Different authorities have responsibility for different aspects of Traffic and Transport. For example, some roads, such as the Chiswick High Road and the residential streets in our area, are the responsibility of the Council
Some roads, such as the A4 and North and South Circulars (A205 and 406) are the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL)
Motorways such as the M4 are the responsibility of Highways England.
The Society maintains a dialogue with the Council’s transport team and has over a number of years provided suggestions and comments on various aspects of improving the safety and amenity of the local road network and of public transport.
20 mph Speed Limits
A current initiative from the Council which we support is the introduction of 20 mph speed limits as the default on all residential streets in the borough for which it is the responsible authority and on certain sections of other roads. This work will be done in tandem with other street work and is expected to be complete by 2020.
Map from Council report on the 20mph Speed Limit Introduction.
Cycle Super Highway 9 (CS9)
Transport for London conducted a consultation on CS9 with a deadline 31st October 2017. The Society has not taken an official position with respect to the proposed CS9 and we did not therefore submit a Society response to the TfL consultation. Members were encouraged to submit their individual comments.
One of the key aspects of the scheme for our membership is the proposed route west of Turnham Green. We knew from discussion of the earlier consultation carried out by the Council on Wellesley Road/Stile Hall Gardens that opinion amongst members was divided. The impacts of various aspects of the proposed scheme will vary depending on where in the area residents live. The latter consultation was discussed at our AGM in February.
AGM Minutes refer: Wellesley Road and Stile Hall Gardens:
‘The draft proposals put out for further consultation by Hounslow Council have aroused controversy. Not everyone is happy with the proposal to close the exits from these two roads onto the High Road before Kew Bridge. On the other hand, the congestion and air pollution there is so bad that doing nothing is not an option.
Further consideration by Traffic and Transport officers and the Chiswick Area Forum has been deferred for the results of further modelling of traffic flows. being carried out by Transport for London (subsumed into CS9 proposals)’.
In January 2018 Transport for London (TfL) were still preparing their report on the outcome of the consultation on CS9. The Council Leader announced that the Council were not going to reach a final position on the scheme until they have had a chance to analyse and interpret the responses received to the TfL consultation. A decision on the revised scheme will not be taken until the summer, when the newly elected administration will review the proposal and determine the Council’s position on it.
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Update February 2019
Transport for London (TfL) have announced:
‘Subject to the further consultation and remaining stages of our decision-making process we plan to start building the route from Kensington Olympia to Brentford town centre in summer 2019.
We are carrying out a further consultation on two parts of the route, which have been redesigned in response to the feedback we received at consultation. These include the junction of Kew Bridge, Kew Bridge Road (High Street Brentford to Wellesley Road) and Chiswick High Road’s junctions with Duke’s Avenue and Duke Road.
For more information and to give us your views, please visit: tfl.gov.uk/kew-duke and respond by Tuesday 26 February 2019.
We will be holding public drop-in sessions where staff involved in the project will be available to answer questions. See the website for details of times and locations.’
Local Bus Routes
Transport for London conducted a consultation on changes to local bus routes, including reducing the frequency of route 391 to every 15 minutes during weekday daytimes and to every 20 minutes during weekday evenings and all day on Sundays.
Route 440 would be diverted to run direct via Acton Lane between Turnham Green and Chiswick Park Station and would no longer serve Chiswick Health Centre and Acton Green.
Consultation closed 17th September 2017.
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The Society made the following proposals in its response:
- route 440, which is too long and unreliable, should terminate at Turnham Green instead of running along Wellesley Road to stand at Power Road;
- route 391 be diverted via Wellesley Road and Oxford Road North replacing route 440, to provide a more useful direct bus service to Hammersmith and Richmond for residents living off Wellesley Road; and that
- route 27 be rerouted away from Chiswick Business Park to terminate further along Chiswick High Road at Power Road in order to serve the bus stops outside Gunnersbury Station and maintain the high frequency of service towards Hammersmith along Chiswick High Road when route 391 is diverted via Wellesley Road.
Wellesley Road Consultation
The results from the recent consultation are discussed in a report by Liam Judge, Senior Project Officer – Capital Projects and Network Management which will be presented to the Chiswick Area Forum on Tuesday, 24th January.
The papers for the meeting are available here.
The report recommends that Members of the Forum “Defer a decision pending receipt of a detailed response from Transport for London (TfL) on the potential impact of a road closure on the road network”.
The Conclusion states:
“2.14 The responses show a level of concern about the potential impact of a closure, but also that a majority of those most impacted by the current issues support a closure, and that many non-residential road users a(re) supportive of measures to create a better environment for cycling and walking in the area.
2.15 TfL are currently analysing the potential impact on journey times in the area, and it is recommended that a decision is deferred pending this analysis, which will be available spring/summer 2017.”