High Holborn is changing to two-way traffic this October

Another milestone in the West End Project’s programme will soon be reached, when High Holborn, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Museum Street, becomes two-way for vehicles on Friday 9 October.

This change forms part of the biggest council-led public realm and transport scheme the borough has ever seen. The West End Project is addressing traffic congestion, road safety, poor air quality and the fact that this area has previously had less than the Camden average of public open space.

This transformation means that High Holborn will become two way to traffic, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Museum Street, this is the next step in the process to improving journey times and reducing congestion across the wider Tottenham Court Road area.

By the end of 2020, Tottenham Court Road will also have seen the delivery of the rejuvenated local green space at Whitfield Gardens and the restoration of the much-loved Fitzrovia Mural.

Once the project is fully completed in 2021 Gower Street and Bloomsbury Street will also be two way to traffic with sections of both the north and southbound lanes on Tottenham Court Road restricted to buses and cyclists only between 8am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden
“The implementation of two-way traffic on this section of High Holborn will mark another step towards delivering this important transformational project.

“We have also added brand new safer pedestrian crossings making it easier for pedestrians to navigate the area. This is an important step in creating a new public space at Princes Circus, which will be safer and more enjoyable for pedestrians, cyclists and road users.

“Crucially I would like to remind pedestrians the important need to now look both ways when crossing High Holborn between Shaftesbury Avenue and Museum Street following these changes and that the new pedestrian crossings are the safest way to cross the road!”
Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden