Changes to Chiswick High Road unveiled as Transport for London press ahead with CS9 cycle route

Changes are afoot for Chiswick High Road as Transport for London (TfL) press ahead with CS9, now known as Cycleway 9.

TfL said the project will make cycling and walking easier, safer, and more appealing on roads in West Kensington, Hammersmith, Chiswick and Brentford town centre.

If the project is approved, construction will begin later in 2019.

TfL launched a consultation on the plans in autumn 2017, however an updated consultation report and response to the issues raised were subsequently made available. 

TfL stated that the new cycle route will be clearer and safer for cyclists in west London, largely separating them from other vehicles, and making it easier for pedestrians to cross busy roads as well as removing through traffic on some residential roads. It also supports the Mayor's Transport Strategy and Healthy Streets approach by encouraging walking, cycling and using public transport.

The proposed changes between Kensington Olympia and Brentford town centre include: 

  • A two-way segregated cycle track on Hammersmith Road, King Street and Chiswick High Road

  • Five new signal-controlled pedestrian crossings and more than 20 upgraded pedestrian crossings

  • Reducing through traffic and rat-running in residential roads by restricting access to the South Circular from Wellesley Road and Stile Hall Gardens for motor vehicles, making these streets more appealing places to walk and cycle

  • Stepped cycle tracks (at a lower height than the footway) in each direction on Brentford High Street; eastbound stepped track on Kew Bridge Road, westbound cycle path through Waterman's Park

  • Changes to bus stop locations and layouts, including new bus stop bypasses for cyclists

  • Changes to parking and loading bays and hours of operation

TfL finally added that Cycleway 9 would provide a continuous, largely-segregated route between Kensington Olympia and Brentford town centre, via Hammersmith and Chiswick. 

Image Source: TfL

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