Baker Street / Portman Square

Baker Street and Gloucester Place Two Way Scheme and how it may impact you

Switch to two-way operation 

In the coming weeks, Westminster City Council and Transport for London (TfL), will be announcing the dates for the switch to two-way operation. This will be disseminated via the project website, the weekly email update, and TfL's normal communication channels. Further information will be provided at this time including the traffic management arrangements and what to expect. As an indication, the switch to two-way operation is likely to be taking place over a long weekend in mid-February.
This week

On Monday, works resumed after the pause of construction activity during the festive period. Works are primarily taking place at the following locations:  
Baker Street
  • Outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum – until the end of January there will be a lane closure in Baker Street between Park Road and Melcombe Street;
  • Outside the tube station – until the end of January the bus lane will be closed in Baker Street between Melcombe Street and the Marylebone Road. Bus stop 57307 has been temporarily relocated north to facilitate the works. Bus passengers should refer to notices displayed at the affected bus stops for more information;
  • Junction with Porter Street – until the end of January works will be taking place on the eastern side of Baker Street, south of the Marylebone Road, where the Thames Water compound used to sit. Works will also take place at the Porter Street junction and temporary closures of Porter Street might occur as required;
Oxford Street
At the junction with Orchard Street and North Audley Street, the electrical work associated with one of the lighting columns will be resuming in the coming weeks. Works have moved up into Orchard Street, where there is a lane closure southbound until early February. Bus Stops BZ and BA, outside Selfridges Food Court, are temporarily closed to facilitate the works.
Works at the junction with Portman Street and Park Street was completed just before Christmas. Works have moved onto Portman Street, where there will be a lane closure northbound until mid-February. Bus stop M is currently closed to facilitate the works. Works will move gradually north towards bus stop N.
Street lighting, tree planting and cycle parking
As we enter the latter stages of the project, our team will be focusing on completing the final electrical connections. The lighting contractor is currently working in several locations along Baker Street and Gloucester Place, to connect the new columns to the power supply. Additionally, our team will start excavating areas along Baker Street and Park Road in order to install the new trees and bicycle stands.  
Next Week

Construction activity will be focused in the same five locations as this week with the associated bus stops and lane closures. There will be minor works along the scheme to connect lighting columns, prepare ground to plant trees and install new cycle parking.
Baker Street tube station - escalator closures

We would like to pass on a message from Transport for London regarding works at Baker Street tube station.

"Until Sunday 3rd March 2019, escalators 5 and 6 will be out of service whilst digital advertising panels are installed. These escalators run between the mid-concourse level and the Bakerloo line ticket hall.
During this time there will be one escalator in service that will run upwards only. Passengers entering the station wishing to access the Bakerloo or Jubilee lines, will need to do so via the Metropolitan line platforms. Passengers will need to walk down the fixed stairs on each of the Metropolitan line island platforms that lead to the mid-concourse. From there, other escalators will continue to run down to the Bakerloo and Jubilee line platforms. 
Staff will be available to assist any passengers who require further assistance. Passengers entering the station may find it quicker and easier to use the nearby Marylebone station for the Bakerloo Line. Customers interchanging between lines, or exiting from the Bakerloo and Jubilee lines will be unaffected by the work".

Any queries regarding this work should be directed to Transport for London on 0343 222 1234 or by visiting the following page on their website: . 
Marylebone High Street Low Emission Neighbourhood Scheme - Update

We would like to pass on a message from Westminster City Council regarding works at Paddington Street:
“As part of the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood scheme, Westminster City Council is proposing to install footway buildouts that will act as rain gardens along Paddington Street, near Luxborough Street junction. The proposals are part of wider improvements to tackle air quality.

Works are scheduled to start on Monday 18th March 2019 and will last for at least 30 days. During the first phase of these works, the section of Paddington Street outside the gardens, will be closed to traffic for approximately two weeks to facilitate drainage works.

During this time, westbound traffic will be diverted along Nothingham Street, Marylebone High Street and Marylebone Road; whilst eastbound traffic will be diverted through Chiltern Street, Manchester Street, Blandford Street and Marylebone High Street.
Please note that as part of this scheme, works will also be taking place along Marylebone High Street (although no road closures are planned). The first phase is due to start on Monday 14th January 2019".

For more information please visit the project website or alternatively email  

Works by Westminster City Council to improve Oxford Street will be continuing between Marble Arch and Orchard Street. Further information will be provided in future updates once details have been confirmed.  
The Allsop Place Water Fountain has been restored as part of the listed building consent that Westminster City Council received. The fountain will be reinstated and connected to the water supply this month.

Sewer strengthening works by Thames Water are continuing on Baker Street north of Porter Street, however Porter Street has been reopened to traffic to facilitate the Baker Street Two Way works. Works will continue until the end of January. Enquiries can be directed to Thames Water: 0800 316 9800.

To find out more please visit TfL's website:

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Happy to help.

Daniel Parsons
Baker Street Two Way Communications Team
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