GW CORRIDOR

Local Plan for Great West Corridor

Great West Response

Hounslow Council have plans for the Great West Corridor and they say they aim to  enhance the public realm by improving  pedestrian and cycling access and street legibility to connect the Great West Corridor to its surrounding areas including Brentford and South Ealing. Hounslow Council also say they want to establish a well-connected and continuous green and blue network that strategically links green and open spaces, rivers and ponds with neighbourhoods and workplaces.

Hounslow Council note that presently, 50% of employment trips into the Great west corridor are by car. Air pollution is a significant issue along the Great West Corridor. Along M4 (west) and parts of Brentford East, the nitrogen dioxide annual mean concentration level lie within a range of 50 – 60 micro_g/m3 NO2 that represents a significant breach of the air quality objective.

Hounslow Council also note that walking and cycling networks are currently poorly
connected, car dominated and are difficult to navigate, especially along the A4/Great West Road, under the M4, and along the A315.

Providing top quality cycling infrastructure to link the Great West Corridor to residential areas so that employees have a realistic option of travelling by bike is one part of a strategy needed to address air pollution on the Great West Corridor.

In addition to the long awaited CS9 protected cycle route on Brentford High Street, the headline cycle infrastructure in these plans is the Boston Manor Boardwalk (first proposed in 2015). The Boston Manor Link would use a boardwalk to provide a direct pedestrian and cycle link to the Great West Corridor from Boston Manor station (Piccadilly line). This project is currently undergoing feasibility studies under-taken by Sky BsB. The long awaited Boston Manor Road protected cycleway also feature in these plans.

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These plans also show the A4 cycleways as part of the transport plan for the Great West Corridor. The quality of the A4 cycleways have been repeatedly degraded. The council will need to work with TfL to ensure this history of A4 cycleway degradation is reversed. We are asking for a continuous standard of protection with clear unobstructed routes and for conflict with busses and other vehicles to be removed. The plans indicate that the A4 cycleway is continuous across Chiswick Roundabout. We urge Hounslow Council to take this up with TfL and ensure that the A4 cycleways become continuous.
There is some indication that the Council are considering backstreet routes running a distance from but parallel to the A4. We think that the Council should focus on investing on a clear continuous protected cycle route along the Great West Corridor that can be used by everyone travelling by bike.
Gillette Corner junction needs to be tackled under the safer junctions programme. Acquiring land surplus to requirements from Gillette factory and the Homebase site is highly recommended as this would allow more space to be allocated to cycling to ease conflict between cyclist and pedestrians in what is currently a very narrow area to pass on the east side both north and south of the a4 (especially the bus stop near Homebase). The traffic island are also very small and need to be enlarged they are currently unsuitable for bicycle (you can’t get 2 wheels on them) and are also too small for groups of pedestrians.

The plans show a pedestrian cycle route across Chiswick roundabout. We are asking for this route be extended eastwards along Chiswick High Rd to provide a link with Chiswick Business Park, Gunnersbury station and CS9.

The Lionel Road cycle route needs to be both avoid conflict with pedestrians and also be protected from motor vehicles.
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The red circles on these maps indicate junctions where the council aims to improve crossings. We welcome the emphasis on improving crossings at busy junctions and we ask for clear protected cycle routes to be installed at these junctions.

Please email Hounslow Council: ldf@hounslow.gov.uk

The Boston Manor Road protected cycleway was approved by councillors in January 2015. We urge the council to progress with building this important and strategic link.

We welcome the proposals for a traffic free cycle link between Boston Manor Underground station and the Sky complex (The Boston Manor Boardwalk). Such shared routes need to be wide enough to be shared comfortably.

The Lionel Road cycle route needs to be both avoid conflict with pedestrians and also be protected from motor vehicles.

The much degraded A4 cycleways are referred to in these plans. For the A4 cycleways to play a role in the Great West Corridor, we urge Hounslow Council and the London Assembly to discuss with TfL how they can be upgraded to a continuous standard of protection with clear unobstructed routes and conflict with busses and other vehicles removed.

We welcome the emphasis on improving crossings at busy junctions and we ask for clear protected cycle routes to be installed at these junctions.

We welcome including cycling as part of an active public realm.

Read the full planning document