LB Hounslow introduces social distancing on Turnham Green Terrace

Image above: Turnham Green Terrace with parking bays coned off

As The Chiswick Calendar reported exclusively on Tuesday they would, LB Hounslow has coned off part of Turnham Green Terrace, taking out about a third of the parking bays so that pedestrians can use the road to walk safely past each other. This is part of a programme of traffic-management measures which are being rolled out across Hounslow ‘to help keep pedestrians and cyclists healthy and safe during the Coronavirus pandemic’.

The cones will soon be replaced by heavier plastic barriers, which can’t be moved. The Cabinet Member for Transport on LB Hounslow, Hanif Khan, has told The Chiswick Calendar the council is doing this on a trial basis. Other measures include the permanent closure of vehicle access from Wellesley Road to the South Circular. Stile Hall Gardens will also become ‘in only’ from the South Circular.

‘Bringing this closure forward will help reduce through traffic on these narrow residential streets significantly, and also improve conditions for cyclists more generally on this route between Brentford and Chiswick town centres’.

Image above: Turnham Green Terrace, showing the narrow pavement on the western side

The council is also amending bus lane hours across the borough to extend to 24/7 where possible, and closing the road passing through Dukes Meadows Park in Chiswick at the tunnel under the rail line.

“The Council has a duty to ensure that people can get around the borough safely, while following the Goverment’s strict social distancing guidelines” said Cllr Khan. “We’re introducing a range of traffic management measures to help keep pedestrians and cyclists healthy and safe during this difficult period.”

Cllr Ron Mushiso, in whose ward Turnham Green Terrace lies, told The Chiswick Calendar he is wholly supportive of the changes in the Terrace, saying: “we’ve seen examples of these measures being used successfully elsewhere. I endorse it as a temporary measure”.

The Council is also launching a public consultation to get ideas from residents on ways they think traffic can be managed better and streets made more pedestrian and cycle friendly.

The changes are in line with The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London, who two days ago unveiled their ‘London Streetspace’ programme which will ‘rapidly transform London’s streets to accommodate a possible ten-fold increase in cycling and five-fold increase in walking when lockdown restrictions are eased’.

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See also: LB Hounslow plans to suspend parking on Turnham Green Terrace

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