The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a consultation for a new segregated cycle superhighway that will bring safer cycling to West London.
Cycle Superhighway 9 will add nearly 6km of new segregated track to the capital’s roads linking Kensington Olympia to Brentford. It will also include improvements for pedestrians with new traffic light crossings and improvements to pedestrian crossings.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As the capital continues to grow, it is vital that we encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle to improve health, productivity and air quality. That’s why I’ve set out bold plans to change the way we look at how our transport network and committed record levels of investment to improve cycling. This new cycle superhighway will bring a high-quality segregated cycle lane to west London for the very first time. It will make a real difference in encouraging Londoners of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes and improve conditions for pedestrians across the area.”
The proposal includes nearly 6km of segregated cycle tracks on major West London roads, including Hammersmith Road, King Street, Chiswick High Road, Brentford High Street and Kew Bridge Road, and the ability for cyclists to bypass Hammersmith Gyratory and Kew Bridge Junction.
Through traffic will be removed from residential roads Wellesley Road and Stile Hall Gardens, and there will be five new traffic light crossings and more than 20 upgraded pedestrian crossings.
Cllr Wesley Harcourt, Hammersmith & Fulham Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services, said: “For many people in H&F, intimidation from the sheer volume of other road users prevents them from cycling, so in our Cycle Strategy we’ve set out to change that. As part of our aim of becoming the greenest borough in the country, we want to double the number of journeys in the borough being taken by bike. Key to that aim is making people feel safe. This new route enables people to get right across the borough and into central London easily, and without the fear of sharing space with large motor vehicles.”
Cllr Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “In line with the aspirations of our transport strategy, The London Borough of Hounslow is committed to delivering schemes aimed at encouraging more people to take up cycling and invite all residents and businesses to take the opportunity to shape these proposals.”
Subject to the results of this consultation, Transport for London (TfL) and partner boroughs aim to start building the cycle superhighway late next year. The intention is to extend Cycle Superhighway 9 into Hounslow and to hold a consultation on this next year.