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.
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.
Absolutely delighted to let everyone know that tonight @LBofHounslow cabinet gave unanimous support for Cycleway 9. A huge thank you to everyone who worked and campaigned so hard. I can’t wait for this to be built - improving walking & cycling in west London
— Will Norman (@willnorman) September 3, 2019
Ahead of the meeting, the broadcaster Jeremy Vine, who lives in Chiswick, posted a video online urging councillors to support the proposals.
Brill video from @theJeremyVine on why @LBofHounslow must crack on & approve #Cycleway #CW9 tonight & not listen to those who don't want kids cycling safely, do seem to want pollution, collisions, inactivity, climate change. Good luck at meeting tonight @HounslowCycling & all... https://t.co/yUEanO0CqX
— Simon Munk (@psimonk) September 3, 2019
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.