Cycleway 9 - Chiswick High Road

Closes 31 Dec 2020

Opened 1 Jul 2020

Overview

As London continues to emerge from the lockdown we will need to help people to walk and cycle more often, to reduce demand for public and private transport to essential trips only.  

In September 2017 we held a consultation on proposals to create Cycleway 9 to link Kensington Olympia and Brentford town centre. Having taken the issues raised by respondents to the consultation into account, we decided to proceed and published our response to the consultation in January 2019.  Since then, the London Borough of Hounslow has made changes at Wellesley Road and Stile Hall Gardens, and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has introduced temporary changes from the junction of Goldhawk Road/Chiswick High Road to Olympia. We now intend to make additional temporary changes to help encourage people to cycle along the section of Chiswick High Road between Wellesley Road and Goldhawk Road, to link with the existing schemes and provide a continuous route for cyclists. This is particularly important because there is a high collision rate involving vulnerable road users along the Chiswick High Road ‘corridor’.  

The map below gives an overview of the changes we will be making.  

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Cycleway 9 overview map (PDF 4.69MB)

We have been working very closely with the London Borough of Hounslow to develop the following temporary changes. LB Hounslow is in full agreement with the changes we will make:  

Walking and cycling  

  • Cycle route with markings throughout Heathfield Terrace and Wellesley Road, linking Chiswick High Road in the east with A205 in the west. This scheme will help encourage people to cycle more as an alternative to public or private transport
  • Give-way markings added to Horticultural Way access to Heathfield Terrace to stop vehicles and increase safety for cyclists on Heathfield Terrace
  • Changes to cycle facilities on the eastbound approach to the junction of Chiswick High Road with Heathfield Terrace, to reduce conflict for eastbound cyclists on Chiswick High Road accessing the two-way cycle track
  • Right turn banned from Chiswick High Road into Heathfield Terrace for all traffic except cycles to maintain junction capacity and reduce conflict with vehicles. Vehicles on Chiswick High Road can access Heathfield Terrace via Town Hall Avenue or Sutton Lane North to the west
  • Removal of eastbound cycle lane and implementation of continual two-way segregated cycle way, separated from traffic by ‘wands’, on southern side of Chiswick High Road from Heathfield Terrace to junction with Goldhawk Road, connecting to temporary scheme implemented by LB Hammersmith & Fulham. This will provide a direct route east-west separated from motorised traffic, to improve road safety for cyclists and encourage everyone who can do so to cycle
  • Exit from Bleak House Lane closed off using traffic management barriers to allow for re-positioning of traffic signals necessary for the new cycle track, and to reduce conflict for cyclists by removing traffic crossing the two-way segregated cycle lane. Access to Bleak House Lane via Sanderson’s Lane is retained, and egress is retained via Barley Mow Passage
  • Temporary island implemented on Linden gardens (west) to reduce potential for conflict between eastbound right turners and bus stop bypass island
  • Temporary reduction in lanes on Linden Gardens (east) at its junction with Chiswick High Road to reduce likelihood of exiting vehicles waiting in the cycle track to complete turns, and to improve visibility of oncoming cyclists
  • Access to car park by George IV Pub, west of Devonshire Road, closed off using traffic management barriers to create temporary increase in footway space
  • Inclusion of Advanced Stop Lines for cyclists to reduce conflict with other traffic on Annandale Road, Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick Lane, Upham Park Road, British Grove and Goldhawk Road
  • Cycle lane with buff surfacing across junction with Linden Gardens (west), Brackley Road, Homefield Road. Airedale Road and Netheravon Road to alert turning vehicles to presence of cyclists
  • Access to uncontrolled pedestrian crossing between Prebend Gardens and Goldhawk Road closed off using temporary barriers in order to accommodate two-way cycle lane
  • New bus stop islands, to provide space for passengers to wait, board and alight buses away from the main footway
  • Raised zebra crossings where cycle track meets a bus stop island to provide priority for bus passengers   

Buses  

  • Westbound bus lanes removed between Heathfield Terrace and British Grove to create space for cycle track. A number of mitigations are proposed to maintain bus journey times
  • Eastbound bus gate implemented on the approach to Acton Lane on Chiswick High Road to help buses to run more reliably (no changes proposed to main junction)
  • Westbound bus stop opposite Stamford Brook Bus Garage relocated to outside 33-40 Prebend Mansions in order to accommodate two-way cycle lane
  • Eastbound bus stop at 124-134 Chiswick High Road relocated to outside 150-158 Chiswick High Road, to avoid having stops directly opposite each other
  • Eastbound bus lane retained between Ravensmede Way and Prebend Gardens
  • Implementation of a right turn pocket at Chiswick High Road junction with Goldhawk Road/King Street for westbound traffic that will ease congestion, allow the flow of traffic and protect westbound bus performance
  • Changes to traffic signals operation at the junction with Turnham Green Terrace/Annandale Road, to improve operation of the junction.   

Parking

  • New loading facilities between Heathfield Terrace and Clifton Gardens, between Mayfield Avenue and Thornton Avenue and between Thornton Avenue and Upham Park Road to support delivery and servicing of business in the vicinity. Off peak loading on single yellow lines will also be retained at a number of locations throughout the road
  • Evening and Sunday parking retained on sections of single yellow line where width allows
  • Pay and display bays between Windmill Road and Turnham Green Terrace retained (8 spaces)
  • Parking suspended, outside 150 Chiswick High Road (5 spaces) on eastbound carriageway to accommodate bus stop relocated from east of Mayfield Avenue (c.80m)
  • Parking suspended (3 spaces) outside 107 Chiswick High Road to provide bus stop bypass and a new loading bay (c.7m)
  • Bus stop cage at 64-70 Chiswick High Road reduced in width to allow sufficient space to enable eastbound vehicles to overtake stationary buses and keep the traffic moving
  • Parking suspended outside 1-8 Prebend Mansions, Chiswick High Road (2 bays), 2 to 20 Chiswick High Road (3 spaces and motorcycle parking c.6.5m) and 21 Chiswick High Road (8 spaces) in order to accommodate two-way cycle lane  

These changes are in addition those temporarily implemented by LB Hounslow:  

  • Temporary Barriers across Wellesley Road junction with Chiswick High Road to remove through traffic except cyclists
  • Temporary change to Duke Road junction with Chiswick High Road which has been converted to left turn exit only except for cycles
  • Motor traffic except buses and cycles removed from Fisher's Lane at the rail bridge marking the borough boundary (implemented in partnership with LB Ealing)
  • Traffic removed from Turnham Green Terrace and Devonshire Road except for buses, cycles, loading and access

These are described in more detail in the pack of maps below.  

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Cycleway 9 layout maps (PDF 393KB)  

The works to construct these temporary changes are scheduled to begin on or about 14 September, and would take until late November or early December to be completed.  

Although we are not undertaking a formal consultation on any Streetspace schemes, we would like to know about your experiences of them. If you have any comments about the effects of our scheme, or suggestions for changes or improvements we might make, please let us know at: streetspacelondon@tfl.gov.uk 

We will continue to monitor the effects of these temporary changes over the coming months. This includes their effects on traffic flow, road safety and cycling and walking rates. We have written to local people, businesses and other stakeholders to explain what changes we have made and encouraged them to provide us their views and experiences of the changes. We will listen carefully to the feedback we receive.

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