The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a public consultation for a new segregated Cycle Superhighway that will bring safer cycling to west London.
Cycle Superhighway 9 will create nearly six kilometres of new segregated cycle-track to the capital’s roads, linking Kensington Olympia to Brentford. The route will also feature significant improvements for pedestrians with new traffic light crossings and improvements to pedestrian crossings.
Responding to the announcement Sustrans’ Acting London Director, Matt Winfield, said:
“Cycle Superhighway 9 will be an important way to unlock cycling for more Londoners, helping to clean our air, keep people moving and improve Londoners health.
“Segregated routes are essential to help more Londoners get on their bikes and will increase the record numbers that already are cycling. And the enhancements for pedestrians are a step forward to help get more Londoners active each day.
“Busy main roads like these are real safety concerns that prevent people from cycling or walking. This proposal will make west London’s streets a more people friendly place.
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.”
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said:
“I’m delighted that we can today announce nearly 6km of new segregated cycle lanes for London. Cycle Superhighway 9 will be hugely important in helping cyclists in the west travel safely and inspire many more Londoners to take up cycling for the first time.
"It also includes significant improvements for pedestrians that will make walking around the local area more appealing and encourage even more people to add both walking and cycling to their daily routines.”
Cycle Superhighway 9 will see roads transformed from Kensington Olympia to Brentford, making it safer to cycle and easier to cross roads in west London, while reducing through traffic on some residential roads.
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 (H&F) 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.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said:
“Giving more people access to safer cycling and easier walking gives huge benefits to London. This is why I’m so pleased we’re able to announce our latest proposal for west London. We want people who live and work in this area to let us know what they think to our plans so we can make them work for as many people as possible.”
Subject to the results of this consultation, Transport for London (TfL) and partner boroughs aim to start building the Cycle Superhighway late in 2018.
The intention is to extend Cycle Superhighway 9 into Hounslow and to hold a consultation on this next year.