Have your say on the new East-West Cycle Superhighway from Paddington to Wood Lane

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016

Results Updated 4 Aug 2017

Between 8 February and 20 March 2016, we consulted on proposals for a continuous cycle route from Paddington to Wood Lane, and improved cycling provision from Wood Lane to Acton.

We received 847 responses to our consultation, of which 69 per cent supported or partially supported our proposals. The consultation showed strong support for segregated cycle facilities in west London that connect existing cycle routes and open up new areas to cyclists and pedestrians.

However, it also highlighted concerns, including the suitability of the elevated section of the A40 Westway as a cycle route citing, difficulties accessing and exiting the elevated route, potentially unpleasant cycling conditions (noise, spray, air pollution), and the cost of adapting the structure.

We are also due to carry out essential structural maintenance work on the A40 Westway carriageway in 2018-2020 , as part of our programme of road improvements.

Alternative cycle superhighway route for west London

Following consideration of these issues (and the maintenance work in 2018-2020) we have decided not to go ahead with the proposed alignment from Lancaster Gate to Wood Lane via the A40 Westway. Instead we are assessing the feasibility of an alternative route along Bayswater Road, Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park Avenue and Wood Lane, ensuring shop frontage requirements and local accesses are taken into account. This alignment was identified as a key corridor by our Strategic Cycling Analysis (published June 2017).

We will continue to work closely with the local boroughs and engage with key stakeholders to discuss requirements.

Click here to view our consultation report for the East-West Cycle Superhighway – Paddington to Wood Lane (PDF)


What are we proposing?

We are proposing a continuous, segregated route from Paddington to Wood Lane. The scheme is part of the East-West Cycle Superhighway, which runs from Tower Hill through central London. It would provide a clearer and safer route for cyclists through west London, separated from other vehicles.

The new section of route would join the current planned route at Westbourne Terrace by Craven Road and continue on to Westbourne Bridge. The route would join the A40 Westway via the Harrow Road slip to Westbourne Terrace. It would then continue west along the elevated section of the route replacing an eastbound traffic lane. The route would then connect to the Wood Lane junction via the Wood Lane slip road to the Westway.

An artist's impression of shows the view looking west along the Westway (elevated section)


Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Detailed sections

Further details about specific parts of the route can be found below:

Section 1- Westbourne Terrace

Section 2- Bishop’s Bridge Road-Orsett Terrace Junction

Section 3- Bishop’s Bridge Road -Gloucester Terrace Junction

Section 4- Westbourne Bridge to Harrow Road Slip

Section 5- Harrow Road slip to Westway

Section 6- Westway (Harrow Road slip to West Cross Roundabout)

Section 7- West Cross Roundabout to Wood Lane Slip

Section 8- Wood Lane Junction

Summary of the proposed improvements for cycling between Paddington and Wood Lane

Westbourne Terrace and Westbourne Bridge

  • New segregated cycle tracks in both directions on Westbourne Terrace, connecting to the section of the East-West Cycle Superhighway previously consulted on
  • Improvements to safety for cyclists at the junctions of Westbourne Terrace with Craven Road, Chilworth Street, Cleveland Terrace, Bishop’s Bridge Road and Orsett Terrace
  • Previously banned turning movements permitted for cyclists at the junction of Westbourne Terrace with Bishop’s Bridge Road
  • Segregated two-way cycle track across the eastern side of Westbourne Bridge, continuing onto the Westway via the Harrow Road slip
  • New cycle connection between Westbourne Bridge and A404 Harrow Road

A40 Westway and Wood Lane

  • Segregated two-way cycle track, separated from other traffic by a 1metre high vehicle restraint barrier on the northern side of the elevated Westway. We are investigating an additional screen to protect cyclists from vehicle spray and cross winds, which would raise the height of the barrier to 1.8 metres. The existing parapet on the outside of the Westway would be raised to a height of 1.4 metres
  • Segregated two-way cycle track continues across the north side of the elevated roundabout, continuing off the Westway via the Wood Lane slip

Wood Lane

  • New segregated cycle tracks in both directions through the Wood Lane Junction beneath the Westway, and a dedicated two-way cycle crossing from the south-eastern corner to the south-western corner of the junction

Summary of the other effects of the proposed changes

Changes to road design and layout

  • Banned right turn from Bishop’s Bridge Road westbound into Westbourne Terrace northbound for all traffic except cyclists
  • Right turn from Bishop’s Bridge Road westbound into Gloucester Terrace northbound reintroduced

Changes to pedestrian facilities and crossings

  • Pedestrian crossing of Bishop’s Bridge Road at Westbourne Terrace converted from ‘staggered’ to straight across, meaning pedestrians would cross in one movement instead of waiting at a central island  
  • We would relocate the ‘straight across’ signalised pedestrian crossing from the northern arm of Wood Lane 19 metres south, underneath the elevated Westway section, to improve the operation of the junction and reduce delays to traffic.   
  • We would remove the existing signalised pedestrian crossing on the southern arm of Wood Lane to improve the operation of the junction and reduce delays to traffic.

Changes to parking and loading

  • We would relocate or remove some existing kerbside parking and loading to make space for the cycle track
  • Double yellow lines with no loading permitted would replace the existing single yellow lines on Westbourne Terrace. Double yellow lines with off peak loading are also proposed on a section of Bishop’s Bridge Road
  • Some parking spaces would be lost on Cleveland Terrace and Westbourne Terrace Road

Changes to deliveries and servicing

  • We continue to work with businesses and freight operators to minimise the impact of these proposals on their operations. If your home or workplace is on or near the proposed route, please let us know if the proposals could affect your deliveries, collections and servicing. We would encourage you to discuss the proposals with companies undertaking these operations.

Traffic impacts of these proposals

Our latest analysis shows that these proposals would change journey times for general traffic and some bus routes. We anticipate a significant change for some journeys through the scheme area. Some journeys for general traffic would get longer at the busiest times of day and some would get shorter. Bus journeys along Wood Lane and through the Paddington area would be unaffected in the morning peak, with some journeys becoming longer and some shorter in the evening peak.

Please click here for a summary of predicted journey time impacts through the scheme area for different road users, including a table summarising the traffic modelling results.

Complementary measures

The predicted traffic impacts do not take account of a range of additional complementary measures that would have beneficial impacts on journey times for buses and general traffic. This includes investing in schemes to address bus delays and give priority to buses at certain pinchpoints and providing road users with comprehensive and specific travel advice to help them avoid busy times and locations. We will continue to work with freight and servicing companies to support them to plan their activity to avoid the busiest times and locations. Through the creation of the new Roads and Transport Policing Command, we will target enforcement at the busiest locations and known hot spots to reduce delays and keep traffic moving.

Next steps

We will analyse and consider all of the responses received to the consultation, and publish our response later this year. Construction of the scheme would be subject to the outcome of this consultation, consideration of competing priorities for resources elsewhere on London's main road network, and further approvals.

As part of the Road Modernisation Plan, further work is required to better understand the condition of the elevated Westway. Construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway on the elevated Westway would depend on the condition of the structure, and would be delayed if any renewal work were required.

Have your say, including public events

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

Alternatively, you can:

  • Email us at consultations@tfl.gov.uk
  • Call us on 0343 222 1155 (service and network charges may apply)

You can also request paper copies of plans and a response form, copies in Braille, large text or another language using the above contact information.

Please tell us your views by Sunday 20 March 2016.

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



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  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Westminster


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