UPDATE: This consultation was extended until 25 September after it was discovered some homes and businesses that could be affected were not sent the consultation documents by TfL. This is not expected to affect the predicted timescales.
Plans to make cycling safer at Hammersmith gyratory are one step closer to reality after being strongly backed by local residents.
Almost 80 per cent of respondents to a consultation held by Transport for London (TfL) earlier this year supported the plans for segregated cycle tracks and improved junctions.
The improvements would remove what is regarded as one of main barriers preventing people regularly cycling through Hammersmith.
“We’re delighted residents’ support making cycling safer and less intimidating in Hammersmith,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, Hammersmith & Fulham’s Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“The gyratory can be a daunting prospect for cyclists and these improvements will ensure cyclists, pedestrians and other road users can all navigate the junction safely and easily.”
H&F Council has welcomed TfL’s support for its flagship project, which they will also fund. H&F launched its Cycling Strategy last year and the improvements to the gyratory were just one of many projects aimed to get eight per cent of all journeys in the borough undertaken by bike.
The gyratory plans include fully segregated cycle tracks running east to west across the north of the junction as well as dedicated cycling crossings, countdown timer crossing for pedestrians and a new bus lane to improve reliability of bus services.
The changes will allow cyclists to navigate from King Street to Hammersmith Road and back, without going round the southern section of the gyratory and without mixing with traffic.
Originally the plans included removal of one pedestrian crossing, but it is likely this will now be retained following feedback from residents.
H&F will now work up final details for the design and implementation of the scheme, based on consultation feedback.
Once agreed by the Cabinet, construction is set to start next summer and is expected to be completed in summer 2018.
The consultation ran from 2 February to 15 March 2016 and received 656 responses of which 79 per cent supported, or partially supported the proposals.