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

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 445 responses to our consultation, of which 77 per cent supported or partially supported our proposals. The consultation showed strong support for upgrading the existing shared pedestrian and cycle facilities along the A40 from Wood Lane to Acton, encouraging more people to walk and cycle.                                                                                                           

However, the consultation also highlighted a number of concerns, including the extent of improvements to the shared-use path, interaction between pedestrians and cyclists along the route, and the pedestrian crossing facilities at Savoy Circus.

After considering all responses, we will continue to develop the overall scheme along the route alignment consulted on - with some changes to the detailed proposals. We aim to publish an update on our plans later in 2017, along with our response to the issues raised about the design we consulted on.

Planning for future demand – Wood Lane and Old Oak Common

The area surrounding the A40 Westway/Western Avenue is undergoing significant development and regeneration, at sites such as Old Oak and Park Royal, and Imperial College London’s White City Campus.

These schemes will greatly increase future demand for pedestrian and cycle facilities in the immediate area. We will consider this expected increase when revising our plans.

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


What are we proposing?

We are proposing improvements to the existing cycling provision between Wood Lane and Acton, connecting to the proposed scheme from Paddington to Wood Lane. More information on these proposals can be found here. 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 proposals would provide improved cycle facilities along the Westway, linking to and enhancing existing cycle facilities at Old Oak Road, and continue along Western Avenue to Kathleen Avenue.

Detailed sections

Section A - Westway (Wood Lane to Bloemfontein Road)

Section B - Westway (Bloemfontein Road to Hemlock Road)

Section C - Westway (Hemlock Road to Savoy Circus)

Section D - Savoy Circus

Section E- Western Avenue (Savoy Circus to Perryn Road)

Section F- Western Avenue (Perryn Road to Gypsy Corner)

Section G - Western Avenue (Gypsy Corner to Kathleen Avenue)


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

Summary of the proposed improvements for cycling from Wood Lane to Acton

Widening existing shared-use footway on southern side of A40 Westway (Wood Lane to Old Oak Road)

  • Widening the existing shared-use footway on the southern side of A40 Westway, providing additional space for cyclists and pedestrians

Upgrade to existing cycle track on southern side of A40 Western Avenue (Old Oak Road to Kathleen Avenue)

  • Widening the existing shared-use footway  on the southern side of A40 Western Avenue, providing additional space for cyclists and pedestrians
  • New sections of segregated cycle track connecting the existing shared use sections of footway, forming a continuous cycle route

Other effects of the proposed changes

Changes to bus stops and bus routes

  • Three existing bus stops moved, with improvements to waiting facilities and accessibility
  • Two existing bus stops between Old Oak Common Lane and Foster Road merged to create a single new bus stop designed to accessible standards
  • Two existing bus stops between Kathleen Avenue and Park View merged to create a single bus stop designed to accessible standards

Changes to pedestrian facilities and crossings

  • A new raised crossing area would be introduced at the junction of Bloemfontein Road with the A40 Westway, replacing the existing crossing.
  • The existing pedestrian and cycle crossings along the southern side of Savoy Circus would be simplified to make it quicker and easier to cross
  • Pedestrians using the crossing near Glendun Road would get more time to cross
  • The existing raised crossings at the junctions of the A40 with Kathleen Avenue, Allan Way, Court Way and Park View would be realigned and widened 
  • The existing pedestrian and cycle crossings at the junction of Horn Lane would be widened and the crossing on the left slip road would be relocated
  • Large sections of the existing footway between Wood Lane and Kathleen Avenue would be widened, providing additional space for segregated cycle lanes and shared-use footway

Changes to parking and loading

  • The existing parking bay to the west of Sundew Avenue on the westbound carriageway of the A40 Westway, which provides  99 metres (approximately 16 spaces) of parking, would be removed          
  • Two sections of parking bays, which currently provide 76 metres (approximately 12 spaces) and 41 metres (approximately 6 spaces) of parking respectively, would be removed on the westbound carriageway of the A40 Westway between Hemlock Road and Savoy Circus

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 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 relevant approvals.

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:


  • Ealing
  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Westminster


  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders


  • Roads