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Watch this Streetspace! Safer cycling and social distancing measures put Harrow streets ahead

There will be more space for people to safely walk or cycle in Harrow, as we continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Narrow pavements cause crowds and make it hard to observe social distancing. By temporarily opening up these spaces, Harrow Council is helping to improve public confidence, while making it easier for local people to access shops, businesses and schools.

Temporary cycle lanes, wider pavements and areas with reduced traffic flow are among the changes being made in many parts of the borough, thanks to Harrow Council’s work with Transport for London and the Department for Transport.

The Streetspace initiative, which is funded by the Government, includes four Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes, four school initiatives and nine pedestrian space projects.

Cllr Keith Ferry, Deputy Leader of Harrow Council, said:

“Harrow will soon be streets ahead!
“The Streetspace scheme gives us an opportunity to make a real difference to our environment, encourage residents to improve their health and shop local with confidence – all while reducing the chance of catching Covid-19."

Streetspace will:

  • Make it easier and safer for people to maintain social distancing
  • Help people walk and cycle more often
  • Avoid a sharp increase in car use, compromising essential deliveries and emergency service access
  • Maintain clean air and reduce carbon emissions

A consultation will run at the end of the temporary changes to see whether any should be adopted for the long term.

Pedestrian space

Locations have been identified where pavements are narrow (3 metres or less) and pedestrian footfall is high.

This is mainly at shopping parades, bus stops and stations where the restricted width make social distancing difficult to follow. The measures will temporarily reallocate road space to pedestrians.

Station Road (near Civic Centre) – shops

Suspend parking bays and introduce widened pedestrian space

The Bridge - Harrow and Wealdstone Station

Remove single traffic lane and introduce widened pedestrian space

Streatfield Road, Queensbury (Honeypot Lane & Charlton Road) service roads

Suspend parking on one side and introduce widened pedestrian space

Honeypot Lane service road (near Wemborough Road)

Suspend parking on one side and introduce widened pedestrian space

Northolt Road service road (near Petts Hill)

Suspend parking on one side and introduce widened pedestrian space

Kenton Road service road (near Kingsbury Circle)

Suspend parking on one side and introduce widened pedestrian space

Kenton Lane service road (near Belmont Circle)

Suspend parking and introduce widened pedestrian space

High Road, Harrow Weald – shops between Weald Lane and The Meadow Way

Temporary bus stop relocation and footway widening

Porlock Avenue (near) Shaftesbury Circle)

Temporary bus stop relocation and footway widening

Strategic cycle routes

Routes still to be built over the next few years. It is proposed to implement some of these routes in temporary measures to provide direct and convenient cycle connections between local and district centres to support local journeys to work, shops, green spaces, etc.

Some of these measures could remain permanently if successful.

  • Jubilee cycle route, Queensbury, Belmont and Canons Park
  • Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald, Sheepcote Road, Harrow
  • Kenton to Harrow town centre cycle Way route, Greenhill introduce cycle route with temporary measures on Bonnersfield Lane and Sheepcote Road
  • George V Avenue, Hatch End / Headstone North
  • Kenton to Wealdstone cycle way route – Greenhill, Kenton, Marlborough
  • Introduce cycle route with temporary measures via Kenmore Underpass, Kenton Rec and Byron Park
  • Bakerloo cycle route – Headstone and Hatch End. Introduce cycle route with temporary measures (Bessborough underpass to Hatch End Station)
  • Cross Harrow cycle route – Headstone, Marlborough, Kenton, Belmont and Canons Park. Introduce cycle route with temporary measures (Petts Hill to A5 Edgware Road)
  • South Harrow – Harrow town Centre cycle route – Roxeth, Roxbourne, Harrow on the Hill, West Harrow, Greenhill

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

The reduction in traffic has enabled more cycling and walking locally in residential areas with less pollution and road danger.

As the economy unlocks and public transport capacity is reduced there is a risk that more private car journeys will negate these benefits.

The Council wants to create low traffic neighbourhoods in areas where there have been historically high levels of through-traffic making short cuts through residential estates to ensure neighbourhoods remain attractive for cycling and walking.

Measures will close roads to vehicles but permit cycles to pass on an experimental basis. Some of these measures could remain permanently if successful.

  • Pinner View area, Headstone South. Restrictions on through traffic using experimental road closures except cyclists
  • Francis Road area, Greenhill . Restrictions on through traffic using experimental road closures except cyclists
  • Vaughan Road area, West Harrow . Restrictions on through traffic using experimental road closures except cyclists
  • Southfield Park area, Headstone South. Restrictions on through traffic using experimental road closures except cyclists

School streets

The Council wants to create some school streets in areas where there have been historically high levels of drop off and pick up by car, in order to keep the environment safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Measures will introduce restrictions on motor vehicles entering streets with schools at opening and closing times on an experimental basis.

This will support more active travel to schools. Some of these measures could remain permanently if successful.

Grimsdyke School, Hatch End

Restrictions on vehicle access in streets with schools at opening and closing times.

Newton Farm School, Rayners Lane

Restrictions on vehicle access in streets with schools at opening and closing times.

Marlborough School, Wealdstone

Restrictions on vehicle access in streets with schools at opening and closing times.

Park High School, Belmont

Restrictions on vehicle access in streets with schools at opening and closing times.

Published: 18th September 2020