New Cycleway Opens on Hammersmith Gyratory

Area transformed with segregated lanes and new pedestrian crossings

New cycle lanes on Hammersmith gyratory. Picture: TfL

Work by Transport for London (TfL) on a new segregated cycleway on the north side of the Hammersmith Gyratory is now complete.

This is the eastern most part of a 5km cycleway linking Kew Bridge to Hammersmith with other sections in the Chiswick area also scheduled for completion shortly.

The Hammersmith Gyratory has been transformed with the aim of making walking and cycling safer and easier, with new pedestrian crossings also added.  

There are now cyclist-specific signals at junctions to separate cyclists and motor vehicles at what TfL describes as previously having been 'one of London's most intimidating junctions'.

The designs were developed in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council and include:   

  • A protected two-way cycle track on the north side of  Hammersmith gyratory       
  • Changes to pedestrian crossing at all junctions with side roads, including raised level crossings and more footway space   
  • New pedestrian crossing signals with 'countdowns' at the crossings of King Street, Beadon Road, Shepherd's Bush Road, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith Road and Butterwick    
  • A new parallel crossing at the Butterwick junction to allow westbound cyclists to join the two-way cycle track   

The new cycleway links with King Street
The new cycleway links with King Street

There were 30 collisions on the gyratory in the three-year period to December 2020, of which five involved someone cycling. Before work started on the Hammersmith Gyratory, recent cycle counts from 12 October 2021 recorded 2,844 people cycling between 7am-7pm.

Will Norman, the Mayor’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said, “Enabling more Londoners to walk and cycle continues to be at the heart of the Mayor’s vision to build a safer, healthier, cleaner and more sustainable London for everyone. These crucial improvements across the city will help us to continue to build upon the boom in cycling we’ve recently seen, helping all cyclists keep safe on the roads.”

Julie Lewington, Head of Projects & Programmes at TfL, said: “Walking and cycling are absolutely essential to a more sustainable future for London and we know that there has been huge demand for cycling since the start of the pandemic. We’re determined to ensure that all Londoners have access to safe cycling routes and the changes at Hammersmith gyratory will make a big difference to people walking and cycling through this key artery in west London. We’ll continue to work with the capital’s boroughs to make the case for more investment in schemes like these which enable more people to walk and cycle.”  

TfL is asking people to have their say on whether a number of cycling schemes installed as experimental measures during the pandemic should be made permanent. It will be consulting on Chiswick High Road over the summer, with a six-month consultation to follow in the autumn.

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July 1, 2022