Harrow Road Crossings Open
New crossings of Harrow Road were officially opened on May 4th by Sustrans London Director Matt Winfield and Cllr Ed Argar, Westminster's cabinet member for transport. The new crossings are intended to end the severance of north and south Paddington caused by opening Westway in 1970.
The complete scheme consists of the following components:
- A new northbound contraflow for cyclists in Hermitage Street
- The new crossings of the Harrow Road, passing under Westway
- A new, straight ramp up from the Harrow Road to St Mary's Square
- Shared use of the north footway of Harrow Road by pedestrians and cyclists between the new ramp and Paddington Green. This is to avoid St Mary's Churchyard Walk, which is a bit too narrow for shared use
A group of users return from trying out the crossings.
As part of the scheme, a bench and sculptures of three local personages were installed at the top of the ramp up to St Mary's Square. A ballot of some 600 stakeholders chose the following subjects for the sculptures:
- Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear
- Alan Turing, the pioneering computer scientist
- Mary Seacole, the Jamaican-born woman who set up a 'British Hotel' behind the lines during the Crimean War for sick and convalescent officers
An 87-year-old Mr Bond attended the ceremony clutching his bear.
Michael Bond with his sculpture and Paddington Bear
(Photo: Teresa Stokes)
Where are the new crossings?
How was the scheme funded?
This scheme is being implemented as part of the Sustrans Connect2 project. Cyclists with long memories will remember voting for Connect2 to be awarded funds from The Big Lottery. Originally the money was going to be spent on a new bridge over the railway near Westbourne Green, to replace the notorious ‘Muggers' Bridge’. Because of CrossRail, the project could not be completed within the timescale that was a condition of the award, so the money was transferred to this scheme.
This post was edited by ColinWing at 6:46pm 8 May 2013.