Transport for London (TfL) has released their initial results of the consultation on the first phase of Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9), a package of improvements for cyclists broadly along the A315 between Kensington Olympia and Brentford.
Following the end of the consultation led by TfL in October 2017, some respondents raised concerns about elements of the scheme, particularly around Chiswick High Road.
- A review of options to reduce the impact on the southern footway of Chiswick High Road for pedestrians, particularly outside the Our Lady of Grace church;
- Access arrangements for some side roads off Chiswick High Road;
- Loading provisions for businesses along the high road;
- Consideration to wider parking and traffic management measures if the scheme is implemented to deal with likely knock on impacts from the scheme.
Hounslow Council is working with TfL to ensure that the scheme addresses these concerns and provides solutions that will benefit all those who live, work and visit Chiswick High Road.
Still proving, one of West London’s most contentious topics, local residents have come forward to voice a variety of opinions.` Councillor Sam Hearn says “The key point is within TFL’s own consultation: the scheme will increase pollution on the high road and divert traffic onto the A4 which is already heavily polluted and congested. In principle, it’s an excellent idea but the unfortunate result will be an even poorer air quality for Chiswick residents.”
However, community activist Karen Liebreich points out, “The Cycle Superhighway has been blown up out of all proportion, and has become a political and religious football, which is most unfortunate and ridiculous. It’s basically a very good thing.”
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “With 60 per cent of respondents supporting plans for Cycle Superhighway 9, there is a clear desire for improved cycling links in west London, however in Hounslow there are local concerns about the effect of CS9 on other road users, particularly pedestrians.
“Whilst we are very keen to improve cycle facilities between our town centres, we cannot ignore these valid comments and council officers are working with TfL to seek to address the concerns that have been raised.”
A final decision on a revised scheme will not be taken until later in the year, when the newly elected administration will review TfL’s amended proposals and determine the council’s position on it. There will also be further opportunities for the public to have their say.