Improving road safety in Brent

Cyclists on protected cycle lane at Cartlon Vale, Brent

Image credit: J Bewley

In the London Borough of Brent, Carlton Vale’s road infrastructure has changed, so it’s now safer and easier to walk and cycle in this congested part of London. A busy through road, main bus route and collision hot spot, it was typical of roads in London that need an overall transformation.

Key facts

  • 4 new bus stop bypasses
  • 6 raised tables
  • 10 imporved pedestrian crossings

Brent Cyclists led a highly successful campaign for improvements and Brent Council responded with a concept design to help people to walk and cycle safely, in comfort and with confidence. The bold idea focused on reallocating road space from four lanes of traffic to two.

I am very pleased with the Carlton Vale scheme and Quietway 3.

- Adam Smith, Traffic Engineer, Highways and Infrastructure Service, Brent Council

But this scheme also straddled the London Borough of Westminster and was situated in an area with major challenges to overcome, from the busy gyratory system to multiple bus routes to a future HS2 shaft.

Bringing the vision to life from the concept design stage was complex, so Brent commissioned Sustrans to carry out the detailed design, resolving problems arising from width constraints, level differences, expectations from different boroughs and stakeholders.

The improvements now in place along Carlton Vale include semi-segregated cycle lanes with four new bus stop bypasses, six raised tables to slow traffic and ten improved pedestrian crossings. These changes not only provide a safe cycle route but also help make the streets safer and healthier for everyone.

And people using the schools, playground, mosque and busy street no longer have to cycle in heaving traffic or struggle to find somewhere to safely cross on foot. We’re proud to have helped the London Borough of Brent make it safer and easier for people to walk and cycle in this bustling urban environment.

Adam Smith, Traffic Engineer, Highways and Infrastructure Service, Brent Council:

“I am very pleased with the Carlton Vale scheme and Quietway 3. Hopefully, it will set the standard for future cycle routes in the borough. I have been working with Sustrans on these schemes since 2015 and they have provided excellent support with the preliminary design, consultation and detailed design of both schemes as well as overall project management. They also have continuously demonstrated that they are willing to go the extra mile and have added value to both schemes at every stage of design process.”

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