Section B - Westway (Bloemfontein Road to Hemlock Road)

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016

Results Updated 22 Feb 2019

The design proposals for this section have been updated following the consultation and can be viewed here:


What are we proposing?

  • Widened shared-use footway
  • New signage to improve awareness of shared-use footway on A40
  • Removal of parking bay
  • Bus stop improvements
  • Raised crossing at Bloemfontein Road

Widened shared-use footway

  • To the east of Bloemfontein Road the shared-use footway would be widened into the existing grass verge and the existing ramp would be raised to footway level. This would provide a footway of 7.1 metres wide
  • To the west of Bloemfontein Road the existing grass verge and six trees would be removed to widen the existing footway. The trees would be replaced to the east of Bloemfontein Road 
  • The shared-use footway would be up to 4.3 metres wide, narrowing to 2.2 metres outside Lavender Court, 2.6 metres beside the westbound bus stop, and 2.5 metres wide beside the subway entrance at Hemlock Road
  • The existing verge and four trees to the west of the entrance to Lavender Court would be replaced by a narrower tree trench
  • Where Sundew Avenue meets the A40 Westway the footway would be widened by reducing the existing grass verge. The existing slope would be stabilised by building a retaining wall, the current chevron signs would be relocated and placed on the retaining wall
  • To the west of Sundew Avenue the footway would be widened by cutting back existing vegetation and the removal of the existing parking bays
  • Existing street furniture, such as lampposts, would be relocated to the edge of the footway throughout this section so as not to obstruct the newly widened space

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

New signage to improve awareness of shared-use footway on A40

  • New signage would be put in place where Bloemfontein Road and  Sundew Avenue meet the A40 and near the entrance to the subway. This would alert footway users about the shared nature of the footway along the A40.

Removal of parking bay

  • The existing parking bay to the west of Sundew Avenue on the A40 Westway, which provides 99 metres of parking (approximately 16 spaces),  would be removed.

Bus stop improvements

  • The bus stop at the entrance to Lavender Court would remain, with the existing ‘back to kerb’ shelter being relocated further west to provide additional width for the shared footway
  • The layout of the existing Hemlock Road bus stop (Stop X) would be improved to make it more accessible. A new ‘back to kerb’ bus shelter would be provided 

Raised crossing at Bloemfontein Road

  • At the junction of Bloemfontein Road, a new 5.6 metre raised crossing area would be created by raising the carriageway to footway level and introducing tactile paving. This would improve safety by reducing vehicle speeds into the junction and accessibility of the crossing by aligning it with the shared footway on either side. The existing guardrailing and bollards would be removed and other street furniture would be relocated to accommodate the new crossing
  • The existing section of raised carriageway further from the junction would be removed and the kerb brought up to the surrounding level

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.

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