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Regent Street - Oxford Circus to Langham Place

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Overview (Key Accessibility Information)

  • This Access Guide covers the section of Regent Street between Oxford Circus and Langham Place.
    The changing nature of the West End may mean that the on-street conditions are different to the description in this Access Guide.
    This Access Guide was undertaken in August 2019.
    The length of this section is approximately 0.15 miles (0.24km).
    For detailed information about Regent Street itself, between Oxford Circus and Langham Place, please click here (new tab).
    Major businesses such as The North Face, All Bar One, The Langham Hotel and Boots (new tab) are located in this section.
    Regent Street is also surrounded by diverse and dynamic smaller side streets.
    This Access Guide also includes the side road:
    - Margaret Street, leading to Wells Street (east) and Cavendish Square (west) (new tab).
  • Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Carnaby Street, Bond Street and Regent Street to the south are all covered in separate Access Guides.
  • Regent Street and the roads that cross it are extremely busy.
    The pavements and pedestrian crossings are all level and wide, however they can be congested at peak times, which could be daunting for some people.
    Peak times are from 12:00 until around 19:00 and peak months are July - August and December.
  • There can be a lot of noise from the open doors of some shops and also musicians performing on the street.
    There are Legible London wayfinding signs available at intervals on both sides of Regent Street.
    There is no seating available along Regent Street (north).
    All of the crossings over Regent Street have pedestrian controlled crossings.
    Most of the side street crossings also have pedestrian controlled crossings with the exception of Great Castle Street (east and west) and Little Portland Street (east and west).
  • During the summer months of July, August and September, Regent Street is pedestrianised on set Sundays between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.
    In addition, each November the world famous switch on of the Christmas lights takes place. The show generally runs between 17:00 and 21:00 and the whole of Regent Street between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus is pedestrianised during this time.
    For more information regarding specific dates of events on Regent Street please click the following link; https://www.regentstreetonline.com/.
  • The main ways to get to Regent Street include; tube, bus or taxi.
    There are no taxi ranks along this section of Regent Street.
    Bus stops are located at various points along this section of Regent Street.
    Access points for the following underground stations are located in this section of Regent Street; Oxford Circus.
  • Parking in the area is very limited and visitors are encouraged to use public transport.
    The nearest available parking is located off Cavendish Square, north of Regent Street; Q-Park - Oxford Street (new tab).
    Q-Park - Oxford Street has Blue Badge parking bays available.
  • There is an accessible public toilet available on Princes Street, located off Regent Street and close to Oxford Circus Underground Station.
    There are also public toilet cubicles on Balderton Street, near Selfridges (west of Bond Street Station).
    These are intended to be accessible for all, but may not have the space or support rails to suit some disabled users.
    Additional standard toilet facilities are available within Q-Park on Oxford Street.
    Many of the larger shops and restaurants have accessible and standard toilets and baby change facilities for customers.
  • To view the Access Guide for Regent Street - Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus please click here (new tab)..

Related West End Venues (Regent Street - Oxford Circus to Langham Place)

Getting Here (Regent Street - Between Oxford Circus and Langham Place)

General Accessibility (Regent Street - Oxford Circus to Langham Place)

  • Paths and Pavements View
    • There is step-free access throughout Regent Street.
      The pavements are mostly even and consist of flagstone paving (photographs 1-7).
      The pavements are generally level or have a very slight slope along their length.
      There are some areas of Regent Street, such as between Oxford Circus and Great Castle Street, where the pavement slopes across its width.
      Most of the shops and restaurants in this section have at least 1 step-free entrance.
    • There are pedestrian-controlled crossings at all the crossing points over Regent Street.
      Most of the side street crossings also have pedestrian controlled crossings with the exception of Great Castle Street (east and west) and Little Portland Street (east and west).
      Some of these crossing points can become very congested and give limited time to cross.
  • Street Furniture and Features View
    • There is no seating available on Regent Street.
      There are a number of waste disposal bins located along both the east and west side of the street (photograph 8).
      There are potential obstructions in the form of shop/restaurant signage boards, road signage, post boxes and free newspaper stands in various places along Regent Street (photographs 9 and 10) .
    • There are cycle racks available at the north end of Regent Street (see photograph 11).
      These are all located at the edge of the pavement at the side of the road.
      There are also likely to be bikes chained to lamp posts and street/road signage posts along the entirety of Regent Street (east and west).
  • Maps and Signage View
    • There are Legible London wayfinding signs close to the main crossroads with Oxford Circus and Mortimer Street on the east side of Regent Street, and close to the main crossroads with Oxford Circus and Cavendish Place on the west side of Regent Street (photographs 12-14).
  • Public Transport View
    • There are a total of 3 bus stops located on Regent Street, 1 on the east side and 2 on the west side (photographs 15-19).
    • All 3 bus stops are sheltered and have perch seating available.
      The bench seating is between 55cm - 65cm high.
      The 2 bus stops on the west side of Regent Street both have priority seating available.
      The bus stop on the east side of Regent Street does not have priority seating available.
      None of the bus stops have digital displays of the services due.
    • There are no taxi ranks located in this section of Regent Street.
    • There are 4 access points to Oxford Circus Station at the junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street (photograph 20).
      All the access points have steps.
    • The accessible step-free entrance to Bond Street Station (via lift) is located off the north side of Oxford Street.
      This is in Marylebone Lane, to the left of the Disney Store.
      There is a stepped entrance from the south side of Oxford Street (photograph 21).
      There is also access to the station by escalators from within the West One Shopping Centre off the south side of Oxford Street.

Main Pedestrian Crossing(s) (Oxford Circus - Junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street)

  • There are crossings with dropped kerbs and grey tactile paving at each of the 4 sides of this junction.
    This junction also allows pedestrians to cross diagonally.
    There are shallow kerbs (around 4cm) with no tactile paving at the diagonal crossing points.
  • There are small central refuges on the 4 main crossings.
    The refuges have a flush surface with the road and are not marked with tactile paving.
    Despite the refuges, the crossings are intended to be crossed in one go.
  • The crossings have buff-coloured tarmac which contrast with the grey tarmac road.
  • There is two-way traffic on both Oxford Street and Regent Street.
    There is written floor signage to indicate the direction of traffic.
  • There are audible and visual indicators at all the crossing points.
    This is an 'All Red' junction, where all the crossings operate at the same time.
    The indicators are activated by push button controls.
    There are controls on both sides of each crossing point, at heights between 102cm - 104cm.
    There are also controls on the central refuges, but these are up to 124cm above road level and could be out of reach for some people.
    At least 1 control at each crossing point has a rotating cone for visually impaired users.
    These crossings have a countdown timer of at least 20 seconds which gives ample time for most people to cross.

Main Pedestrian Crossing(s) (Junction - Regent Street with Margaret Street)

  • There are crossings with dropped kerbs and grey tactile paving at each of the 4 sides of this junction.
  • There are central islands at the major crossings over Regent Street.
    The islands are flush with the road and are marked with tactile paving.
    Despite the islands, the crossings are intended to be crossed in one go.
  • The road surface at the crossings is tarmac.
    The crossings are marked by white dotted lines that contrast with the road.
  • There is two-way traffic on Regent Street.
    There is one-way traffic westbound on Margaret Street.
    There is written floor signage to indicate the direction of traffic at both the Regent Street and Margaret Street crossing points.
  • There are visual indicators at all the crossing points.
    The indicators are activated by push button controls.
    There are controls on at least 1 side of each crossing point, at heights between 100cm - 110cm.
    At least 1 control at each crossing point has a rotating cone for visually impaired users.

Main Pedestrian Crossing(s) (Junction - Regent Street with Mortimer Street and Cavendish Place)

  • There are crossings with dropped kerbs and grey tactile paving at each of the 4 sides of this junction.
  • There are central islands at the major crossings over Regent Street.
    The islands are flush with the road and are marked with tactile paving.
    Despite the islands, the crossings are intended to be crossed in one go.
  • At most of the crossings the road surface consists of coloured buff tarmac with the exception of the Mortimer Street crossing on the east side of the junction.
    This junction is marked with dotted white lines that also contrast with the road.
  • There is two-way traffic on Regent Street.
    There is one-way traffic eastbound on Cavendish Place and Mortimer Street.
    There is written floor signage to indicate the direction of traffic at the Regent Street, Cavendish Place and Mortimer Street crossings.
  • There are visual indicators at all the crossing points.
    The indicators are activated by push button controls.
    There are controls on at least 1 side of each crossing point, at heights between 100cm - 110cm.
    At least 1 control at each crossing point has a rotating cone for visually impaired users.

Side Street Crossings (Junction - Regent Street with Great Castle Street)

  • Great Castle Street is to the east and west off Regent Street (north), close to Oxford Circus.
    Traffic is eastbound from the west side of Regent Street, and westbound from the east side of Regent Street.
    The path is flush with the road at the crossing points, however there is no tactile paving available.
    The road surface at the crossing points is grey block paving.
    There are no visual/audible indicators available at the crossing points.

Side Street Crossings (Junction - Regent Street with Little Portland Street)

  • Little Portland Street is to the east of Regent Street (north), close to Oxford Circus.
    Traffic is westbound only, joining Regent Street.
    There are dropped kerbs at the crossing point, however there is no tactile paving available.
    The road surface at the crossing point is tarmac and is uneven in places.
    There are no visual/audible indicators available at the crossing point.

General Accessibility (Margaret Street - Wells Street to Cavendish Square)

  • Paths and Pavements View
    • There is step-free access throughout the majority of Margaret Street.
      The pavements are mostly even and consist of flagstone paving (photographs 1-10).
      The pavements are generally level or have a very slight slope along their length.
      Most of the shops, restaurants and services have at least 1 step-free entrance.
    • There are a total of 4 main road crossings over Margaret Street located either side of the Great Portland Street and Great Titchfield Street junctions.
      Most of the crossings are uncontrolled with the exception of the crossing on the east side of the Great Portland Street junction.
      There are also side street crossings over Great Portland Street and Great Titchfield Street.
      Most of the side street crossings are uncontrolled with the exception of the crossing on the north side of Great Portland Street.
    • There is an access road crossing point on the south side of Margaret Street (as shown in photographs 11 and 12).
      There is also a crossing point over Marylebone Passage on the south side of Margaret Street (as shown in photographs 13 and 14).
      Neither of the 2 crossings have dropped kerbs or tactile paving available.
  • Street Furniture and Features View
    • There is no public seating available along Margaret Street.
      There are potential obstructions in the form of lamp posts, cycle racks and restaurant seating in various places along Margaret Street (photographs 15 and 16).
    • There are bike racks in various locations along Margaret Street (photographs 17 - 21).
      These are all located at the edge of the pavement at the side of the road.
      There are likely to be bikes chained to lamp posts as well as the racks along the entirety of Margaret Street (east and west).
  • Maps and Signage View
    • There are Legible London wayfinding signs close to the main crossroads with Regent Street, on the east side of Margaret Street (photograph 22).
  • Public Transport View
    • There are no bus stops located on Margaret Street.
      The nearest bus stops are located on Regent Street (Stops RE and RF).
    • There are no taxi ranks located on Margaret Street.
      The nearest taxi rank is located on Great Marlborough Street.
    • The nearest accessible step-free tube station is Bond Street, via the Marlborough Lane access point.
      Oxford Circus is also nearby but has no step-free access from any of its 4 access points.
    • The accessible step-free entrance to Bond Street Station (via lift) is off the north side of Oxford Street.
      This is in Marylebone Lane, to the left of the Disney Store.
      There is a stepped entrance from the south side of Oxford Street.
      There is also access to the station by escalators from within the West One Shopping Centre, off the south side of Oxford Street.

On Street Parking (Margaret Street)

  • Standard on street parking is available.
  • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Margaret Street.

Side Street Crossings (Junction - Margaret Street with Great Portland Street)

  • There are crossings with dropped kerbs at each of the 4 sides of this junction.
    The crossings on the north and east side of the junction have grey and/or red tactile paving available, with the other 2 having no tactile paving.
    There are central islands at the crossings on the north and south side of Great Portland Street.
    The central islands are both flush with the road.
    There is red tactile paving on the northern central island but not on the south island.
    Despite the islands, the crossings are intended to be crossed in one go.
    The road surface at the crossings is tarmac.
    The crossing on the north side of the junction has a coloured buff tarmac which contrasts with the road surface.
  • There is two-way traffic on Great Portland Street.
    There is one-way traffic westbound on Margaret Street.
    There is written floor signage to indicate the direction of traffic at all 4 crossings.
    The crossings on the north and east side of the junction have visual indicators.
    The indicators are activated by push button controls.
    There are controls on at least 1 side of each crossing point, at heights between 100cm - 110cm.
    At least 1 control at each crossing point has a rotating cone for visually impaired users.

Side Street Crossings (Junction - Margaret Street with Great Titchfield Street)

  • There are crossings with dropped kerbs at each of the 4 sides of this junction.
    None of the crossings have tactile paving available with the exception of the crossing on the south side of the junction. This is also a zebra crossing.
    The other 3 crossing points are not marked.
    There are no central islands at any of the crossings.
    The road surface at the crossings is tarmac.
    There is one-way traffic northbound on Great Titchfield Street.
    There is one-way traffic westbound on Margaret Street.
    None of the crossings have visual indicators.

Side Street Crossings (Junction - Margaret Street with John Prince's Street)

  • The John Prince’s Street crossing has dropped kerbs on both sides with grey tactile paving.
    The Margaret Street crossing has dropped kerbs on both sides with no tactile paving.
    Neither of the crossings have a central island.
    The road surface is tarmac.
    The Margaret Street crossing has coloured tarmac that contrasts with the road.
  • There is one-way traffic westbound on Margaret Street.
    There is one-way traffic southbound on John Prince’s Street.
    The John Prince’s Street crossing does not have visual indicators available.
    The Margaret Street crossing does have visual indicators available.
    The indicators are activated by push button controls.
    The controls are at heights between 100cm - 110cm.
    The controls have a rotating cone available for visually impaired users.