Kew Bridge shared footway

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 1st June 2021.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

In answer to question 2017/2790 you confirmed that Kew Bridge was a junction set for further improvement through Transport for London (TfL) investment in outer London. However, the changes that have now been delivered through Cycleway 9 involve an extra traffic lane for motor vehicles on Kew Bridge, with people cycling directed to a shared footway which is hard to access. Constituents tell me they are deterred from using this road by the change in layout. What steps are you taking after works like these to monitor changes in usage and gather feedback, and when will you deliver a safe cycle route with high capacity over Kew Bridge?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) has been working closely with both Hounslow and Richmond councils to deliver improvements for cyclists in the Kew area. I am very pleased to see that the new protected cycle lanes on the A205 Kew Road are now open on Cycleway 9, providing a safer and more attractive route for many more people to cycle from Kew Bridge to Chiswick and beyond. I am also delighted that Richmond Council has introduced protected cycle lanes in the borough, helping to create a much-needed network for Londoners to get about safely.

The changes on Kew Bridge itself have included slightly reducing the pavement on the west side to accommodate an additional traffic lane. This traffic lane was introduced to help maintain journey times for buses and general traffic whilst creating enough capacity for cyclists and pedestrians through the Kew Bridge Road junction. The bridge’s eastern pavement provides a shared-use space for people walking and cycling, which then connects into the Cycleway 9 protected cycle tracks at the junction.

TfL will be monitoring the changes on pedestrians, cyclists, buses and other traffic following the delivery of Cycleway 9 and is always happy to receive feedback on this and other schemes.