When the A40 Westway viaduct was built in the 1960’s it cut though the old streets linking the residential areas around Paddington Green and Little Venice from Paddington Station and the busy shopping streets to the south. Since then it has severed the two communities and always presented an intimidating barrier for people wanting to travel on into north west London on foot or by bike. There were no ways across by bike and the few crossing points for pedestrians involved circuitous underground routes through uninviting subways.
“ This new route is a small sign of things to come – Westminster is moving through the gears to improve cycling in central London for generations to come. Our cycling strategy is set to make a real difference for cycling in the city. This new route is a real improvement, it helps to reconnect communities either side of the Westway. ”
Westminster City Council and Sustrans worked together with the local community to create a new link for pedestrians and cyclists, reconnecting North Wharf Road with St Mary’s Square via a cycle contra-flow in Hermitage Street, with toucan crossings over each carriageway of Harrow Road, a new shared space under the Westway and a new ramp up to St Mary’s Square.
With the help and energy form the local community steering group, the project and the portrait bench have also provided a catalyst for rejuvenating the tired and under-utilised spaces trapped between Harrow Road and St Mary’s square. The redesign of the area around the new ramp has created a more accessible and joined up green space and the dilapidated historical railings restored and relocated to create a much more attractive pocket park.
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