Westway cycle superhighway plans scrapped
Alex Bowden November 15 2016
Plans for alternative route featuring improvements for pedestrians to be announced ‘shortly’
Plans to extend London’s east-west cycle superhighway by removing a lane from the A40 Westway flyover have been abandoned. Writing on his blog
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, the city’s former cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan predicts that the news “probably spells the death of any meaningful cycle route through the area.”
Last month Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, told road.cc that the route of the east-west extension was likely to change and Gilligan says this was confirmed at a meeting with British Cycling’s Chris Boardman earlier this month.
The idea to remove a lane of motor traffic from the Westway to create segregated cycle lanes got 71 per cent support in a Transport for London consultation and Gilligan says it will be a challenge to find an alternative route. The surface roads are owned by Kensington and Chelsea, a borough which previously opposed proposals for a segregated cycle lane between Hounslow and Hyde Park.
“We could have had the Westway superhighway by next year,” writes Gilligan. “But a rerouting will mean perhaps two years’ delay for new designs, new traffic modelling, and a new consultation that will make the row with the local nimbies over CS11 look like a child’s tea-party.”