Twickenham's cycling contraflow given the go ahead

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Cyclists will be able to avoid Twickenham town centre Cyclists will be able to avoid Twickenham town centre

Cyclists will be able to take a new route through Twickenham after plans for a contraflow were approved.

The contraflow will allow cyclists who want to travel north through Holly Road to avoid the busy town centre's high street.

Richmond Council's consultation on the contraflow received 149 supportive responses from the 219 who replied - a total of 68 per cent.

Cabinet member for highways, Councillor Chris Harrison, said: "We are investing millions of pounds to not only change the look and feel of Twickenham but improve road safety.

"The Holly Road contraflow cycle lane will allow cyclists to travel along a quiet route and avoid heavy traffic in the town centre."

 

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1:16pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Scott Naylor says...

This is great news, and an idea I gave to Cllr Chris Harrison and wrote in a whole series in a large document to Head of Transport Planning Policy Chris Smith. This also includes many safety measures such as raised surface and protection of access out of Holly Road Gardens of Rest where many other suggestions have also been taken forward I put to Parks supported by the Fiends Community Grouo to expand and upgrade this popular childrens play area. This does not take away from the lack of cycle safety being ignored into the £6m Town Plan in King Street where cyclists are presently left with inexcusable pinch points at all three major junctions.
This is great news, and an idea I gave to Cllr Chris Harrison and wrote in a whole series in a large document to Head of Transport Planning Policy Chris Smith. This also includes many safety measures such as raised surface and protection of access out of Holly Road Gardens of Rest where many other suggestions have also been taken forward I put to Parks supported by the Fiends Community Grouo to expand and upgrade this popular childrens play area. This does not take away from the lack of cycle safety being ignored into the £6m Town Plan in King Street where cyclists are presently left with inexcusable pinch points at all three major junctions. Scott Naylor

7:01pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Concerned_Resident says...

Scott Naylor wrote:
This is great news, and an idea I gave to Cllr Chris Harrison and wrote in a whole series in a large document to Head of Transport Planning Policy Chris Smith. This also includes many safety measures such as raised surface and protection of access out of Holly Road Gardens of Rest where many other suggestions have also been taken forward I put to Parks supported by the Fiends Community Grouo to expand and upgrade this popular childrens play area. This does not take away from the lack of cycle safety being ignored into the £6m Town Plan in King Street where cyclists are presently left with inexcusable pinch points at all three major junctions.
How modest.
[quote][p][bold]Scott Naylor[/bold] wrote: This is great news, and an idea I gave to Cllr Chris Harrison and wrote in a whole series in a large document to Head of Transport Planning Policy Chris Smith. This also includes many safety measures such as raised surface and protection of access out of Holly Road Gardens of Rest where many other suggestions have also been taken forward I put to Parks supported by the Fiends Community Grouo to expand and upgrade this popular childrens play area. This does not take away from the lack of cycle safety being ignored into the £6m Town Plan in King Street where cyclists are presently left with inexcusable pinch points at all three major junctions.[/p][/quote]How modest. Concerned_Resident

11:11pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Twickenham resident says...

I expect that those who supported this are cyclists and I hope that this contraflow is not extended to the other part of Holly Road which leads to Copthall Gardens.

This section of Holly Road is particularly busy and narrow, with barely enough room as it is for cars to pass cyclists heading the wrong way down this one way road. Drivers of cars exiting Holly Road car park will need to be reminded to look both ways before pulling out or they will collide with cyclists. Who's going to give way I wonder? Will the cyclists mount the pavement to get past the cars? Barmy idea.
I expect that those who supported this are cyclists and I hope that this contraflow is not extended to the other part of Holly Road which leads to Copthall Gardens. This section of Holly Road is particularly busy and narrow, with barely enough room as it is for cars to pass cyclists heading the wrong way down this one way road. Drivers of cars exiting Holly Road car park will need to be reminded to look both ways before pulling out or they will collide with cyclists. Who's going to give way I wonder? Will the cyclists mount the pavement to get past the cars? Barmy idea. Twickenham resident

11:23pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Scott Naylor says...

Twiceknham Resident - no this does not include Copthall Gardens to Queens Road.
Twiceknham Resident - no this does not include Copthall Gardens to Queens Road. Scott Naylor

9:25am Fri 6 Dec 13

Sarah-Twick says...

I wonder what the justification is for this. I have written to LBR and Cllr Harrison about the need for speed calming measures in Tennyson Avenue. We provided a survey which showed nearly 100% of residents want speed calming measures but despite over 3000 cars doing up to 30mph in 14 days and many going even faster we are informed that as no one has been killed or seriously injured, yet, that our road is not a priority. Can Cllr Harrison please advised how many cyclists have been killed in Twickenham Town Centre in the last year or so to justify this decision?
Also, please can he advise which roads have been granted 20mph status as a result of his 'consultation'?
S Meagher
Tennyson Ave
I wonder what the justification is for this. I have written to LBR and Cllr Harrison about the need for speed calming measures in Tennyson Avenue. We provided a survey which showed nearly 100% of residents want speed calming measures but despite over 3000 cars doing up to 30mph in 14 days and many going even faster we are informed that as no one has been killed or seriously injured, yet, that our road is not a priority. Can Cllr Harrison please advised how many cyclists have been killed in Twickenham Town Centre in the last year or so to justify this decision? Also, please can he advise which roads have been granted 20mph status as a result of his 'consultation'? S Meagher Tennyson Ave Sarah-Twick

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