A major new cycle route is planned for the streets of west London, and Transport for London (TfL) is inviting the public to have their say on the designs.
The route will be 7km long and TfL believe it will transform roads between Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith and Brentford Town Centre.
The west London route will ensure those who want to walk and cycle around the capital can do so easier, and a knock-on effect will be the improved environment in the local area, making it a more attractive proposition for residents and visitors.
An initial consultation on Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9) back in 2017 revealed strong support for proposals, as part of feedback from respondents.
In response to this, new designs have been developed along the route in west London, specifically tackling the comments made in the consultation.
As a result, the general public and other stakeholders have been invited to comment on the designs between Kew Bridge/Kew Bridge Road, and Duke Road and Duke’s Avenue on Chiswick High Road.
Changes will ensure cyclists are segregated from traffic throughout these sections, and requirements for two bus stop bypasses on the north side of Kew Bridge Road have been removed too.
Safety has been at the forefront of changes along Chiswick High Road, which has seen a right turn lane into Duke’s Avenue removed – by doing so, it reduces the chances of collisions, which is vital in London’s Vision Zero approach.
Hounslow and Hammersmith, and Fulham councils are working with TfL to improve facilities for cyclists and people walking throughout the boroughs, with larger pedestrian routes, and schemes to achieve the capital’s aims of improving air quality.
Will Norman is London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner. He spoke about the benefits the new route will bring.
“I’m delighted that construction on this high quality route will start later this year. We know there is a high demand for cycling in the area and these plans will make it safer and easier, opening it up to even more budding riders.
“I’m really pleased that the improved plans will deliver further improvements for walking and cycling, helping to reduce car use which is crucial to cleaning up London’s toxic air.”