TfL’s own data shows that our streets will become less safe and healthy
TfL’s Consultation report states that traffic on HPA will be pushed onto quiet residential side streets, increasing congestion, pollution and noise, with for example up to:
400 extra vehicles per hour going down Holland Park
200 extra vehicles per hour on Abbotsbury Road, Clarendon Road, Elgin Crescent, Ladbroke Road, Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne Walk, Pembridge Road, Palace Court, Kensington Church Street, Sheffield Terrace and Hornton Street
Increased rat running from the removal of the right hand turn on HPA into Ladbroke Grove
TfL’s CS10 Air Quality and Noise Modelling Report states that CS10 is predicted to
Increase CO2 emissions by up to 3%
Increase NO2 emissions in most sites measured (22/35) including Kingsdale Gardens, Royal Crescent, Holland Road, Bramley Road and Bright Horizon Holland Park Day School
Increase noise in 8 of the 35 sites including Lansdowne Walk, Ladbroke Road, Holland Park and Cardinal Vaughn School
This modelling doesn’t include the increased congestion caused by future Notting Hill Gate developments (e.g. Frogmore) nor the impact of ‘no right turn into Ladbroke Grove’ on surrounding streets
TfL’s CS10 Consultation Report shows that people living in RBKC do not support CS10
RBKC states that its number one policy is to put its residents at the heart of its decision making
Whilst TfL have not released the full Consultation data, the high-level analysis suggests that a majority of the 5,386 people who responded expect a negative rather than a positive impact.
2,151 alone (40%) believe that the scheme will result in congestion
1,565 believe it will increase pollution (29%)
1,331 believe that it is not good for Holland Park Avenue (25%)
1,210 dislike the scheme (22%).
The 1,169 RBKC postcode-verified residents who responded are unanimously against it:
They don’t believe it will encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport
43% of people said that it would increase cycling (60% of all who answered)
22% said it would increase walking (31% of all who answered)
17% said it would increase public transport use (24% of all who answered)
MORE people expected a NEGATIVE impact (668) than a positive impact (598)
All 10 open-ended verbatim comments are negative, including increased congestion and pollution, loss of trees, less safety for cyclists and pedestrians, and not being good for the local residential area.
Our own traffic assessment shows that the number of cyclists using HPA today does not warrant two or even one dedicated cycle lane(s).
A traffic assessment on HPA in November 2019 showed that:
During the morning rush hour, 1.5 people a minute cycle west to east into town
During the evening rush hour, 1.6 people a minute cycle east to west home
At these peak times, only 0.5 people a minute cycle in the opposite direction
On the average weekday between rush hour, 2 people cycle on HPA every 3 minutes
On the average weekend between rush hour, 1 person cycles on HPA every 3 minutes
Cyclists account for 5% of all vehicles using HPA
Given this, we believe that the lack of people cycling in the opposite direction at rush hour makes two dedicated cycle lanes unnecessary – and the lack of cyclists at ‘down times’ makes a 24/7 dedicated cycle lane superfluous.