Transport for London and Hounslow Council are starting work on a temporary version of Cycleway 9, to give people a safer journey cycling between Olympia and Kew Bridge.
The new plans are similar to the permanent scheme which was approved by the council in September 2019 and involve the construction of a new two-way cycle lane built along the southern side of Chiswick High Road between Heathfield Terrace and Goldhawk Road. The work is planned to begin in September.
TfL and LB Hounslow hope the new infrastructure will also help to relieve pressure on a busy section of the District line, as more people start going back to work in offices in central London. Construction work on the route is planned to start in early September 2020.
Not on the pavement
To reduce construction time and cost the majority of the temporary scheme is to be built largely within existing carriageway space, rather than using a mix of carriageway and footway as previously proposed. The temporary scheme will be reviewed in 2021/22 to determine whether or not to make these changes permanent or not. TfL and Hounslow council say they welcome feedback on it from users to help inform that decision.
‘The Mayor of London, TfL and Hounslow Council are committed to ensuring a green, sustainable and healthy recovery from coronavirus. This means that millions more journeys across London could be made by walking and cycling, which is why the Streetspace for London programme is creating the extra space needed for people to walk and cycle safely while distancing’.
The new lane along Chiswick High Road will fill in a ‘missing link’, allowing people to cycle on a temporary version of Cycleway 9 between Kew Bridge and Olympia for the first time, along nearly 6km of protected or low traffic roads. This follows Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s recent construction of a ‘pop-up’ cycle lane between Olympia and Goldhawk Road, as well as Hounslow Council’s creation of a low traffic zone along Wellesley Road in Gunnersbury.
London network of cycle routes
Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:
“The installation of this new temporary version of what will be the Cycleway 9 cycle route between Kew Bridge and Olympia will be a great addition to the borough’s cycle network, enabling people to travel safely and supporting a heathier lifestyle.
“The Streetspace programme is helping us create more space on our network to enable social distancing, whilst also offering residents and visitors viable alternatives to driving or taking public transport. The programme is therefore not only assisting in the fight to reduce transmission of the coronavirus, but also in helping address the major challenges outlined in our air quality and Climate Emergency Action Plans, as well as Hounslow’s wider green recovery plan.”
TfL is working with boroughs to build a strategic network for cycling in London. Around £30m has been allocated across all 33 boroughs for 859 schemes. 15km of new cycle lanes have been delivered across London so far, with many more planned or under construction.
Hounslow has been awarded TfL Streetspace funding for 48 projects, with a value of £1.3m. This includes 27 School Streets schemes and two new strategic cycle routes – along Chiswick High Road and Twickenham Road – as well as six schemes designed to create more space in town centres.
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