Wembley to Willesden Junction walking and cycling changesSeptember 2, 2023 0 COMMENTS
Transport for London (TfL) and the London Borough of Brent have resumed work on proposed improvements between Wembley and Willesden Junction. The current engagement is a continuation of what had commenced in early 2020 but was paused due to the pandemic. Since March 2023, TfL has had a live Ideas Board where residents and visitors to the area can inform this ongoing process. We encourage you to take part in this conversation.
Exciting times indeed for Brent as we might finally see a new cycle route soon. The first one since Carlton Vale in 2016.
The improvements will cover the town centres of Wembley, Stonebridge and Harlesden, and the aim is to make walking, cycling and using public transport easier and more pleasant. This will, in turn, reduce congestion, improve the air quality and make our streets more equitable.
The changes include a new cycleway, new and improved pedestrian crossings, better lighting, more trees and greenery, and better connectivity and accessibility. Work will be carried out in phases with the first one between Wembley Central station and Harlesden station due to be publicly consulted on this autumn.
This section will help to connect key locations like Central Middlesex Hospital for staff and visitors who wish to cycle there. It will also provide a safer crossing point to cycle over the North Circular Road.
Wembley to Willesden Junction is one segment of a longer route between Wembley and Fulham which has been identified as one of 25 top potential connections across Greater London in TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis. This means, TfL’s robust analysis, has found this area has a high demand for cycling and great potential to contribute to healthier streets and meet the ambitions of both the council’s and TfL’s transport and environmental strategies.
A report on the previous engagement phase was published earlier this year and you can read it on the TfL website.
We need you!
Please share your ideas, email your Councillors and tell them you support this. Start the conversation with your neighbours, local schools, local shop owners, neighbourhood WhatsApp groups and anyone else you can think of. We can help you along to way to help mobilise awareness about these changes. Get in touch with us for resources, support and ideas on how to actively engage locally.
Once the consultation is launched later this year, we will need you to share as widely as possible to make sure the Council knows this is a change that has local support.
Let’s make this the beginning of something big and the first of many more people’s friendly streets to come in the borough!
Visit TfL’s FAQs to find out more about the proposed changes with some specific details.