Next phase of cycling and pedestrian upgrades to start in Hammersmith

Image above: Cycleway along King St, Hammersmith

LB Hammersmith & Fulham are to upgrade the cycle route along King Street.

The red and white plastic barriers that currently divide the cycle land from the rest of the traffic in the stretch between the Lyric theatre and Goldhawk Rd, are to be replaced with new wands and rubber kerbs. The upgrade will also see new islands for bus stops and more green spaces created.

The works are expected to be completed by the end of the year. It will cost more than £1million and will be fully paid for by Transport for London, say Hammersmith & Fulham:

‘The improved cycle lane will run on the northern side of King Street running from Lyric Square to Macbeth Street. It will then change to the southern side of King Street passing the new Civic Campus development until Goldhawk Road. Cyclists can travel in both directions in this lane.

‘In the meantime, the red and white barriers will also be removed from Hammersmith Gyratory.

‘The route will also feature upgraded pedestrian crossings designed to allow for much better access for Disabled residents. We have worked closely with our local Disabled Residents Team (DRT) and Disabled Residents Working Group (DRWG) to design these changes, and recently visited similar schemes in Hounslow to discuss what would work best in Hammersmith’.

Image above: Cycleway along King St, Hammersmith

The works have the status of a semi-permanent scheme, introduced under a trial traffic order to help maintain and upgrade the safe cycle route that was created last year.

‘Meanwhile the full, permanent scheme is still being developed. It will only be introduced once Hammersmith & Fulham Council has heard from residents, analysed traffic and usage data and fixed any issues or problems with this latest interim scheme’ the Council says.

Image above: Councillor Wesley Harcourt

‘Our goal is to make getting around in H&F better and safer for everyone – no matter how you travel. We’re committed to a final scheme to replace this trial. We will look at the data and listen to residents to develop the best Safer Cycle Pathway that we can’ said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for the Environment.

Jane Wilmot OBE, co-chair of the Disabled Residents Working Group for the Safer Cycle Pathway, said:

‘We’re delighted to be working together with H&F in trying to provide a positive experience for blind, visually impaired and Disabled residents who face barriers in using the Safer Cycle Pathway.’

Future plans – A4

Once this interim scheme is completed, feedback from residents will feed into the final design of the Safer Cycle Pathway.

The council have also negotiated with TfL to fund a complementary scheme of improvements for a cycle highway along the A4 to make it ‘ideal for faster and experienced commuting riders’.

The improved cycle highway alongside the A4 will be a much better fit for those riders who simply want to get from A to B as quickly and safely as possible, they say.

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