Kew Road barriers to be upgraded

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The recently installed water barriers on Kew Road, put in to ensure the mandatory cycle lane was protected from parking transgressions as Kew Gardens reopened, will be upgraded with to a semi-permanent cycle lane, now that Richmond Council has secured funds for the changes from Transport for London (TfL).

As part of the borough’s Post-Covid Transport Action Plan, the Council is upgrading the barriers to include mandatory white lines marked with ‘wands’ and ‘orcas’ to help set out a more defined cycle route under an experimental traffic order. The measures can stay in place for a maximum period of 18 months after which time the Council would need a permanent traffic order if the measures were to become permanent.

The Council has secured over £250,000 of funding to carry out these improvements and works are due to start within weeks.

Recognising that the change could have wider impacts (particularly as visitor numbers increase), the Council will shortly be consulting residents and businesses across Kew about the future operation of the existing Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) and on the possibility of implementing a new CPZ in the area around Kew Green.