Euston Road walking and cycling changes
Scheme update 13 June 2022
We have decided to make significant alterations to the Euston Road scheme, including reinstating the bus lane and the removal of the temporary eastbound cycle lane. As London gets busier our monitoring has identified significant increases to bus journey times along Euston road, resulting in delays to bus passengers. We are also seeing increased traffic congestion on Euston Road. Furthermore, High Speed 2 (HS2) construction works are planned in and around Euston Station and HS2 will need to use road space on the Euston Road as part of their construction plans. For further details pleaseContinue reading
Scheme update 13 June 2022
We have decided to make significant alterations to the Euston Road scheme, including reinstating the bus lane and the removal of the temporary eastbound cycle lane. As London gets busier our monitoring has identified significant increases to bus journey times along Euston road, resulting in delays to bus passengers. We are also seeing increased traffic congestion on Euston Road. Furthermore, High Speed 2 (HS2) construction works are planned in and around Euston Station and HS2 will need to use road space on the Euston Road as part of their construction plans. For further details please see our recent announcement.
We are currently planning a construction programme for the works which we expect to take place later in the summer, although we will write to local businesses and residents to confirm the extent of works and dates when confirmed.
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In July 2020 we made changes to Euston Road make it easier for people to cycle, walk and use the bus.
This page provides you with information on what has happened so far with the scheme, and our plans, including for engagement and consultation. You can ask us a Question, respond to our Survey and register for scheme updates.
Why we made these changes
The Euston Road scheme was delivered as a temporary emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic. As London continues to recover from the pandemic it will be more important than ever to support and encourage everyone who can to be more active. Active travel can make people healthier and happier, and it plays a part in managing and reducing congestion as well as improving our environment.
The changes were made to keep people cycling safely: in the three years before the scheme was introduced 21 people cycling on Euston Road were hurt in collisions; four people were seriously injured and tragically one person was killed.
The Euston Square underpass has been reduced from two lanes to a single traffic lane using wands. This change to the road layout is in place to allow traffic from the Euston Circus slip road to merge with traffic from the underpass, while also accommodating the temporary eastbound cycle lane which starts at North Gower Street.
What has happened so far
We have been monitoring the scheme since it was introduced. This includes the scheme’s effects on traffic flow, road safety and cycling and walking rates. We have also asked people for their views on the scheme. We are using this information to help inform what we do next.
The original scheme consisted of the following temporary changes:
- Segregated cycle lanes westbound between Judd Street and Gower Street and eastbound between North Gower Street and Midland Road, supported by new bus stop bypasses
- Banned traffic from turning off Euston Road and into:
- Ossulston Street
- Chalton Street
- Duke’s Road
- Woburn Place
Protected cycle lanes play a vital role in reducing danger to vulnerable road users and enabling more people to cycle. However, our review of the Euston Road scheme found that the impact of the westbound cycle lane on buses and general traffic was outweighing the improvements for cycling. As a result of our monitoring we modified the scheme by:
- Removing the westbound cycle lane and floating bus stops, while retaining the banned left turn into Duke’s Road and the banned right turn into Chalton Street
- Retention of the eastbound cycle lane and the banned turns we introduced
Listening to you
Although we are not currently undertaking a formal consultation on this scheme, we would like to know about your experiences of it. If you have any comments about the effects of our scheme, or suggestions for changes or improvements we might make, please let us know at by completing the Survey, emailing us at email@example.com or using the Questions tool below.
In August 2021 we wrote to people to explain the next steps with many of the schemes we introduced as part of our response to the pandemic. We are now reviewing the schemes to decide what we’d like to retain.
Ask us a question
If you have any questions about the scheme, you can ask us here. We will then aim to get back to you.
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