Coach Parking on Park Lane - Removal
The permanent removal of most coach parking bays on Park Lane in London has recently been raised by Transport for London (TfL), despite the impending temporary return of some currently suspended provision there ahead of the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland event. Work to reinstate some coach parking, not set down and pick up, on Park Lane will begin on 1st November.
The majority of coach parking spaces on Park Lane were “temporarily” removed in June 2020 due to work on the Streetspace scheme to increase cycle lane and shared space provision, to support active travel modes during coronavirus social distancing on public transport.
TfL has not yet decided what the long-term future of the first round of temporary changes made in 2020 will be, but it has floated the potential for them to become permanent. That would mean the soon-to-be-reinstated parking bays being removed again after Winter Wonderland.
Shortly after the temporary changes were first introduced in 2020, several bodies including the Confederation of Passenger Transport, UK Hospitality and UK Inbound aired concerns around the loss of some coach parking in central London, including the removal of bays at Park Lane.
There is an online survey that includes options for respondents to favour that the changes become permanent currently in place, subject to community engagement and statutory consultation; that they remain in place only for the next six months; or that they are removed in their entirety as soon as possible. The survey has no closing date but it is believed it will end early in the week of 25th October.