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Walking and cycling alterations will improve safety in West London
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Walking and cycling alterations will improve safety in West London

West London is set to benefit from walking and cycling improvements to improve safety in the capital.

The announcement by Transport for London (TfL) comes during Vision Zero Week, which looks at the year since the commitment was launched by the government, focusing on the successes and improvements required.

During 2018, statistics show that the number of deaths caused by collisions in London are at an all-time low.

However, 111 is still 111 too many according to TfL, and the number of serious injuries has actually increased.

As part of the Vision Zero commitment, TfL is making concerted efforts to create cycleways; currently, East London is benefiting from this and now it is the turn of West London.

The next steps have been set out, including a 7km cycle route and new pedestrian crossings.

By implementing these measures – which would connect neighbourhoods between Kensington Olympia and Brentford Town Centre – safety will be transformed for those who walk and cycle each day, segregating them from the potential danger of motorists and fleets that use London’s roads on a daily basis.

A consultation was launched to get the ideas of interested stakeholders; concerns were raised and at the beginning of 2019, TfL invited people to have their say on improvements to the design.

The feedback received has been used to make changes and, subject to the remaining stages of the decision making process, work will commence later this year on the West London changes.

David Hughes, Director of Investment Delivery Planning for TfL, said: “We know that there are many people across West London who would love to improve their health and do their bit for the environment by walking and cycling more often, but are put off by intimidating roads which don’t protect people on foot or bike.

“Our plans will create safer and healthier streets, as well as improving the environment and making it more attractive for residents and visitors.”

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