Pre-engagement on changes to temporary Cycleway 9

Closed 3 Sep 2021

Opened 13 Aug 2021

Overview

Introduction - pre-engagement on changes to the temporary Cycleway 9 project

Ahead of the next statutory consultation led by TfL, Hounslow Council is seeking views specifically on how changes to Cycleway 9 may affect people with “Protected Characteristics”. A full list of Protected Characteristics is provided below, and while some such as disability will typically be more relevant to a cycleway scheme, we are keen to hear your views on potential equalities impacts (positive or negative) for all the Protected Characteristics including age, sex, and race.

 

Why your views matter

Background - the temporary Cycleway 9 project

Cycleway 9 is a project led by Transport for London (TfL). The route aims to provide a safe cycling route between Kensington Olympia and Hounslow. Part of the route was introduced in 2020, on Chiswick High Road between its junctions with Goldhawk Road and Heathfield Terrace.

The temporary project was introduced using an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO). ETOs allow highway authorities to introduce projects on a trial basis for up to 18 months, during which time they must undertake public consultation. At the end of the trial period, the highway authority must decide whether to make the scheme permanent or whether any changes to the design are required.

Based on lessons learned from the current trial and data collated so far, the Council is proposing to implement a new trial under a new ETO. The new ETO will enable the Council to implement several changes to the scheme. The new trial will run for a maximum period of 18 months, and during this time the performance of the scheme will be monitored and fresh data collated. TfL, as the project sponsor, will undertake a statutory six-month consultation on the revised project once the new trial is implemented in the autumn of 2021.

 

Changes to the temporary Cycleway 9 project

In response to feedback received and traffic data collated in relation to the temporary Cycleway 9 project, the following changes will be introduced in the new trial period:

  • Waiting and loading restrictions lifted on some sections of side roads to test the benefits of increasing informal provision for loading/unloading and pick up/drop off.
  • The loading bay outside 160 Chiswick High Road to operate as a taxi-rank between 9pm and 3am to assess the benefits of better taxi provision in the area.
  • Introduce bus stop shelters on all bus stop islands to test the benefits and assess any disadvantages of the provision of better waiting spaces for bus users.
  • Reinstate two traffic lanes (including the left-turn only lane) at the Chiswick Lane junction for westbound traffic to assess whether this reduces congestion and improves bus journey times. This will require the road to be slightly widened and the footway to be slightly narrowed. The works would also require the loss of a tree adjacent to the Chiswick Lane junction which will be replaced.
  • Reinstate the eastbound bus lane between Holmfield Road and Netheravon Road to assess whether this improves bus journey times. This will require the road to be slightly widened and the footway to be slightly narrowed.
  • Reinstate the westbound bus lane between Airedale Avenue and Netheravon Road traffic to assess whether this improves bus journey times.  This will require the road to be slightly widened and the footway to be slightly narrowed.
  • Provide additional areas on side roads between Chiswick Lane and Heathfield Terrace for taxis to drop off and pick up passengers to test the usefulness of reducing the distances passengers would need to travel to a taxi.

drawing showing the proposed designs is available in the 'related' section below, this can also be found in the link below to the July 2021 Cabinet Report (Appendix B, Item 4). 

What is happening now?

Ahead of the next statutory consultation led by TfL, Hounslow Council is running this pre-engagement period to gather views specifically on how the scheme may affect people with Protected Characteristics.

In the UK it is illegal to discriminate against anyone because of age, gender reassignment, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation – these characteristics are known as Protected Characteristics.

During this pre-engagement period, we are focusing on potential equalities impacts and would like to hear about how the proposals may affect people with Protected Characteristic specifically. This will help the council to have a fuller understanding of these issues and the potential solutions that TfL should implement to mitigate them.

To fill out our quick survey please click on the link below.

Alternatively, a printable version of the survey is available below in the 'Related' section, which can be emailed to us at: traffic@hounslow.gov.uk (quoting 'pre-engagement on Cycleway 9), or posted to: 

Traffic, Transport and Parking
Care of Jacqueline Joseph

Hounslow House
7 Bath Road
Hounslow
TW3 3EB

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