Kensington High Street Shared Lane (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

As there is now a “temporary" shared lane for traffic and buses in Kensington High Street how has this affected the average journey time for buses?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The temporary changes on Kensington High Street were led by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) with funding from Transport for London (TfL). RBKC started works to introduce protected cycle lanes on 29 September. RBKC announced a unilateral, disappointing and premature decision to remove the protected cycle lanes on Sunday 29 November. The removal of lanes and associated infrastructure began on the evening of Wednesday 2 December. This has now been completed.

TfL and the borough had agreed a monitoring approach which would assess the benefits and impact of these changes on general traffic, buses and cyclists. Data had been collected to this end.

There had been utility works on Kensington High Street, RBKC works on Melbury Road and other roadworks in the local area during most of the period that the cycle lanes were in operation. However, during the last few weeks that the cycle lanes were in, bus journey times were similar to the same time last year. In addition, cycle flows increased dramatically when the cycle lanes were installed with 3,000 cyclists per day recorded on most days.