Transport for London will begin construction work at Kew Bridge on 12 December, in preparation for the installation of Cycleway 9.
Work will begin to upgrade the pedestrian crossings and create segregated cycle lane which will form part of the 7km cycle route between Brentford and Kensington Olympia.
TfL say they will be starting construction work over the Christmas period to take advantage of reduced traffic on the roads. They say on average, there is about 15 per cent less traffic on London’s streets at this time of year.
TfL will also open an arch under Kew Bridge to create step-free access to the Thames Path, which will now run under the bridge, rather than over it. TfL is in final talks with Hounslow Council on the work needed to make this happen and an announcement on the opening date will be made shortly.
Initial construction work will begin at the junction of Kew Bridge, the A205 Chiswick High Road, and the A315 Kew Bridge Road between 10:00 and 15:00 and overnight from 12 to 19 December. From 22 December, lane closures on roads where there is construction will be in place 24 hours a day. ‘One of the best ways of making trips to and from the area will be via London Overground, Underground, or National Rail services’ they say.
TfL say they will not be working on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Later phases of work will be carried out from January 2020 onwards.
Locals are bracing themselves for traffic chaos. Nick Fairholme, TfL’s Director of Project and Programme Delivery, said: “I’d like to thank people in advance for their patience and would ask people to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys whilst this vital construction work takes place.”
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