London Mayor begins consultation for new segregated cycle superhighway
Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a consultation for building a new segregated cycle superhighway in west London for the first time.
Intended to improve the safety of cyclists, the new Cycle Superhighway 9 will see the construction of a 6km cycling track that will link Kensington Olympia to Brentford.
Featuring five new traffic light crossings and more than 20 upgraded pedestrian crossings, the new track is expected to further improve safety at the pedestrian crossings.
Construction of the new cycle superhighway is part of the mayor’s initiative to encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle in order to make the capital's streets healthier and safer.
Sadiq Khan said: “As the capital continues to grow, it is vital that we encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle to improve health, productivity and air quality.
“That's why I've set out bold plans to change the way we look at how our transport network and committed record levels of investment to improve cycling. This new cycle superhighway will bring a high-quality segregated cycle lane to west London for the very first time.
“It will make a real difference in encouraging Londoners of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes and improve conditions for pedestrians in the area.”
The Cycle Superhighway 9 project is expected to reduce traffic on some residential roads, including Wellesley Road and Stile Hall Gardens.
The new segregated cycle tracks are expected to be laid on roads such as Hammersmith Road, King Street, Chiswick High Road, Brentford High Street and Kew Bridge Road, with the ability for cyclists to bypass Hammersmith Gyratory and Kew Bridge Junction.
Based on the outcomes of the consultation, Transport for London (TfL) and partner boroughs aim to start building the cycle superhighway late next year.