What is the challenge on Kilburn High Road?
We already know from previous local engagement that there are strong local priorities around improving safety, reducing street clutter and improving the local air quality on Kilburn High Road. As a major town centre we know that the pavements are very congested making physical distancing difficult. We have been liaising with Brent Council (who have responsibility for the western side of the road) as we have both received concerns via local groups including the West Hampstead and Amenity Transport Group and Kilburn Life, alongside residents calling for changes to be made to address the narrow pavements.
Brent Council has predicted that as the lockdown begins to ease, the side of Kilburn High Road that belongs to them will be less heavily congested due to the lower number of supermarkets along that side of the road.
In line with our partners and Brent Council, we would therefore encourage those not using the supermarkets to use the western side of Kilburn High Road.
By working together, we aim to increase safe access to retailers while also ensuring that, in particular, emergency vehicles are able to pass along the road easily at this time.
Brent is assessing all town centres, including Kilburn, as part of a wider strategic plan to prioritise them in line with the difficulties they may be experiencing at this time.
In order to respond to the challenge of narrow pavements in this location we are going to be temporarily widening sections making it easier for people to maintain a physical distance while shopping, queuing or moving through this area.
What will the work involve?
The temporary changes we will be making on Kilburn High Road are as follows:
- Widening the pavement on the eastern side between Willesden Lane and Belsize Road using temporary barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicles
- Where possible increasing the total width of pavement to 5.8m to allow people to pass each other and allow queuing. Where queuing is not taking place we are aiming for a minimum width of 3.2m where possible
- This will not be noisy work and will be completed by the 22nd May.
View drawings of these changes (PDF)
How you can give your views
We have written to all residents and businesses in the area - view our letter (PDF).
We know that there is an immediate need for these safety improvements in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) so we are making these changes as quickly as possible. If you have any concerns or comments on the changes you can get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.