Image above: Fisher’s Lane
The traffic restrictions at Fisher’s Lane, making it cycles and buses only, have been made permanent, following a decision by Hounslow’s department for Traffic, Transport & Parking.
LB Ealing councillors ratified a recommendation in September 2021 to make the traffic restrictions on Fisher’s Lane permanent and the last thing needed to make the change permanent was approval from LB Hounslow.
The road, which goes under the railway bridge, linking South Parade with Chiswick High Rd, falls partly under the jurisdiction of LB Hounslow and partly under LB Ealing, with the borough boundary at the rail bridge. The change was introduced under a joint experimental traffic order published, and made by LB Ealing on behalf of both authorities and widely consulted on.
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Hounslow took into consideration the consultation feedback as well as prior data analysis. Cycle counts were done on Fisher’s Lane before and after the closure of the road to general motor traffic, showing an increase in cycling of 140% between November 2019 and September 2020. Further counts, undertaken in September 2021, show an increase of 150 – 200% in cycle volumes compared with pre-covid data from late 2019.
The council said this indicates the scheme has been successful in one of its main goals, to create an environment more attractive to cyclists. Further counts and surveys will be done this autumn.
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