Hounslow Council Cabinet Members get on their bikes with Will Norman this morning as works commence on a temporary cycle lane along Chiswick High Road.
Published: Friday, 18th September 2020
Works have started this week on a new temporary cycleway along Chiswick High Road following approval by Transport for London (TfL) and Hounslow Council of amended plans to create a safer space for cyclists on this key commuter corridor.
The scheme is part of the Mayor of London, TfL and Hounslow Council’s Streetspace plans to boost walking and cycling and ensure a sustainable recovery from coronavirus.
The new plans are similar to the approved permanent scheme and involve the construction of a new two-way cycle lane built along the southern side of Chiswick High Road between Heathfield Terrace and Goldhawk Road. To reduce construction time and cost the majority of the temporary scheme is to be built largely within existing carriageway space, rather than using a mix of carriageway and footway as previously proposed. The temporary scheme will be reviewed in 2021/22 to determine whether or not to make these changes permanent and TfL/Hounslow council welcome feedback on it from users to help inform that decision.
The Mayor of London, TfL and Hounslow Council are committed to ensuring a green, sustainable and healthy recovery from coronavirus. This means that millions more journeys across London could be made by walking and cycling, which is why the Streetspace for London programme is creating the extra space needed for people to walk and cycle safely while distancing.
The new lane along Chiswick High Road will fill in a ‘missing link’, allowing people to cycle on a temporary version of Cycleway 9 between Kew Bridge and Olympia along nearly 6km of protected or low traffic roads. This follows Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s recent construction of a ‘pop-up’ cycle lane between Olympia and Goldhawk Road, as well as Hounslow Council’s creation of a low traffic zone along Wellesley Road in Gunnersbury.
Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:
“The installation of this new temporary version of what will be the Cycleway 9 route between Kew Bridge and Olympia will be a great addition to the borough’s cycle network, enabling people to travel safely and supporting heathier lifestyles.
“The Streetspace programme is helping us create more space on our network to enable social distancing, whilst also offering residents and visitors viable alternatives to driving or taking public transport. The programme is therefore not only assisting in the fight to reduce transmission of the coronavirus, but also in helping address the major challenges outlined in our air quality and Climate Emergency Action Plans, as well as Hounslow’s wider green recovery plan.”
London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, said:
“Londoners have shown a record-breaking demand for cycling over the past few months and I’m delighted that this new route will make it easier and safer for residents of Hounslow to cycle across the borough. Enabling more people to walk and cycle is key to a green recovery for our city, and our world-leading Streetspace for London plans will make a huge difference.”
Hounslow has been awarded TfL Streetspace funding for 50 projects, with a value of £1.8m. This includes 27 School Streets schemes and three new strategic cycle routes – along Chiswick High Road, Bath Road and Twickenham Road – as well as six schemes designed to create more space in town centres.
To have your say on any of Hounslow’s trial Streetspace schemes please visit: https://haveyoursay.hounslow.gov.uk/traffic-and-transport/streetspace-feedback