Preliminary Ward Asks

With the delightful feedback that we’ve had on the LCC 2014 elections survey, we’ve come up with our specific asks per electoral ward in K&C. For a wonderful representation of these on a map and zoom in to K&C. It’s been pretty hard to narrow down to one specific ask, but we think that this is the best single pressure point that all road users deserve in the borough.

More details to follow over the coming months but do you agree? Also, if you do and want to take a picture, please do put it in the comments!

Ward Name Ward Ask Theme Specifc Ward Ask 
Abingdon Liveable Town Centres Reduction of high vplume of traffic and more relaxed streets for all users particularily on Wrights Lane and Marloes Rd
Brompton & ‘Hans Town Liveable Town Centres Surrounding South Kensington Tube, current links (to exhibition road especially) are congested and not inviting
Campden Protected Space for Cycling CS9 is a crucial part of allowing kensginton and chelsea to have real permeability and stop it being a dead end for cycle routes and safety
Colville Protected Space for Cycling Ladbroke grove is in need of a redesign, current routes like 45 are not used as they do not allow high volumes and have poor filtering into smaller side roads. Ladbroke drove will allow passage and stop this area being cut off by hostile roads
Courtfield Safe Routes to Schools Improve condition and infrastructure of old brompton road in order to make schools safer to travel to and from, as well as improving the Evelyn Gardens contra-flow for the same reason
Cremorne Protected Space for Cycling Need to link up to cycle superhighway 2, links to bridges: thames bridges protected spaces especially need to have either Albert Bridge or Battersea bridge
Earl’s Court Protected Space for Cycling Plan safety of HGVs access to Earls court rebuild to crossrail levels or better and a lasting legacy of safely protected routes in this area
Golborne Protected Space for Cycling Ladbroke grove is in need of a redesign, current routes like 45 are not used as they do not allow high volumes and have poor filtering into smaller side roads. Ladbroke drove will allow passage and stop this area being cut off by hostile roads
Holland Greenways Making holland park cycle friendly will make the london grid useful and accesible as a quietway
Norland/ Notting Dale Liveable Town Centres In order to link up with cycle cross rail and make it effective as well enhancing permeability/links for schools inside and outside of this ward
Notting Barns/ St Helen’s 20 mph Discourage and reduce high speed traffic through latimer road will create a safer and more pleasant environment
Pembridge Protected Space for Cycling Providing clear space through notting hill gate, review car parking heading westbound as this forces cyclists into traffic
Queen’s Gate Liveable Town Centres Busiest part of route from High Street Kensington and Kensington Rd, and should be made more accessible for the community
Redcliffe Safe Routes to Schools In partiular the junction of old brompton rd and bolton gardens is very tight and there are several problems with HGVs and children crossing for school
Royal Hospital Liveable Town Centres Sloane Square needs to be accessible as the town centre that it is, currently inhospitable to all road users
St Charles Areas Without Through Motor Traffic Take community-centric approach to streets, in particular brewster gardens to dalgrno gardens in order to truly calm streets
Stanley Areas Without Through Motor Traffic Dovehouse Street and cale street have high flow through, suggest removal of one way for cyclists on both, create car free zone for safety of patients

Grid response for K&C

After much debate over the last month or so the K&C LCC group had some to an official response to the LCC grid proposal for our borough. This is what we are sending to both TLF and Kensington and Chelsea as a part of the feedback process

Overall Feedback

We are grateful to Kensington and Chelsea along with TFL for the cycling grid plans. Overall there is a lot of potential for the cycling grid to deliver a much safer and more pleasant experience for all road users. It is slightly dissapointing that our neighbour borough in the grid has outshone Kensington and Chelsea in their proposal. Whilst Westminster have produced a 50 page document to give a background to their proposal, choices for routes and their vision; Kensington and Chelsea have given a 7 paragraph piece of text on their website and linked to the tfl grid information. As it stands, many of the proposed routes currently do not link up with any cycle route in hammersmith and fulham, leaving us hoping that there will be routes joining up to our neighbour boroughs rather than ending abruptly (and not being used for that reason).

Kensington and Chelsea have decided to self-impose a restrinction of their grid design to that of only quietways, leaving a clear lack of east-west routes that would be able to cope with the large numbers of commuters through the borough. We believe leaving out Cycle Superhighway 9 has likely ruined the grid as a whole for any cyclist wishing to travel between central london and west london. A separate cycle lane along one of the main roads is needed to facilitate east-west travel.

The south east of Kensington and Chelsea is well covered by the grid, which we are pleased with. However, there is a need for a route through Brompton. More pressingly though, is a need for a high quality route along the embankment. The idea of the grid is to allow cyclists to pass throughout London, following this it is expected that each bridge should be covered as well as points adjoining them.

We believe the feedback given in this document to be a realistic critique to the current grid, and hope that it will aid in adjusting the current plans to make them a worthwhile investments in our streets.

Stressing East-West Need

We would like to highlight that east-west travel is essential for those who live in our borough and those who commute though it. Current suggestions don’t join up with hammersmith and fulham which we hope will be rectified either in either borough. In addition to CS9 we suggest that Holland Park Avenue – Notting Hill Gate – Bayswater road is another option. We see no justification for Kensington and Chelsea’s self-imposed restriction to quiet ways.

Finally, we hope that all grid plans are well integrated with Hammersmith and Fulham, as it stands none of the grid links up to current routes into this borough which is worrying to say the least.

Route Specific Feedback

K&C Grid

Route 1: Westbourne Park Rd – Cornwall Crescent – Clarendon Rd

A: St. Marks Rd

  • Serves Thomas Jones Primary school
  • Issues: Does not link up with any current cycle route

B: Clarendon Rd + Lansdowne Mews – Lansdowne Rd

  • Regularly used roads for cyclists and covers cyclehire point
  • Issues – Ends on Holland Park Avenue without a route going along this road

C: Portland Rd – Walmer Rd – Princedale Rd – Queensdale Rd – Norland Sq x Holland Park Ave x Abbotsbury Rd – Melbury Rd

  • Also regularly used road
  • Currently this route or the alernative suggestion do not link up with any current cycle route

Route 2: Studio Walk – Palace Ave – York House Pl x Kensington Church St x – Holland St – Duchess of Bedford’s Walk

  • We expect this route to be two way for its entirety, also current barriers to the exit of kensington gardens should be removed to make it a comfortable and chosen route.
  • Narrower streets (especially around church st) are going to be difficult to manage – currently if a large vehicle is on the street they are impassible, space for both cyclists and pedestrians needs to be considered
  • Success of route will depend on quality of route – how well will throughtraffic and parking be removed
  • Concern over whether people will choose to use this route and whether it will be able to cope with number of cyclists that pass east to west.
  • Assume this route takes you through Holland Park, but as with route 1:C does not lead to another route afterwards.

Route 3: x Bayswater Rd x Kensington Palace Gardens x Kensington High St x Road leading to Kensington Ct – Kensington Ct – Kensington Ct Pl – St Albans Grove – Victoria Grove – Lauceston Pl

  • Useful North south link
  • Intervention crossing Bayswater rd and that of Kensintington High St will need to be of high quality

A: Cornwall Gardens – Queen’s Gate Gardens – Queen’s Gate Pl

  • Does not link to Imperial College Rd, or Prince Consort Rd could have served Imperial College, Royal College of Music
  • Need to manage entry onto Queen’s Gate, fast traffic and aggresive road
  • Does not link up with any other current route

B: Lauceston Pl – Grenville Pl x Cromwell Rd x Ashburn Pl

  • Useful linker to route 4

C: Cornwall Gardens – linkers – Lexham Gardens x Pembroke Rd x Logan Pl – Cornwall Crescent – Cromwell Rd

  • Cromwell rd has the potential to be useful if done at high quality, if not it has the likelihood to be very dangerous
  • Route does not carry on to any current route, it is our hope that this would be linked up by another high quality and segregated route from hammersmith and fulham.

Route 4: Earls Court Sq x Earls Court Rd x Bramham Gardens – Collingham Gardens – Harringston Gardens – Stanhope Gardens – Harringston Rd – Thurloe Pl

  • Generally a well-placed route, success will depend on the route being well thoughtout.
  • Route appears to start on Warwick Rd, for crossing Earls Court Rd – high quality crossing required, the current configuration for crossing Earls Court Rd needs a definite rework.

A: Collingham Gardens x Old Brompton Rd x

  • Does not link up with current north-south route along Drayton Gardens – Vale St.
  • Potentially a useful route if new routes in hammersmith and fulham are well placed and joins up, currently does not connect with any route.

Route 5: Exhibition Rd x Cromwell Rd x Exhibition Rd – Thurloe St

  • Exhibition road looks a lot more pleasant but is a frightening experience for cyclists. Current 20 mph is ignored and problems with being cutt off at the roundabout junction. Hard to take the lane where there is no lane marking, frankly drivers don’t seem to slow down in this unusual environment as they have done in smaller towns implementing this throughout.
  • Crossing Cromwell Rd there is still confusion with drivers heading south thinking that it is one way, this will need to be rectified and space given to cyclists.

Route 6: Reece Mews + Bute St – Sumner Pl x Fulham Rd x Dovehouse St x King’s Rd x Oakley St x Chelsea Embankment

  • Dovehouse St is of particular concern for lack of space for cyclists, currently at the south side cyclists are already being pinched for space, will this be cut off with bollards or the parking taken out?

Broadwalk in Kensington Gardens

  • This route does not connect with any cycle route at the north or the south, leading us to question why is included.