Project Outline

Project Name

Orbital Cycle Route @ Lawrence / James / Regent St

Project Manager

Richard Milligan



Purpose of this Document:

This document summarises key project information to allow a Member decision to be made in support of the current course of action.



The mandate for this project derives from an OIC Director Decision on “Local Cycling and Walking Prioritisation (7/5/20)”


This paper can be found attached as an Annex to the main report.


The text within that report states:


“make improvements at the James Street / Lawrence Street / Regent Street junction to clarify the status and raise awareness of the shared facilities.”


Project Description:

This project aims to resolve conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians at the point where the Orbital Cycle Route crosses from Regent Street over Lawrence Street onto James Street and vice versa. It specifically focuses on safety and amenity issues as the Orbital Cycle path abruptly crosses the Lawrence Street pavement and sightlines are blocked by adjacent properties.


There are safety issues between pedestrians and cyclists on the Orbital Cycle Route where Regent Street meets/crosses Lawrence Street and continues onto James Street. Regent Street has a modal filter at its northern end and the cycle route abruptly meets the rear of the Lawrence Street pavement and although there is some warning signage for cyclists or pedestrians it is low-key and probably missed by many users. Also due to the buildings either side on Regent Street, the visibility is bad for both cyclists and pedestrians. These safety issues also give rise to amenity issues.



Aims and Objectives:

The Aim of the Project is to:

Resolve safety and amenity issues between cyclists and pedestrians at the Regent Street side of the aforementioned junction.

The Objectives are:


Implement a solution to resolve safety and amenity issues - Feasibility work will determine options for rectifying the existing issues. The objective is to implement the most appropriate solution.




In Scope:


Geographical location: The section of the Orbital cycle route where Regent Street meets Lawrence Street as the cycle route crosses the pavement.


Only the Adopted Highway covering footpath, carriageway, cycleway, or verge that is necessary to implement a solution.


Consideration of amendments/additions to directional and safety signage at junction.


Consideration of civil construction solutions to resolve issues.


Consideration of non-civil construction solutions to resolve issues.


Consideration of changes to footways and off-carriage cycle ways.


Consideration of changes to heritage items.


Consideration of changes to parking provision where required to achieve objectives.


Consideration of LTN 1/20 guidance. Green scoring solutions are preferred, however non green scoring solutions can be considered if they achieve project objectives.


Consideration of solutions that may reduce traffic capacity, where necessary to achieve the objectives.


Consideration of solutions that may impact upon loading.


Out of Scope:


Geographical exclusions:

-      Any area of Lawrence Street other than where Regent Street meets/crosses.

-      James Street.

-      Any section of Regent Street that is not immediately before the crossing over Lawrence St


Surfacing of carriageway and footpaths beyond what is necessary to implement a solution.


Improvements to provision of pavement or cycle route beyond the rectification of the identified issue.


Alterations to the extents of the public highway, or changes to land ownership.


Consideration of changes to the existing traffic signals.


Consideration of introduction of new traffic signals.


Consideration of solutions that restrict motor vehicle access.


Consideration of improvements to street furniture or public realm, except where required to achieve project objectives.


Consideration of improvements to public transport operation or infrastructure.


Not looking to improve:

-      Congestion / Queue Lengths / Delays

-      Upgrade equipment

-      Street Lighting



Outcomes and Benefits:

Resolution of safety issues at the outlined junction of the Orbital Cycle Route – measured by Safety assessment carried out after work to confirm improved safety.


Increase the usage of the route by active travellers over a  5 year period from project completion. Measured through survey count data.


Dependencies and related works:

There are no dependencies on this project from other schemes.


Design Resource Procurement:

A contract for design resource is in place for this scheme and no further procurement is required to obtain design resource.