Local Plan for Great West Corridor
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.