Further information on the Scheme

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Ward: City Wide Streets Affected: Project Type: Major Projects

What are the benefits of the scheme?

The scheme will:

  • offer a sustainable and low emission form of transport
  • be convenient for local residents, business travellers, leisure users and visitors to London
  • encourage local trips within central London - many short journeys are faster by bicycle
  • be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • alleviate congestion on the Tube and buses
  • provide an innovative addition to London's transport network
  • encourage a shift from car usage to cycling
What permissions will be required before the scheme can proceed?

Westminster City Council's former Cabinet Member for City Management, Councillor Danny Chalkley, took a formal decision on Westminster City Council's participation in the scheme in July 2009.

Before the docking stations can be installed, TfL must apply to each borough, as the Local Planning and Highway Authority, for Planning Permission and to seek Traffic Management Orders, which allow the Council, as the Highway Authority, to regulate the operation of cycle docking stations and enforce against any inappropriate use or obstruction.

Both of these processes are legal procedures. This means that there will be opportunities for residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity of each proposed docking station to comment on the proposal and make any objections.

How will the scheme be delivered and operated?

Serco has been appointed by TfL as the scheme operator which includes design, build and operation of the scheme. There are currently 336 cycle hire stations operational across the scheme. As Planning Permissions and Traffic Management Orders are agreed for supplementary sites to achieve the network of 400 sites, work can then begin on the installation of these cycle hire stations.

What other measures will be delivered alongside the cycle hire scheme to assist cyclists?

TfL will be providing funding for measures to complement the cycle hire scheme, which will support the Westminster City Council's annual programme of improvements for cyclists (including provision of cycle stands, development of cycle routes and provision of cycle training for anyone living, working or studying in Westminster).

Where can I find out further information on the scheme?

Further information on the scheme is provided on Transport for London's website.

If you have any general queries in relation to the scheme, please email enquiries@barclayscyclehire.tfl.gov.uk

If you have a query in relation to one of the proposed docking station locations, please contact officers at Westminster City Council at cyclehire@westminster.gov.uk

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