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Borough details 'Skycle' route plans

by Jim Dunton Fri 16 August 2013, 10:33 am

Hounslow Council has given more details of its plans to introduce pushbike-friendly 'Skycle' routes linking central London with Heathrow Airport.

The proposals are aimed at helping to widen the potential for workers, business travellers, and even tourists to get from the airport to inner-London by bicycle.

Councillor Coliin Ellar, the authority’s deputy leader, said cyclists would be able to leave their machines at a secure cycling hub, and in the process take the strain off tubes, taxis and trains in West London.

“If we could get these plans off the ground, these Skycle routes would be helpful to Hounslow as the borough suffers from terrible air pollution caused by traffic jams on the A4 to Heathrow,” he said.

The improvements the council is proposing as part of a £50 million package include:

•The extension of Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s planned Cycle Superhighway 9 from Hyde Park to Hounslow town centre so that it reaches Heathrow Central via Bath Road and the A4;

•A link largely along the Longford River from Feltham to Heathrow Terminal 4; and

•Links from Feltham via the A312 and Faggs Lane and from Hounslow via Beavers Lane and the A30 to a cycle hub at Hatton Cross, where cyclists can use free transport in the Heathrow free fare zone.

Councillor Ellar said the plans would help Heathrow become an airport that was “better not a bigger”.

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