Gray's Inn Road Cycle Lanes


Gray's Inn Road Cycle Lanes

STATUS: Completed

We have made changes which included reallocating road space to benefit pedestrians and cyclists giving more space for people. The changes were brought forward earlier than planned in order to support sustainable transport during the pandemic.

Thank you to everyone who shared their views on this project.

In March 2022, the Council made the decision to make the changes on Grays Inn Road permanent. 

Background to changes

The scheme was consulted on in winter 2019 and now provides road safety benefits and improvements to the public realm in this busy area. 

We know from previous engagement with the local community and stakeholders including a study carried out in 2016 (‘Kings Cross-Farringdon Public Realm”) that there were a number of issues preventing people from walking and cycling in and through this area. Feedback from the local community highlighted issues within the area including:

  • High levels of traffic on residential streets in the area
  • The severance caused by major roads on communities and on pedestrians.
  • Cluttered streets
  • Lack of protected facilities for cyclists and the feeling of being unsafe.

We also know that Gray’s Inn Road is within the top 10% of roads in London providing the busiest cycle connections as well as suffering from high levels of road traffic casualties.

In response to these issues, we established a long-term vision to improve the network of streets between King’s Cross and Farringdon, including Gray’s Inn Road. These works were the third phase of this vision and will specifically targeted issues of road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Protected cycle tracks, enhanced pedestrian facilities and upgraded junctions on Gray’s Inn Road help deliver this.

What changes have been made?

  • New segregated cycle lanes in both directions on Gray’s Inn Road between Harrison Street and High Holborn making it safer and easier for cyclists to travel around the area.
  • Cycling improvements at the junction with Ampton Street/ Sidmouth Street and Calthorpe Street/ Guilford Street.
  • New continuous pavements (blended crossings) at selected junctions with side streets giving pedestrians priority in these location.
  • Bus stops along the corridor are to be consolidated (reduced in number and relocated to maintain spacing) to minimize the impact on bus journey times and journey reliability.
  • Relocating parking and loading provision onto neighbouring side streets giving more space for pedestrians and cyclists while still supporting local business and resident use. 

This engagement phase has finished

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