May 11, 2011

River Views Revealed

A little-known lane which links Covent Garden to the River Thames has been revamped following a £650,000 makeover.

Carting Lane, which runs down the side of the recently-renovated Savoy Hotel and is also home to the only remaining sewer-powered street lamp in the City of Westminster, has been given new lighting, paving and Legible London signposts.

It is now possible to walk from the south side of the Covent Garden piazza, down Southampton Street, across the Strand and along Carting Lane to the river. The river is also now clearly visible from the Market building.

The scheme was carried out jointly by Westminster Council, Cross River Partnership and Transport for London.

Cllr Robert Davis, Westminster Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for the Built Environment, said: “I am delighted to see this once forgotten and little-known walkway completely revamped. People can walk down this street from the busy and bustling environment of Covent Garden or the theatre to the beautiful river front at the Embankment in only a matter of minutes and enjoy the scenic views.

“We hope the improvements to Carting Lane will provide a new experience for residents and visitors alike in this part of London.”

Daniel Moylan, deputy chairman of Transport for London, added: “This often forgotten link between the Strand and the Thames has been transformed from a dingy alley to a pleasant link between these two iconic parts of our great city.”

The Carting Lane project is part of the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors Programme which will see £220 million invested to rejuvenate and revitalise more than 50 of the capital’s public spaces.