Cycleway 9 expected to open “in full” on 8 July despite delays

Images above: Cycleway 9’s west section remains closed

Cycle lane delayed four months

Cycleway 9 is expected to open “in full” on 8 July after being plagued with delays for months.

Hounslow Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Katherine Dunne, who is also the Cabinet Member for Transport, has told The Chiswick Calendar:

“There have been some minor delays to work around the British Grove Junction due to some unexpected drainage issues, however the work is now due for completion on 24 June.”

There is then one final piece of work to be done before the current phase of work on the cycle lane is finished and the cycle lane is opened.

The High Rd has been a construction site for months now. Work on the cycle lane stalled and even though a large section in Chiswick High Rd stretching from the Metro Bank to Netheravon Road looks complete, it has remained closed.

The closed stretch of the cycle lane is cordoned off with red and white plastic barriers but cyclists’ frustration is evident from the way many have been pushed aside. Some cyclists have been riding down the closed section regardless.

Image above: Work on Cycleway 9 at British Grove Junction (Photo: Will Norman/Twitter)

“Unexpected drainage issues”

Will Norman, London’s Walking & Cycling Commissioner, Tweeted on 9 June:

“Great to see things progressing well on the final bits of work on the Chiswick section of Cycleway 9 near Goldhawk Rd”.

Other users were quick to point out the cycle lane was “meant to have been finished and open at the end of March”, criticising the slow progress.

Asked about delays to the scheme and the final opening date, Cllr Katherine Dunne told us:

“The phase of TfL’s temporary Cycleway 9 on Chiswick High Road; the section between St Peter’s Square and Chiswick Lane is now almost complete. The works are complex, and involve liaison with several parties, such as utility works companies. We have been keeping residents and businesses updated on any changes to timeframes.

“There have been some minor delays to work around the British Grove Junction due to some unexpected drainage issues, however the work is now due for completion on 24 June. The next stage of works involve TfL commissioning the traffic signals at the junction of British Grove/ Goldhawk Road on the 8th of July.”

St. Peter’s Square is fully closed at the junction with King Street to allow for work on the footway and carriageway, which is expected to last until 25 June. The reinstatement of traffic signals there will be the final component of ‘phase 3a’.

“We expect the cycleway to open, in full, on 8 July, subject to the final safety checks from TfL.”

Images above: Unused materials near the British Grove/ Goldhawk road junction – where ‘minor delays’ have halted construction

Next phase of work begins …. in August

The respite from road works will, however, be short lived.

In August, work will begin on ‘phase 3b’ in Chiswick High Road at the junction with Chiswick Lane the whole way along to Turnham Green at the junction with Heathfield Terrace.

Phase 3b will include replacing temporary measures with permanent paved barriers, eastbound and westbound bus shelters, new zebra crossings and more. Once all work is complete on the Chiswick High Road cycleway, a six-month statutory consultation will begin before the changes become permanent.

LB Hounslow say notification letters will be sent to residents ahead of the construction start date to provide additional information on the works, as well as relevant contact details.

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