Transport for London and Hounslow Council have completed work on the latest phase of temporary improvements to the Cycleway 9 route in west London.
Cycleway 9 is a major addition to London’s growing network of high-quality Cycleways, enabling thousands of improved walking and cycling journeys between Hammersmith, Chiswick, Kew and beyond each week. TfL says enabling more people to walk and cycle is vital to a healthier and more sustainable transport network for all Londoners.
The changes build on improvements delivered last year, making the route safer and more attractive for people walking and cycling and enabling more reliable journeys for bus passengers. The changes now complete between Heathfield Terrace and Chiswick Lane include:
- New raised junctions at Cranbrook Road, Brackley Road, Devonshire Road, Linden Gardens and Duke Road.
- New eastbound and westbound bus shelters at bus stops by Cranbrook Road, Mayfield Avenue and Linden Gardens.
- An upgraded zebra crossing on Chiswick High Road by the exit of Linden Gardens
- Retention of the left turn exit only for motorised vehicles at Duke Road junction
- New parking spaces near Duke Road junction.
- A new eastbound advanced stop line for people cycling at the junction with Acton Lane.
- Road resurfacing and clearer road markings for all road users at the Heathfield Terrace, Duke’s Avenue and Turnham Green Terrace junctions.
arlier phases of the C9 route included the transformation of the Hammersmith gyratory, with a two-way cycle track and new traffic signals for people cycling at junctions. TfL is now working with Hounslow Council to begin construction work on the next section of the route, between Kew Bridge and Waterman’s Park. Work on this section is planned to start in the spring.
TfL has seen a significant increase in people cycling along the route since these temporary schemes have been introduced, with counts showing the number of people cycling on King Street has almost doubled since 2017. Cycle count data shows that at the King Street with Bridge Avenue junction, between 06:00 and 22:00, there were 1531 cyclists recorded on the count day in 2017. This increased to 2064 in 2021 and 2804 in 2022.
TfL is asking people to share their views on the changes to help it decide whether to make the experimental scheme permanent. The consultation is open until 3 April and is available at https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/cycleway-9 .
Hounslow Council will use feedback and monitoring data from the experimental scheme to make a decision about its future.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Growing and improving our cycleway network is key to Londoners choosing more sustainable ways to get around the capital. The completion of this phase of Cycleway 9 will greatly enhance cycling routes around west London, making cycling easier and more appealing to residents and helping to build a safer, greener London for everyone. I look forward to the start of the next phase of this important route.”
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