TfL's £6.3m Cycle Lane Proposal Faces Criticism Over Congestion Concerns

Transport for London's £6.3M cycle lane project faces backlash as independent report claims it could increase traffic congestion by up to 800% and harm local businesses in West London.

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TfL's £6.3m Cycle Lane Proposal Faces Criticism Over Congestion Concerns

TfL's £6.3m Cycle Lane Proposal Faces Criticism Over Congestion Concerns

Transport for London's (TfL) proposed £6.3 million cycle lane project at the Holland Park roundabout in West London has come under fire following the release of an independent report commissioned by the Holland Park Traders Association (HPTA).

The report, published in 2024, claims that the cycle lane could increase traffic congestion by up to 800% and harm local businesses in the area.

The proposed cycle lane aims to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians at the junction between Shepherd's Bush and Holland Park, which TfL has described as a 'dangerous junction.' However, the HPTA-commissioned report suggests that the project would create 'gridlock' in the area, contrary to TfL's intentions.

According to the report, the morning rush hour would see a staggering 795% increase in the queue of vehicles on Holland Park Avenue, resulting in a 12-minute wait for motorists. Similarly, during the afternoon rush hour, there would be a 159% increase in traffic on Holland Park Road, with an average 11-minute wait for drivers.

The HPTA and local MP Felicity Buchan have strongly opposed the plans, arguing that the scheme would lead to the closure of local independent shops and cause significant delays for buses. The report also questioned TfL's accident data, claiming that only one cyclist was injured at the junction in the past three years, and no pedestrians were hurt.

Why this matters: The controversy surrounding TfL's proposed cycle lane highlights the ongoing debate between improving cycling infrastructure and minimizing disruption to local communities and businesses. The outcome of this dispute could set a precedent for future cycling projects in London and other major cities.

In response to the report's findings, TfL has previously claimed that its own modelling found the new cycle lane would not have 'significant impacts' on motorists or buses. However, the HPTA remains unconvinced and continues to challenge the proposed project, citing the potential harm to the local economy and the disruption to traffic flow in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • TfL proposes £6.3M cycle lane at Holland Park roundabout in West London.
  • Independent report claims cycle lane could increase traffic by up to 800%.
  • Report suggests project would create 'gridlock' and harm local businesses.
  • HPTA and local MP strongly oppose the plans, citing traffic disruption and closures.
  • Outcome could set precedent for future cycling projects in London and other cities.