Frequently Asked Questions
VILLIERS STREET FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Vision of the scheme?
Provide a street that is both visually inviting and pedestrian friendly, supported by enhanced security and the
temporary timed closures to improve the look and feel of what is already a heavily used
pedestrian space that will only benefit from the investment in the public realm and help to improve the way it is used.
What are the objectives & benefits of the scheme?
The objectives and benefits of the scheme is to enhance the public realm, mitigate the impact
of hostile vehicles and improve the walking environment to re-establish the area as the heart of London.
What changes are proposed?
- Remove uneven surfaces, and introduce high-quality footway paving in natural materials, and carriageway surfacing for Villiers Street, extending in side streets where required.
- Improved planting and upgraded lighting will enhance the look and feel of Villiers Street, to achieve an overall upgrade to the Public Realm.
- Declutter the footways by removing certain street features, to create wider and less cluttered footways, which will enhance the pedestrian experience.
- Enhance public safety by introducing Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures around the perimeter of the scheme.
- Timed road closures reducing vehicular access to the area
- Restrict access to Villiers Street for loading vehicles during peak pedestrian utilisation periods, through the removal of marked bays and introduction
of dedicated times for access for such activities.
When is this going to happen?
If the scheme goes ahead, following the completion and sign-off of the Cabinet Member Report, construction would begin during 2021.
Final dates would be subject to TMO consultation and Cabinet Member approval.
Who will decide if the scheme goes ahead?
Westminster City Council.
What is HVM?
HVM stands for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation.
When will Villiers Street be open for deliveries and servicing?
All deliveries and servicing are proposed to be undertaken when Villiers Street is open. This is subject to the outcome of this consultation, and Traffic Management Order (TMO) consultation.
Villiers Street is currently proposed to be open to traffic Mon - Fri Midnight-7.30am and 10:00am-Midday
Sat - Sun Villiers Street is currently proposed to be open to traffic Midnight-10:00am
What happens to my deliveries during the street closures?
All deliveries and servicing are proposed to be undertaken when Villiers Street is open. The timing of closure is subject to
the outcome of this consultation, and Traffic Management Order (TMO) consultation. All planned deliveries should be done with
this in mind, such as online shopping etc. Deliveries that are completed by cyclists e.g. food or document deliveries, will be unaffected by the closure.
Any other deliveries occurring outside of the street’s opening hours will be required to take place away from Villiers Street and completed on foot.
John Adam Street will have some loading capacity under the proposed arrangements, but all efforts should be made to try and keep deliveries to the street opening hours.
When will Villiers Street be pedestrianised?
Villiers Street is currently proposed to be closed to traffic Mon - Fri 7:30 - 10:00am & Midday – Midnight.
Sat - Sun Villiers Street is currently proposed to be closed to traffic 10:00am - Midnight.
Which roads will be affected by the proposals?
Villiers Street, John Adam Street and Embankment Place.
Will buses be affected?
Will taxis be affected?
There is an opportunity to reallocate the existing taxi bays and stands into loading bays. The existing recessed taxi amenity on Embankment Place
has been proposed to be reduced by 1 space on each side (a total of 2) to allow for turning movements when access to Villiers Street is closed.
There is an opportunity to reallocate some of the existing taxi bays elsewhere in the local area so any effect is kept to a minimum.
How would the scheme impact on emergency vehicle access?
Emergency vehicles would be able to make use of the pedestrianised areas, and will be able to remove the bollards using a Garda Key.
How would the scheme impact on parking?
The existing parking on John Adam Street is proposed to be relocated to the east of Buckingham Street, an existing section of
single yellow line restriction on Craven Street is proposed to be changed to a double yellow line.
The existing cycle stands by Embankment Station entrance are obscured by the kiosk and offer poor passive
surveillance of parked bicycles. As such, these are proposed to be removed and relocated nearby.
There is expected to be a net increase in cycle parking in the proposed scheme (although locations
have yet to be determined).
Are cyclists permitted through Villiers Street during the pedestrianised times?
Yes, cyclists are permitted at all times.
Where should we tell our delivery and servicing companies to park when the road is closed?
There will be some limited provision for loading on John Adam Street. We encourage all businesses to consolidate their deliveries during the times when the road is open.
My business receives customer parcels from Royal Mail, will these be affected?
How will the landscaping be affected?
The proposal is to remove the existing steps outside the Victoria Embankment Gardens to open up the highway space to pedestrian activity.
New proposed Steps in front of the gates will have a Granite Stone finish. Planting and seating provision will feature around the frontage of the Garden entrance.
Who is managing / running this scheme?
This scheme is being managed by Westminster City Council. The contractors carrying out the design are FM Conway and WSP.
How do I have my say?
The consultation period has now ended.
How often will I receive communications if I subscribe?
If you subscribe to our email updates, we will keep you informed when there are any documents for you to view and comment on. If the scheme progresses to construction, we will keep you notified (usually fortnightly) about the works. You can unsubscribe at any time. Please note, if you wish to re-subscribe, you will need to use a different contact email address to the original one used.
Our email address is VilliersStreet@wsp.com