STAINES ROAD

Hounslow Council is planning for a protected cycle lane eastbound on the north side of Staines Road and a semi-protected westbound cycle lane on the south side of Staines Road. This section of Staines Road is north of Hounslow Heath.

staines roadIt is a good idea to provide a protected cycle route here as this is a road with high levels of motor traffic and  also has the potential to link Cycle Superhighway 9 with the southern side of Heathrow airport and could eventually provide a route for Heathrow employees to travel to work.

Despite our general support for the concept, we do believe that there are aspects of the plan that could be improved.

  • The eastbound “off road” cyclelane on the north of Staines Road should have priority at side junctions, particularly at the entrance and exit to Central Park Estate. The existing sloping pavement at vehicle access points should be replaced with a level surface. (There could be a steep dropped curb to the side of the level cycle lane).dutch cycle lane & driveway
  • Motorists should never have to drive over a cycle lane to reach a parking bay.

    The current designs show car parking bays accessible driving over pavement and cycle lane. Instead the cycle lane should pass between the houses and the car parking bays.

    The current designs show car parking bays accessible driving over pavement and cycle lane. Instead the cycle lane should pass between the houses and the car parking bays.

The car parking bays should be next to the road, preferably at the same level as the road to avoid damage to the curb. The cycle lane should pass between the car parking bays and the houses, with a similar design as the planned bus stop bypasses.

A better design for car parking next to a cycle lane: removing the need for motorists to drive over the cycle lane to park.

A better design for car parking next to a cycle lane: removing the need for motorists to drive over the cycle lane to park.

  • We support the plans for bus stop bypasses. Bus stop bypasses should be used on the westbound cycle lane on the south side of Staines Road. The bus should stop in the vehicle lane rather than pulling into the cycle lane.

What do you think of our comments? Please leave your own comments below.

Please fill in Hounslow Council’s consultation form for Staines Road cyclelanes

Consultation closes on 23rd October

 


Comments

STAINES ROAD — 1 Comment

  1. I don’t see the point in putting a mandatory cycle lane on the currently straightforward section of this road while leaving the scary bits (over the river bridges before Green Lane, with the sudden narrowing and lack of visibility or space on the curve) and congested bits (following Barrack Road) untouched. It seems like tokenism. Could not some money be spent on the harder bits where it would make more of a difference, instead? The river bridges may be unfixable, but the other end could surely be improved.

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