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18 issues found for 'hounslow':

  • Hounslow Bike Hangars

    Created by Hounslow Cycling Campaign // 1 thread

    London Borough of Hounslow is consulting on the provision of secure cycle parking in residential streets around the borough.

    The council has recently installed an on-street bikehangar in Chiswick at Ashbourne Grove and has received further requests from several residents nearby.  Bikehangars offer secure cycle parking for residents in areas where the ability to safely store bikes within a property, or the front/rear garden, is limited. This is part of the council’s commitment to encourage more sustainable forms of transport for daily journeys.  The council covers the installation cost of new bikehangars via an annual grant allocation from Transport for London to increase cycle parking provision in the borough, there is a rental fee per year of £72 per space, plus a deposit for a key (£25). The allocation of spaces is managed by the council’s contractor, Cyclehoop, who also look after ongoing maintenance.

    Each new installation is the subject of a separate consultation.  This is presumably because of the sensitivity of residents to any reduction in the number of parking spaces for cars.

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  • South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood

    Created by Hounslow Cycling Campaign // 1 thread

    The Liveable Neighbourhoods project in south Chiswick combines a range of schemes across the Grove Park and Dukes Meadows area that focus on increasing the number of trips made by foot, bike and public transport while improving local public space.

    Hounslow Council has secured funding through Transport for London’s Liveable Neighbourhood programme to progress this project. Certain elements of the project are well defined, such as the proposed pedestrian bridge under Barnes Bridge and a new public square in Grove Park near to Chiswick Station. Alongside this there are also broader aims to provide improved walking and cycling links across the area while also looking to address well known issues of excessive traffic volumes and speeds in residential areas, which are often used as cut-through to access major roads.

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  • Hounslow Opportunity Areas

    Created by Hounslow Cycling Campaign // 1 thread

    The London Borough of Hounslow is consulting on the Local Plan Reviews for the Great West Corridor and West of Borough opportunity areas.  The Local Plans set out planning guidelines for major developments in the respective areas.  Each Plan includes a section on "Connecting People and Places" that covers transport aspects of developments.

    Steve Curran, the Leader of Hounslow Council, refers to the negative impacts of major roads crossing the Great West Corridor area in his foreword.  "Attractive alternatives to the private car" described in pp74-83 of the consultation document include improved walking and cycling infrastructure.  Proposals for two new rail links will be rather more expensive.

    Councillor Curran expresses concern about the environmental impact of a Third Runway at Heathrow Airport on the West of Borough area but also points out the regeneration opportunities.  "Attractive alternatives to the private car" described in pp78-85 of the consultation document include improved cycling and walking infrastructure. 

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  • Twickenham to Brentford Cycleway

    Created by Hounslow Cycling Campaign // 1 thread

    London Borough of Hounslow is consulting on proposals to improve cycle facilities between Ivy Bridge and London Road.  LBH says:

    The council has received funding from Transport for London (TfL) to improve the existing cycle route from Ivy Bridge to London Road. The route forms part of the Hounslow Priority Cycle Network (route 11) as it offers a quiet, cleaner route for cycling to and from Brentford. The proposed improvements aim to create a safer more attractive route for cyclists.

    If progressed, these proposals will form part of TfL’s Cycleways network, with the section in the London Borough of Hounslow forming part of a wider cycle route between Twickenham and Brentford. Improvements to the section of the route between Ivy Bridge and Twickenham will be consulted on by The London Borough of Richmond in due course.

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  • Pears Road, Hounslow

    Created by Hounslow Cycling Campaign // 1 thread

    LBH says:

    As part of the redevelopment of Hounslow Town Primary School, we are proposing public realm improvements on Pears Road. We would like to get your views on a number of proposals, including:

    • Permanently closing the emergency access outside the school on Pears Road by constructing a raised shared pedestrian and cycle area 
    • Installing dropped kerbs and bollards at both ends of the new raised area to provide cycle access and prevent vehicle access
    • Implementing “School Keep Clear” markings and parking restrictions at the school entrance at the western end of the closure to prevent obstructive parking.
    • Re-paving some sections of footway and removing pedestrian guardrail to reduce clutter and improve the public realm
    • Installing cycle stands to provide parking for cyclists

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  • Cycle route extension on Bath Road, Hounslow

    Created by Hounslow Cycling Campaign // 1 thread

    LBH says [edited]:

    The London Borough of Hounslow is proposing to make changes to a section of Bath Road, running between the Great West Road (A4) and Vicarage Farm Road, in order to make the road safer for cyclists and pedestrians. 

    We recently completed the Hounslow West Cycle and Highway Safety Improvements on Bath Road and now propose to extend the cycle route from Vicarage Farm Road junction westwards to the junction with the A4.  This proposal is to create a safer cycle lane mostly segregated from motor vehicles and pedestrians  ...  As well as the proposed cycle measures, this project aims to improve pedestrian safety by introducing raised entry treatments on all side road junctions along the route, enhancing existing pedestrian crossing facilities along this section of Bath Road and adding a Parallel Crossing (pedestrian & cycle) adjacent to Springwell Road.  In addition, some changes are proposed to the existing bus stop eastbound, introducing a floating island to avoid conflict with cycle and pedestrian movements.  To provide these cycle lanes there will be some localised road widening required on Bath Road and to improve current traffic flows where Bath Road meets the A4 junction.  ... Looking beyond this project it is this Council's aim to extend these cycle proposals to link with Hounslow Town Centre.

    The A3006 Bath Road is part of the Strategic Road Network within Hounslow and as such is an important and heavily used traffic corridor. The personal injury accident record on this section of road is higher than the borough average with 26 injury accidents over the last five years, five involving pedestrians (including two serious), five involving motor bikes and three involving cyclists.

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  • CS9: Kew Bridge, Kew Bridge Rd and Duke Road

    Created by Hounslow Cycling Campaign // 1 thread

    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/kew-duke/

    Online Survey

    Overview

    We consulted on our proposals for Cycle Superhighway 9 in autumn 2017. The route is an important part of the Mayor’s Healthy Streets Approach, which aims to make London greener, healthier and more pleasant through encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

    We have published an analysis of the responses and our response to the issues raised here. The feedback we received was valuable in helping us to further improve the scheme.

    In response to feedback received through the consultation, we are now carrying out a further consultation on two parts of the route:

    • Kew Bridge and Kew Bridge Road (High Street Brentford to Wellesley Road)
    • Duke Road and Duke’s Avenue’s junction with Chiswick High Road 

    We would like to hear your views on these further proposals. A map of the areas where we are carrying out further consultation can be found below.

    Kew Bridge and Duke Road overview map (PDF 989KB)

    Other than the two sections identified for further consultation, we will be progressing our plans for the route as outlined in the Response to Issues Raised report. No further consultation is planned on the proposals for the route except for the two parts of the route above. We will carry out local engagement on the rest of our proposals later in the process. We are intending to proceed with our proposals subject to formal approvals.

    Following feedback from respondents and the Mayor’s announcement of a new brand for London’s growing network of high-quality cycle routes in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, this route will no longer be called a Cycle Superhighway. We will work closely with our borough partners on the most appropriate wayfinding for this scheme.

    Kew Bridge and Kew Bridge Road (High Street Brentford to Wellesley Road)

    The main change we are proposing is to provide a segregated two-way cycle track on the south side of Kew Bridge Road and South Circular Road. Previously we proposed with-flow segregated cycle tracks and a bus lane on Kew Bridge Road, the South Circular and also between Wellesley Road and High Street Brentford (including Kew Bridge junction).

    This change provides full segregation for cyclists throughout this section and removes the requirement for two bus stop bypasses we proposed on the north side of Kew Bridge Road. The change also addresses concerns raised about cycle safety at Kew Bridge junction, Green Dragon Lane and Lionel Road South.

    We are also proposing a second southbound traffic lane on Kew Bridge to make the junction operate more effectively and to maintain bus journey times in the area.

    In summary, our proposals for this section of the route include:

    • A segregated two-way cycle track on the southern side of Kew Bridge Road and South Circular Road
    • Improved cyclist access between Capital Interchange Way and Wellesley Road
    • Improved pedestrian and cycle crossings at Kew Bridge junction
    • A new pedestrian crossing across Kew Bridge Road at High Street Brentford
    • Creating an additional southbound traffic lane on Kew Bridge
    • Changes to bus stops at Kew Bridge Station
    • Changes to bus lane operating hours reverting them back to the original hours of operation
    • Parking bays on South Circular relocated to accommodate the cycle track

    A map of the proposals for Kew Bridge and Kew Bridge Road to Wellesley Road can be found below.

    Kew Bridge and Kew Bridge Road proposals map (PDF 2.35MB)

    Appendix A - detailed information on these proposals (PDF 237KB) 

    The original proposals for this section can be found here

    Duke Road and Duke’s Avenue’s junction with Chiswick High Road 

    The main change we are proposing is to ban the right turn out of Duke Road onto Chiswick High Road for all traffic (except cyclists) in response to safety concerns. Traffic would be able to use Annandale Road to exit east onto Chiswick High Road instead. We previously proposed to reduce Annandale Road from two lanes to one at its junction with Chiswick High Road. We are now proposing to keep two lanes on exit at this junction to facilitate traffic that may be redirected from Duke Road.

    We are also proposing to maximise pavement space outside Our Lady of Grace and St Edward Church, in response to local concerns. This will require the reduction of eastbound traffic lanes on Chiswick High Road from two to one. 

    We proposed four additional pay and display bays on the west side of Duke’s Avenue. Following feedback from the consultation and our discussions with Our Lady of Grace and St Edward Church we are no longer proposing these bays and will instead retain the existing single yellow line as this will provide more opportunity for parking for Church services. Additionally, one proposed space on the eastern side of Duke Road opposite Bourne Place has been removed to ensure vehicles can exit this junction.

    In summary, our proposals for this section of the route include:

    • Duke’s Avenue converted to entry-only; Duke Road converted to exit-only with a banned right turn, addressing collisions involving vehicles turning at Duke Road
    • The eastbound approach to Duke’s Avenue would be reduced to one lane
    • Changes to parking and loading on Chiswick High Road, Duke’s Avenue and Duke Road
    • Maintaining pavement space outside the Catholic Church, extending pavement space elsewhere where possible and planting new trees

    The segregated two-way cycle track on the southern side of Chiswick High Road has been retained.

    A map of the proposals for Duke Road and Duke’s Avenue junction with Chiswick High Road can be found below.

    Duke Road and Duke's Avenue proposals map (PDF 968 KB)

    Appendix B - detailed information on these proposals (PDF 241KB) 

    The original proposals for this section can be found here

    How would the proposals affect journey times?

    We have carried out detailed traffic modelling on the proposals to understand how our proposals might affect journey times for general traffic, buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

    Despite the sophistication of our traffic models, all traffic modelling is only ever indicative; it is intended to give an idea of where the impacts of changes in journeys are most likely to be felt. It assumes that drivers have perfect knowledge of the network and will always choose the quickest route available

    We have undertaken traffic modelling on the proposed changes to the scheme, which has indicated the following:

    Kew Bridge section

    This section has undergone extensive design changes following feedback from the previous consultation, including concerns about the impact on journey times through the junction. The new design changes the ‘with flow’ cycle track into a bi-directional cycle track and provides additional capacity north and southbound on Kew Bridge. As a result, three approaches to the junction will have either an increase in green signal time or an increase in lane capacity, which leads to improved journey times on bus routes 237 and 391 in both directions and bus route 65 east bound compared to the previous designs. One approach to the junction will see a reduction in green signal time which as a consequence, has a minor negative impact on journey times for the 65 westbound bus route.

    Duke’s Avenue section

    The design changes at this location have been made to protect trees and retain footway space outside Our Lady of Grace and St Edward Church. There is no longer a right turn lane, but there is space in front of the stop line for up to two right turning vehicles without blocking vehicles travelling east, including buses. As the predicted traffic volumes are low, this junction is expected to operate effectively and the design change is predicted to have minimal impact on overall bus and traffic journey times.

    Detailed results of our traffic modelling can be found below.

    Traffic modelling results AM (PDF 186KB)  

    Traffic modelling results PM (PDF 185KB)

    Equalities

    We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics.

    Our autumn 2017 consultation set out how we had due regard to the duty and can be found here

    We have updated our Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) for the proposed changes. The EQIA completed for this scheme shows positive impacts for black and ethnic minority groups, females, disabled cyclists, and cyclists under 25 and over 65 years of age. Positive impacts have also been identified for disabled pedestrians, as the scheme proposes a number of improvements to pedestrian facilities including enhanced crossing facilities, increased pavement widths and new pedestrian crossings.

    Some negative impacts have been identified where pavements are proposed to be cut back or shared use is proposed, however we have ensured that they are appropriate for number of pedestrians in the area and that they allow two wheelchair users to pass safely. Shared use areas would be provided only where there is sufficient space for pedestrian and cyclists. Some negative impacts have also been identified where we are proposing to install bus stop bypasses. We recently agreed therefore to include zebra crossings at all bus stop bypasses. The crossings would have tactile paving and would be raised to footway level to create a flush surface.

    Public drop-in events and have your say

    We will be holding public drop-in events at which staff involved in the project will be available to answer your questions:

    • Wednesday 6 February 2019 (17:00 to 21:00), Clayton Hotel Chiswick, 626 Chiswick High Road, W4 5RY
    • Saturday 16 February 2019 (11:00 to 15:00), Museum of Water and Steam, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN

    You can let us know your views on these proposals by taking part in our online survey below.

    Have your say

    We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

    Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Tuesday 26 February 2019.

    Alternatively, you can:

    You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.

    Have your say

    Online Survey

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  • Hounslow Draft Local Implementation Plan Consultation

    Created by Hounslow Cycling Campaign // 3 threads

    Local Implementation Plan released for consultation by London Borough of Hounslow.

    a. CS9 is referenced many times in the document (such as p.31 "The implementation of CS9 would create opportunities for new orbital routes into neighbouring residential areas and transport hubs").however it is also sometimes qualified by "if approved" and proposals will have dependencies upon CS9 going ahead.
    b. We get a mention on p.31 "Local groups such as the Hounslow Cycling Campaign can provide important knowledge on local demand and suggestions for improvements." Yey!
    c. Section 3.1.4 and Appendix D reference Propensity to Cycle tool results for the borough.
    d. Section 3.1.5 references cycle routes to Heathrow. While Heathrow airport isn't within Hounslow, it is the largest employer of borough residents. Our guess is that additional funding from TfL and Heathrow will be required to address Heathrow cycle access.
    e. Section 3.1.6 references a cycle network for the borough. This is the first time we have seen reference to a "Hounslow Priority Cycle Network" as previously, projects have been disconnected individual projects. CS9 provides the "spine" for this network.
    f. There is reference to 2 Liveable Neighbourhoods bids for Feltham and Dukes Meadows. We have heard that "Dukes Meadows" will actually be called "Chiswick South" in the bid. The details of these bids are not within the LIP but we have heard the "Chiswick South" bid has a mixture of public realm improvement, school streets and creation of filtered permeability cells in the Grove Park area of Chiswick.

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  • Hounslow Road Hanworth cycle lanes

    Created by T Harris // 1 thread

    Proposals to improve cycle facilities throughout Hounslow Road, Hanworth were approved by Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth Area Forum in January 2015. Since then, we have implemented the scheme between South West Middlesex crematorium and A312, and have been working on the designs for the rest of the road, between A312 and Bear Road.
    In particular, there are two options for the northern part of this section, between Longford River and A312.

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  • A4 cycleway

    Created by T Harris // 1 thread

    Dear Stakeholder

    I’m writing to let you know about our plans to change parts of the cycle track and footway along the A4 Great West Road (A4) between Syon Lane and Boston Manor Road to:
    :
    • Reduce the risk of collisions with motor vehicles for pedestrians and cyclists
    • Make cycling a safer, more appealing travel option for local residents and for people employed locally.

    The changes are part of the Mayor's draft Transport Strategy and Healthy Streets Approach, which aim to encourage walking, cycling and using public transport, and make London greener, healthier and more pleasant.

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  • Cycle Superhighway CS9 Kensington Olympia to Brentford town centre

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    TfL says:

    In close consultation with our partners the London Borough of Hounslow and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, we are seeking your views on proposals to transform roads in west Kensington, Hammersmith, Chiswick and Brentford town centre to make cycling and walking easier, safer, and more appealing.
    Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9) would provide improvements for all road users and communities on the alignment, offering a clearer and safer route for people to cycle in west London, making it easier to cross busy roads and removing through traffic on some residential roads. Changing the layout of many of the roads along the CS9 route would create a more appealing environment for everyone to enjoy.
    CS9 would form part of an emerging network of Cycle Superhighways. These are an important part of the Mayor's draft Transport Strategy and Healthy Streets Approach, which aim to encourage walking, cycling and using public transport, and make London greener, healthier and more pleasant.
    Transforming road layouts is not without impacts, and there are difficult choices to be made in determining the layout for roads on the alignment. For example, our proposed changes would affect travel times through the area for many people.
    We want to hear your views on these proposals during this public consultation. We are actively reviewing ways in which we could change the design and optimise the way roads would operate, and we will consider views submitted during the consultation period.

    The proposed changes between Kensington Olympia and Brentford town centre include:
    Two-way segregated cycle track on Hammersmith Road, King Street and Chiswick High Road
    Five new signal-controlled pedestrian crossings and over 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

    Where would Cycle Superhighway 9 go?
    This section of CS9 would provide a continuous, largely-segregated route between Kensington Olympia and Brentford town centre, via Hammersmith and Chiswick.
    High volumes of cyclists currently use eastern sections of the proposed CS9 route where there are no protected facilities for them, and many journeys currently made in the area via less active modes could be made by foot or by bike.
    The route would connect with Russell Road at the eastern extent, where a Quietway cycle route may be installed in future. It would also connect to a proposed Quietway cycle route off King Street in the vicinity of St Peter’s Garden, providing upgraded walking and cycling connections between Hammersmith and Twickenham along the A316. Consultation on these proposals would take place next year. Click here for more information on Quietways. At the western extent, the current proposals would facilitate safe access for cyclists back into the carriageway before the junction with Dock Road.
    We are working closely with the London Borough of Hounslow to develop proposals to extend CS9 further west through Brentford and towards Hounslow. We expect to hold a public consultation on this section in late 2018.

    Why are we proposing this?
    Cycle Superhighway 9 is designed to help us meet the target set out in the Mayor's draft Transport Strategy of changing the way people choose to travel so that 80% of all London trips are made by foot, bicycle or public transport by 2041, up from 64% today.
    Over 3000 trips are already being made daily by people who cycle on some of the streets where improvements are proposed. In addition, areas of this route in Chiswick, Hammersmith and Kensington Olympia have some of the highest concentration of pedestrians in the city. Along the A205 South Circular section of CS9 by Kew Bridge Station, cycling is up nearly six fold and all motor traffic is down by over 20% since 2000. Across London, there are now more than 670,000 cycle trips a day, an increase of over 130 per cent since 2000, making cycling a major mode of transport in the capital.

    Improving safety for people who want to walk and cycle
    CS9 would provide a clearer and safer route for cycling in west London, largely separated from other vehicles. This alignment provides a direct route in the heart of town centres in west London, with good connectivity to other local roads.
    Roads on the alignment are currently dominated by motor traffic and can be intimidating and unpleasant places to walk and cycle. Walking and cycling are the healthiest and most sustainable ways to travel, either for whole trips or as part of longer journeys on public transport.
    By giving people space and time to cycle through the area more easily, and by providing improved crossing facilities for pedestrians, we can encourage more people to use these healthy and sustainable forms of transport while keeping other traffic moving. These improvements would help to make these streets work better for walking, cycling and public transport, so both individuals and the community as a whole can benefit.

    Facilitating and encouraging active travel in west London
    We want to make it easier for people in west London to use sustainable travel and lead active lifestyles. We also want to make the streets on the CS9 alignment healthier, safer and more welcoming places for everyone. The proposals form part of the Mayor of London’s plan for Healthy Streets a long-term vision to encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle by making London’s streets healthier, safer and more welcoming.
    Currently, only 34% of Londoners take 20 minutes of physical activity on any given day. The new cycle facilities would help to encourage people to use active modes of transport, which could achieve significant health benefits. The proposals aim to encourage people who would like to cycle, but currently feel unable to do so.
    A network of Cycle Superhighways exists in north, south and east London, but none in west London. Our proposals would bring a high-quality cycle facility to west London, linking town centres in Hammersmith, Chiswick and Brentford. Data from existing Cycle Superhighways suggest the new route would also draw cyclists away from other routes that are less suitable for them. The introduction of the East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways in central London has seen significant increases in cycling as a mode of transport

    Connecting and improving town centres
    Our proposals would help connect town centres from Kensington Olympia through Hammersmith, Chiswick and Brentford, linking important amenities and facilities in the heart of these town centres, and making them more pleasant places to live, work, shop and spend time.
    To make it easier to cross busy roads here, we would install five new pedestrian crossings and upgrade over 20 others. We would also install new seating areas to provide space for people to stop, rest and spend time in these town centres. This would be supported by other improvements to the street environment, including new trees. As well as enabling more Londoners to walk and cycle more often, these proposals would help to create more welcoming and inclusive streets.

    When would we build Cycle Superhighway 9?
    Subject to the outcome of this consultation, any subsequent follow-up consultations and approvals from partner boroughs, we intend to commence construction on Cycle Superhighway 9 from Kensington Olympia to Brentford town centre in late 2018, and carry out further consultation on the detailed proposals from Brentford to Hounslow in late 2018.
    We would plan construction carefully to minimise disruption to those who live, work and travel through the areas. As part of this planning, we would coordinate closely with other construction works in the area, and consider alternative ways of working including advance works, weekends and evenings.
    We would also carry out an extensive communications and engagement campaign to ensure residents, businesses and others travelling through the works areas have the information they need to plan ahead and adapt their travel arrangements where necessary, reducing any impact on their journeys and operations during the construction period.

    How would Cycle Superhighway 9 affect journey times?
    We have carried out detailed traffic modelling on the proposals for Cycle Superhighway 9, to understand how our proposals might affect journey times for general traffic, buses, cyclists and pedestrians.
    Despite the sophistication of our traffic models, all traffic modelling is only ever indicative; it is intended to give an idea of where the impacts of changes in journeys are most likely to be felt. It assumes that drivers have perfect knowledge of the network and will always choose the quickest route available.
    Traffic modelling has been carried out to study the traffic impacts of the scheme at the busiest times of the day, and results are presented for both the morning and evening peak hours. TfL would actively monitor and manage the road network following implementation to ensure impacts were balanced.
    To understand the impacts, we have assessed how London's roads would operate in 2021, considering population growth, committed developments and other road improvements including the scheme at Hammersmith Gyratory as consulted (details of this scheme are available here). We then test how London's roads would operate in 2021 with the changes proposed as part of the scheme. This allows us to isolate the predicted impacts of CS9 from other changes which are not part of this consultation.

    Changes to parking and loading
    Our proposals include changes to parking and loading bays and their hours of operation across the proposed route. We will contact premises which we think could be affected during the consultation period. If you think the proposals could affect you or your business, please contact us to let us know. We encourage you to discuss these proposals with your suppliers.

    Environmental impacts
    Although not a traffic generating scheme, our proposals would change how traffic moves around the area, which may result in some associated and localised changes to air quality and noise levels. Environmental surveys and modelling would take place as part of our ongoing evaluation of these proposals.

    Our proposals aim to improve the quality of life in the area by:
    Reducing the dominance of traffic, allowing people to better enjoy the area
    Improving pedestrian crossings and cycle facilities, to encourage people to walk and cycle through the area
    Protecting bus journey times, to encourage people to use public transport
    We will be carrying-out environmental evaluation and environmental modelling to help our evaluation of the proposals

    Air pollution is one of the most significant challenges facing London, affecting the health of all Londoners. As part of the plans for new measures to tackle London’s current poor air quality, we are consulting on proposals to bring forward the introduction of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

    A number of other schemes to improve London's air quality are planned including taking steps to reduce air pollution from our bus fleet, reducing emissions from taxis and private hire vehicles, setting up five ‘Low Emission Neighbourhoods’ and expanding the electric vehicle charging network, making it simpler to use. We are investing to make London’s streets healthy, safe and attractive places to walk and cycle. Enabling more journeys to be made on foot or by bike can help reduce private vehicle use and associated emissions. See here for more information on how we are creating Healthy Streets.

    Equalities
    How TfL fulfils its obligations under the Equality Act 2010
    We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. As part of our decision-making process on the proposals for Cycle Superhighways, we have had due regard to any impacts on those with protected characteristics and the need to ensure that their interests are taken into account.
    In considering the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process. On significant infrastructure projects, such as Cycle Superhighways, we:
    Complete Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) at the outset of the project, to review potential impacts on equality target groups, including disabled people
    Carry out public consultations, including targeted engagement with specific users such as (among many others): Royal National Institute of Blind People, Guide Dogs, Age UK, Transport for All, and National Autistic Society
    Ensure we comply with established guidance – such as the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges – which includes detailed requirements for disabled people
    The EQIA completed for CS9 shows positive impacts for black and ethnic minority groups, females, disabled cyclists, and cyclists under 25 and over 65 years of age. Positive impacts have also been identified for disabled pedestrians, as the scheme involves a number of improvements to pedestrian facilities including enhanced crossing facilities, increased footway widths and new pedestrian crossings.
    Some negative impacts have been identified where footways are cut back or shared use footway is introduced. However the minimum 2 metre standard for footway widths has been maintained to allow two wheelchair users to pass safely, or up to 3 metre footway widths in areas of shared use footway. Kerb-protected cycle facilities, which lead to positive impacts for people with protected characteristics when they are cycling, work most effectively when they feature bus stop bypasses. Bus stop bypasses and their impacts are described below.

    Crossing cycle tracks on Cycle Superhighway 9 - a guide for disabled users
    How do I cross cycle tracks?
    All crossings of cycle tracks would be on one level, with step-free access from one footway to another and clearly marked out with tactile paving.
    At road junctions with traffic lights
    Some junctions would have a “formal” signalised crossing point across both road and cycle track - marked with contrasting blister tactile paving that extends in a ‘tail’ to the back of the footway. Here:
    cyclists are held at a red light
    pedestrians cross both road and cycle track at the same time as there would typically be no waiting area between road and cycle track
    this crossing would be marked using contrasting blister tactile paving with a tactile tail extending to the back of the footway and dropped kerbs
    audible signals and a pedestrian countdown would be used where feasible, and
    all push button units would have a tactile rotating cone.
    Other junctions would have an “informal” crossing point – where the road crossing may be signalised but the cycle track is not. Here:
    the signalised road crossing would be marked with red tactile paving and a tactile ‘tail’ extending to the back of the footway
    the cycle track crossing would be marked by contrasting blister tactile paving without a ‘tail’
    there would be a waiting area to between the cycle track and the road at least 2.5m wide and free of intrusive street furniture to ensure space for a wheelchair to turn.
    At signalised (green man) road crossings
    All proposed crossings would be fully signal-controlled - with a green man. All existing zebra crossings of the main road would be converted to signal-controlled crossings.
    Some junctions would have a signalised crossing point across both road and cycle track - marked using red tactile paving with a tactile ‘tail’ extending to the back of the footway. Here
    cyclists are held at a red light
    pedestrians cross both road and cycle track at the same time as there would typically be no waiting area between road and cycle track
    At other junctions, there would be an “informal” crossing point – where the main road crossing is signalised but the cycle track crossing is not. Here:
    the main road crossing would be marked with red tactile paving and a tactile ‘tail’ extending to the back of the footway
    the cycle track crossing would be marked by yellow tactile paving with no ‘tail’
    there would be a waiting area between the cycle track and the road at least 2.4m wide
    At road crossings that are not signal-controlled
    Most crossings without signals would be removed or converted to signal-controlled.
    Where an un-signalised crossing remains (e.g. on King Street by Ravenscourt Park), the cycle track crossing point would not be signalised either. It would be marked with contrasting blister tactile paving with no ‘tail’ and a waiting area of at least 2.5m would be provided between road and cycle track.

    How do I get in or out of a car/taxi?
    In a marked bay next to the cycle track
    Marked parking bays would be provided next to the cycle track. A buffer of at least 0.5 metres between the bay and the track will run flush along the length of the bay. Vehicles with side ramps could deploy them into the cycle track. Same level-access would be provided between the cycle track and footway. Disabled users would be permitted to park in loading bays in:
    London Borough of Hounslow
    London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
    on the Transport for London Road Network.
    Not in a marked bay next to the cycle track
    Marked bays would be the best places to stop and get in or out of a vehicle in safety and comfort along Cycle Superhighway 9. Space for general traffic would be reduced to a single lane in each direction in some places and all single yellow lines would be replaced with “no waiting or loading at any time” restrictions. Also the kerbed islands between the cycle track and the road, varying in width from 0.5 metres to 2.5 metres, are generally not wide enough for vehicles to deploy ramps onto the island itself.

    How do I get on and off a bus at a stop next to the cycle track?
    “Bus stop bypasses” would be provided. Here, the cycle track continues behind the bus stop at carriageway level, providing continuous segregation from motor traffic for people cycling. Bus passengers access a waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a raised, marked crossing point. The waiting area would be at least 2.5 metres wide. Pedestrians would cross the cycle track at raised, marked crossing points to continue their journey. The footway also continues behind the cycle track.
    The bus stop flag would be situated at the left of the crossing point to make the stop easier to find. Kerbs would be high enough (125-140millimetres) to ensure TfL buses can deploy ramps onto the island.
    Our research has found that bus stop bypasses are safe for all road users, including bus passengers. Routing cycle traffic away from the road is an effective way to create safe, attractive cycling facilities along bus routes. The risk of conflict between cycles and pedestrians has been found to be very low, while providing a dedicated crossing point for bus passengers and design features that encourage slower cycling help to make the bus stop area more comfortable for everyone to use.
    Bus stop bypasses are used across Europe and there are a number of examples in operation or planned across the UK, including in Brighton, Manchester and Cambridge, as well as in London. We introduced some bus stop bypasses on the Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) extension between Bow and Stratford in autumn 2013, and across other Cycle Superhighways in 2015-16. We monitor the entire Cycle Superhighway network to ensure it is operating safely and effectively. This includes more than 50 bus stop bypasses across the capital. We are satisfied bus stop bypasses are safe for all road users.
    We are continuing to engage with accessibility and cycling groups and carry out additional research into the type and layout of pedestrian crossings at bus stop bypasses. We have a dedicated working group overseeing on-street trialling of the use of zebra crossings over cycle tracks at bus stop bypasses. This group includes representatives from Transport for All, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Guide Dogs, Age UK London, London TravelWatch, Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, Living Streets, the London Cycling Campaign and Cycling UK. We will incorporate findings of these further investigations, including the outcomes of discussions about the trial with the working group, into final proposals for CS4.
    At five bus stops on Brentford High Street where space is limited and expected cycle flows are lower, the footway and waiting area would be combined and all pedestrians would cross the cycle track at raised, marked crossing points at each end of the island to continue their journey via the waiting area island. The combined footway and waiting area would be a minimum of 2.5 metres wide, to ensure bus stop accessibility is maintained.

    Tactile paving
    We would use tactile paving on all crossings and traffic islands along the CS9 route. Tactile paving would be designed according to Department for Transport guidance. We would apply local standards used by our partner boroughs.

    Accessibility for cyclists with disabilities
    CS9 would be suitable for use by disabled cyclists using adapted bicycles, such as hand cycles and tricycles. The designs adhere as closely as possible to the principles for inclusive cycling set out in our London Cycling Design Standards. Cycle tracks on CS9 would be as wide as possible and a smooth riding surface would be provided, with the entire cycle route to be resurfaced.

    How do previous proposals relate to Cycle Superhighway 9?
    Previous consultations on measures to improve some of these streets have already taken place.
    Hammersmith Gyratory
    In January 2017, TfL approved proposals to create dedicated space for cyclists on the northern side of Hammersmith gyratory with the support of Hammersmith & Fulham Council. For more information on the Hammersmith gyratory consultation that took place in spring 2016, please click here.
    Our proposals for CS9 would enhance the benefits provided by this scheme by extending the two-way cycle track on King Street to ensure cyclists do not have to mix with general traffic when travelling westbound through the area.
    We have listened to residents’ concerns over the reduction in capacity for general traffic on Beadon Road. We have updated our proposal here to ensure traffic can flow more freely through the junction with Hammersmith Grove. We would do this by signalising the junction of Beadon Road and Hammersmith Grove. Currently, vehicles exiting Hammersmith Grove and pedestrians crossing Beadon Road are uncontrolled. This can constrain the amount of traffic on Beadon Road that can flow into Hammersmith Gyratory. Controlling these movements with traffic signals would increase capacity for general traffic on Beadon Road which is the principal route for through traffic here.
    This revised design would also allow us to provide a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing over Beadon Road on the western arm of the junction, which would accommodate growth from surrounding developments. This would also provide enough time for vehicles making local trips to exit Hammersmith Grove and join Beadon Road.
    In addition, no new bus lane is proposed on Beadon Road in this design. This means more space for general traffic is retained for approximately 170 metres where bus lane had previously been proposed, but results in longer journeys for people travelling by bus. We will continue to look for ways to minimise or remove increases to bus journey times as much as possible. Click [here] for detailed traffic impacts of the proposals, including a comparison with the consulted scheme at Hammersmith Gyratory.
    We remain committed to delivering improvements at Hammersmith Gyratory. Subject to the outcome of this consultation, we would look to deliver these improvements as part of CS9. We intend to start construction of all improvements in Hammersmith Gyratory in late 2018, subject to the outcome of this consultation, any subsequent follow-up consultations and agreeing proposals with partner boroughs.

    Wellesley Road (traffic reduction)
    In summer 2016, the London Borough of Hounslow carried out a survey on traffic issues with residents and businesses in the Wellesley Road and Stile Hall Gardens area. The responses received indicated high levels of concern at the volume of through traffic – 73% responded that there is too much non-residential traffic in the area - and the impact of this on several issues including road safety, attractiveness of the road for walking and cycling and pollution.
    In late 2016, LB Hounslow consulted on proposals to reduce through traffic in the area. The majority of respondents (55%) were in favour of a closure/no entry to restrict access, and closing access to the South Circular from Wellesley Road and Stile Hall Gardens was the favoured change option (48%, or 87% of all responses in favour of change).
    These measures would reduce traffic on roads through the area, including Wellesley Road, Stile Hall Gardens and Heathfield Terrace. According to surveys carried out in summer 2016, up to 75% of vehicles travelling through this residential area is non-residential through traffic. Reducing traffic volumes on these roads would reduce congestion at peak periods, improve access for residents, make it easier for pedestrians to cross these roads and significantly improve conditions for cyclists using them.

    A3320 Warwick Road Safety Scheme
    In 2016, TfL consulted on proposals to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities around the junction of Kensington High Street with Warwick Road and Addison Road. These improvements are unaffected by CS9 proposals, and we intend to implement them early next year.

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  • Sutton Lane estate roundabout, Hounslow

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Hounslow council said:

    The council is consulting on a proposal for designating the grassed area in the middle of the
    Sutton Lane estate as a roundabout. This is the result of a resident petition presented to the
    Heston and Cranford Area Forum on 17 November 2016. At that meeting, councillors agreed
    that officers proceed to consultation. As shown in the map below, the roads that meet at this
    location are: Moulton Avenue; Charles Street; Kingswood Avenue, and Queenswood Avenue.

    The council does not have a firm position on the proposal at this stage. The recorded accident
    data available shows no recent collisions in this area. However, we have carried out site visits,
    and can understand why some local residents feel that motorists are confused by the current
    arrangement. We have been told by these residents that there have been several near misses.

    We believe the following information may help in considering your response to this consultation:
    - If the grassed area were designated as a roundabout, this would result in the loss of at
    least 11 parking spaces
    - Without physical changes to the geometry of the junction, there would remain a risk that
    drivers ignore the new roundabout status and travel in the wrong direction
    - The necessary signs and lines would cost in the region of £30,000. Given constrained
    resources, the scheme would not be eligible for funding under our mainstream program,
    but we are confident of securing an alternative funding source without significant delay
    - Any future dropped kerb / crossover applications from properties surrounding the
    grassed area would be unlikely to be approved

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  • Boston Manor Road cycleway

    Created by T Harris // 1 thread

    You may remember that Hounslow Council issued plans for a cycleway between Boston Manor Underground Station and the GSK complex back in 2014. The recent revised plan is for a bidirectional protected cycleway on the western side of Boston Manor Road. It includes plans for separation between the cycleway and bus stops. There are still places where cars can be driven over the cycleway at entrances to Boston Manor Park and car parking bays planned to be located between the cycleway and the properties opposite Manor Vale. We broadly support the plans, but please send in your concerns too. The consultation ends on 3rd June.

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  • Gunnersbury Avenue & Chiswick Roundabout TfL consultation

    Created by T Harris // 2 threads

    ‘Segregated cycleway’ planned for western side of Gunnersbury Avenue (next to park and cemetery)
    Transport for London are proposing widening the cycleway on the western side of Gunnersbury Avenue, next to the cemetery and park.

    ‘Shared pavement’ planned for eastern side of Gunnersbury Avenue
    TfL are proposing to make a 5m wide ‘shared use area for pedestrians and cyclists’ on the eastern side.

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  • Bedfont Road Cycling Improvements, Hounslow

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    The London Borough of Hounslow is proposing cycling and pedestrian improvements on Bedfont Road, an important link between the A30 Great South West Road and Chertsey Road that is served by the H26 bus route.
    This scheme's primary aim is to widen areas of footway in order to provide a 3m wide shared pedestrian and cycle route along the length of Bedfont Road, improving access to homes, businesses, and leisure facilities such as Bedfont Lakes. The proposals also include improved pedestrian crossing facilities and bus accessibility, which would particularly benefit vulnerable road users.

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  • Clayponds Avenue Surface

    Created by Space Pootler // 1 thread

    Clayponds Avenue is a crucial cycling link between South Ealing and the Great West Road, but the surface is so full of potholes as to be a risk to ride on. Nearly all group rides make use of the Olive Road/South Ealing Cemetery/Clayponds link, but it remains largely ignored by Hounslow Highways since requests for repairs began to be filed in 2013. As of late 2015, one individual recorded no fewer than 47 separate potholes.

    There are also scars left over from the removal of pedestrian refuge islands and other road furniture.

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