Percy Street Santander Cycle Hire Docking Station Consultation

Closed 6 Jan 2024

Opened 2 Dec 2023

Overview

We want our streets to have more safe space for everyone to walk and cycle, for children to get to and from school safely and healthily, for businesses to be able to flourish, to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles and for you to be breathing cleaner air.

We want our streets to provide a lasting legacy of greener, safer, healthier travel.

As 69% of households in Camden do not own a car and public transport use remains much lower than before the pandemic, we know that safe and easy walking, cycling and scooting routes are more important than ever. Supporting and encouraging those who are able to walk and cycle, by creating safer streets will ensure that there is more space available on public transport and on our roads for those who need it the most.

In line with our Camden Transport Strategy, Climate Action Plan, and Clean Air Strategy and Clean Air Action Plan, and to continue supporting safe, healthy, and active travel following the pandemic, we have been making changes across Camden as part of our Safe and Healthy Streets Programme.

The building at 247 Tottenham Court Road, 3 Bayley Street, and 1-4 Morwell Street has been demolished and is currently being replaced by a new building to be known as The Fitzrovia comprising a mixture of uses including office, retail, restaurant, and residential (planning reference 2020/3583/P). The Council has secured funding via a legal agreement relating to the planning permission towards the creation of a pocket park (a small space with planting) at the western end of Bayley Street between Morwell Street and Tottenham Court Road. This was to be delivered as part of the West End Project but was paused until the construction had taken place.

Currently a Santander cycle hire docking station with 25 docking points is located on the south side of Bayley Street between Morwell Street and Tottenham Court Road. This needs to be relocated to create space for the pocket park. The pocket park proposal will be subject to a separate public consultation in Spring/Summer 2025, and if approved, will be introduced in Autumn 2025.

We are now consulting on the following proposed permanent changes on Percy Street:

Cycling changes:

  • Widening the pavement  and relocating the Santander cycle hire docking station  to next to 16-19 Percy Street to create space for a pocket park on Bayley Street. This would keep the Santander cycle hire docking station which is an important transport option for the local community and visitors to the area. The Santander cycle hire docking station would be installed on the widened section of pavement and would be increased from 25 to 30 docking points.

Loading, Parking and Road Marking changes:

  • Permanently removing four pay-by-phone parking spaces and one business permit holders only space (Permit A13) from Percy Street to facilitate the proposed pavement widening and relocation of the Santander cycle hire docking station. One business permit holders space (Permit A13) would be relocated to adjacent to 13 Percy Street.

You can view drawings of the scheme proposals in the Related section at the bottom of this page.

About the proposed Santander cycle hire docking station relocation

Our Transport Strategy and Cycling Action Plan outline measures to support cycle hire options in the Borough to increase availability and access to bikes for residents and visitors. The Council and Transport for London (TfL) are working together to expand TfL’s network of cycle hire docking stations across the borough.

The cycle hire docking station to be relocated from Bayley Street to Percy Street and expanded from 25 to 30 docking points keeping a sustainable and healthy alternative to motor vehicles, enabling more journeys to be undertaken by residents and visitors to the Borough, and contributing to the Cycling Action Plan and targets to increase cycling.

An independent road safety audit has been undertaken on the proposals. The report did not highlight any significant road safety concerns relating to the proposed design of the Santander cycle hire docking station. However, if approved we would undertake a further road safety audit to again consider any road safety concerns.

cycle docking station with bikes on a widened section of pavement

Photo of a cycle hire docking station on a pavement buildout/ extension on Great Russell Street

Why your views matter

Your views are important in providing feedback both on the proposed scheme as a whole, and specific elements of it, and we would therefore welcome your responses to the consultation questionnaire.

As 69% of households in Camden do not own a car and public transport usage remains lower than pre-pandemic, we know that providing, and in this case retaining existing infrastructure and improvements that enable safe and easy cycling on key routes within the borough, such as the Percy Street area, are more important than ever. Supporting and encouraging people who cycle, will also ensure that there is more space available on public transport and on our roads for those who need it the most.

To view the plans and find out more about what each proposal would achieve, click on the links in the Related Section at the bottom of this page.

After the consultation, a decision report will be produced and published online, via our website. Local residents and stakeholders will be notified of the outcome. The report will consider a broad range of information including consultation responses, relevant policies and other data/information including surveys and any relevant monitoring information. All of this information will be considered in making a recommendation in the report about whether or not to implement the scheme. 

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What happens next

After the consultation, a decision report will be produced and published online via our website. Local residents and stakeholders will be notified of the outcome. The report will consider a broad range of information including officer observations, consultation responses, feedback received during the trial period, relevant policies, and other data/information.

The report will then outline if the scheme should progress. 

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Transport and streets