Step in the right direction with new archway access at Kew Bridge
On Thursday 21 July the new archway providing improved walking access to both sides of Kew Bridge, was officially opened by Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Katherine Dunne.
Published: Tuesday, 26th July 2022
On Thursday 21 July the new archway providing improved walking access to both sides of Kew Bridge along the Thames Path, was officially opened by Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Katherine Dunne. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place, with London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, Ruth Cadbury MP, and the Strand on the Green Association.
Hounslow Council worked with Transport for London (TfL) to secure a lease agreement to open up a previously boarded arch space, to allow step-free walking access from one side of Kew Bridge to the other, for the first time.
A project long-championed by Strand on the Green Association, and originally started in 2019, work had to be temporarily put on hold due to the Covid pandemic, and in January 2022 a 25-year lease agreement was signed by the Council and TfL.The works were completed within 5 weeks.
Prior to the project, walkers who needed step free access had to divert via a 5 minute journey up to road level and the busy Kew Bridge road junction. The new route adds convenience and allows the peace and quiet of the riverside to be enjoyed without traffic. The new route is crucial for those with disabilities, wheelchair users, or those with small children or pushchairs.
The new archway access has already proved popular, and will attract even more pedestrians to the area via the Thames Path; a key scenic river route for residents and businesses in the borough.
Working in collaboration with TfL, the new route means that pedestrians, families, cyclists have a safe and accessible route from Strand on the Green to The Hollows and ensures that the Thames Path is now fully accessible between Chiswick and Brentford.
Councillor Katherine Dunne, Hounslow Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate, Environment and Transport Strategy, said:
Hounslow Council is committed to ensuring residents and visitors have safe walking and cycling routes and there is no better example of this than this new arch walkway. The Covid pandemic showed just how crucial open space access is to provide physical and mental health benefits. It's a fantastic example of partnership working and I like to thank TfL and the Strand on the Green Residents Association for their crucial help and support.
London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman said:
I was delighted to visit this arch which provides a step-free route under the bridge to the Thames Path and an alternative route for people crossing on foot at the busy Kew Bridge junction. Enabling more Londoners to walk and cycle continues to be at the heart of the Mayor's vision to build a safer, healthier, cleaner and more sustainable London for everyone. Opening the arch to the public has been a collaborative effort between TfL, the London Borough of Hounslow and the Strand on the Green Association and shows how TfL's work supports the local community as well as bringing new life to their arches estate.