Work on new segregated cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings at Kew Bridge set to begin
3 Dec 2019 12:55 PM
TfL will begin construction work at Kew Bridge on 12 December, in preparation for a major project to upgrade pedestrian crossings and create new segregated cycle lanes in west London.
The new roads and junctions are proposed to form part of a major 7km cycle route between Brentford and Kensington Olympia, subject to final approvals from the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham.
TfL will be starting construction work over the Christmas period to take advantage of reduced traffic on the roads.
On average, there is about 15% less traffic on London's streets at this time of year.
TfL will also open an arch under Kew Bridge to create step-free access to the Thames Path, which will now run under the bridge, rather than over it.
TfL is in final talks with Hounslow Council on the work needed to make this happen and an announcement on the opening date will be made shortly.
Initial construction work will begin at the junction of Kew Bridge, the A205 Chiswick High Road, and the A315 Kew Bridge Road between 10:00 and 15:00 and overnight from 12 to 19 December.
From 22 December, lane closures on roads where there is construction will be in place 24 hours a day. One of the best ways of making trips to and from the area will be via London Overground, Underground, or National Rail services.
TfL will monitor the road network during this time and make changes to its traffic signal timings based on live traffic conditions, to help minimise the impact to people's journeys.
Nick Fairholme, TfL's Director of Project and Programme Delivery, said: 'I'd like to thank people in advance for their patience and would ask people to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys whilst this vital construction work takes place.'
Notes to editors
- Hammersmith and Fulham Council approved the start of construction on sections of the route in their borough on Monday 2 December
- Full travel advice is available on the TfL website at tfl.gov.uk/cycleway9