Wellington Gateway (Rapid Transit)

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About this project

The Wellington Gateway project is one of three rapid transit projects moving forward in London, with the goal of increasing the frequency and reliability of transit on this important corridor, where rapid transit buses will be travelling in dedicated lanes to help ease traffic flow on Wellington Road.

The project aims to revitalize approximately 6 km of roadway between Downtown and Highway 401, widening Wellington Road/Street to add continuous transit-only lanes.

Once complete, the Wellington Gateway project will provide opportunities to strengthen connections with neighbouring municipalities and improve transit to south London’s industrial employment areas through a transit hub by White Oaks Mall and a proposed park-and-ride near Highway 401. Remaining phases of the Wellington Gateway project are expected to be constructed between 2024 and 2027.

The full Wellington Gateway project will:

  • improve safety for all road users, including through the re-alignment of the S-curve located on Wellington Road, south of Bond Street
  • add multi-use active transportation paths along the corridor
  • install new traffic systems that include transit signal priority, sensors and video to reduce intersection delays
  • add new streetscape elements above ground, while repairing and replacing aging sewers, watermain and other underground infrastructure.

Construction update: Wellington Gateway Phase 3

As the City of London prepares to begin construction for the Wellington Gateway Phase 3 project, a pre-construction webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, June 26 at noon to outline how we will be managing the project, including impacts to property owners, businesses and residents. A Q&A session will follow, and the recorded presentation will be posted to the project website.

Construction schedule and staging:

Crews will begin to mobilize to the area as early as July 8, 2024, to set up traffic control and install temporary traffic signals at Southdale Street and Wilkins Street, followed by removals and necessary lane restrictions to accommodate traffic on the west side of Wellington Road. Construction in the area will continue through 2025, with some final surface restoration work in 2026. Lane restrictions will be in place for the duration of the project.

Construction along Wellington Road will be completed in stages to allow the project to progress while maintaining road access to businesses and properties within the construction zones.


Construction update: Wellington Gateway Phase 4

Wellington Gateway Phase 4 construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, June 17, requiring lane restrictions along Wellington Road between Harlech Gate and the Wellington Commons entrance.

Construction on Wellington Road will be completed in stages to allow the project to progress while maintaining road access to businesses and properties within the construction zones.

Subject to weather and project needs, the first stage of construction will begin on the east side of Wellington Road from the Wellington Commons entrance to Harlech Gate and is anticipated to be completed by December 2024.

Stage 2 is planned for construction in 2025 along the west side of Wellington Road from the Wellington Commons entrance to Harlech Gate, followed by Stage 3 in 2026, which will include the installation of bus platforms and centre medians, as well as surface asphalt, pavement markings, road line painting and other landscaping enhancements.

Map of the approximate project limits and the construction stages: Wellington Road from Harlech Gate to the Wellington Commons entrance

Thank you for joining the pre-construction webinar on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. A copy of the recording is now available in case you missed it.


If you have any questions related to your business or property during construction, please reach out to the project team directly using the contact information on this page.


Design overview - Wellington Gateway Phases 3 and 4

The City of London is preparing to begin construction of Phases 3 and 4 of the Wellington Gateway project this summer, following a public engagement period from February 14 - 28, 2024. Construction work on both phases is anticipated to begin in summer of 2024 and continue through 2025.

A pre-recorded presentation is now available for you to:

  • view an overview of the design and planned improvements for both projects
  • view roll plans of near-final designs for the Wellington Gateway Phase 3 project (Wellington Road from Wilkins Street to Harlech Gate) and Wellington Gateway Phase 4 (Wellington Road between Harlech Gate and the Wellington Commons entrance) as well as the anticipated changes to current traffic operations
  • learn more about the expected project timeline and next steps

Anyone directly impacted by the project is encouraged to submit their comments and questions using the comments tool at the bottom of the page or at wellingtongateway@london.ca.


Project limits:

  • Wellington Gateway Phase 3: Wellington Road from Wilkins Street to Harlech Gate
  • Wellington Gateway Phase 4: Wellington Road from Harlech Gate to the Wellington Commons entrance

Above: Map of the construction limits Wellington Gateway Phases 3 and 4.

Above: A conceptual rendering of the proposed design of the Wellington Gateway Phase 4 project by White Oaks Mall.


Construction update: Clark's Bridge (Wellington Bridge) Widening

Construction began in April 2024 and will continue through 2025, with some finishing work in 2026.

Traffic impacts:

Lane restrictions are in place for northbound and southbound travel for the duration of the project (2024/2025). Left-turns are also restricted to signalized intersections. Please expect delays through this section of Wellington Road.

Local businesses remain open and accessible during construction.

Access to the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP)

This section of the TVP will be closed during construction to complete improvements to the bridge safely and as efficiently as possible. A signed detour will be in place to help guide people walking and biking around the path closure and connecting to the TVP just north of the bridge.

Above: A map of the TVP closure and detour during construction.

Construction schedule and staging:

Construction along Clark’s Bridge will be completed in stages to allow the project to progress while maintaining road access as well as connections to the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP). The first stage of the project will start on the east side of the bridge, requiring lane restrictions along the project area. Stage 1 of the project will also include works at the Watson Park parking lot on Front Street as well as Grand Avenue East. Weather permitting, work may continue over the winter months to progress the project before Stage 2 and other remaining stages begin in 2025 to complete the bridge rehabilitation and road reconstruction.

Above: A map of the anticipated construction stages for the Clark's Bridge Widening.


Recording of the pre-construction webinar for the Clark's Bridge Widening

Thank you for joining us virtually on Wednesday, March 27 to learn more about the project and what to expect during construction.



Design Overview: Clark's Bridge Widening Project


Above: Map of the approximate project area.


Construction update (Wellington Gateway Phase 1)

Phase 1 construction was completed in 2023, with some planned finishing work in 2024, requiring lane restrictions between York Street and just north of the Thames River, until approximately Fall 2024.

Detour and access:
Wellington Street is open with delays and restrictions. Drivers travelling northbound and southbound along this section of Wellington Street are being channeled through one lane of traffic in each direction. Warning signs will be installed to help guide traffic through the construction zone.

Drivers looking to access Wellington Street are encouraged to use Grey Street for westbound access and can use South Street for eastbound travel off Wellington Street.

Businesses remain open and accessible throughout construction.

Transit impacts:

Some bus routes will be impacted during construction. Routes 13 and 90 will be detoured off Wellington Street at Grand Avenue and travel along Carfrae and Richmond Streets in both directions. Route 1 will continue to operate along Wellington Street, South Street and Colborne Street. Alternative stops will be arranged during construction as buses will not stop within the construction limits. Transit riders are advised to visit the LTC website for the most up-to-date information about detours and service updates.

Pedestrian and bike access:

Sidewalk access will be maintained on at least one side of the road during construction. Pedestrians are advised to follow signs to navigate the construction zone safely and are encouraged to use nearby streets to reach their destinations.

Cyclists are encouraged to use Dundas Place where connections to the Dundas Bikeway and Dundas-TVP are available for east-west cycling through the core.


Important design information

Centre-median

For both curbside and centre-running configurations, rapid transit corridors require a centre-median to maintain safe, frequent, and reliable transit operations. As a result, left-turning movements will be restricted to signalized intersections, therefore, driveways and unsignalized side streets will change to right-in/out access.

This change may require local businesses to alter their delivery and/or access routes to and from Wellington Road.


Key features of the Wellington Gateway project

  • Improved safety for all road users, including through the re-alignment of the S-curve located on Wellington Road, south of Bond Street
  • The addition of multi-use active transportation paths along the corridor
  • Installation of new traffic systems that include transit signal priority, sensors and video to reduce intersection delays
  • New streetscape elements will be added above ground, while the project repairs and replaces aging sewers, watermains and other infrastructure underground
  • Clark's Bridge (which crosses the Thames River between Grand Avenue and South Street) will be widened to accommodate two traffic lanes in each direction, two new transit-only lanes, and a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians

The Wellington Gateway is one of 10 transit and transit-supportive local projects that received funding commitments from the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario. The other two rapid transit projects moving forward are the Downtown Loop project and the East London Link project.


Map of Wellington Gateway project (Phase 1)

The map below highlights the boundaries of the project, and indicates the approximate area where Phase 1 of construction is expected to begin in 2023.

Construction is expected to be completed in phases between 2023 and 2027, in order to minimize disruption. Ahead of each phase of construction, the City will host a meeting to share details and answer questions.

Map of Wellington Gateway project, indicating that the first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in 2023 on Wellington Street from approximately York Street to Wellington Street just north of the Thames River.



Rapid transit bus shelter

London's first rapid transit shelter is being installed at the new northbound Ontario Street station at King Street.

The shelter structures will take most of the week to set up, followed by installation of the electrical, lighting, and other amenities over the following weeks.

To learn more, please visit london.ca/rtshelters

Above: A photo of the installation of the first rapid transit shelter at Ontario Street and King Street.


Stay connected

The City is committed to keeping you informed during planning and construction. Sign up here for email updates on the project.

(External link)

The personal information collected on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, and will be used by the City of London and project partners to contact you in relation to the Downtown Loop.

Questions about this collection should be addressed to Manager, Public Engagement, Major Projects, City of London at 251 Dundas Street, London, ON N6A 4L9. Tel: 519-930-3518, email: wellingtongateway@london.ca.

About this project

The Wellington Gateway project is one of three rapid transit projects moving forward in London, with the goal of increasing the frequency and reliability of transit on this important corridor, where rapid transit buses will be travelling in dedicated lanes to help ease traffic flow on Wellington Road.

The project aims to revitalize approximately 6 km of roadway between Downtown and Highway 401, widening Wellington Road/Street to add continuous transit-only lanes.

Once complete, the Wellington Gateway project will provide opportunities to strengthen connections with neighbouring municipalities and improve transit to south London’s industrial employment areas through a transit hub by White Oaks Mall and a proposed park-and-ride near Highway 401. Remaining phases of the Wellington Gateway project are expected to be constructed between 2024 and 2027.

The full Wellington Gateway project will:

  • improve safety for all road users, including through the re-alignment of the S-curve located on Wellington Road, south of Bond Street
  • add multi-use active transportation paths along the corridor
  • install new traffic systems that include transit signal priority, sensors and video to reduce intersection delays
  • add new streetscape elements above ground, while repairing and replacing aging sewers, watermain and other underground infrastructure.

Construction update: Wellington Gateway Phase 3

As the City of London prepares to begin construction for the Wellington Gateway Phase 3 project, a pre-construction webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, June 26 at noon to outline how we will be managing the project, including impacts to property owners, businesses and residents. A Q&A session will follow, and the recorded presentation will be posted to the project website.

Construction schedule and staging:

Crews will begin to mobilize to the area as early as July 8, 2024, to set up traffic control and install temporary traffic signals at Southdale Street and Wilkins Street, followed by removals and necessary lane restrictions to accommodate traffic on the west side of Wellington Road. Construction in the area will continue through 2025, with some final surface restoration work in 2026. Lane restrictions will be in place for the duration of the project.

Construction along Wellington Road will be completed in stages to allow the project to progress while maintaining road access to businesses and properties within the construction zones.


Construction update: Wellington Gateway Phase 4

Wellington Gateway Phase 4 construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, June 17, requiring lane restrictions along Wellington Road between Harlech Gate and the Wellington Commons entrance.

Construction on Wellington Road will be completed in stages to allow the project to progress while maintaining road access to businesses and properties within the construction zones.

Subject to weather and project needs, the first stage of construction will begin on the east side of Wellington Road from the Wellington Commons entrance to Harlech Gate and is anticipated to be completed by December 2024.

Stage 2 is planned for construction in 2025 along the west side of Wellington Road from the Wellington Commons entrance to Harlech Gate, followed by Stage 3 in 2026, which will include the installation of bus platforms and centre medians, as well as surface asphalt, pavement markings, road line painting and other landscaping enhancements.

Map of the approximate project limits and the construction stages: Wellington Road from Harlech Gate to the Wellington Commons entrance

Thank you for joining the pre-construction webinar on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. A copy of the recording is now available in case you missed it.


If you have any questions related to your business or property during construction, please reach out to the project team directly using the contact information on this page.


Design overview - Wellington Gateway Phases 3 and 4

The City of London is preparing to begin construction of Phases 3 and 4 of the Wellington Gateway project this summer, following a public engagement period from February 14 - 28, 2024. Construction work on both phases is anticipated to begin in summer of 2024 and continue through 2025.

A pre-recorded presentation is now available for you to:

  • view an overview of the design and planned improvements for both projects
  • view roll plans of near-final designs for the Wellington Gateway Phase 3 project (Wellington Road from Wilkins Street to Harlech Gate) and Wellington Gateway Phase 4 (Wellington Road between Harlech Gate and the Wellington Commons entrance) as well as the anticipated changes to current traffic operations
  • learn more about the expected project timeline and next steps

Anyone directly impacted by the project is encouraged to submit their comments and questions using the comments tool at the bottom of the page or at wellingtongateway@london.ca.


Project limits:

  • Wellington Gateway Phase 3: Wellington Road from Wilkins Street to Harlech Gate
  • Wellington Gateway Phase 4: Wellington Road from Harlech Gate to the Wellington Commons entrance

Above: Map of the construction limits Wellington Gateway Phases 3 and 4.

Above: A conceptual rendering of the proposed design of the Wellington Gateway Phase 4 project by White Oaks Mall.


Construction update: Clark's Bridge (Wellington Bridge) Widening

Construction began in April 2024 and will continue through 2025, with some finishing work in 2026.

Traffic impacts:

Lane restrictions are in place for northbound and southbound travel for the duration of the project (2024/2025). Left-turns are also restricted to signalized intersections. Please expect delays through this section of Wellington Road.

Local businesses remain open and accessible during construction.

Access to the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP)

This section of the TVP will be closed during construction to complete improvements to the bridge safely and as efficiently as possible. A signed detour will be in place to help guide people walking and biking around the path closure and connecting to the TVP just north of the bridge.

Above: A map of the TVP closure and detour during construction.

Construction schedule and staging:

Construction along Clark’s Bridge will be completed in stages to allow the project to progress while maintaining road access as well as connections to the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP). The first stage of the project will start on the east side of the bridge, requiring lane restrictions along the project area. Stage 1 of the project will also include works at the Watson Park parking lot on Front Street as well as Grand Avenue East. Weather permitting, work may continue over the winter months to progress the project before Stage 2 and other remaining stages begin in 2025 to complete the bridge rehabilitation and road reconstruction.

Above: A map of the anticipated construction stages for the Clark's Bridge Widening.


Recording of the pre-construction webinar for the Clark's Bridge Widening

Thank you for joining us virtually on Wednesday, March 27 to learn more about the project and what to expect during construction.



Design Overview: Clark's Bridge Widening Project


Above: Map of the approximate project area.


Construction update (Wellington Gateway Phase 1)

Phase 1 construction was completed in 2023, with some planned finishing work in 2024, requiring lane restrictions between York Street and just north of the Thames River, until approximately Fall 2024.

Detour and access:
Wellington Street is open with delays and restrictions. Drivers travelling northbound and southbound along this section of Wellington Street are being channeled through one lane of traffic in each direction. Warning signs will be installed to help guide traffic through the construction zone.

Drivers looking to access Wellington Street are encouraged to use Grey Street for westbound access and can use South Street for eastbound travel off Wellington Street.

Businesses remain open and accessible throughout construction.

Transit impacts:

Some bus routes will be impacted during construction. Routes 13 and 90 will be detoured off Wellington Street at Grand Avenue and travel along Carfrae and Richmond Streets in both directions. Route 1 will continue to operate along Wellington Street, South Street and Colborne Street. Alternative stops will be arranged during construction as buses will not stop within the construction limits. Transit riders are advised to visit the LTC website for the most up-to-date information about detours and service updates.

Pedestrian and bike access:

Sidewalk access will be maintained on at least one side of the road during construction. Pedestrians are advised to follow signs to navigate the construction zone safely and are encouraged to use nearby streets to reach their destinations.

Cyclists are encouraged to use Dundas Place where connections to the Dundas Bikeway and Dundas-TVP are available for east-west cycling through the core.


Important design information

Centre-median

For both curbside and centre-running configurations, rapid transit corridors require a centre-median to maintain safe, frequent, and reliable transit operations. As a result, left-turning movements will be restricted to signalized intersections, therefore, driveways and unsignalized side streets will change to right-in/out access.

This change may require local businesses to alter their delivery and/or access routes to and from Wellington Road.


Key features of the Wellington Gateway project

  • Improved safety for all road users, including through the re-alignment of the S-curve located on Wellington Road, south of Bond Street
  • The addition of multi-use active transportation paths along the corridor
  • Installation of new traffic systems that include transit signal priority, sensors and video to reduce intersection delays
  • New streetscape elements will be added above ground, while the project repairs and replaces aging sewers, watermains and other infrastructure underground
  • Clark's Bridge (which crosses the Thames River between Grand Avenue and South Street) will be widened to accommodate two traffic lanes in each direction, two new transit-only lanes, and a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians

The Wellington Gateway is one of 10 transit and transit-supportive local projects that received funding commitments from the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario. The other two rapid transit projects moving forward are the Downtown Loop project and the East London Link project.


Map of Wellington Gateway project (Phase 1)

The map below highlights the boundaries of the project, and indicates the approximate area where Phase 1 of construction is expected to begin in 2023.

Construction is expected to be completed in phases between 2023 and 2027, in order to minimize disruption. Ahead of each phase of construction, the City will host a meeting to share details and answer questions.

Map of Wellington Gateway project, indicating that the first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in 2023 on Wellington Street from approximately York Street to Wellington Street just north of the Thames River.



Rapid transit bus shelter

London's first rapid transit shelter is being installed at the new northbound Ontario Street station at King Street.

The shelter structures will take most of the week to set up, followed by installation of the electrical, lighting, and other amenities over the following weeks.

To learn more, please visit london.ca/rtshelters

Above: A photo of the installation of the first rapid transit shelter at Ontario Street and King Street.


Stay connected

The City is committed to keeping you informed during planning and construction. Sign up here for email updates on the project.

(External link)

The personal information collected on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, and will be used by the City of London and project partners to contact you in relation to the Downtown Loop.

Questions about this collection should be addressed to Manager, Public Engagement, Major Projects, City of London at 251 Dundas Street, London, ON N6A 4L9. Tel: 519-930-3518, email: wellingtongateway@london.ca.

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