We will make changes on the stretch of the A406 Gunnersbury Avenue between Chiswick roundabout and Popes Lane to improve the safety of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Works that began in January 2019 will continue through to the summer.
All roads around Gunnersbury Avenue will stay open during the works and there will be access to properties. However, some temporary lane closures will be needed and the area may be busier than usual.
What we are doing
We developed proposals to improve safety on this section of the A406 North Circular because of the number and severity of collisions and near misses there.
The changes will include:
- Extending the central reservation island between Power Road and Park Way to separate opposing traffic lanes, ensuring vehicles can't use oncoming lanes to overtake. This will also remove the risk of collisions involving right-turning vehicles
- Making lane widths consistent to allow motorcyclists to filter safely
- Permanently lowering the speed limit - from 40mph to 30mph - to make it consistent along the A406 Gunnersbury Avenue
- Improving cycle and pedestrian sections on the Gunnersbury Avenue western footway to match the segregated facilities on Power Road Bridge
To minimise the overall impact of construction we will do the work in three phases:
- Phase one: move the kerb on the eastern side of Gunnersbury Avenue (between Park Way and Power Road Bridge) to widen the road, providing space for the new central island - this will involve digging down into the ground and diverting underground utilities (such as water pipes and electrical cables) and installing the new kerb line. This ongoing work should continue until early March 2019
- Phase two: start building the central reservation
- Phase three: resurface the road and install new road markings between Park Way and the Chiswick Roundabout
We will update this page with details and dates of phases two and three nearer the time.
How your travel might be affected
- We will work seven days a week, 07:30-17:00 on weekdays and 09:00-17:00 at weekends, to complete the scheme as quickly as possible
- During phase one the A406 Gunnersbury Avenue will be reduced to three lanes - two southbound, and one northbound
- Other lane reductions in both directions will be needed while we install the new central island during phase two
- We will need to close roads in different directions while we resurface the road during phase three. This will be done overnight to minimise disruption
- We may need to change the way traffic is managed at various stages throughout construction so our contractors have a safe workspace
To stay up-to-date and avoid disruption to your journey check on tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.
Pedestrians and cyclists
Pedestrians and cyclists will have access along the A406 Gunnersbury Avenue at all times. Any temporary changes will be clearly signed.
Minimising noise and disruption
Normal working hours are 07:30-17:00 on weekdays and 09:00-17:00 at weekends. All working times are agreed with the London Borough of Hounslow.
We will make every effort to reduce noise and disruption where possible. However, some noise is unavoidable.
We are working on this project in partnership with Conway Aecom.
We are working closely with the London Borough of Hounslow to minimise disruption and ensure the works proceed as safely, efficiently and as quickly as possible.
We consulted on these plans in early 2016. Our consultation summary report can be found on the A406 Gunnersbury Avenue consultation page. 75% of people who responded said they supported or partially supported our proposals.