Campaign to Redesign CS9

March 6, 2018 10:51 AM

Chiswick Liberal Democrats welcome the Mayor's reported statement that CS9 in Chiswick must not compromise pedestrian space.

Sadiq Kahn in a People's Question Time on 1st March was recorded as saying that reducing paving space on the south side of Chiswick High Road as part of CS9 "can't be right"(1).

"It is about time that the Mayor has come around to the Chiswick Liberal Democrat position, that improved cycling provision on the High Road must not come at the expense of pedestrians" said Helen Cross, Liberal Democrat Council Candidate for Turnham Green Ward.

"It is disappointing that it has taken this long to come to this conclusion, if TFL had followed its own planning guidance and Healthy Streets approach, we would have a CS9 design that was fit for purpose for both cyclists and pedestrians" she continued.

Chiswick Liberal Democrats outlined their position in an extensive submission to the CS9 consultation where they highlighted their concerns over poorer pedestrian experience and the impeding of access to public transport for vulnerable groups. Read their submission here.

Now that CS9 has been approved to proceed, Chiswick Liberal Democrats expect TFL to work proactively and transparently with the people of Chiswick to ensure that the detailed design of CS9 works for everyone in the area.

Chiswick Liberal Democrats have developed a set of criteria they expect to be met by the final design for the scheme:

  • Demonstrably better provision than currently in place for both cyclists and pedestrians on the High Road, and evidence that the scheme will improve all Healthy Streets Indicators
  • Any cycle lane is single carriageway i.e. one way only, flowing the same way as the traffic (in order to optimise both pedestrian and cyclist safety)
  • The cycle lane will ideally be on-carriageway but segregated, though we are open to creative options that do not reduce pavement space or impede accessibility for vulnerable groups (particularly regarding bus stop islands)
  • Bus routes must not be compromised, the design must demonstrate that all bus routes within Chiswick should at least maintain current frequency and journey times (this includes the 272 and E3 whose route times have yet to be assessed)
  • Modelling for pollution impact over time should take place prior to implementation and demonstrate a projected reduction in NO2 and PM10s on the High Road.

"Chiswick Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for a CS9 scheme that improves the High Road for all"

(1) https://www.london.gov.uk/events/2018-03-01/peoples-question-time-hounslow at approximately 43 minutes. https://twitter.com/JUSTAW4LKER/status/969499712360534016