New cycle parking planned for Kew Bridge & Strand on the Green

Image above: Sheffield bike stands

LB Hounslow receive £130,000 from South Western Railway 

Hounslow Council has been successful in securing more than £130,000 from the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund, which they will use to add extra cycle parking provision in and around Kew Bridge station and other projects to the west of the borough.

The funding is for the development and delivery of projects across Hounslow, which include an all-ability cycling hub in Feltham and Hounslow.

At our end of the borough the money will pay for 43 Sheffield stands for cycle parking near Kew Bridge and Strand-on-the Green. The specific sites for these stands have not yet been published.

A feasibility study will also be carried out at Brentford Station with the aim to improve access for active travel, providing low-carbon methods of access to the rail network.

At Isleworth Station, a forecourt feasibility study will be carried out to understand what further improvements can be made to the station to ensure it is accessible to everyone. The Council along with Network Rail and South Western Rail have already started working on making Isleworth station more accessible by providing a step free access to the main platforms.

The all-ability cycling hub proposed in Feltham and Hounslow will provide free cycle training for all members of the local community, with a particular focus on having a range of adapted bikes for residents with learning and physical disabilities.

 

Image above: Kew Bridge rail station

Funding will “make a difference to our residents and communities”

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Climate, Environment and Transport and Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

“We are very pleased to have been awarded this funding, which will make a difference to our residents and communities. These projects also support our ambitious green agenda as well as helping people lead healthier and more active lives.”

Maryam Zade, SWR’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund Manager, said:

“Connecting people and communities is at the heart of our business and CCIF, our community fund, gives us an opportunity to support organisations with their projects that focus on community benefit.

“Hounslow Council’s development of all-ability cycle hubs will help members of the local community to learn how to be safe on the road and will encourage them to discover the joys of cycling – which, like the railway, is a sustainable and environmentally friendly means of transport.”