Consultation on Holland Park Avenue Cycle Route

The Nevern Square Conservation Area RA is a member of the Kensington Society.

TfL have now come back with amendments. The Kensington Society and the local residents’ associations along the route, as well as Councillor Johnny Thalassites, have met with TfL to review the proposals. In conclusion, it is considered that, despite the changes proposed, it is not acceptable.  The scheme still has too many disbenefits to other road-users and to the local community to be acceptable, and that the money would be better spent in other ways.

The Kensington Society have told TfL  that we shall be consulting with our members on these changes. We also promised the Council to report our members’ opinions. 

Below is the full letter reporting the changes and the disbenefits we, and the other associations, have identified.

TfL has not revised the map and we only have the commentary of their revisions.  If you want to review the original plan against the revision the link to the TfL is found at the bottom of this link:

What we ask though is that you write to us, the Kensington Society, directly and we shall, as asked, collate the responses.  
Send your email

Amanda Frame
The Kensington Society

KS Alert full letter on cycle-way

In response to the consultation results, TfL have made some amendments to their
£47 million scheme for a cycle-way along Holland Park Avenue and Notting Hill Gate. These amendments were unveiled at a meeting at City Hall attended by representatives of the Kensington Society and local residents’ associations along the route. We have told TfL that we will now consult our members. We have also had discussions with Cllr. Johnny Thalassites, the lead member for planning, who has made clear that he would like to follow residents’ wishes, but he needs to have evidence of what these are.

This email is therefore to ask all members who think they might be affected by the proposal as revised, whether positively or negatively, to set out and send us your views on what is now proposed. 

For details and maps of the original scheme (for which you will need to scroll down to reach) and the results of the consultation see

TfL have proposed five changes to their original scheme. Each meets some part of the concerns expressed, but as TfL have made clear there is a price to pay or trade-off for each of them. The changes are:

  • Reinstate the banned left-hand turn at Royal Crescent. Trade-off: there would be no pedestrian crossing at Royal Crescent.
  • Reinstate the Norland Square bus stop. Trade-off: buses would stop the lane of traffic for (TfL estimate) 26 seconds for each bus as passengers embark and disembark, causing additional congestion.
  • Retain the parking and delivery bays outside the Holland Park shops. Trade-off: one fewer pedestrian crossing in Holland Park Avenue than planned.
  • Retain the two mature plane trees on Holland Park Avenue at the bottom of Campden Hill Square. Trade-off:  no right-hand turn from Holland Park Avenue onto Ladbroke Grove.
  • Retain all but three of the trees on Notting Hill Gate’s central reservation. Trade-off: no parking bays on the south side of Notting Hill Gate opposite Leyland’s builders merchants. 

There is no doubt that a segregated cycle lane would bring significant benefits to cyclists, especially the fast commuter ones (although we have heard doubts expressed about how friendly the segregated lane would be to the more leisurely cyclists). And we welcome the efforts that TfL have made to find a way round removing most of the trees.

We consider that, despite the changes now proposed by TfL, the scheme still brings just too many disbenefits to other road-users and to the local community to be acceptable, and that the money would be better spent in other ways. In particular, the revised TfL plans have not addressed the main issues raised by residents, as the proposed cycle-way would still result in:

  • Less healthy streets due to increased congestion, pollution and noise – TfL predict considerable diversion of vehicles down neighbouring residential streets, which would increase pollution in those streets too.
  • Road safety risks as pedestrians would need to cross fast flowing cycle lanes to reach island bus stops and shops; pedestrians and cyclists would have to share pavements where the cycleway crosses from HPA south side over to Royal Crescent pavement; and cyclists travelling at speed down Holland Park Avenue would risk colliding with slower cyclists and people entering from side roads.
  • A worse environment for bus users and pedestrians (in particular the less mobile) due to the increased distance between bus stops and increased bus journey times in a congested single lane traffic lane; and also due to the relocation of pedestrian crossings, narrower pavements, a reduced number of bus stops, and unpopular island bus stops.
  • A risk of more shop closures as customers avoid the increased congestion, particularly during the construction phase, and shops in Notting Hill struggle to receive deliveries. The retail environment is, as we all know, extremely fragile at present and a construction phase lasting a year or so could well put more of our shops out of business, with uncertain prospects for recovery.
  • The cutting down of even three established trees would risk reducing the wind break effects and carbon absorbing benefits that the trees were planted for. 
  • There could also be problems with the effective loss of a major arterial route out of London, linking up with the M40 and A316/M3. The Oxford Tube bus, for instance, could well decide to change its route if the congestion is too bad.  Drivers coming in from the west may well divert down Kensington High Street, increasing congestion there.

We have promised both TfL and the Council that we would now consult with our members.  Please, therefore, if you are likely to be affected by the scheme, could you reply to tflcyclealert@gmail.comto say in your own words if you are supportive or against the revised CS10 scheme, and why – and whether we have your support if we need to object again to TfL. 

Regardless of whether you use a car, ride a bicycle, take the bus or just walk, TfL’s proposed cycle-way through Holland Park Avenue and Notting Hill Gate will affect many members who live in the neighbourhood of the scheme.

I should add that we recognise the need to do more to improve facilities for cyclists and the local residents’ associations have been working with the Council to design a “quiet” cycle route along back streets parallel to Holland Park Avenue and Notting Hill Gate, on which the Council will shortly be consulting. A good network of well-designed cycle quiet ways might bring more benefits to the residents of the borough than dedicated cycle-ways along more polluted main roads.

RBKC Consulting on Culture

RBKC is staging a “series of conversations” about what they proposed as our new Cultural Plan.  it is quite board brush but will set the stage for many changes to the borough.  PLEASE TRY TO GO AND HAVE YOUR SAY.  Please book with: Cornwall, Verena:

Friday 21 February                 10am – 1pm                     The Royal Court Theatre

Saturday 22 February             2pm – 6pm                     Tabernacle

Monday 24 February              10am – 1pm                      Goldfinger Café

Monday 24 February              2pm – 6pm                        Bay 20