Transport for London (TfL) is moving forward with plans to start construction of a major new 7km cycle route later this year, subject to approvals.
Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2019
Transport for London (TfL) is moving forward with plans to start construction of a major new 7km cycle route later this year, subject to approvals by London Borough of Hounslow and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, which will transform roads between Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith and Brentford Town Centre - making walking and cycling safer and easier and making the local environment more attractive for residents and visitors.
A consultation on Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9) in 2017 received more than 5,000 responses, with nearly 60 per cent of respondents either supporting or strongly supporting the proposals and many saying the scheme would have a positive impact on cycling and walking in the area, as well as improving provision for buses. Recent TfL research has highlighted the economic benefits of walking and cycling to town centres, with infrastructure improvements such as new cycle routes leading to increased retail spending of up to 30 per cent. TfL has now published a report with its responses to issues raised during the consultation on CS9.
In response to this feedback, TfL has developed new designs along sections of the route, which address comments raised during the consultation. TfL is inviting people to have their say on new designs in two sections between:
- Kew Bridge/ Kew Bridge Road (High Street Brentford to Wellesley Road)
- Duke Road and Duke’s Avenue on Chiswick High Road
At Kew Bridge and throughout Kew Bridge Road, the improved designs would provide two-way segregated cycle lanes on the south side of Kew Bridge Road and South Circular Road, rather than the partially segregated cycle tracks on both sides of the road that WERE proposed in the earlier consultation designs. This change will ensure that people cycling are fully segregated from traffic throughout this section and removes the requirement for two bus stop bypasses on the north side of Kew Bridge Road. The change also addresses concerns raised about cycle safety at Kew Bridge junction, Green Dragon Lane and Lionel Road South.
The new consultation will also propose a second southbound traffic lane on Kew Bridge to improve the efficiency of the Kew Bridge junction. In addition, the changes will make crossings wider and easier to use, with cyclists signalled separately from conflicting traffic at the Kew Bridge junction.
Along Chiswick High Road, the existing space for pedestrians on Duke’s Avenue outside Our Lady of Grace and St Edward Church has been retained, whilst maintaining the proposed benefits for cyclists and the fully segregated cycle track, by removing the right turn lane into Duke’s Avenue. Banning the right turn for motor vehicles from will also reduce the likelihood of collisions involving vehicles turning at this junction.
TfL continues to work with both Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham Councils to improve facilities for people walking and cycling across the boroughs.
In Hounslow, TfL is supporting the council in developing a range of measures to improve the local community, including improving pedestrian routes under Kew Bridge and improving air quality on Chiswick High Road through the Mayor’s Low Emissions Bus Zone initiative.
TfL and Hammersmith & Fulham Council have also agreed to look into an opportunity to enable more people to cycle and walk safely along the A4, between Hammersmith Town Hall and the Hammersmith gyratory. This is in addition to creating a new segregated two-way cycle route along the A135 and the improvements along the A4 would represent additional investment and provide connections for people on bike or on foot south of the gyratory and to Hammersmith Bridge. TfL will continue to work with Hammersmith & Fulham on this opportunity to improve the local community for people walking and cycling.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said:
“I’m delighted that construction on this high-quality route will start later this year. We know there is a high demand for cycling in the area and these plans will make it safer and easier, opening it up to even more budding riders. I’m really pleased that the improved plans will deliver further improvements for walking and cycling, helping to reduce car use which is crucial to cleaning up London’s toxic air.”
Ben Plowden, TfL’s Director of Strategy and Network Development, said: “This new route between Olympia, Hammersmith and Brentford is a hugely important addition to London’s growing cycle network as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Streets programme. The route will encourage even more people in west London to cycle and walk and help us to achieve the Mayor’s Vision Zero goal of no deaths or serious injuries on the capital’s streets. We will continue to work towards starting construction later this year to build on both boroughs’ efforts to create healthy streets in this part of London.”
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:
“Hounslow Council is committed to improving facilities for cyclists between our town centres which will help reduce collisions, improve air quality and encourage more physical activity which assists in reducing a number of health issues related to inactivity. CS9 could help us achieve that goal. We are encouraged that TfL has worked so hard to try and address issues with the original scheme raised by our residents in the first consultation. We urge people to engage again with this new consultation, the results from which the council will consider later in the year when we take a decision on this first phase of the route.”
Michael Robinson, Co-ordinator, Hounslow Cycling Campaign, said:
“We welcome the new plans for CS9 and are pleased that TfL has listened to local responses. The changes will help link the town centres of Chiswick and Brentford and rebalance their high streets away from motor vehicle traffic in favour of people walking and cycling. This will enhance the environment and improve safety for all. We hope that TfL and the London Boroughs of Hounslow, and Hammersmith and Fulham will proceed with these plans as soon as possible. We look forward to local people of all ages being able to benefit from healthier streets once this long overdue project is completed.”
The consultation on the revised designs for two sections of the route is now open and will run until 26 February 2019. Responses can be submitted online at: tfl.gov.uk/kew-duke by post or by e-mail. All responses to the improved designs will be listened to and responded to whilst TfL continues working towards construction on the rest of the cycle route.
Construction on the route is planned to start later in the year with the route expected to be complete by 2021. Construction work on another cycle route, between Tower Bridge and Greenwich, is set to begin this summer whilst construction work on routes between Camden and Tottenham Hale, and Hackney and the Isle of Dogs could also begin later in the year, subject to consultation