Have your say on proposed changes to the junctions of Cromwell Road (A4), Grenville Place / Ashburn Place and Ashburn Gardens

Closed 20 Dec 2015

Opened 12 Nov 2015

Results updated 18 Mar 2016

We received 67 responses to the consultation, of which 59% were generally supportive of the proposals. Comments from respondents included the proposed use of two-stage (staggered) rather than one-stage (straight across) crossings, suggestions that the cycle facilities should be segregated and questions on the traffic impacts of the proposals.

After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the proposals as set out in the consultation documents, although with the following change:

  • Following discussions with key stakeholders, we will start the westbound cycle ‘lead-in’ lane on Cromwell Road after the bus stop, as opposed to before it. This is to prevent the possibility of buses encroaching on the cycle lane
     

Subject to the formal Traffic Order process, and agreement with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, we plan to start construction in summer 2016. This is also subject to a review of the final costs and available funding, and co-ordination with other works.

We will write to local residents and businesses with details of the planned works before they start.

The full report is attached below.

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Overview

Update 18 March 2016

Between 12 November and 20 December 2015, we consulted on proposals to improve the pedestrian and cycle facilities around the junctions of Cromwell Road (A4) with Grenville Place / Ashburn Place and Ashburn Gardens.

We received 67 responses to the consultation, of which 59% were generally supportive of the proposals. Comments from respondents included the proposed use of two-stage (staggered) rather than one-stage (straight across) crossings, suggestions that the cycle facilities should be segregated and questions on the traffic impacts of the proposals.

After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the proposals as set out in the consultation documents, although with the following change:

  • Following discussions with key stakeholders, we will start the westbound cycle ‘lead-in’ lane on Cromwell Road after the bus stop, as opposed to before it. This is to prevent the possibility of buses encroaching on the cycle lane
     

Subject to the formal Traffic Order process, and agreement with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, we plan to start construction in summer 2016. This is also subject to a review of the final costs and available funding, and co-ordination with other works.

We will write to local residents and businesses with details of the planned works before they start.

To read the full report please click here (PDF)

End of update

We proposd to make improvements to pedestrian and cycle facilities around the junctions of Cromwell Road (A4) with Grenville Place / Ashburn Place and Ashburn Gardens.

Although the junctions are heavily used by pedestrians, the nearest signalised pedestrian facilities are almost 200 metres away. We therefore proposed two new signalised pedestrian crossings.

As part of the Central London Cycling Grid, we are also proposed a better-aligned cycle connection across Cromwell Road, at the junction with Grenville Place / Ashburn Place and there would be new cycle lanes on Cromwell Road. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is also planning to make various junction improvements as part of the Grid scheme.

For more information on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Grid proposals, please visit their website.

Our proposals will improve safety and cater for the high pedestrian numbers as well as the predicted increase in cycling along this route.

What we proposed

We are proposed the following changes:

Junction with Grenville Place / Ashburn Place

  • New 1.5m mandatory cycle lanes leading to five metre deep, part-width advanced stop lines (ASLs) on both the eastern and western approaches to the junction. ASLs allow cyclists to wait in front of motor traffic at signals, helping make them more visible to drivers and allowing them to move away from the traffic lights ahead of motor traffic. Mandatory cycle lanes must not be entered by other vehicles. Cyclists can still use general traffic lanes.
  • A new ‘staggered’ (two-stage) signalised pedestrian crossing on the eastern arm of Cromwell Road
  • Improvements to the existing tactile paving at the crossing points around the junction, to better assist visually impaired pedestrians
  • Widening the existing central islands on Cromwell Road, to better protect cyclists that need to wait in the centre of the junction
  • Widening the cycle lanes in the centre of the carriageway on the north and south approaches to the junction
  • ‘Keep clear’ markings on both sides of the carriageway in the centre of the junction, to keep the centre of the junction clear so that cyclists can travel north and south through the junction
     

Junction with Ashburn Gardens

  • New 1.5m mandatory cycle lanes leading to five metre deep, part-width ASLs on both the eastern and western approaches to the junction
  • A new ‘staggered’ (two-stage) signalised pedestrian crossing on the western arm of Cromwell Road
  • Reducing the number of lanes from three to two on the westbound exit from the junction, to provide space for the central island required for the new pedestrian crossing
  • Improvements to the existing tactile paving at the crossing points around the junction, to help visually impaired pedestrians identify crossing points
     

Please see the map below for further details:

 

Please click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Our traffic modelling indicates that the proposed changes may lead to a small increase in pedestrian waiting times and in vehicle and bus journey times on side roads at nearby junctions. This impact will occur only when traffic flows and pedestrian demands require, and we seek to mitigate any impact using traffic signal technology.

You can find out more information on the central London cycling grid website.

Areas

  • Kensington & Chelsea

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Junction Improvements