Richmond Circus to undergo transformation

23 June 2009
"The improvement works will make a difference to traffic flows in the area and there will also be better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists"

The improvement works will make a difference to traffic flows in the area and there will also be better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

On 6 July, Transport for London (TfL) will begin a five-month improvement project to enhance the A316 Richmond Circus roundabout as part of TfL's Investment Programme. 

On completion, journey times will be reduced and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians will be improved.

There will be a site office open next week so that members of the public can have the opportunity to meet the construction team and view the junction improvement plans. 

The site office is situated in Old Deer Car Park and will be open to the public on:

  • Wednesday 1 July: 12:00 to 18:00 
  • Thursday 2 July: 13:00 to 19:30 
  • Friday 3 July: 9:00 to 13:00

The scheme will include:

  • A new traffic lane on the A307 exit road to Kew Road towards Richmond town centre
  • The addition of more than 100 metres of segregated cycle lane linking two existing London Cycle Network routes
  • Upgrading all pedestrian crossings to shared-use crossings for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Improvements to the urban environment with new trees planted in the central island and the borders of the roundabout 
  • Footway and carriageway resurfacing
  • Repairs and improvements to the drainage network throughout the junction

While the improvement works are taking place, every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum. 

The majority of the work will be undertaken under off-peak lane restrictions, but occasional overnight closures to some arms of the roundabout will be necessary for resurfacing work.

Suitable diversion routes will be advertised during the overnight closures.    

TfL has coordinated with National Grid to ensure that essential gas pipe replacement works are completed in conjunction with this road improvement scheme, thereby reducing future disruption in the area.

Better facilities

Dana Skelley, Director of Road Network Management at TfL, said: 'Richmond Circus is a vital link to the A316 and it is being upgraded to meet the needs of today's road users.

'The improvement works will make a difference to traffic flows in the area and there will also be better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

'In addition the planting of new trees and the clearing of pavements will enhance the environment.

'I apologise to motorists for the possible delays here over the coming months, but I am sure the transformation we will see by the end of the year will be appreciated.'

The roundabout experiences high volumes of traffic and forms part of an important link to central London, the M25 and to Richmond town centre. 



Notes to editors

  • This project is part of TfL's £10bn Investment Programme, which funds work that improves London's transport system and the urban environment
  • TfL manages the red routes: a network of 580km of London's roads, which carry 35 per cent of the city's traffic
  • The contractor carrying out the work is Ringway