Release Date: 21 June 2017
Plans to improve congestion at a key junction in Hampton are out to public consultation by Richmond Council.
Following a rise in the number of complaints to the Council regarding severe congestion due to vehicles waiting to turn right into Uxbridge Road from Hanworth Road in Hampton, Richmond Council has reviewed the junction and is now making recommendations for improvement.
Due to the restricted width of the road approaching the junction, the vehicles waiting to turn hold up left turning vehicles behind them. This causes congestion and subsequent pollution.
Therefore, the Council is asking residents for their view on two possible solutions.
The first proposes to increase the width of the road to enable an extra lane on the approach to Uxbridge Road. This allows left turning vehicles to pass vehicles waiting to turn right.
The second option also proposes an extra lane, but at a slightly shorter length. This is to create space for a dedicated right turn lane on Uxbridge Road. This would reduce queuing on Uxbridge Road . However, as with the existing layout, vehicles waiting to turn from Uxbridge Road would block vehicles turning right out of Hanworth Road.
Cllr Peter Buckwell, Cabinet Member Highways and Streetscene for Richmond Council, said:
“We know that this is a difficult junction subject to traffic build-up. We are limited on ways we can make improvements, and we need to make sure that we don’t simply transfer the pressures onto other roads in the local area.
“We have listened to resident’s concerns. We believe that these two possible solutions will go some way of towards reducing the congestion.
“As a Council we do want to reduce congestion and improve air quality. But, we also need the support from residents to do this. By considering other travel options such as public transport, cycling or on foot, we can all help reduce congestion in the borough.”
Consultation closes on Friday 14 July 2017.
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Updated: 30 June 2017