Council says new design will be bi-directional as in permanent scheme
The Cycleway on King Street as it is now
Hammersmith & Fulham Council have published more details of its plans for a £1million upgrade of the temporary cycleway on King Street.
Construction work is due to start in August on a semi-permanent scheme will form the second phase of works to create a full east-west Safer Cycle Pathway route in Hammersmith. The scheme is being introduced under a trial traffic order to maintain and upgrade the cycle route that was created last year.
The council says it still is working on a permanent scheme which will only be introduced once it has heard from residents, analysed traffic and usage data and fixed any issues or problems with this latest interim scheme. A significantly larger amount of money will be needed to make the scheme permanent.
The cycle lane will run on the northern side of King Street running from Lyric Square to Macbeth Street. It will then change to the southern side of King Street passing the new Civic Campus development until Goldhawk Road. The council have specified that the cycle lane will be bi-directional.
No detail designs have been made available but the council says there ‘are possible compromises on some sections of the pavement’ to facilitate vehicle lanes at junctions while the interim scheme is in place.
The first phase of this scheme will start in the western side of Hammersmith running from Lyric Square towards Goldhawk Road and Chiswick. The works will see the red and white temporary barriers removed with new wands and rubber kerbs installed. It will also see new islands for bus stops and more green spaces created. Better access for disabled residents is promised with the route to feature upgraded pedestrian crossings designed to allow for much better access for Disabled residents.
Jane Wilmot OBE, co-chair of the Disabled Residents Working Group for the Safer Cycle Pathway, said, “We’re delighted to be working together with H&F in trying to provide a positive experience for blind, visually impaired and Disabled residents who face barriers in using the Safer Cycle Pathway.”
Red plastic barriers are to be replaced with wands
“Whether you are cycling, walking, taking the bus or driving, these works are a stepping stone to help foster new ways to travel safely in Hammersmith,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for the Environment.
“Our goal is to make getting around in H&F better and safer for everyone – no matter how you travel. We’re committed to a final scheme to replace this trial. We will look at the data and listen to residents to develop the best Safer Cycle Pathway that we can.”
The works are expected to be completed by the end of the year. It will cost more than £1million and will be fully paid for by Transport for London.
The council now says it has negotiated with TfL to fund a cycle highway along the A4 aimed at experienced commuting riders.
A report to the council also recommended approval of a £2million scheme in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) on the Hammersmith Gyratory.
The money is to spent on a new layout for the northern section of the Hammersmith Gyratory which aims to make it safer for cyclists and which will be based on a permanent design scheme which was shelved due to lack of funding. The original scheme cost £20 million and the current proposal is semi-permanent with the council and TfL saying that this would be ‘a springboard for a permanent solution’ when more funding becomes available. This scheme would be administered by TfL.
The intention is , once the recommendations are approved by the council, to commence the installation as soon as possible to ensure completion by late 2021.
Funding for the King Street scheme will be coming from the Department for Transport/TfL Active Travel fund which lasts until 31 March 2022 and requires construction must start by September of this year.
The gyratory funding is from the Department for Transport / TfL Healthy Streets financial settlement for Cycleway 9. This funding is allocated between May 2021 and December 2021 and additional approvals are being discussed within TfL to allow funding to be potentially carried over beyond December
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July 30, 2021