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Hounslow Council greenlights revised Cycleway 9 designs for West London (+ must-watch video from Chiswick resident Jeremy Vine)

Route will link Brentford to Kensington Olympia via Chiswick High Road

The London Borough of Hounslow’s cabinet last night approved the amended proposals for Cycleway 9, which will now move to the detailed design phase.

The route has been opposed by Conservative councillors representing wards in Chiswick in the west of the borough, which resulted in Transport for London making some changes to the original design.

> Transport for London unveils changes to Chiswick High Road section of planned cycleway

News that the Labour-controlled councillor’s cabinet had given the green light to the project was welcomed by cycle campaigners and by London’s walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman.

Ahead of the meeting, the broadcaster Jeremy Vine, who lives in Chiswick, posted a video online urging councillors to support the proposals.

Jeremy Vine for Hounslow Council from Jeremy Vine on Vimeo.

Cycleway 9 will run from Kensington Olympia to Brentford, with a second phase planned to extend it westwards to Hounslow.

At its eastern boundary, it will stop at the boundary between Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea – the latter opposing a segregated cycle lane on Kensington High Street, just as it has done with Holland Park Avenue further north in the borough.

That means that it will not link up with Cycleway 3, which would have provided a continuous segregated cycle route from Brentford to Tower Hill.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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