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Piccadilly Circus Bus Contra Flow

Piccadilly Circus Bus Contra Flow

Ward: West End

Streets Affected: Coventry Street, Denman Street, Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue

Project Type: Traffic, Safety & Parking

Project Overview

Transport for London (TfL) promoted Route 38 as a corridor strategy pilot study through the London Bus Priority Network (LBPN) partnership.

TfL passed responsibility for project management of the Route 38 Project to the City of London as it involved several boroughs.

The project entered Westminster City Council’s border when works commenced on the Shaftesbury Avenue scheme between Charing Cross Road and Great Windmill Street.

Since then the works extended to the junction of Denman Street and Shaftesbury Avenue and the Piccadilly Circus bus contra-flow was the final stage

The improvements included:

  • The introduction of a TfL bus contra-flow lane beginning at the junction of Shaftesbury Avenue with Great Windmill Street, continuing through Piccadilly Circus and ending at the existing bus lane at the eastern end of Piccadilly.
  • Revision of current loading facilities.
  • Footway widening along the western side of Regent Street between Jermyn Street and Piccadilly.
  • Footway widening along the western side of Regent Street in front of the 'Zavvi' Record Store.
  • Footway widening on the southern side of Coventry Street.
  • Carriageway widening at the junction of Coventry Street and Shaftesbury Avenue,
  • Carriageway widening on the eastern side of the Regent Street traffic island.
  • Introduction of several new traffic islands between bus lanes and general traffic lanes.
  • Modification to current traffic signal phasing arrangements.
  • Introduction of additional signalised pedestrian crossings.
  • Rationalisation of guardrail.
  • Reduction of street clutter through the combination of several pieces of street furniture


Works completed

Outline Programme

July 2009 - June 2010

Project Documents


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