in Marylebone?

    Westminster City Council for a traffic management scheme to introduce cycle hangars on both Homer Street and Upper Wimpole Street.



    http://westminstertransportationservices.co.uk/cyclehangars.html https://www.cyclehoop.rentals/types/bikehangars

    Please send any observations or comments you may wish to make on the proposals, in writing to Jack.Henry@wsp.com by 29th March 2019, quoting the "7460 - Cycle Hangars - Traffic Order Consultation" reference in any response.

    The City Council will then decide whether to proceed with, modify, or abandon the proposals.

    Find out more about how to rent a space.  https://www.cyclehoop.rentals/how-it-works/bikehangars-and-bikelockers

  • Thu, February 28, 2019 6:48 PM | Anonymous
    The switch to two-way has been completed. Gloucester Place is now numbered as the A4380 and Baker Street is numbered as the A41.

    Therefore, WCC would like to remind drivers and cyclists to remain vigilant whilst using the new road layout. When crossing the road, pedestrians should remember to look both ways. 

    WCC would like to thank the public for their ongoing patience and feedback whilst people get used to the new road layout. Below are answers to some of the key questions we are being asked:

    (1) Safety Concerns

    Following reports of an accident involving a pedestrian and a bus, Councillor Tim Mitchell, Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management, has provided the following statement: 

    “The safety of all our residents and visitors is of course our primary concern. We are deeply concerned that someone should be hurt in this way and together with Transport for London we are looking urgently into how and why this happened. It is too early at this stage to say whether the switch to two-way traffic played a part. Since the switch, we have had street marshals on the roads who have been advising pedestrians to look both ways. As a precautionary measure we increased the number of marshals and are implementing other safety measures in and around Baker Street and Gloucester Place. We would continue to ask everyone using the area to take great care as everyone gets used to the new layout.”

    Marshals will be on hand to help pedestrians between 07:00 and 20:00, at every junction along the scheme until Monday next week. Additionally we have installed new signage and road markings at pedestrian crossings to provide a visual warning to users. 

    (2) York Street

    WCC are aware of reports of traffic congestion along York Street. Please be assured that we are monitoring the situation and will implement appropriate mitigation measures if the problem persists. Members of the project team have been holding discussions with Transport for London about the possibility to provide additional green time to help alleviate the problem. 

    The current issues largely stem from the fact that drivers are still getting used to the new road layout and are not aware of the restrictions on Baker Street for northbound traffic after the junction with York Street. 

    Only Buses, Taxis and Cyclists are permitted to head northbound along Baker Street between York Street and Marylebone Road. These restrictions apply Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00. General traffic heading northbound is advised to use Gloucester Place instead of Baker Street.

    It is expected that as drivers become familiar with the new layout, the current issue should ease. 


    (3) Permitted Movements for Vehicles

    Drivers can familiarise themselves with the permitted traffic movements at every junction along the scheme by visiting the following page on our website: http://www.bakerstreettwoway.co.uk/pdfs/Proposed-Turns_v18.pdf 

    (4) Bus Routes

    Information regarding changes to bus routes is available via:
    Additionally, the diagram below shows where you can catch your bus.


    What Happens Next 

    Phase 4 - 24th February to end of June 2019

    There will now be a period of 6 weeks, when construction activity will be paused to allow traffic, residents and businesses to get used to the new layout.  Please note our team will be on site during this period undertaking regular maintenance. 

    Although the scheme is 90% complete, our team needs to finalise some areas that can only be completed with the roads operating as two-way. 

    From early April to June, our team will return to site to complete the remaining works in the following areas:

    Gloucester Place / Ivor Place 
    • A temporary traffic island has been installed at Gloucester Place at the zebra crossing north of Ivor Place. There will be a road closure to remove the temporary island and install a permanent island.
    Portman Mews South 
    • There will be a road closure on Portman Mews South between Granville Place and Portman Street for approximately 6 weeks to reconstruct the carriageway and the loading area outside the pub with new paving, near the Portman Street junction.
    Baker Street (between Dorset Street and Blandford Street) 
    • There will be a partial closure on Baker Street between Blandford Street and Dorset Street to install the new central island and complete carriageway resurfacing outside 55 Baker Street.
    Baker Street (outside Sherlock Holmes Museum)
    • There will be a partial closure north of the Marylebone Road to install a central island south of the Park Road junction, outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum. 
    Baker Street / Marylebone Road junction  
    • A temporary traffic island has been installed on Baker Street just south of the Marylebone Road junction. There will be a partial closure between Marylebone Road and Bickenhall Street/Porter Street to replace the temporary island with a permanent island. 
    Portman Street / Wigmore Street / Seymour Street
    • There will be partial closures at Portman Street to complete footway paving on the eastern side of Portman Street (between Granville Street and Portman Mews South) and carriageway resurfacing from Oxford Street to Portman Square. There will also be road closures in Wigmore Street and Seymour Street to complete resurfacing on their approaches to Portman Square.  
    High-friction material and signal loops
    • Once all the above elements are completed, our team will apply buff-coloured anti-skid material at the junctions (as specified in our consultation drawings). This will be completed via road closures.
    • Our Traffic Signals team will also install the final traffic detectors for signal loops in the approaches to the new signal controlled junctions.
    Additional Trees for Baker Street 
    • Since Christmas 2017, 17 trees have been removed and 26 planted. Planting has been unsuccessful in 8 locations due to the presence of shallow building basements. Our team is working on alternative locations for additional trees. If you have any question regarding tree planting locations, please contact us via our email address.
    All of the road closures will be advertised locally before they take place.


  • Thu, February 07, 2019 5:26 PM | Anonymous

    The latest newsletter for the Moxon Street Car Park site, explains the upcoming utility diversion works, which will be undertaken later this month by UK Power Networks (UKPN) and Thames Water:

    UKPN will undertake diversion works on Cramer Street and Aybrook Street between February 16th and February 23rd.

    Thames Water will undertake a disconnection of the site’s water supply between February 18th and February 22nd, on St Vincent Street. They will also undertake the relocation of a fire hydrant near to the north of the site, the dates of which will be confirmed shortly.

    Click here for the newsletter.


  • Fri, February 01, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Heathrow airport has started the process of consulting on new flight paths. Four of the options could see Marylebone being blighted by aircraft noise. Worryingly, one of these does not even involve the 3rd Runway and could come into effect in under three years time with planes flying over our heads at 3,000ft, waking us as early 5am. These new flight paths will be narrower and more concentrated than they are today. If we do end up under a flight path our quality of life and local property values are likely to significantly impacted.

    The World Health Organisation recommends that annual average night-time exposure should not exceed 40 decibels (dB). Heathrow claims that some of the aircraft noise will be over 65 decibels. Potentially, we could be looking at up to 47 flights per hour. If you don't like the sound of all this, then it time you made some noise about it.

    Currently, Heathrow is consulting on the "design envelope" a geographical area within which it is technically possible to position one or more flight paths. Marylebone is within these envelopes, and therefore at risk of having a flight path designed over our community. We need to inform Heathrow and the CAA why our area should not be selected as suitable for flight paths.

    Some of the arguments for flight paths to avoid our area include:

    Our old Georgian properties have single glazing and poor sound insulation, our air quality is already bad enough.

    The area already suffers from evening noise pollution and people in the West End tend to sleep in later compared to the suburbs.

    We already have enough noise and disruption impacting our health and our daily quality of life without having aircraft noise as well.

    We already suffer from prolonged helicopter noise policing demonstrations near the BBC and in other central areas.

    Please take this opportunity to explain in your own words what it will mean to your quality of life if they put the flight path over our heads. Email: feedback@heathrowconsultation.com and cc airspacemodernisation@caa.co.uk or complete the online consultation here.


  • Fri, February 01, 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Following a series of events in Hyde Park, The Royal Parks are undertaking works to return the Parade Ground to its previous condition. These works have begun and, weather depending, will be completed before Easter. This work is funded by event organisers.

    The reinstatement coincides with the installation of a gas pipe across the Parade Ground. This is essential statutory work, with the Parade Ground forming part of a series of extensive pipe works being installed across London. The work is being carried out by Cadent Gas.

    During these works some of the grass areas, as highlighted on the map below, will be closed and access to sections of paths will be restricted – these closures will be clearly signposted.



  • Thu, January 31, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    It is proposed to close Enford Street to motor vehicles between 8.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. and between 2.45 p.m. and 3.45 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays, during school term time. The closure would be controlled through the installation of removable bollards at the junction of Enford Street and York Street. The traffic signs would not be visible during school holidays, and advanced warning signs would be placed to advise drivers of the closure.

    It is also proposed to introduce double yellow line “at any time” waiting and loading restrictions at the junction of York Street with Enford Street and the south-western arm of Wyndham Place to prevent obstructive parking.

    More details can be found here.

  • Wed, January 30, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The switch to two-way working on Baker Street and Gloucester Place is proposed to be undertaken from 21 to 24 February. Both these roads will need to be closed. Subject to suitable weather, this closure will begin at 8pm Thursday 21 February and run until Sunday 24 February. The work will be done in four phases.

    Phase 1: Gloucester Place and Portman Street, between Oxford Street and Marylebone Road, will close at 8pm Thursday 21 February.

    Phase 2: Gloucester Place, between Marylebone

    Road and Park Road will close at 10am Friday 22 February.

    Phase 3: Park Road and Baker Street, from Rossmore Road to Marylebone Road, will close at 8pm

    Friday 22 February.

    Phase 4: Baker Street and Orchard Street from Marylebone Road to Oxford Street, and Oxford Street from Marble Arch to Orchard Street will close at 8am Saturday 23 February.

    Any changes to the programme will be communicated through our email updates, the project website and social media. Visit the project website at: www.bakerstreettwoway.co.uk

    WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

    Following the switch to two-way, there will be a period of six weeks when works will be paused to allow traffic to get used to the new layout.

    After this, the remaining works will be completed, including:

    • building permanent central islands

    • resurfacing on BakerStreet between Dorset Street and Blandford Street

    • applying coloured, high friction surfacing at all junctions

    • works at Portman Mews South

    All works are scheduled to be finished by June 2019.


  • Wed, January 30, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Transport for London (TfL) has been told by the Mayor of London to identify a new location for the Victoria Coach Station when the building lease expires and Crossrail 2 begins work. We understand that the only location TfL is considering is a strip of land along the railway tracks by Royal Oak, where TfL propose to build a coach station and then luxury tower blocks above , polluting our neighbourhood and blighting our landscape.

    Councillors Richard Elcho and Emily Payne call on local people to stand against this threat to our area:

    In 2014 over 14 million passengers travelled through Victoria Coach Station. Royal Oak and Bayswater do not have the necessary infrastructure to cope with this extra number of people.TfL is proposing to overload the existing transport infrastructure rather than funding the necessary onward travel in a more suitable location. Our Underground, buses and roads will not be able to cope with the proposed number of daily visitors

    Royal Oak is a residential area and a Coach Station would irredeemably damage the local environment. We pride ourselves on our diverse community, our long standing, multi-generation families, our high streets and our primary schools. Re-locating London’s Coach Station will irreparably impact the nature of Bayswater as well as threaten our high streets

    Coach Stations are sadly accompanied by anti-social behaviour issues, our police are already stretched, and our community will suffer the negative impact from this development

    Marylebone Road, leading to the A40, is the most polluted road in London adding a coach station would exacerbate the problem of air pollution. We are already located between the A40 and the Bayswater Road, this will suffocate our green streets, affecting our young families and our schools

    We do not believe the site is suitable in size, access roads or location, a coach station should be located outside of central London

    We understand that there has been little enthusiasm from developers for the residential tower blocks due to questions about viability. We do not need an empty luxury tower block. These proposed tower blocks may well breach Westminster City Council’s City Plan, created to protect and preserve our neighbourhoods

    https://www.westminsterconservatives.com/campaigns/save-bayswater-village-stop-royal-oak-coach-station

  • Thu, January 10, 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    The St Marylebone CE School, our local outstanding secondary school, is looking for occasional cover teachers to supervise classes when their teachers are leading trips, enrichment or are absent. The opportunity is suitable for qualified teachers who are currently not employed full-time and who would be glad to work in the School ad hoc, without the need to plan lessons or do marking. More information can be found on the St Marylebone School website: http://stmarylebone.school/contact/vacancies/

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