TfL unveils new transformative Cycleway project linking Wembley Central and Harlesden
TfL invites public feedback on plans for a cutting-edge Cycleway between Wembley Central and Harlesden, aiming to enhance safety, connectivity and sustainability in Northwest London.
Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it is seeking public input on ambitious plans to enhance pedestrian and cycling connectivity between Wembley Central and Harlesden stations. In collaboration with Brent Council, the proposal aims to establish a high-quality Cycleway, contributing significantly to reducing road hazards in the area. The initiative also targets the facilitation of safer and more convenient walking routes, fostering connections between local neighbourhoods and high streets to support local businesses.
Statistics reveal that between 22 January 2018 and 28 December 2020, 90 collisions transpired on Harrow Road, leading to 109 casualties. In response, TfL is striving to curb accidents by implementing a secure cycle route linking Wembley Central and Harlesden stations. The focus on this corridor is substantiated by TfL’s analysis identifying Northwest London as a high-demand area for active travel, with the Wembley to Willesden Junction route highlighted among the top six routes in London with the greatest anticipated cycling demand.
Key enhancements in the proposal include a protected two-way cycle lane along Harrow Road and Brentfield, improved pedestrian and cycle crossings over Harrow Road and the North Circular Road, increased street lighting and a surge in greenery for environmental benefits such as flood reduction, shading and biodiversity improvement. Furthermore, the plan entails improved quiet road cycle connections to the specified stations and enhancements to pedestrian routes, including new crossings.
Adjustments to bus services are also part of the proposal, involving the extension of bus stop D and re-positioning stop B to enhance passenger boarding efficiency. TfL encourages community participation in shaping these developments through its interactive webpage, where detailed information, interactive maps and feedback options are available.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “We’ve seen a huge rise in walking and cycling over recent years as more and more Londoners enjoy using sustainable ways to get around the capital, and we will continue to work with councils like Brent to introduce measures to make it easier for people to cycle. I encourage all members of the community in Brent to share their views on this consultation for a new Cycleway, so we can support everyone with safe and appealing routes to travel around London.”
Helen Cansick, TfL’s Head of Healthy Streets Investment, said: “These improvements in Northwest London would enable more people to safety walk and cycle, giving the local community better sustainable and healthy travel options.”
The consultation period extends until 21 December 2023.