East-West Cycle Superhighway from Paddington to Acton – summary of predicted journey time impacts for road users and pedestrians

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016


This note explains the impacts we expect our proposals to have and is accompanied by a data table. A selection of journeys through the scheme area has been modelled to determine any predicted changes in journey times for cyclists, general traffic and buses, and predicted changes in journey and wait times for pedestrians.

Click here for the traffic modelling data table

The table shows the current on-street situation (base model),the predicted journey times should the scheme be built, and the difference between the two.

General traffic

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.

The traffic modelling analysis looks at journey times at the busiest hours of peak periods in the morning and evening. The most notable changes to journey times are summarised as follows:

  • The westbound journey from Edgware Road or Ranelagh Bridge to Gipsy Corner in the evening peak would be 6-8 minutes quicker than now. For motorists joining the A40 via the West Cross Route, the journey from Holland Park Roundabout to Gipsy Corner would be 8-10 minutes quicker than now.
  • Eastbound journeys, towards central London, will be slower at the busiest times of day. In the morning peak, the journey between Gipsy Corner and Edgware Road would be 1-2 minutes slower than now with motorists experiencing longer queues on the elevated A40.
  • The journey between Gipsy Corner and Westbourne Bridge would be 4-6 minutes slower than now with motorists experiencing longer queues on the approach to the Paddington slip Road.
  • For motorists using the West Cross Route and the A40 for trips between Holland Park Roundabout and the Paddington area, journeys in the morning peak would be 8-10 minutes slower than now with motorists experiencing longer queues both on the approach to the junction with the A40 and on the approach to the Paddington slip Road. However, we are investigating a number of measures to reduce the delay –   and the scheme will not proceed unless it is reduced. The journey in the opposite direction in the evening peak will be the same as now.
  • There are also some impacts on roads crossing the A40. Southbound journeys on Wood Lane across the A40 junction would be between 0 and 1 minute slower in the morning and evening peak. Northbound journeys would be between 1 and 3 minutes slower in the morning and evening peaks. On Bishops Bridge Road, journeys in the morning peak will range between 1 minute faster and 2 minutes slower.


Traffic modelling has been undertaken for all bus routes which pass through the proposed scheme area to understand the potential impact of the scheme on bus journey times. The data table shows the impact the scheme is predicted to have on individual routes.

Morning peak

Bus journey times along Wood Lane and through the Paddington area are not expected to be significantly affected.

Evening peak

  • Journey times on routes 283 and 272 along Wood Lane are predicted to increase by 1-2 minute in both directions
  • We predict a 1-2 minute journey time reduction for routes 7, 23 and 436 westbound along Bishops Bridge Road


Wood Lane junction

We would relocate the signalised pedestrian crossing from the northern arm of Wood Lane underneath the elevated Westway section. As a result, the pedestrian journey time when crossing the northern arm of Wood Lane is predicted to  be halved to 20-30 seconds.

We would remove the signalised pedestrian crossing from the southern arm of Wood Lane. Pedestrians would be able to use alternative nearby crossing facilities.

Bishops Bridge Road/Westbourne Terrace junction

At the junction of Bishops Bridge Road and Westbourne Terrace, we would convert the staggered pedestrian crossing across Bishops Bridge Road (east) to a straight-across pedestrian crossing. We expect this to reduce pedestrian crossing times and wait times by up to a minute.


Our proposals would replace an eastbound traffic lane on the elevated section of the A40 Westway with a segregated two-way cycle track. Once built, the cycle journey between Westbourne Bridge and Gypsy Corner is predicted to take 18-22 minutes.

Explanatory note on accompanying traffic modelling data table

We have used traffic modelling tools to calculate the expected average journey time changes at the busiest hour in both the morning and evening peak. This data table outlines the predicted average journey times for the following two situations:

  • Base model - current situation on street – Journey times for general traffic and buses are taken from VISSIM traffic modelling software
  • Proposed Model Journey Times – Predicted journey times at peak hours if the East-West Cycle Superhighway is extended from Paddington to Acton.

If you have any further questions concerning the traffic modelling for this scheme, please email your requirements and contact details to trafficmodelling@tfl.gov.uk

Complementary measures

The impacts calculated through the traffic models do not take account of a range of additional complementary measures that would have beneficial impacts on journey times for buses and general traffic

  • Where there are negative impacts on journey times for bus routes shown in the table, a programme of work is being developed to save time elsewhere along the affected route by addressing delays and giving priority to buses at certain pinch-points
  • Road users can expect comprehensive and specific travel advice to help them to make informed journey choices to avoid busy times and locations
  • We will continue our work with freight and servicing companies to support them to plan their activity to avoid the busiest times and locations, evaluate quieter technology to enable more deliveries to take place out of hours and investigate the benefits of consolidation centres.
  • 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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