Consultation on Improvements to Ladbroke Grove
The Council has been looking at Ladbroke Grove to see where we can make streetscape and road safety improvements. In the course of this review we have identified issues with the existing cycle lanes along the road. Not only are these lanes too narrow, putting cyclists at risk when passing parked cars, but the sharp deviations at the start and end of parking bays make them difficult for cyclists to follow. We are therefore proposing some changes to the road layout on Ladbroke Grove to simplify the cycle lanes and improve safety.
Possible Changes and implications
The current proposals are intended to improve conditions for cycling and to improve road safety.
Due to limited road widths and the need to retain parking it is not possible to provide a continuous cycle lane on both sides of the road. However, we can provide a significant length of wider cycle lane on one side of the road, concentrating on the uphill sections where it would be more beneficial for cyclists. We can also use strategically placed road markings to highlight the presence of cyclists at locations where a dedicated cycle lane is not possible.
Existing parking and loading/unloading arrangements will not be affected. There will be no changes to pavement widths, except for slight extensions to the pavement at zebra crossings to help pedestrians and drivers to see each other and to help shorten the crossing distance. There will be no loss of traffic lanes.
Key features of the design to improve road safety
- A wide cycle lane on the west side of the road northbound (in the uphill direction) from just north of Ladbroke Grove Underground Station to the zebra crossing at the Southern Row steps. There are a few breaks in the lane (past bus stops) where the road is too narrow to accommodate both the lane and the bus stops.
- A wide cycle lane on the east side of the road southbound between Cornwall Crescent and Arundel Gardens/Lansdowne Road junction (in the uphill direction).
- Wide cycle lanes in both directions between Lancaster Road and Cornwall Crescent.
- Cycle logos on the carriageway where there is insufficient width on the uphill sections for a cycle lane and for the downhill direction, to alert other road users to the presence of cyclists and to help cyclists to choose the best position on the road.
- Existing zebra crossings raised to pavement level to assist pedestrians and help to reduce traffic speeds.
- Existing traffic islands removed to provide enough road width for the cycle lane.
- Additional improvements to the zebra crossing near the Southern Row steps with extensions to the pavement to help pedestrians and drivers to see each other and to help cyclists take up the best position on the road.
- Improvements to existing entrances to side roads (build-outs and raised tables) and the construction of new raised tables at 13 side road junctions to help reduce the speed of traffic joining and leaving Ladbroke Grove.
- Improvements to the roundabout at the junction with Barlby Road.
Implementation of Improvements
The first phase of the construction programme to deliver the corridor improvements along Ladbroke Grove has now commenced, starting with the raised entry treatment at St John’s Gardens junction with Ladbroke Grove. This will be followed by similar work at Lansdowne Walk.
The proposed programme for schemes included within phase 1 are shown below with preliminary dates and durations.
|Location||Description||Traffic management||Start date||Duration|
|Ladbroke Grove j/w Cambridge Gardens, Oxford Gardens, Chesterton Road & Kensington Park Gardens||re-surfacing||road closure||28 September 2020||1 night|
|St Charles Square||raised junction||road closure||5 October 2020||3 weeks|
|Kensal House||raised zebra crossing||temporary traffic signals||TBC||TBC|
|Barlby Road||raised zebra crossing, junction improvements||road closure||TBC||TBC|
|Ladbroke Grove j/w St Charles Square, Kensal House & Barlby Road||re-surfacing||road closure||TBC||TBC|
Temporary road closures will be required to implement the raised tables at these locations and residents will be given further notification prior to work starting at each location. Further updates will be released once detailed design for the schemes included within phase 2 is complete.
A plan of all the proposed improvements is included below for information, together with the Executive Decision Report which provides background information and the reasons why we are implementing the project.