Feedback from Hounslow Council’s Streetspace consultation

A statement from Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council, on feedback from the Council’s Streetspace consultation.

Published: Monday, 20th July 2020

Cllr Khan

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:

“Hounslow Council would like to share details of the recent consultation we’ve undertaken with residents to get ideas for our Streetspace programme. This programme is looking to trial a range of changes to our transport network to respond to the different ways people are choosing to travel since the Covid-19 pandemic started, and also to ensure there is space to facilitate social distancing in busier areas

“When the consultation closed on 25 June, we’d received over 4000 contributions from 866 respondents with representation across the borough. The map with all the contributions received is available to view here.

“The main concerns highlighted include lack of space for walking and cycling and the high speeds of traffic. 

“We also asked a number of questions about how respondents felt their travelling behaviour would change in the future and their views on us adapting the network.

change in the future and their views on us adapting the network.

“It is encouraging to see that over two thirds of respondents felt that air quality had improved in recent months, which is confirmed through our air quality monitoring.  Over a third of people also said they had also felt safer cycling given lower traffic levels and a similar proportion felt they were definitely going to drive less in future. Six in 10 respondents supported steps to introduce emergency changes to the network and over half felt they would support those becoming permanent in time.

These findings are consistent with those recorded through independent polling of a representative sample of Londoners commissioned by Centre for London, available here.  Findings from this survey include:

  • 69 per cent of Londoners support the temporary widening of pavements to aid social distancing.
  • 64 per cent of Londoners support the temporary provision of new cycle lanes, or wider existing cycle lanes, to aid social distancing.
  • 59 per cent of Londoners support the temporary closure of roads and parking to accommodate walking, cycling and space for queues.

The survey also found that nearly half (46 per cent) of Londoners say they will walk, cycle or jog/run more as lockdown eases.

Progress on the Council’s Streetspace programme continues with further implementation of schemes across the borough. 

In the last week or so;

  • Restricted access arrangements have gone in place at Amhurst Gardens, Teesdale Avenue and Teesdale Gardens in Isleworth. 
  • Work to widen the footway on the southern side of Hounslow High Street (between the start of the bus only section and Kingsley Road) has started.
  • Works to implement the south Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood schemes will start later this month. 

The Council is currently reviewing feedback provided through the consultation to define the next phase of schemes which will be announced in the coming weeks.  In line with a change in emphasis in government funding for these works, these will be focussed on delivering cycle facilities on main roads and restricting through traffic in residential neighbourhoods.

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