Have your say on proposed changes to cycling facilities on the A4 Great West Road between Syon Lane and Boston Manor Road

Closed 5 Nov 2017

Opened 9 Oct 2017

Overview

We are planning to make changes to parts of the cycle track and footway along the A4 Great West Road (A4) between Syon Lane and Boston Manor Road.

There have been a number of collisions and near misses involving cyclists and motor vehicles along this stretch of the A4, where shared use areas or segregated cycle tracks pass across junction entrances.

The changes will improve safety for all road users and make cycling a safer, more appealing travel option - for local residents and for people employed locally.

These changes are informed by the Mayor's draft Transport Strategy and Healthy Streets Approach, which aim to encourage walking, cycling and using public transport and make London greener, healthier and more pleasant.

They also complement other proposed improvements to cycling facilities in the area, namely:

  • changes being implemented by the London Borough of Hounslow on Boston Manor Road, which will separate cyclists from motor traffic between the A4 and Boston Manor Underground Station
  • the proposed Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9) which would run from Kensington Olympia to Hounslow via Chiswick and Brentford (find out more at tfl.gov.uk/cs9)

What we are proposing

The changes will affect footways and existing cycle tracks on both sides of the Great West Road between Syon Lane and Boston Manor Road.

Where there is enough space, we will widen the existing segregated cycle track , keeping the separate footway and cycle track arrangement.

Where existing segregated cycle tracks are too narrow, but there is no room to provide wider lanes, we will remove the existing cycle track and convert the area into  shared-use footway for  cyclists and pedestrians, maintaining appropriate footway width.

We will also provide shared-use footway for cyclists and pedestrians where the route passes close to bus stops or over entrances to side roads. We consider this to be a safer option than segregated cycle track in these locations.

In addition we will enlarge the footway at the entrances to some side roads along the route, to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians and cyclists and encourage slower speeds from vehicles entering and exiting the side roads.

We will remove trees in a few locations where this is necessary to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, but we will plant new trees in other places (subject to further investigation) to replace them. There will also be a net gain in grass verge in the area covered by these proposals.

We have divided the scheme into four sections, each depicted in a separate drawing.

Section 1: Syon Lane junction to Shield Drive (west) junction

  • On the southern side of the A4, we will convert a section of existing segregated cycle track  into a shared use area. (There are already shared use facilities on the northern side of the A4 and elsewhere on the southern side.)
  • We will enlarge the footway at the junction of A4 Great West Road and Syon Gate Way to reduce the speed of turning traffic.  
  • A redundant speed cushion from Shield Drive will be removed and the nearby raised junction will be resurfaced
  • One tree will be removed from the footway east of Syon Gate Way

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

 

Section 2: Shield Drive (west) to Shield Drive (east)

  • On the southern side of the A4 we will convert a section of the existing segregated cycle track into shared-use footway. Further west, we will also provide a new section of segregated cycle track..
  • On the northern side of the A4, we will add a new section of segregated cycle track to join up existing sections.
  • Footways will be enlarged at three side roads to encourage traffic to turn at lower speeds
  • Bus stop D (West Cross Centre) will be moved closer to the kerb to encourage cyclists to use the area behind it

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

 

Section 3: Transport Avenue to the Riverbank Way junction

  • We will maintain existing segregated cycle track as far as the approach to the junction, and improve visibility for cyclists by cutting back sections of shrubbery
  • Closer to the roundabout we will remove a section of cycle lane from the carriageway and extend the existing shared use area
  • We will install new raised tables at entrances to the roundabout making them it easier  for pedestrians and cyclists to cross and slowing motor traffic

 

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

 

Section 4: Riverbank Way junction (western side) to Boston Manor Road

  • The existing shared use area will be extended to create a more consistent arrangement around the junction with Boston Manor Road..
  • We will remove the pedestrian guard rail at the north-west corner of this junction, in accordance with TfL policy to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment
  • The bus shelter at Bus Stop SA (Boston Manor Road) will be moved closer to the kerb of the eastbound A4 carriageway, to encourage cyclists to use the area behind the shelter, rather than cycle in front of people waiting for buses.

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

 

Traffic impacts

Traffic modelling investigations indicate that these changes will not have an adverse impact on journey times or congestion in the area.

Freight impacts

Our plans have been developed after full consideration of the needs of freight vehicles that use this section of the Great West Road and its side roads. The changes will provide the same level of access for all such vehicles and we are actively engaging with local businesses to ensure any concerns or suggestions can be addressed. 

Have your say

If you have any queries and questions about these changes you can :

  • Email us at consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or
  • Write to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS - please reference ‘Roads – A4 Great West Road’  in all communication

Please let us have your views by Sunday 5 November. We aim to start construction in early 2018.

Areas

  • Hounslow

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Cycling