TfL walking & cycling scheme in Kensington & Chelsea

TfL and the Mayor have announced a consultation today on walking and cycling improvements in Kensington & Chelsea across four neighbourhoods.

The schemes include 3.8km of protected cycle route and pedestrian improvements to reduce motor traffic dominance and make Wood Lane and White City, Shepherd’s Bush, Holland Park and Notting Hill Gate far nicer places to not just walk and cycle, but also live, shop, work, study and linger.

These schemes clearly represent a major leap forward not just in making west London nicer, but also in providing for cycling and walking and residents in Kensington & Chelsea.

Cycle tracks in Kensington & Chelsea, not Westminster

The cycling element of the scheme (“two-way segregated cycle track throughout”) would connect at one end to the current work on the A40 establishing a cycle route all the way to Acton in west London, but at the other end it currently isn’t set to reach even a paltry 120m into Westminster to get to the edge of Kensington Gardens, much less go a further 1.2km along Bayswater Road to directly reach cycle tracks at Lancaster Gate that would fully connect the route to the East-West Cycle Superhighway CS3.

Neighbourhood improvements

TfL says the scheme also provides: “upgrades to public spaces, creating more welcoming streets for people to spend time in and enjoy; new and upgraded pedestrian crossings; a new two-way segregated cycle track throughout, which will keep people cycling separated from motor traffic; some side roads entry or exit only to help the safe and timely movement of traffic; changes to some bus stop locations and new bus stop bypasses for people cycling.”

Quotes from the press release

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said in TfL’s press release: “These improvements would enable many more people to walk and cycle which is vital to reduce car use and clean up London’s toxic air. By creating new pedestrian crossings, moving bus stops to better locations and making it safer to cycle, we will make streets much more accessible and welcoming for everyone who lives, works or visits the area.”

Casey Abaraonye, Coordinator at Hammersmith and Fulham Cyclists, said: “These improvements are a brilliant opportunity to create a healthier and happier west London. They will create neighbourhoods where people working or visiting the many schools, hospitals and shops will be able easily walk or cycle their journeys, reducing air pollution and supporting the town centres, making them better to enjoy and experience.”

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications at Living Streets, said: “The improvements to pedestrian crossings and other walking infrastructure between Wood Lane and Notting Hill Gate proposed by TfL are encouraging and will boost the walking environment across the area… Research published today shows that almost 40% of older people worry about pedestrian crossing provision in London, highlighting the importance of these proposals.”

At present, it appears Kensington & Chelsea council are taking a fairly neutral stance towards the scheme. Cllr Will Pascall, Lead Member of Streets, Planning and Transport, Kensington and Chelsea Council, said in the press release: “We know improving air quality is a huge priority for our residents. We would urge everyone to share their views about the advantages and disadvantages of these proposals.”

Get involved

So it will be absolutely vital that TfL and the borough hears from residents, visitors, workers and everyone that they support moves to make these neighbourhoods better for walking and cycling and therefore air quality, climate change, inactivity and just hanging around in.

To read what we think and respond via TfL's consultation page: