New London cycle lane “would increase congestion by 800%” says report

A cycle lane planned for one of London’s busiest roundabouts in Holland Park will cause an 800% increase in traffic congestion, an independent report has claimed.

Holland Park Traders Association (HPTA) has commissioned transport experts to analyse proposals drawn up by TfL to transform a roundabout between Holland Park Avenue and Shepherds Bush Green.

TfL intends to create a “high-quality cycleway with improvements for pedestrians” on the roundabout between Shepherd’s Bush Green and Holland Park Avenue amid claims it is one of the most dangerous junctions in the capital.

The works will involve turning some lanes currently used for vehicles into “new protected” two-way cycle lanes with signals halting traffic to allow cyclists to cross the roundabout.

However critics of the scheme claim it will slow bus times and create gridlock.

Independent analysis commissioned by the traders association found the proposed cycle lane will “lead to significantly longer traffic delays”, “increased traffic displacement” on to residential streets, an “increased risk of accidents”, as well as “significant bus delays” and less passing trade for the shops on the famous tree-lined Holland Park Avenue.

(Pic: TfL)


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