Hounslow Council has announced a further phase of Streetspace transport projects to be implemented this financial year to help support more trips being made by foot and by bike.
Published: Friday, 31st July 2020
In line with the Government’s statutory guidance, and in response to feedback received from residents in the borough’s Streetspace consultation in April and June, Hounslow Council is announcing a further phase of transport projects to be implemented this financial year. These changes are designed to reduce through-traffic in residential roads, help support more trips being made by foot and by bike and to aid adherence to social distancing guidelines. They also support improving road safety and reducing pollution outside schools at arrival and pick up times. This follows the Council’s announcements in May of Phase 1 and Phase 2a of the Streetspace programme, as well as the acceleration of the works in the South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood area.
Phase 2b of the Streetspace programme includes:
Eleven new low traffic neighbourhoods
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are designed to remove or reduce through traffic on residential roads, improving safety and local air quality and helping support people to make more trips by foot and by bike.
Areas where we are to introduce measures include Heston East, Heston West, North Isleworth, Northumberland Avenue Area, Lower Feltham, Gunnersbury Garden Estate, North Brentford, Clayponds area, Prebend Gardens Area, Hounslow south and Bedfont.
Seven new School Street areas
School Streets seek to restrict vehicular access into roads around schools at arrival and dispersal time, improving safety, encouraging active travel for school students and reducing pollution. These 7 new schemes complement the 26 announced already, one of the largest programmes in London.
New schools include:
- Lampton School
- Cardinal Road School
- Oriel Academy
- Beavers Primary School
- Rivers Academy School
- Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery
- Cranford Primary
Three new point residential road closures to prevent through traffic
These are being introduced at Lawford Road (Chiswick), North street (Isleworth) and The Vale (Feltham) following requests from residents or councillors.
Council officers are also looking at cycling improvements on six other roads, including Chiswick Lane, Feltham High Street, Clockhouse Lane, Cranford Lane and Hanworth Road (Hounslow).
Further details of these trial schemes will be provided to residents before works commence, as well as details of how you can feedback your views on these changes to the network. This feedback will be reviewed alongside any other data available, to help understand the impact of the changes and to determine whether or not any of these schemes should be made permanent.
Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:
“These new trials, being introduced as part of our Streetspace programme, build on those already announced and aim to make Hounslow a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists, to enable people to socially distance while out and about, to support a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for our residents and to have real alternatives to driving.
“In Hounslow, 30 per cent of our carbon emissions are produced by traffic and this needs to change for everyone’s sake. The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has produced some significant improvements to our environment which we must try to preserve, rather than revert to pre-pandemic levels of congestion and pollution. Our Climate Emergency Action Plan mandates us to significantly reduce our CO2 to tackle the biggest threat the world has ever seen. Everyone must play their part and our Streetspace programme will help facilitate making fundamental changes to how we live and enjoy our neighbourhoods.”