A constituent has raised the issue of the cycle lane on the south side of the A316 between Clifford Avenue and Larkfield Road. While it is segregated from the lanes for vehicle traffic, the cycle lane stops and starts at every side road on to the A316, giving motor vehicles priority over people on bicycle or on foot. This is one of many examples of poor quality cycle lanes alongside busy roads, so when can Londoners expect to see examples like this upgraded, and made safe and appealing to use?
Transport for London (TfL), working in partnership with the London boroughs, has delivered 260km of high-quality, safer cycle routes in the last five years. This has contributed to a huge boost in cycling, including a more than 200 per cent increase in cycle flows in the last two weekends of February compared to 2020.
On the A316 itself, TfL has undertaken some early assessments to understand how cycling could be improved on this important corridor, particularly between Twickenham and Richmond. These assessments were unfortunately paused due to TFL’s funding shortfall, arising from the loss of passenger revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, when TfL focused on delivering temporary cycling schemes as part of its emergency response. Once its financial position is clearer, TfL will be prioritising its cycling investment to determine the best areas to focus on to address cycle safety and connecting communities. The A316 corridor will be part of TfL’s assessment and I will ask that it keeps the boroughs updated on its plans.