Transport for London (TfL) has once again highlighted its commitment to improving safety for vulnerable road users with news that construction of a new cycle route is set to begin.
A 3.5km route between Acton and Wood Lane will ensure cycling and walking is both safer and easier in Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, and will be in operation by the end of 2019.
The new cycle route will include a two-way cycle track that is separated from traffic and pedestrians.
It comes at a time when TfL is pressing forward with initiatives that will protect vulnerable road users; its Vision Zero commitment to eradicating deaths caused by road collisions means that cycle routes are being constructed throughout the city, while HGVs are being equipped with technology that protects the most vulnerable on our roads.
The upshot is the atmosphere in the capital will also be improved if people are given alternative options to driving.
And it seems as though there is significant support for the new cycle route, with 77% of respondents who took part in a consultation three years ago supporting the proposals; since then, improvements have been made as part of feedback from local residents.
This route, worth £10 million, is part of the Mayor of London’s record investment in both cycling and walking, creating healthy lifestyles while also protecting vulnerable road users.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, commented: “I’m delighted that construction on this protected route will start in just a few weeks’ time.
“Together with the recently announced 7km route between Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith and Brentford Town Centre, it will transform cycling in West London and help expand our network of cycle routes across our city.
“We know that there is high demand for cycling in the area and the improved plans will deliver further improvements for walking and cycling, helping reduce car use, which is crucial to cleaning up London’s toxic air.”