Transport for London)
Results Updated 4 Aug 2017
Between 8 February and 20 March 2016, we consulted on proposals for a continuous cycle route from Paddington to Wood Lane, and improved cycling provision from Wood Lane to Acton.
Paddington to Wood Lane
We received 847 responses to our consultation, of which 69 per cent supported or partially supported our proposals. The consultation showed strong support for segregated cycle facilities in west London that connect existing cycle routes and open up new areas to cyclists and pedestrians.
However, it also highlighted concerns, including the suitability of the elevated section of the A40 Westway as a cycle route citing, difficulties accessing and exiting the elevated route, potentially unpleasant cycling conditions (noise, spray, air pollution), and the cost of adapting the structure.
We are also due to carry out essential structural maintenance work on the A40 Westway carriageway in 2018-2020 , as part of our programme of road improvements.
Alternative cycle superhighway route for west London
Following consideration of these issues (and the maintenance work in 2018-2020) we have decided not to go ahead with the proposed alignment from Lancaster Gate to Wood Lane via the A40 Westway. Instead we are assessing the feasibility of an alternative route along Bayswater Road, Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park Avenue and Wood Lane, ensuring shop frontage requirements and local accesses are taken into account. This alignment was identified as a key corridor by our Strategic Cycling Analysis (published June 2017).
We will continue to work closely with the local boroughs and engage with key stakeholders to discuss requirements.
Wood Lane to Acton
We received 445 responses to our consultation, of which 77 per cent supported or partially supported our proposals. The consultation showed strong support for upgrading the existing shared pedestrian and cycle facilities along the A40 from Wood Lane to Acton, encouraging more people to walk and cycle.
However, the consultation also highlighted a number of concerns, including the extent of improvements to the shared-use path, interaction between pedestrians and cyclists along the route, and the pedestrian crossing facilities at Savoy Circus.
After considering all responses, we will continue to develop the overall scheme along the route alignment consulted on – with some changes to the detailed proposals. We aim to publish an update on our plans later in 2017, along with our response to the issues raised about the design we consulted on.
Planning for future demand – Wood Lane and Old Oak Common
The area surrounding the A40 Westway/Western Avenue is undergoing significant development and regeneration, at sites such as Old Oak and Park Royal, and Imperial College London’s White City Campus.
These schemes will greatly increase future demand for pedestrian and cycle facilities in the immediate area. We will consider this expected increase when revising our plans.