Consultation launched for 4.1km extension of Cycleway 9

Transport for London is asking people to comment on newly unveiled plans for a major extension to west London’s Cycleway 9 route. The plans include an extra 4.1km of new, protected cycle lanes stretching from Brentford High Street to Hounslow High Street.

On some sections, the cycle lanes would be ‘bi-directional’: this means that there would be two adjacent tracks for cyclists, one in each direction. On other sections, there would be a single cycle track on each side of the road and pavement space being used where it is sufficiently wide.

But just like Chiswick HIgh Rd, the new measures would require the conversion of at least 18 bus stops in the Brentford and Isleworth area to ‘bus stop bypasses’, meaning bus passengers would have to cross the cycleway to wait for a bus.

A number of parking bays will be lost with some single yellow lines replaced with double yellow lines.

TfL says the planned changes between Brentford and Hounslow would make thousands of walking and cycling journeys each week safer and easier, enabling more people to use healthier and more sustainable forms of travel. They add that enabling alternative forms of transport in the capital is vital in reducing air pollution.

“Too many people are being hurt in collisions in the local area. In the three years up to May 2021, there were 102 collisions on the A315 between the junction of Brentford High Street with Alexandra Road and the junction of Hounslow High Street with School Road which resulted in someone being hurt. Four people walking and nine people cycling were seriously injured, and that’s simply too many.

“There is too much traffic in the local area. Some trips can only be made with a vehicle, but there are a huge number of much shorter trips that are currently made by car that could be walked or cycled. But people often tell us that they are put off cycling, for example because they are frightened of traffic. Our proposals are designed to give people the confidence to give cycling a go.”

The changes would form part of a series of infrastructure upgrades by TfL, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Hounslow Council along the busy Cycleway 9 corridor, which TfL says enables thousands of residents, visitors and families to cycle safely.

Work on Chiswick High Road has created a protected route for cycling using light segregation wands, while Hammersmith & Fulham Council is constructing a Safer Cycling Pathway between Goldhawk Road and Hammersmith Gyratory. A protected space for cycling has been created on the South Circular Road by Kew Bridge and TfL started work in November 2021 to transform the Hammersmith Gyratory for cycling.

The consultation is now open and people will be able to have their say on the plans until Wednesday 16 February 2022. Construction on the extension would be dependent on TfL securing a sufficient long-term future funding agreement with Government. TfL is consulting now will allow time for assessment of public responses and ensure the design is deliverable while discussions with the Government are ongoing. 

Image above: proposals to extend  and link up Cycleway 9 from Hounslow into Brentford – Image by TfL.

TfL working closely with LB Hounslow to extend Cycleway 9 

TfL is working closely with LB Hounslow on proposals to extend Cycleway 9 farther west into Brentford. The proposals will be launched formally in early in 2022.

Michael Robinson, co-ordinator Hounslow Cycling Campaign, borough group of London Cycling Campaign, welcomed this. He told The Chiswick Calendar:

“The objective of Cycleway 9 plans in Hounslow have always been to link the town centres of Hounslow, Brentford and Chiswick and the section between Brentford and Hounslow is the last section to go to consultation. This will provide borough residents with better choice to use healthy and non-polluting transport.
“When complete, this will provide a protected cycling route all the way from Hounslow town centre as far as Greenwich and Stratford with the only gap being through the shameful Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
“Hounslow Cycling Campaign will be going through the plans in detail and providing our feedback as part of the consultation.”

Image above: proposals to extend Chiswick’s section of Cycleway 9 to Brentford though these have not been launched yet – Image by TfL.

Council recommends public take part in consultation

Councillor Hanif Khan, Hounslow Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

This consultation is a great opportunity for anyone who lives, works or visits our borough to give their views on TfL’s proposal to extend Cycleway 9, from Brentford to Hounslow. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the conversation.

“The ability for more people to have safer cycling journeys, and to connect more areas of London to a cycling network, is a vital part of our work to support healthier lifestyles, free up space on public transport, and encourage more people away from private car journeys.”

Read more about the detail of the proposed changes here:
TfL Brentford to Hounslow walking and cycling changes.

Take part in the consultation here: C9 extension consultation

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