Safer roads request for Chiswick

Date petition submitted: 
24 July 2013
Petition presented by: 
Murad Qureshi (past staff) AM,
Petition presented at: 
London Assembly Plenary

Summary of petition

“We the undersigned ask the Mayor of London, TfL & Hounslow Council to make much safer for pedestrians the junction of Barrowgate Road/Heathfield Gardens/Sutton Lane North in Chiswick and along Cedars Rd (A4) before the subway crossing to the south of the A4. Since the school catchment areas have changed in Hounslow many more parents and their young children have to cross the above junction & the A4 to get to school. Any proposed improvements should be incorporated within proposed development of Porsche Cars building along Cedars Rd (A4) as well.”

Response information

Name of person responding: 
The Mayor
Response date: 
17 September 2013
“Dear Murad Re: Petition received at the London Assembly (Plenary) Meeting on 24 July 2013 I write in response to Darren Johnson’s letter of 30 July enclosing a petition you presented to the Assembly meeting of 24 July. As you know, Transport for London (TfL) is the highway authority for the TfL Road Network (TLRN). All other roads are the responsibility of the local boroughs. I am afraid the junction of Barrowgate Road/ Heathfield Gardens/ Sutton Lane North is not on the TLRN and, as such, is not within my remit nor that of TfL. Notwithstanding this, I understand the London Borough of Hounslow intends to review this particular junction in light of the safety concerns you have highlighted. A preliminary site assessment is currently underway to determine what can be done to improve this junction. If you would like more information on the review, I suggest contacting LB Hounslow’s Chief Executive, Mary Harpley who can be contacted at: [email protected] In respect of the A4 Cedars Road, you will know there are currently three pedestrian subways provided under Cedars Road at Harvard Hill, Sutton Lane South and Sutton Court Road. In addition a staggered crossing is available at ground level on the eastern side of Sutton Court Road, which provides pedestrians with a refuge area half way through the crossing. In addition, by the end of September, TfL would have implemented two improvement schemes at Harvard Hill and Sutton Lane South. These will improve pedestrian safety and reduce the risk of collision between cyclists and pedestrians using the subways. TfL will also be modifying the Sutton Court Road staggered crossing. This will reduce both the distance pedestrians have to travel to cross to the east side of the junction and the risk of right-turn collisions. TfL has consulted on this already and expect to have completed their modelling by the end of the year. Turning to your point about the Porsche Cars building redevelopment, there are currently two planning applications to refurbish the existing showroom and the build a new service centre. I understand concerns about pedestrian safety were raised at the planning committee and Porsche confirmed that the proposals were likely to reduce the number of traffic movements necessary as cars would no longer need to be moved off-site for servicing and repairs. The planning committee also raised the matter with the Chiswick Area Forum.”