Dear The Crown Estate,
I am writing to request any information you have regarding a cycle route proposed by the Crown Estate "stretching from The Mall to Regents Park".
This route was referenced by Peter Bourne, development manager, The Crown Estate in an email published here:
Please tell me:
1) What is/are the exact proposed route(s) being considered
2) What are the remaining obstacles to implementation which are referenced to by Mr Bourne
3) Enclose any other documentation regarding this route and the state negotiations around it
4) Are there any other segregated/protected cycle routes being proposed by the Crown Estate in London
Dear The Crown Estate,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of The Crown Estate's handling of my FOI request 'Proposed cycling routes in London'.
The legal deadline during which I must be provided with a response to this FOI request has passed, and I have yet to receive a response.
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
Thank you for your request for information. You asked for any information
you have regarding a cycle route proposed by The Crown Estate. I have
repeated your questions below and have added a response against each in
1) What is/are the exact proposed route(s) being considered?
The Crown Estate is a substantial property owners in St James's and Regent
Street but has no powers to implement anything on the public realm other
than with the agreement of the highway authorities. The Crown Estate are
strong supporters of cycling in the West End, and we have created 500
secure cycle parking spaces, complete with lockers and showers, in our
buildings with another 500 on the way in buildings under construction. We
have also provided some 100 on-street cycle parking stands and are looking
to increase this number.
We are also working to reduce traffic and congestion in the local area,
for the benefit of both pedestrians and cyclists. Around 10% of traffic on
Regent Street is from goods vehicles, so we created a delivery
consolidation scheme that now involves a quarter of the street’s shops.
This award winning project sees retailers bring their goods to a
consolidation centre outside of London, from where they are then brought
to store by electric lorry. This means 75-80% fewer deliveries, less
traffic and less pollution. We have a similar project to reduce office
deliveries that uses cargo bikes.
Our support for cycling is part of a wider commitment to sustainability,
which is why we are also investing in making Regent Street safer and more
welcoming for pedestrians. We also know that the completion of Crossrail
and tube network upgrades will bring 20-25% more pedestrians into central
London, so wider pavements and improved pedestrian facilities are
The proposed improvements to Regent Street and Haymarket are part of this
commitment. They build on the success of the Oxford Circus diagonal
crossing and the re-introduction of two-way traffic around Piccadilly
Circus, which we also helped design and co-fund. All these schemes seek to
better manage congestion and reduce pollution, whilst the new road
surfaces and improved traffic easing measures that they bring also benefit
We believe that what cyclists really need are safe and segregated cycle
lanes as suggested by the Mayor in his ‘Vision for Cycling’. We are
proposing a north-south route running from The Mall to Regents Park. It
would run from The Mall, where it links into the segregated cycle route
along the north side of the Mall and, via Horse Guards Parade, into the
Mayor’s Crossrail Cycle Route which runs along Birdcage Walk. It is
proposed to be two-way along the entire route with cyclists in a separate
segregated contra-flow lane along one-way streets. It runs north along
Spring Gardens into Trafalgar Square. It crosses Cockspur Street at a
signalised crossing and up the west side of Trafalgar Square in front of
Canada House. Northbound will be in a segregated lane using space which is
currently parking bays and southbound will be on the carriageway in a
cycle lane. The route crosses Pall Mall East at the same point as the
existing signalised pedestrian crossing and along the north side of Pall
Mall East to Whitcomb Street. It then follows Whitcomb Street and Wardour
Street, with a signalised crossing at Coventry Street, Shaftsbury Avenue
and Oxford Street. Otherwise it has priority at other junctions. We are
currently looking at feeder routes into St James’s and Mayfair. For
example, we are proposing a route which runs west along Panton Street,
Haymarket & Charles II Street. North of Oxford Street the route runs up
Berners Street, east onto Eastcastle Street, north onto Newman Street to
Mortimer Street. At the moment we are looking about turning east at
Mortimer Street and then north onto Cleveland Street. Alternatively it
could run west on Mortimer Street and north on Nassau Street as the latter
is a less trafficated street. We are also looking at the crossing of
Euston / Marylebone Road. One option is to cross at the north end of Great
Portland Street, up Albany Street and to enter the park at Chester Gate.
Alternately the route could go east at New Cavendish Street or Clipstone
Street/Weymouth St onto Portland Place, and north across Marylebone Street
on the east side of Park Crescent / Park Square. Once in the Park the
route runs round the Outer Circle to link into other cycle routes such as
2) What are the remaining obstacles to implementation which are
referenced to by Mr Bourne?
We have had initial discussions with the Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner and
Westminster’s Traffic Commissioner and they are very supportive and
guardedly supportive respectively. We are currently arranging meetings
with stakeholders along the route. Once these meetings have taken place we
will amend the scheme and formally submit to Westminster and Transport for
London. It will then need to go through both authorities approval process
which will take about 6-9 months. I am assuming that the construction of
the scheme will be funded by TfL.
3) Enclose any other documentation regarding this route and the state
negotiations around it?
I attach drawings showing the current scheme – I apologise for their large
size. You will appreciate from the comments above that they will be the
subject of further development.
4) Are there any other segregated/protected cycle routes being
proposed by the Crown Estate in London?
I hope this information answers your query, and I apologise for the delay
in getting response to you. I note in your recent email that you requested
an Internal Review. If you still feel that you would like an Internal
Review after receiving this response, please contact me directly. If you
are not content with the outcome of the Internal Review, you have the
right to refer your complaint directly to the Information Commissioner for
a decision. Please note that the Information Commissioner cannot make a
decision unless you have first exhausted our own complaints procedure.
Freedom of Information Officer
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7851 5259
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Dear Brazier, Martin,
Thank you, excellent response - no need for internal review.