Twickenham the new Holland?
9th July 2013
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Update to bid announcement below - December 2013:

Following a review of all the submissions, TfL shortlisted Richmond Council as one of the potential benefactors of the funding and was invited to refine the initial proposals.

The final proposal is now being submitted to TfL, and includes:

 - Improve cycle permeability through Twickenham town centre.
 - A new Commuter Route on the A316
 - The construction of railside cycle routes from Hampton to Twickenham Town Centre
 - A new ‘quiet way’ between Kew and Putney to provide an alternative route to the A205 for cyclists.

Should the bid be successful, extensive consultation and discussion with both residents and stakeholders will be carried out.


 

Update to bid announcement below - September 2013: 

Ambitious plans to transform Twickenham into a ‘Mini-Holland’ have taken a step forward after the Mayor of London praised the council’s proposals, in particular, the idea to create cycle lanes adjacent to rail lines and shortlisted the borough for a share of a £100m windfall.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Transport for London, shortlisted eight out of 20 London boroughs to enter the final stage of the ‘Mini Holland’ competition on Tuesday. (September 2). The three or four winners, to be announced early next year, will benefit from high levels of spending concentrated on relatively small areas to make them, over time, every bit as cycle friendly as their Dutch equivalents. The £100m will be shared between the winners – though not necessary equally.

The mayor considered a highlight of the Council’s bid to be its plans to create ‘cycleways’ on unused land alongside railway lines into Twickenham with cycle parking hubs at local stations. Other aspects of the Council bid include: 

 - A possible pedestrian/cycle bridge across the Thames between Twickenham and Ham
 - Cycle commuter routes along the A316 into Central London
 - More ‘quietway routes’ on residential roads to district centres and Heathrow
 - Improved access at bridges and better junctions for cyclists

Twickenham is ideally suited for this major transformational change with its proximity to the existing cycle routes along the river and current high levels of cycling.


Bid announcement - July 2013:

Earlier this year the Mayor of London and TfL announced that £100m would be available to share between up to four outer London boroughs to help transform cycling in key town centres. The aim is that they will become every bit as cycle friendly as many Dutch towns.


Richmond upon Thames has now submitted its innovative bid – proposing the delivery of five major new cycle facilities for the borough, as well as a number of complementary measures.

The bid includes a new possible pedestrian/cycle bridge across the Thames between Twickenham and Ham, new cycle commuter routes along the A316 into central London, new cycle routes alongside the railway lines into Twickenham with cycle parking hubs at local stations, more ‘quietway routes’ on residential roads to district centres and Heathrow, improved access at bridges and better junctions for cyclists and a range of other complementary measures to improve access, permeability and to reduce severance.

In addition the bid outlines proposals for new partnerships which could be forged with schools, health and other organisations to ensure cycling becomes a way of life across the borough.

See the full bid

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