Construction work on a new 3.5km cycle route between Acton and Wood Lane is set to begin next month - helping make cycling and walking safer and easier in the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham. Work on the route - which includes a new two-way cycle track separated from traffic and pedestrians - will get underway on 18 March and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Over three-quarters (77%) of people who took part in a consultation about the scheme in 2016 supported the proposals. Several improvements have been incorporated in the final plans following feedback from local residents and visitors. These include extending the two-way cycle track from Glendun Road to Savoy Circus, as well as widening crossing points to allow people walking and cycling to cross side roads more safely.
The new £10m route is part of the Mayor's record investment in cycling and walking. This is designed to help create Healthy Streets across the capital, which enable people to walk, cycle and use public transport more often - benefitting people's health, improving air quality and reducing road danger. The scheme will create a new two-way cycle track separated from traffic and pedestrians between Savoy Circus and Kathleen Avenue. The project will also see the shared cyclist and pedestrian space on the southern side of the A40 between Savoy Circus and Wood Lane improved, providing more space to enable even more people to get around the area by foot or by bike. Bus stops along the route will be made more accessible, while the toucan crossings at Savoy Circus will be upgraded and pedestrian and cycle crossings along the route will be improved to provide wider and safer crossings of side roads. The scheme has been designed to help make the local environment between Acton and Wood Lane more attractive for residents and visitors. Feedback from the 2016 consultation highlighted a number of issues with a proposed extension of the route from Wood Lane to Paddington along the A40 Westway. Attractive for residents and visitors TfL is continuing to work on an alternative extension of the route from Wood Lane to Notting Hill Gate and will consult on this over the coming months. From mid-April the A40 will be reduced from three lanes to two in some sections for westbound traffic, 24 hours a day during works. The A40 will be much busier than usual travelling westbound, especially during the afternoon peak (weekdays 2pm - 6pm). People are advised to plan ahead, travel outside peak periods, and allow more time for journeys. One of the best ways of making journeys to and from the area during these works will be by Tube. Will Norman, London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: 'I'm delighted that construction on this protected route will start in just a few weeks' time. 'Together with the recently announced 7km route between Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith and Brentford Town Centre, it will transform cycling in West London and help expand our network of cycle routes across our city. 'We know that there is high demand for cycling in the area and the improved plans will deliver further improvements for walking and cycling, helping reduce car use which is crucial to cleaning up London's toxic air.'