Wood Lane neighbourhood

Closed 16 Jun 2019

Opened 1 May 2019

Overview

Wood Lane is a busy residential, business and shopping district with the Westfield shopping centre at its southern end. There are a number of large developments within this neighbourhood including the reimagining of the BBC’s iconic former headquarters Television Centre as apartments. It is also home to many businesses and residents, such as those on Wood Lane Estate, and links directly with the A40 Westway to the north and vibrant Shepherd’s Bush Green to the south. However as a wide, busy road it can be difficult to cross and there is currently no protection for people cycling who must interact with fast flowing traffic. The developments mean there will be many more people living and working in this area, which makes it even more important to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport here. Our proposals would make it a safer and greener place for people walking and cycling.  

An artist's impression of the proposals, looking north along Wood Lane from Wood Lane Tube station

Artist’s impression of the proposals, looking north along Wood Lane from Wood Lane tube station

Londoners’ experiences of using our streets will help determine whether they decide to walk, cycle and use public transport, whether they choose to visit their local high street or drive to an out-of-town shopping centre, and even whether they feel they need to own a car at all. We have developed our proposals to take account of the nature of the neighbourhood as it is today, as well as being mindful of the way it will continue to grow and evolve in the future into a place where high streets are designed for people and the neighbouring streets are pleasant to be in. By doing this we can deliver the economic benefits increased numbers of people walking and cycling bring to the high street (see here for our research showing this).  

Wood Lane neighbourhood overview plan

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Traffic flow on Wood Lane is heavy and it can be difficult for pedestrians to cross. Our proposals would make Wood Lane more pedestrian-friendly by providing new and improved crossing points at locations where people want to cross. This includes coordination with changes being proposed by Hammersmith and Fulham Council to improve pedestrian access and create a more pleasant environment outside Wood Lane station.  

Pedestrians would also benefit from two new signalised crossings at Imperial College and Wood Lane Station, improvements between South Africa Road and Ariel Way that make the environment safer and more pleasant, and an improved space outside Wood Lane Station.  

We would provide raised entry treatments across local side roads so people can cross at the same level as the pavement. These would help to keep vehicle speeds low.

Pedestrian safety would also be improved by upgrading crossings to allow people to cross roads in one movement rather than having to wait at an island in the middle. Pedestrians would also benefit from wide spaces for waiting at crossings and at bus stops.  

By taking road space away from general traffic we would provide a segregated two-way cycling facility along the west side of the road while keeping pavement space for pedestrians. People cycling would benefit from waiting areas and timed traffic lights at junctions.  

We considered both a two-way segregated track option and a segregated with-flow option. A two-way segregated track on the western side of Wood Lane has been proposed as the segregated with-flow option would reduce the amount of time given to all users at signalised junctions and require additional features around all bus stops and side roads. The two-way segregated track would give cyclists fewer side roads to contend with and there would be less impact at signalised junctions caused by the cycle track, meaning the road can work better with less delays.  

Some bus stops would be relocated a short distance away in both the north and south bound directions. One bus stop would be removed in the southbound direction. Northbound bus stop bypasses would be introduced to help people cycling continue their journey without needing to mix with vehicles. Zebra crossing points would be introduced across the cycle track for people to access and exit the bus stop.  

Our proposals may require the removal of one tree, however new trees would be planted near Wood Lane station, subject to location surveys.

Note: These proposals are subject to coordination and agreement with some adjacent developments.  

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Detailed plans of our proposals (PDF 2.32MB)

How would the proposals affect journey times?  

We have produced journey time estimates using our traffic modelling tools to review the likely impact of the scheme on the bus network and on general traffic journey times. To do this we assessed how London's roads would operate in 2021, considering population growth, committed developments and other road improvements. We then tested how London's roads would operate in 2021 with the changes proposed as part of this scheme. This allows us to isolate the predicted impacts of this proposed scheme from other changes which are not part of this consultation.

Junctions have been designed to operate as efficiently as possible while accommodating new pedestrian and cycle facilities along Wood Lane. As a result of the scheme southbound bus and general traffic journey times are forecast to remain broadly the same as existing journey times in both morning and evening peaks. Northbound journey times are, however, forecast to rise as we predict that there would be a slight increase in vehicles using Wood Lane (see table below). Wait times for all of the pedestrian crossings throughout this section would operate similarly to the existing situation.  

Summary table of the peak time journey impacts (PDF 190KB)

Parking, waiting and loading proposals for Wood Lane  

Our proposals include changes to parking and loading bays and their hours of operation. During the consultation period we will contact premises  we think could be affected. If you think the proposals could affect you or your business, please contact us to let us know. We encourage you to discuss these proposals with your suppliers.  

Please click on the sections above to find out details of the scheme, or on the links below to view maps of the proposed changes to parking, waiting and loading:  

Parking and waiting plan (PDF 248KB)

Loading plan (PDF 243KB)

Areas

  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Kensington & Chelsea

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Roads