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New cycle superhighway mooted

Cycle Superhighway2 Stratford London

A consultation for a new segregated cycle superhighway running from Kensington Olympia to Brentford in London has been opened.

Project promoter Transport for London (TfL) said the new 6km route would improve cycling and pedestrian facilities.

The proposed number 9 route will run on major roads in west London including Hammersmith Road, King Street, Chiswick High Road, Brentford High Street and Kew Bridge Road. It will also allow cyclists to bypass Hammersmith Gyratory and Kew Bridge Junction.

Another consultation will be held next year on extending the new highway into Hounslow.

TfL said safety concerns were one of the main barriers to people taking up cycling in the capital and new cycling infrastructure helped to overcome this.

As part of the move, through traffic will be removed from some residential roads. Five new traffic light crossings and over 20 upgraded pedestrian crossings will be created.

TfL managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels said: “Giving more people access to safer cycling and easier walking gives huge benefits to London. This is why I’m so pleased we’re able to announce our latest proposal for west London.

“We want people who live and work in this area to let us know what they think to our plans so we can make them work for as many people as possible.”

TfL said pending the results of the consultation, it aimed to start building the superhighway late next year.

The intention is to extend Cycle Superhighway 9 into Hounslow and to hold a consultation on this next year.

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