Baker Street / Portman Square

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Progress Update

Surface treatment works scheduled for week commencing 24/06/19 and week commencing 01/07/19 have been largely completed. However, the works planned for 02/07/19 and 03/07/19 did not take place as planned. Instead, they will be rescheduled to 22/07/19 and 23/07/19 respectively. 

A revised surface treatment schedule is due to be issued early next week. A separate email update will be sent when these become available. As a result, there are no planned night-time road closures for the two-way scheme until week commencing 22/07/19. 

Revisions have been made to take into account planned road closures on Oxford Street by Westminster City Council as part of their planned preventative maintenance programme. Please note that the works on Oxford Street are not part of the Two-Way Scheme.

Currently, our maintenance team are on-site dealing with defects and snagging issues that have been reported to us. Additionally our team are assisting UK Power Networks connect a number of lighting columns to the electricity network. These works involve some small-scale excavation of the footway to gain suitable access. Please be assured that footways will be properly reinstated.  
Completed surface treatment works at the Baker Street / Dorset Street junction looking south towards Oxford Street.
Completed surface treatment works at the Baker Street / Dorset Street junction looking east towards Paddington Street Gardens.
Baker Street Northbound - Important Information

It has come to our attention that residents and businesses might benefit from some more information regarding the traffic restrictions along the northbound section of Baker Street, between York Street and Marylebone Road.

Monday to Friday between 07:00 and 19:00, only Buses, Cyclists, Local Access and Taxis are permitted. However, outside of these times all traffic is permitted to use this northbound section of Baker Street. No such restrictions are in place at weekends or public holidays. 


Why are there weekday northbound traffic restrictions on Baker Street?

The restrictions have been applied due to capacity issues at the Baker Street / Marylebone Road junction. If all traffic was continuously allowed northbound, the required green time for Baker Street northbound would reduce the amount of green time given to east-west movements on Marylebone Road. Marylebone Road must take priority as it is part of the London inner ring-road. Additionally the restriction has been provided to give more time to right turning traffic from Baker Street southbound onto Marylebone Road westbound. 

Gloucester Place is better connected as it allows left and right turns to join Marylebone Road unlike Baker Street. The majority of northbound TfL buses have now moved to Baker Street alongside most of the taxis. This has freed up capacity along Gloucester Place for northbound movements.

What is the advised route for general northbound through traffic when the restrictions are in operation?

General northbound through traffic (other than buses and taxis) are advised to use Portman Street, Portman Square, and Gloucester Place.

Where possible, please avoid using Baker Street and York Street. During peak times and when the traffic restrictions on Baker Street are in operation, the one-way section of York Street between Baker Street and Gloucester Place, and the Baker Street northbound approach to the York Street junction, are prone to congestion and lengthy queues.
Next Email Update
Email updates are now being provided on a fortnightly basis. The next one will be issued on Thursday 25th July.

However, early next week, we will be issuing an email update containing the revised dates for surface treatment works

Happy to help.

Daniel Parsons
Baker Street Two Way Communications Team

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