West End project

Transforming the Tottenham Court Road area

The West End Project will transform the Tottenham Court Road area, making it safer and more attractive for residents, boosting business and creating new public spaces.

There will be a big increase in people coming to the area with the opening of the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station in 2018, and we need to make sure that the area is safe and welcoming.

The one-way system will be replaced with two-way tree-lined streets, some protected cycle lanes and new public space. The scheme will reduce congestion and pollution, widen pavements and make bus journeys quicker.

The £41 million project will unlock the area's potential, boosting business and creating new public spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy. The project will be delivered by 2018 in time for the opening of Crossrail, when Tottenham Court Road station will be busier than Heathrow Airport.

Cllr Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport & Planning, outlines the vision behind the West End Project in the video below:

The problems

  • Traffic congestion creating delays and poor air quality
  • Narrow and cluttered pavements on Tottenham Court Road that won’t cope with more pedestrians
  • Lack of public spaces to enjoy the area
  • One-way streets on Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street making journeys longer
  • Bus passengers find the area confusing as they can’t arrive and leave from the same street
  • Pedestrian and cycling casualties caused by the speed of traffic and lack of good pedestrian crossings and cycle routes

The vision

  • High quality public spaces for everyone to enjoy
  • Better streets that reduce traffic congestion, delays and collisions
  • Brand new parks, green spaces and improved air quality
  • Safe and attractive streets with wider tree-lined pavements
  • Streets designed to make bus journeys simpler, faster and more reliable
  • Improved streets for cycling including protected cycle lanes on Gower Street
  • A better place to do business

The impacts

We have assessed the impacts of our proposals and these are likely to be:

  • Less traffic across the area
  • Some bus routes over 3 minutes quicker
  • 6 new or improved public spaces
  • Up to 285 new trees
  • Widen pavements by up to 2 metres
  • Make an extra 15 streets two-way for cycling

The West End Project covers the area outlined below and includes the public spaces, main roads and side roads.

The area is home to a large number of residents, the British Museum, University College London and University College London Hospital and is thriving with theatres, businesses, cafes and restaurants, and quality public spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Also see the project’s media coverage

                     End project map

How we developed the project

To help us get the project to this stage, we have been working with Local residents' groups and Local businesses. We have also been working with the following organisations:

  • Transport for London
  • Crossrail
  • Camden Cycling Campaign
  • Inmidtown
  • The Fitzrovia Partnership
  • London First
  • City of Westminster

Different options for traffic, buses and cyclists have been looked at. For more information please see our options

Next steps

Construction is likely to begin in summer 2015 and be completed by 2018, subject to technical details and funding.