Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled plans to help plug a missing link in the capital’s network of cycle routes.
Running from Wood Lane to Notting Hill Gate, the 3.8-kilometre segregated route will connect a planned route from Acton in the west to a location close to the end of the existing Cycle Superhighway 3, which runs from Lancaster Gate to Tower Hill.
Originally, it had been planned for CS3 to extend along the Westway towards Acton, but since those plans were shelved TfL has been exploring alternative options for the route.
Running through Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, the plans, which are now open for consultation, include a two-way segregated cycle route from Acton to Notting Hill Gate as well as new pedestrian crossings and improved public spaces.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “These improvements would enable many more people to walk and cycle which is vital to reduce car use and clean up London’s toxic air.
“By creating new pedestrian crossings, moving bus stops to better locations and making it safer to cycle, we will make streets much more accessible and welcoming for everyone who lives, works or visits the area.”
Casey Abaraonye, co-ordinator at Hammersmith and Fulham Cyclists, said: “These improvements are a brilliant opportunity to create a healthier and happier west London.
“They will create neighbourhoods where people working or visiting the many schools, hospitals and shops will be able easily walk or cycle their journeys, reducing air pollution and supporting the town centres, making them better to enjoy and experience.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.