Construction of new west London cycle route set to begin

LRSC cycle Acton

Construction of a new 3.5km cycle route in west London – which includes a new two-way track separated from traffic and pedestrians – is set to get underway next month.

The route, which links Acton and Wood Lane, is designed to make cycling and walking ‘safer and easier’ in the boroughs of Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Construction will begin on 18 March and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

More than three-quarters (77%) of people who took part in a consultation about the scheme in 2016 supported the proposals – and several improvements have been incorporated in the final plans following feedback from local residents and visitors.

These include extending the two-way cycle track from Glendun Road to Savoy Circus, as well as widening crossing points to allow people walking and cycling to cross side roads more safely.

The project will also see the shared cyclist and pedestrian space on the southern side of the A40 between Savoy Circus and Wood Lane improved, while bus stops along the route will be made more accessible.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said:

“I’m delighted that construction on this protected route will start in just a few weeks’ time.

“Together with the recently announced 7km route between Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith and Brentford, it will transform cycling in West London and help expand our network of cycle routes across our city.

“We know that there is high demand  for cycling in the area and the improved plans will deliver further improvements for walking and cycling, helping reduce car use which is crucial to cleaning up London’s toxic air.”

25 February 2019