The Westway stretch of the A40 elevated motorway could have its own designated cycle lane under new plans put forward by Transport for London (TfL).
It would form part of a new east-west Cycle Superhighway running between Acton and Paddington.
The new Westway cycle track would take up one of the six existing traffic lanes on the flyover between Westbourne Bridge and Wood Lane, White City , with a concrete barrier topped with a glass panel separating cyclists from traffic.
It would form part of the first of two schemes, and see a continuous segregated route from Paddington to Wood Lane. The second scheme would improve existing cycling facilities between Wood Lane and North Acton and connect to the first scheme to form a continuous route.
The east-west route was consulted on in outline in September 2014, but now Londoners are being asked to give their views of the more detailed plans in a public consultation running until March 20.
Mayor Boris Johnson says the flyover is well suited to a segregated cycle route because there are no buses, pedestrians, turnings, junctions, parking or kerbside loading.
The cycle track would continue on the surface section of the A40 west of Wood Lane as far as Kathleen Avenue, with the potential for future high-quality link routes to Shepherd's Bush , Harlesden, Wembley , Acton and Ealing town centres, the major employment centre of Park Royal, and linking the new mayoral opportunity area at Old Oak Common .
Despite losing an eastbound flyover lane to the cycle lane, London mayor Boris Johnson says plans will benefit drivers, with new road space for motorists at Savoy Circus, which sees lanes reduce from three to two.
Population boom challenge
Further details have also been released on existing plans for two cycle-superhighways approved in February last year - one running 18 miles from Barking to Acton and the other between Kings Cross and Elephant and Castle. These can also be commented on during the consultation process.
The London Mayor said: “Almost one million more Londoners will be given easy access to safe cycling routes under these plans. That’s vital if we are to meet the challenge of London’s population boom.
“With schemes already in progress across London, these new proposals will create a complete network reaching north, south, east and west. By careful planning we have also been able to deliver a balance of benefits for pedestrians and motorists.”
TfL will be holding public events at which its staff and and borough council staff involved in the project will be available to answer your questions. They take place on:
- February 20: 10am-2pm, North Acton Pavilion, North Acton Playing Fields, Noel Road, Acton
- February 23: 7am-10am, The Snug @ Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, Paddington
- February 25: 4pm-8pm, North Acton Pavilion, North Acton Playing Fields, Noel Road, Acton
- February 26: 4pm-8pm, White City Community Centre, India Way, White City
- February 27: 11am-3pm: The Sung @ Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, Paddington
- March 2: 4pm-8pm, The Snug @ Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, Paddington
- March 4: 4pm-8pm, White City Community Centre, India Way, White City
- March 8: 1pm-5pm, St Dunstan’s Church, Friars Place Lane, Acton
- March 9: 4pm-8pm, The Snug @ Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, Paddington
- March 12: 12.30pm-4.30pm, St Dunstan’s Church, Friars Place Lane, Acton
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