Chiswick Transport Schemes – details

New traffic measures introduced in Chiswick

Hounslow Council’s Transport officers sent out a notification to Chiswick residents on Friday 12 June of the details of the various transport schemes which they are introducing, and in some cases have already introduced in Chiswick. Not all households have received the letter and many people are still unclear exactly what is being introduced where, and when.

The Wellesley Rd and Stile Hall Gardens changes were made on Thursday 4 June, along with the change to the railway bridge in Dukes Meadows. The Wellesley Rd and Stile Hall Gardens changes had already been notified as part of the adoption of Cycleway 9.

The Devonshire Rd and Turnham Green Terrace planters and signage went up on Friday 19 June. At time of writing, the changes have yet to be introduced to South Chiswick.

Letter from Hounslow Council’s Transport department

From: Environment, Culture & Customer Services Transport, Parking & Environmental Strategy

London Borough of Hounslow
Hounslow House,
7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB

Your contact: Transport
Contact Number: 0208 583 3322
Email: traffic@hounslow.gov.uk

Our ref: Chiswick Transport Schemes

Date: 12 June 2020

Dear Sir or Madam,

Hounslow Streetspace Programme
Chiswick Area Transport Schemes

In line with statutory guidance issued by Central Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Hounslow Council is accelerating the introduction of measures to reallocate road space to pedestrians and cyclists, and to create more space for businesses to safely reopen.

These measures are designed to provide more space for people to observe social distancing and will improve road safety for those making trips on foot or bike. The number of people using these modes has increased significantly in recent weeks given official advice remains to avoid public transport. The measures have been informed by responses to out Streetspace consultation and will also support wider council priorities to improve air quality and address the climate emergency.

As part of this programme a variety of schemes are being accelerated and details of these can be found below.

Devonshire Road – Trial Road Closure

The council are progressing a trial road closure of Devonshire Rd, between its junctions with Chiswick High Rd and Glebe Street, with the intention of reducing traffic volumes by preventing through traffic. The closure will still allow access to Prince of Wales Terrace for residents, businesses and associated visitors, whilst some loading / unloading and blue badge parking facilities are being retained in Devonshire Road to ensure those requiring these facilities are not adversely impacted.

The loading bays in Devonshire Road will be for all vehicle users who are picking up or dropping off items at businesses and not just those traditionally classified as ‘goods vehicles’. Loading / unloading will be limited to a maximum stay of 20 minutes.

The existing pay and display parking bays, where not being used for loading or blue badge parking purposes, will be suspended thereby ‘widening’ the footway and increasing the social distancing capabilities for pedestrians.

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Direct access from Chiswick High Rd to Glebe Street through Devonshire Road will not be permitted as part of the trial road closure. The existing southbound one-way system in Devonshire Road, from Chiswick High Road to Ingress Street, will be retained as at present.

The scheme will be enforced by CCTV rather than physical measures, therefore, ensuring the permitted exceptions identified overleaf are not prevented by the changes.

Duke Road – No Entry (except cycles) from Chiswick High Rd

A restriction on motor vehicles entering Duke Road from Chiswick High Rd will be introduced, resulting in fewer turning movements at the junction, reducing the risk of conflict with cycles and pedestrians.

Access will be maintained via Dukes’s Avenue – Bourne Place. Cycles will be exempt from the Duke Road restriction.

Fishers Lane – Trial Road Closure

We are looking at options to reduce motor traffic movements at the railway bridge, to improve the environment for cyclists. Access for buses will be maintained, to ensure services are not disrupted. We are in discussion with London Borough of Ealing (as part of the Borough boundary lies immediately south of the bridge) to agree the details, and the final proposals will be clearly signed as and when they are introduced.

Stile Hall Gardens and Wellesley Road – Road closures

Road closures at the junctions of Stile Hall Gardens and Wellesley Road with the A205 (South Circular) were introduced on Thursday 4 June. Access for cyclists has been maintained, as has access for motor vehicles into Stile Hall Gardens from A205.

South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood

This combines a range of schemes across the Grove Park and Dukes Meadows area that focus on increasing the number of trips made by foot, bike and public transport while improving local public space.

The projects include, but are not limited to, the closure of Dan Mason Drive underneath the railway line to traffic, limiting traffic to ‘access only’ in Strand on the Green and Thames Road, school street schemes around Grove Park Primary School, Cavendish Primary School and Chiswick School and a closure of Harvard Hill to northbound traffic.

Further details on the Liveable Neighbourhood project can be found via the council’s website, including more detail on the trial measures, a report on the consultation work undertaken to date, traffic data for the area and a frequently asked questions section:

houslow.gov.uk/info

Turnham Green Terrace – Trial Road Closure

The council are progressing a trial road closure of Turnham Green Terrace with the intention of reducing traffic volumes by preventing through traffic. The closure will still allow access to Turnham Green Terrace Mews for businesses and associated visitors, with some loading/unloading and blue badge parking facilities being retained in Turnham Green Terrace to ensure those requiring these facilities are not adversely impacted.

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The loading bays in Turnham Green Terrace will be for all vehicle users who are picking up or dropping off items at businesses and not just those traditionally classified as ‘goods vehicles’. Loading/unloading will be limited to a maximum stay of 20 minutes.

The existing pay and display parking bays, where not being used for loading or blue badge parking purposes, will be suspended thereby ‘widening’ the footway and increasing the social distancing capabilities for pedestrians.

The scheme will be enforced by CCTV rather than physical measures, therefore, ensuring the permitted exceptions identified on page 2 are not prevented by the changes.

In addition to the trial road closure, the council will also be constructing a buildout to extend the footway adjacent to the bus stop outside Nos. 2-12 Turnham Green Terrace which should improve social distancing capabilities for both those waiting at the bus stop and pedestrians using the footway.

The changes mentioned in this letter are being implemented in response to new central government guidance which requires local authorities to make changes to their networks “within weeks”. It is anticipated that some of the changes mentioned in this letter will become operational towards the latter part of June or early July, however, all changes will have on-street signage in accordance with relevant legislation.

The government requires councils to introduce measures “within weeks”, and it is anticipated that some of the changes mentioned in this letter will become operational towards the latter part of June or early July. All changes will be signed on-street in accordance with relevant legislation.

Further information about Hounslow Council’s Streetspace programme can be accessed via the Council’s website: hounslow.gov.uk/streetspace

A number of these changes are being introduced as Experimental Traffic Orders and the council will review feedback received over the next six months before determining whether they should continue beyond that time. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch using the contact details above and referencing the relevant scheme, eg. ‘Devonshire Road Closure’, ‘Duke Road Closure’, etc. in the subject line.

Yours faithfully,

Transport, Parking & Environmental Stragery
London Borough of Hounslow

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