A piazza outside Turnham Green Tube Station, more zebra crossings, public spaces and widened pavements are some of the improvements suggested in a new report on traffic changes to Turnham Green Terrace. The proposals are the result of a community workshop which studied the impact of the controversial Streetspace programme implemented earlier this year in response to COVID19.
The report, prepared by leading transport engineers Urban Movement, suggests retaining some parking as well as through traffic while improving conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.
The key aim of the workshop was to look at how any new designs could help to support local retailers at a time when many shopping centres are struggling as a result of the pandemic.
Bedford Park resident Peter Murray, who coordinated the workshop together with a group of local architects and planners, said “The report shows how design-led consultation can come up with really positive responses that are deliverable. It is a refreshing change from the febrile, binary debate that has characterised the discussion about traffic ever since the first lockdown in March.”
65 people attended the workshop and another 440 have watched the recording on social media. The attendees were a broad mix – from those who were very critical of the temporary changes to the Terrace to cyclists who called for even greater reduction in vehicular access.
“A wide range of views was expressed during the workshop and Urban Movement have done a great job in coming up with solutions that cater for the needs of the majority of users of the Terrace. We will be sending the report to Hounslow Council as part of their consultation on future changes,” Murray says.