Sadiq Khan pledges review of Kew Bridge cycling infrastructure

A review of cycling infrastructure at Kew Bridge is to be carried out by London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, according to The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

At one of the last Questions to the Mayor sessions of 2021, Sadiq Khan said the review would consider options to improve conditions for people cycling across the bridge, after concerns were raised about their safety following changes earlier in the year.

In April 2021 Transport for London decided to remove the northbound shared cycle lane, and there is a lack of connection between Cycleway 9 in Brentford and new segregated cycle lanes on Kew Road.

Andree Freize, speaking for the Green Party, described the decision to remove cycling provision along the bridge as “short sighted” and said it “reduces safety and does nothing to provide the joined-up cycle network needed to link with the cycle lane on Kew Road (A307) and beyond to Cycleway C9 where it will start on Wellesley Road, Brentford.”

Nicholas Rogers, who was elected to the South West London Assembly seat in 2021 for the Conservatives, questioned the Mayor on what work is being done to improve cycling infrastructure on Kew Bridge. He asked The Mayor to outline how he is are working with local authorities to improve the bridge.

Image above: Kew Bridge junction

Finding an optimum solution for all bridge users “challenging” says Mayor

Responding to Assembly Member Nicholas Rogers’ question, Sadiq Khan said:

‘Transport for London (TfL) completed Cycleway 9 works at Kew Bridge in March 2021, including new protected cycle lanes on the A205 Kew Road, and a fully protected route through the junction onto Brentford High Street.

‘The changes on Kew Bridge itself included slightly reducing the pavement on the west side to accommodate an additional traffic lane. This traffic lane was introduced to help maintain journey times for buses and general traffic whilst creating enough capacity for cyclists and pedestrians through the Kew Bridge Road junction. The bridge’s eastern pavement provides a shared-use space for people walking and cycling, which then connects into the Cycleway 9 protected cycle tracks at the junction.

‘I am aware that concerns have been raised about the quality of the cycling facilities across the bridge and I agree that the new layout is not the best provision from a cycling perspective. My Walking and Cycling Commissioner has kickstarted a process to review the new layout and consider options to improve conditions for people cycling across the bridge. In a constrained location such as a bridge, it is challenging to design an optimum solution for all users.

‘TfL continues to support the London Borough of Hounslow to improve cycle facilities on Cycleway 9 and is working with them and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to deliver further improvements. This includes making coach access to Kew Gardens easier and investigating cycle facilities on Kew Road which will link to Cycleway 9 on Kew Bridge.  This of course remains subject to funding.’

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