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    St John's Wood High Street

    The St John’s Wood High Street scheme aims to enhance the civic space on the High Street by improving the streetscape and emphasising its importance as a local centre for shopping and dining.

From the 15th January to 19th January 2024, we will be resurfacing the carriageway on and around St John’s Wood High Street. To find out more about the work, please see our Resurfacing Work Phasing Plan.


Introduction

High Street Renewal

The St John's Wood High Street scheme will improve the public space and accessibility along the high street. The scheme takes a pedestrian-centric approach, with a one-way street southbound for vehicles, allowing the widening of pavements on either side.
There will be new pedestrian crossing points, trees, benches, and traffic calming measures.
Since Autumn 2022 the project team have further developed the design detail for the High Street including additional trees, areas of special paving, and detailed design of benches, street lighting and cycle stands. A detailed drawing of the scheme layout can be downloaded here.
Works on the High Street started in April 2023, and plan to complete by January 2024.


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St Johns Wood CGI

Indicative view looking north from St John's Wood High Street / Allitsen Road junction

St Johns Wood CGI

Indicative view looking south from the north of St John's Wood High Street

St Johns Wood CGI

Indicative view looking north from St John's Wood High Street / Wellington Place junction

Summary

Design Summary

The scheme will introduce the following improvements to the high street:
  • The retention of one-way traffic, but reversed from the current northbound to southbound, with a short section of one-way flow on Barrow Hill Road and Greenberry Street.
  • Pavement widening on the high street by approximately 1 metre on both sides (not including crossing points) providing more pedestrian space and opportunities for outside dining, seating and trees.
  • Up to 18 New Trees.
  • New paving, road resurfacing, and new street lighting. Paving to have natural stone features at areas of seating and trees.
  • Junction ‘raised tables’ and new pedestrian crossing points situated along the length of the high street, and at Circus Road/Cochrane Street.
  • Reallocation of parking and loading – additional visitor parking bays in the vicinity of the High Street compared with 2019 levels.
  • 7.5 tonne lorry ban (with an exemption for loading) on Allitsen Road towards the High Street to deter unnecessary lorry through-movements.
  • Two-way cycle access on Barrow Hill Road and new cycle parking.

Scheme Drawing and Works Phasing Plan

Please use the buttons to download the latest pdfs which outline the scheme layout (1.99 MB, 1 page) and works phasing plan (4.1 mb, 1 page).

Timeline & Construction Methodology

The City Council has been working with its Highways service provider FM Conway to plan construction that will deliver the scheme as efficiently as possible and minimise disruption.
Construction of the scheme commenced on 17th April 2023. A phasing plan is available to download here.

Works on the main part of the High Street will take approximately 6 months to complete (mid-April to mid-October). The remaining works on Barrow Hill Road, St Ann’s Terrace, Circus Road are estimated to take 2 months.

The scheme will be built in phases to focus construction areas to only one section of the high street at a time, starting at the central section (by Allitsen Road) and moving south into Phase 2 before completing the high street northern end (Phase 3). There will be phased traffic closures for a period of around 6 months on the high street during phases 1 to 3. We are coordinating our works with G Network fibre optic connections to be done at the same time.

While a section of the high street is closed, vehicular access to the rest of the high street will be retained for servicing and limited parking. Servicing and loading operations will be provded through designated loading areas adjacent to the closures.

Pedestrian access to all properties will be maintained throughout. However, some parking suspensions and road closures in discreet sections will be required to facilitate safe practices and excavation.

Innovative electric powered machinery and welfare cabins will be used during construction to reduce noise and provide better air quality in the vicinity of the scheme than traditional diesel powered generators and machines.

Timeline

Proposed Timeline

11th - 16th April 2023

Pre-construction works (power connection and parking)

17th April 2023

Construction work begins

October 2023

Completion of works on St John's Wood High Street

January 2024

Completion of works

FAQS

Here are just a few Frequently Asked Questions. To view the full list click here to go to the FAQ page.
  • WHAT WILL THE IMPACT OF CONSTRUCTION BE?

    The scheme will be built in phases to minimise disruption. This means construction activities will be focused only in one section of the high street at a time, starting at the central section (by Allitsen Road) and moving south into Phase 2 before completing the high street northern end (Phase 3).

    Pedestrian access to all properties will be maintained throughout but some parking suspensions and road closures are required to facilitate safe practices and excavation.

    During construction, noise and dust will be carefully managed, and a Public Liaison Officer (PLO) will be on site weekly to inform all stakeholders about progress. The PLO will also agree with commercial frontages timings to pave their frontages, temporary parking suspensions and resolve any questions, doubts or concerns.

  • HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO GET BUILT AND WHAT CLOSURES ARE TO BE EXPECTED?

    The scheme build will commence in April 2023 and we aim to complete by December 2023. The works will be phased in sections and will start at junction with Allitsen Road, and move south, with the 3rd phase at the northern end of the High Street. Under each phase a section of the high street will be closed to traffic while construction is taking place, maintaining servicing and loading operations through designated loading bays adjacent to the road closure points. While a section of the high street is closed, vehicular access to the rest of the high street will be retained. The remaining areas will be built without closures.