Hounslow Council consults residents with Protected Characteristics on the impact of Cycleway 9

Hounslow Council is gathering the views of residents to assess how the Cycleway 9 trial may affect people with Protected Characteristics.

Published: Thursday, 19th August 2021

Cycleway 9

The Cycleway 9 project, led by Transport for London (TfL), aims to provide a safe cycling route between Kensington Olympia and Hounslow.

Part of the route was introduced on Chiswick High Road in 2020 between the junctions with Goldhawk Road and Heathfield Terrace.

Based on the lessons learned so far from the current trial, including feedback from residents and traffic data, Hounslow Council is proposing to implement a new trial with changes the scheme.

A new Experimental Traffic Order will be introduced, which will give highway authorities 18 months to assess the impact of the changes.

At the end of the trial, or after a minimum six-month statutory consultation period, a decision will be taken about whether to make the scheme permanent or whether further changes to the design are required.

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet member for Transport and One Hounslow, said: “Ahead of TfL’s full consultation on the revised project, we are speaking to residents about how the Cycleway 9 proposals may affect people with Protected Characteristic specifically.

“We have a duty to make sure that no one is discriminated against, and the engagement activity will help the Council to have a fuller understanding of these issues and the potential solutions that TfL should implement to mitigate them.

“In addition to the engagement meetings we are holding with residents, I’m urging residents with Protected Characteristics to complete our survey.”

Protected Characteristics include age, gender reassignment, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

Changes to Cycleway 9, which will be implemented in the autumn of 2021 under a new experimental traffic order, include:

  • Waiting and loading restrictions lifted on some sections of side roads to test the benefits of increasing informal provision for loading/unloading and pick up/drop off.
  • The loading bay outside 160 Chiswick High Road to operate as a taxi rank between 9 pm and 3 am to assess the benefits of better taxi provision in the area.
  • Introduce bus stop shelters on all bus stop islands to test the benefits and assess any disadvantages of the provision of better waiting spaces for bus users.
  • Reinstate two traffic lanes (including the left-turn only lane) at the Chiswick Lane junction for westbound traffic to assess whether this reduces congestion and improves bus journey times. This will require the road to be slightly widened and the footway to be slightly narrowed. The works would also require the loss of a tree adjacent to the Chiswick Lane junction which will be replaced.
  • Reinstate the eastbound bus lane between Holmfield Road and Netheravon Road to assess whether this improves bus journey times. This will require the road to be slightly widened and the footway to be slightly narrowed.
  • Reinstate the westbound bus lane between Airedale Avenue and Netheravon Road traffic to assess whether this improves bus journey times.  This will require the road to be slightly widened and the footway to be slightly narrowed.
  • Provide additional areas on side roads between Chiswick Lane and Heathfield Terrace for taxis to drop off and pick up passengers to test the usefulness of reducing the distances passengers would need to travel to a taxi.

Residents can complete the Cycleway 9 survey online.

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