The consultation on the first phase of CS9, a package of improvements for cyclists broadly along the A315 between Kensington Olympia and Brentford, closed at the end of October 2017.
Published: Thursday, 11th January 2018
The consultation on the first phase of CS9, a package of improvements for cyclists broadly along the A315 between Kensington Olympia and Brentford, closed at the end of October 2017. The consultation, led by Transport for London (TfL) and supported by Hounslow Council, was publicised through an extensive marketing and community engagement campaign to ensure local residents, and businesses impacted by the scheme, were able to share their views. Over 5,000 responses were received to the consultation.
While there is widespread support for much of CS9, reservations have been raised about some elements by significant numbers of people, particularly around proposals for Chiswick High Road.
TfL is currently analysing responses to the consultation and considering in detail the issues raised. Although we await the final report, it is evident that some elements of the scheme will need to be revised for it to be acceptable to our residents and businesses.
These include, for example:
- A review of options to reduce the impact on the southern footway of Chiswick High Road for pedestrians, particularly outside the Our Lady of Grace church;
- Access arrangements for some side roads off Chiswick High Road;
- Loading provisions for businesses along the high road;
- Consideration to wider parking and traffic management measures if the scheme is implemented to deal with likely knock on impacts from the scheme.
In order to ensure that TfL and the council have time to analyse and interpret the huge response received, and give consideration to all the issues raised, a decision on the revised scheme will not be taken until the summer, when the newly elected administration will review the revised scheme and determine the council's position on it.
Cllr Curran, Leader of the Council, said: “It’s clear there is significant support for a high-quality facility for cyclists along this route, which will eventually link three of the borough’s town centres and enable people to safely access the excellent retail and leisure services in a healthy and environmentally friendly way. However, we have listened to the concerns raised over recent weeks and believe changes can be made to mitigate the impact of the scheme on some road users whilst retaining the benefits for cyclists. We have fed our views back to TfL and the Council will be working with them to identify how changes to the design could improve the scheme for all users.”