Section F - Chiswick High Road

Closed 31 Oct 2017

Opened 21 Sep 2017

Overview

Chiswick High Road is currently dominated by motor traffic and can be an intimidating and unpleasant place to cycle and walk. Our proposals would give people space and time to cycle through the area more easily, and make it easier to cross the road at dedicated crossing points. We would also and add more greenery, for example by planting new trees, and may install new seating areas.

These improvements would help to make these streets work better for cycling and walking, so both individuals in the area and the community as a whole can benefit.

An artist’s impression of the proposals, looking east along Chiswick High Road from Duke's Avenue

An artist’s impression of the proposals, looking west along Chiswick High Road from Cleveland Avenue

Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track on the southern footway, replacing advisory on-carriageway cycle lanes, general traffic and bus lanes and some footway space between Goldhawk Road and Heathfield Terrace  
  • Duke’s Avenue converted to entry-only; Duke Road converted to exit-only, addressing the trend of collisions involving vehicles turning into Duke Road from Chiswick High Road
  • Banned manoeuvres and other changes at the Chiswick High Road / Goldhawk Road junction to help traffic flow freely through the area around the proposed cycle track
  • No right turn from Chiswick High Road into Heathfield Terrace (except buses and cyclists) to help traffic flow freely through the area around the proposed cycle track
  • Changes to bus gates, bus lanes and operating hours on Chiswick High Road
  • Changes to bus stop locations to ensure these integrate with existing trees and proposed cycle track
  • Extension to length and operating hours of eastbound bus lane to improve journey times for buses
  • Removal of sections of westbound bus lane to accommodate cycle track and maintain general traffic flow
  • Converting many single yellow lines to double yellow lines to accommodate cycle track and maintain general traffic flow
  • New signalised crossings on Chiswick High Road at Mayfield Avenue, Windmill Road and at Linden Gardens (converted from zebra)
  • Urban space improvements, including planting new trees and seating areas

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Segregated two-way cycle track replaces advisory cycle lanes, general traffic and bus lanes and some footway space between Goldhawk Road and Heathfield Terrace

  • The new cycle track would be 3 metres wide, occasionally narrowing to 2.5 metres at localised pinch points
  • The segregating kerb separating cyclists from general traffic would be at least 0.5 metres wide
  • The two-way track would replace all advisory cycle lanes on Chiswick High Road
  • The track would replace stretches of westbound bus lane just west of Goldhawk Road, from Netheravon Road to Homefield Road and from Windmill Road to Linden Gardens (entry)
  • Footways and carriageways would be narrowed in some places to accommodate the cycle track. The remaining footway would generally be at least 3 metres wide; in some places significantly wider and narrowing to a minimum width of 2 metres at localised pinch points
  • To facilitate access into CS9 at Heathfield Terrace, a mandatory cycle lane would replace one eastbound general traffic lane on Chiswick High Road. A signal-controlled cycle crossing would be provided to allow eastbound cyclists to cross to the southern side of Chiswick High Road unopposed by other vehicles
  • Two trees would be removed at Mayfield Avenue and Windmill Road, as the footway buildout in these areas would be removed to accommodate an eastbound bus lane. This would help mitigate bus journey time delays along Chiswick High Road. We would identify suitable nearby locations where we could replace these trees
  • The two-way cycle track would be routed to ensure mature trees on Chiswick High Road would be maintained where possible. It would be north of the tree line at some points, and south of it at others. In keeping with the character of the road, our proposals retain most trees. However, three trees would be removed to create space for the cycle track, general traffic and buses. Subject to investigation, we have identified potential locations for ten new trees in the area to offset these loses
  • Lighting on Chiswick High Road would be assessed, and brought up to British Standards if required
  • Pedestrian crossings over the cycle track would be uncontrolled. The cycle track would be the same level as the footway at crossing points, to allow step-free access. These crossing points would be offset from the crossing of the main road to alert cyclists to the presence of a pedestrians crossing
  • We would convert the southern footway on Chiswick High Road at the junctions of Chiswick Lane and Heathfield Terrace to shared-use, enabling cyclist access at these roads. Coloured surface materials would be used to highlight the shared-use areas to people walking and cycling
  • The flower bed outside no.13 Chiswick High Road near Goldhawk Road would be reduced by approximately 8 m2 to accommodate the cycle track
  • Bus stop bypasses would be installed at all westbound bus stops, allowing cyclists to proceed along the cycle track behind the bus stop rather than having to mix with general traffic
  • Bus passengers would access a waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a raised, marked crossing point. The waiting area would be 2.5 metres wide
  • The bus stops affected are: RR at Chiswick Lane, SS at Chiswick Police Station, and relocated stop PP (currently at Stamford Brook Bus Garage)

Duke’s Avenue converted to entry-only; Duke Road converted to exit-only

  • Duke Road would be converted to exit-only into Chiswick High Road for all vehicles. Traffic counts found a maximum of 60 vehicles per hour turn into Duke Road. Access from Chiswick High Road would be maintained via Duke’s Avenue and Borne Place. This would help to address a trend of collisions involving vehicles turning into Duke Road from Chiswick High Road
  • Duke’s Avenue would be converted to entry-only from Chiswick High Road to all vehicles to help traffic flow more freely through the area. Traffic counts found a maximum of 72 vehicles per hour turn out of Duke Road. A ‘Keep Clear’ marking would be added at the junction with Chiswick High Road to help right-turning vehicles Access into Chiswick High Road would be maintained via Bourne Place / Duke Road

Banned manoeuvres and other changes at the Chiswick High Road / Goldhawk Road junction

  • The right turn into British Grove from Chiswick High Road would be banned for all vehicles except cyclists from the cycle track. Traffic counts found that this turn is made by a maximum of 36 vehicles per hour currently, many of which perform U-turns
  • The left turn into British Grove from King Street would be banned for all vehicles except cyclists from the cycle track. Traffic counts found that this turn is made by a maximum of 4 vehicles per hour currently
  • These changes to turning movements allow a more efficient method of control at this junction, maintaining general traffic flow
  • The movement from Goldhawk Road into British Grove would remain open for all vehicles
  • The one-way section on the south of British Grove would be reversed, to allow smaller vehicles to enter via St Peter’s Square / Berestede Road
  • A new signal-controlled straight-across pedestrian crossing of British Grove would be installed
  • The signal-controlled straight-across pedestrian crossing on Chiswick High Road west of the Goldhawk Road junction would be converted to a staggered crossing
  • A new advanced stop line for northbound cyclists would be introduced at the British Grove/Chiswick High Road junction
  • We would install new traffic signals at the British Grove/Chiswick High Road junction. Vehicles would exit British Grove at the same time as vehicles exiting Goldhawk Road, rather than giving way to the junction as they do currently

No right turn from Chiswick High Road into Heathfield Terrace for all vehicles except buses and cyclists

  • Motor vehicles except buses would no longer be allowed to turn right from Chiswick High Road into Heathfield Terrace. Cyclists and buses would still be allowed to make this turn
  • This change would allow traffic to flow more freely through the area
  • Traffic counts found that a maximum of 31 vehicles per hour make this turn

Changes to bus gates, bus lanes and operating hours on Chiswick High Road

  • We would extend operating hours of all bus lanes between Goldhawk Road and Heathfield Terrace to 7-10am and 4-8pm, Monday - Sunday
  • The westbound bus gate at Stamford Brook bus garage would be removed
  • Westbound bus lane between Airedale Avenue and Homefield Road would be converted to two-way cycle track
  • Eastbound bus lane on the approach to Acton Lane would be extended. Buses would be allowed to travel ahead in the left turning lane
  • Westbound bus lane would be converted to cycle track between Duke’s Avenue and Linden Gardens
  • New eastbound bus lane would be provided between Linden Gardens and Elliott Road, and from Turnham Green Terrace to Mayfield Avenue
  • New westbound bus lane would be provided from Chiswick Lane to Thornton Avenue

Changes to parking and loading on Chiswick High Road

  • Many single yellow lines on Chiswick High Road would be converted to double yellow lines. No parking or waiting would be permitted on remaining single yellow lines from 7am-8pm Monday-Sunday. No loading would be permitted 7-10am and 4-8pm Monday-Sunday. See Chiswick High Road parking and loading maps for further details
  • Parking bays on Chiswick High Road by nos. 23-29 would be moved next to the cycle segregation island. One bay would be relocated further west on Chiswick High Road; one bay would be removed. Parking would be for up to 2 hours, pay and display Monday-Saturday
  • Four parking spaces and 6 metres of motorcycle parking would be removed on the south side of Chiswick High Road between Netheravon Avenue and Airedale Avenue (by Prebend Mansions) to accommodate relocated bus stop PP
  • The loading bay on the east side of Chiswick Lane would be raised to footway level
  • One new pay and display parking space would be installed on the east side of Thornton Avenue
  • Three existing Loading and parking bays by nos. 97- 111 Chiswick High Road would be provided next to the cycle track and extended by four additional bays. Parking would be pay and display on Monday – Saturday 7am- 7pm, max stay 2 hours. Only goods vehicles would be permitted to load at the loading bay for up to 20 minutes, no return within 1 hour, on Monday – Saturday 7am- 7pm
  • The loading bay on the northern side of Chiswick High Road between nos. 148- 164 would be retained with no loading permitted from 7-10am and 4-8pm. This bay would serve as a night-time taxi rank, with taxis permitted to wait from 8pm-7am. Four pay and display parking spaces between nos 150-158 would be replaced with single yellow line
  • Two new pay and display parking spaces would be provided on the east side of Brackley Road
  • Three pay and display parking spaces would be removed on the north side of Chiswick High Road between nos. 196- 202
  • Five pay and display parking spaces would be removed on the north side of Chiswick High Road between nos 214-218
  • One new pay and display parking space would be provided on the east side of Linden Gardens
  • Four new pay and display parking spaces would be provided on Duke Road
  • Seven new pay and display parking spaces would be provided on Duke’s Avenue
  • A loading bay would be installed at footway level between nos. 286-298 Chiswick High Road. Only goods vehicles would be permitted to load at this bay for up to 20 minutes, no return within 1 hour
  • A loading bay would be provided on Duke’s Avenue. Only goods vehicles would be permitted to load at this bay for up to 20 minutes, no return within 1 hour, on Monday- Saturday 10am- 4pm
  • The loading bay on Chiswick Lane would be raised to footway level. Only goods vehicles would be permitted to load Mon-Sat 7am-7pm; maximum stay 20 minutes; no return within one hour

Click here for a larger version of the parking and waiting map (PDF)

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

New signalised crossings on Chiswick High Road at Mayfield Avenue, Windmill Road and at Linden Gardens (convert from zebra)

  • The crossing on Chiswick High Road at Mayfield Avenue would be converted from a zebra to a signal-controlled ‘puffin’ crossing and relocated 10 metres east
  • The crossing on Chiswick High Road at Linden Gardens would be converted from a zebra to a signal-controlled ‘puffin’ crossing and relocated 4 metres west
  • The crossing at Windmill Road would be converted from a zebra to a signal-controlled ‘puffin’ crossing

New bus and cycle gate on Goldhawk Road; extended bus lane

  • A new bus and cycle gate would be installed on Goldhawk Road on the southbound approach to King Street/Chiswick High Road. The bus and cycle gate is a set of traffic signals that assists buses and cyclists when leaving a bus lane to enter or cross in advance of the general flow of traffic
  • The bus lane here would also be extended to provide protection to cyclists on Goldhawk Road as they approach this junction, and help maintain bus journey times for bus route 237

Changes to bus and coach stops

  • Westbound bus Stop K at Goldhawk Road / Young’s Corner, which is currently served by bus route 237, would be merged with Stop PP. Stop PP would be moved 130 metres east of its current location at Stamford Brook Bus Garage. The new location for Stop PP would be approximately 120 metres west of Stop K’s current location. A bus stop bypass would be provided at this stop. Click here for more information on bus stop bypasses
  • This would ensure bus stops integrate with existing street trees and the proposed cycle track

Urban space improvements, including planting new trees and seating

  • We would plant new trees where possible. We have identified potential locations for new trees at Duke’s Avenue, Duke Road, Linden Gardens, Mayfield Road, between Chiswick Lane and Homefield Road and Prebend Gardens. We are assessing these areas (including underground and soil conditions) to inform a decision on planting trees here
  • We would install new seating to provide places where appropriate for people to stop, rest and spend time
  • We would re-pave some footways to provide a smoother walking surface
  • Some cycle parking stands would be relocated and new stands installed at appropriate locations. We would increase the overall number of cycle parking stands near CS9
  • We have identified areas for urban realm improvements on the south side of Chiswick High Road between Brackley Road and Mayfield Road, opposite Ennismore Avenue and from Heathfield Terace to Clifton Gardens. Additional improvements to provide shade, shelter and seating could be installed here in line with the Healthy Streets Approach

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Areas

  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Hounslow
  • Kensington & Chelsea

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Cycling
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