Quietway for Paddington – Little Venice – West Drayton
Quietways are in the pipeline for London’s canals.
Consultation on the section from Camden to Little Venice has already been undertaken. I do not know when this will be introduced or what the next steps are for this.
The next stage towards West Drayton is now coming up for planning and introduction. Canal & River Trust propose to hold a series of exhibitions and drop in sessions aboard their information boat Jena.
I have copied the timetable below from CRT’s website. The boat progressively moves from West Drayton towards Paddington and the majority of the time will ultimately be spent in the section between Ladbroke Grove and Paddington between 27th and 29th October 2016.
Canal & River Trust say they will begin initial works on the Paddington Arm Quietway between Old Oak and Kensal Green Gasworks in November. They claim the towpath is poor and needs widening, levelling etc.
FACT: The towpath was closed for months some years ago (with lots of complaints from locals) to make it wider and smoother. So what gives? Are they making it ever wider? If so it sounds like an underhand way of creating a cycle-super highway along the canal!
Quietways are a controversial concept. Feedback from an expert suggests the first ever schemes to be introduced in London have been a failure. The Guardian reports.
TfL has proposed seven Quietways for London. The London canal network does not form part of this so it must be assumed those for the canal are largely to be a home grown project by Canal & River Trust. This makes sense because earlier this year CRT advertised for a dedicated project officer to manage their quietway projects.
The map below show the canal quietways proposed for London. The central section known as the Regent’s Canal Quietway from Little Venice to the Lee is not shown.
Consultation took place earlier this year on the Regent’s Canal Quietway (Camden-Little Venice) and objections were lodged by cycling groups. I cannot find any information detailing the entire 8 mile long route however so it must be assumed Canal & River Trust do not yet have plans for the section from Camden to Limehouse and the Lee.