H&F section of East-West Cycle Superhighway gets go-ahead
A new section of cycle superhighway connecting Hammersmith & Fulham with central London and the west has been given the green light.
Last year Transport for London (TfL) consulted on the East-West Cycle Superhighway which included a section of route alongside the A40 in H&F.
TfL received 445 responses to the section of route between Wood Lane and Savoy Circus, in East Acton, with 77 per cent of respondents supporting or partially supporting the proposals.
“We want to double the number of bike journeys people make in H&F and so welcome the news that more people will now be able to safely ride to, from and through our borough,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
The TfL consultation showed strong support for upgrading the existing shared pedestrian and cycle facilities along the A40 from Wood Lane to Acton, to encourage more people to walk and cycle.
However part of the wider consultation, which proposed a route on the elevated section of the Westway raised concerns and has since been dropped.
TfL is now investigating the feasibility of an alternative route along Bayswater Road, Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park Avenue and Wood Lane.
Planning for future demand – Wood Lane and Old Oak Common
The area surrounding the A40 Westway/Western Avenue is undergoing significant development and regeneration, with sites such as Old Oak and Park Royal, the former BBC Television Centre and Imperial College London’s White City Campus.
These schemes will greatly increase future demand for local pedestrian and cycle facilities and we will work closely alongside TfL to develop the cycle network along these roads to meet that demand.
“We want to be the greenest borough in the country and helping people adopt cycling as a sustainable transport mode is key to this,” added Cllr Harcourt.
“This scheme will offer our residents a direct route to Wood lane and Westfield shopping centre, as well as opening up the corridor for cyclists to head further west.”
In July 2015, H&F Council launched its Cycle Strategy, outlining our plans for helping to make cycling less intimidating and getting many more journeys being made by bike.
This includes helping cyclists navigate notorious junctions like Hammersmith Gyratory, more ‘Quietways’ across the borough and improving safety with cycle training and education.