Transport for London (TfL) hope to start construction of London’s most ambitious Cycle Super Highway, CS9 in late 2018, following a period of consultation that ended on 31 Oct 2017. TfL’s vision for CS9, a vital part of London’s transport strategy, has been brought to life by Sustrans, through expert street design, community engagement and project management.
Sustrans has worked closely with TfL, and delivery partners at the London Borough of Hounslow, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to lay the groundwork for this new route for Londoners.
The proposed CS9 is a 5.6 miles long segregated cycle path, running from Kensington Olympia to Brentford town centre and represents a significant investment in local infrastructure that will widen travel choices for people in West London.
The route will encourage more people to cycle via a two-way segregated cycle track on Hammersmith Road, King Street and Chiswick High Road.
“ It’s been fantastic to have played a key role to help deliver this large and complex cycle superhighway scheme, one of the most challenging highway schemes Sustrans has ever been involved in, anywhere in the UK. ”
The proposals include five new and twenty upgraded signal controlled crossings to benefit people walking. Access to the South Circular from Wellesley Road and Stile Hall Gardens will be restricted for motor vehicles to improve access for residents, make it easier for people on foot to cross these roads and significantly improve conditions for people on bikes.
Sustrans Director for London Matt Winfield:
“It’s been fantastic to have played a key role to help deliver this large and complex cycle superhighway scheme, one of the most challenging highway schemes Sustrans has ever been involved in, anywhere in the UK. It’s going to make a huge difference to the lives of people living and traveling in West London.”
What was our role?
A wide range of our skills sets and expertise were brought into play behind the scenes on CS9 including but not limited to: infrastructure design, community engagement, project management, traffic modelling and the commission and analysis of surveys (pedestrian, parking, retail, traffic counts).
Our work was grounded in the local community, we wanted to devise a scheme that local people would really want.
Through close working with TfL and the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow, the project team worked through a number of different design options for sections of the route, testing out different scenarios with key stakeholders to see which would be the best fit for the area.
The final designs presented in the consultation are a result of this hard work and we are confident that the tracks proposed will help to make this once unwelcoming environment an attractive option for cyclists and pedestrians, transforming the way people travel to and through the area.
Through engaging with the community, the project team learned that 73% of residents on the Wellesley Road (Hounslow) felt there was too much non-residential traffic, with most residents (55%) wanting restricted vehicle access to the South Circular. This led to a proposal to restrict vehicle access on Wellesley Road, designed to reduce through traffic at peak times to the South Circular. Our award-winning Collaborative Design team were heavily involved in the consultation process that led to the road closure proposal.
The improvements that will be delivered as part of CS9 will make the streets healthier and safer streets for all.
A walking and cycling future
West London currently suffers from some of the most dangerous roads in London, and has a lack of safe infrastructure for people cycling and people walking. CS9 will start to change this. And we’re very proud of it.
CS9 is an example of how Sustrans can lay the groundwork to deliver major schemes that bring to life community-led, aspirational and complex urban cycling and walking schemes. This is what we are doing all over the UK.
Sustrans worked with TfL, London Borough of Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham, GLA, Phil Jones Associates, volunteers, and residents on this ambitious project.