Kensington and Chelsea

Streetspace for London

We are working with your borough to widen pavements at town centres and transport hubs, create temporary cycle routes on our transport network and create low traffic neighbourhoods.

We are working with Royal Parks to close through traffic at weekends to all Royal Parks.

We are also introducing temporary measures for Cycleway 9 between Kensington Olympia and Brentford sooner so Londoners can benefit from them more quickly.

Pavements will be widened in Earl's Court to allow people to access local essential shops and services more easily.

The Green Man Authority

We've updated traffic lights at pedestrian crossings so pedestrians will see a continuous green man signal unless a vehicle is approaching. In that case, the red man will appear.

This initiative, unique to the UK, is part of our wider Streetspace for London programme. 

The Green Man Authority technique has been installed in Kensington and Chelsea at Old Brompton Road by West Brompton Station.

Latest changes to travel

There are temporary changes to travel in London while we work on supporting the restart of the Capital including:

Consultation on operating hours of bus lanes in London 

As part of London Streetspace programme, we're proposing to trial changes to the operating hours of more than 80 kilometres of bus lanes across London to make bus journeys faster and more reliable. 

We want to make sure that people choosing to travel on the bus network have the safest, quickest and most reliable journey at all times of the day. Proposals follow recent extensions to bus lane hours that have seen improvements to speeds and reliability.  

The trial of 24/7 bus lanes is planned to be in place for at least six months to ensure we have enough time to properly monitor the effectiveness of the trial and any impacts. Find out more and share your views at any time online or by emailing betterbusjourneys@tfl.gov.uk.  

Funding for your borough

We provide funding to boroughs and local communities for transport improvements in your local area.

Local Implementation Plan (LIP)

The LIP is produced by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and agreed with us. It sets out the details on transport infrastructure changes in a three-year period to support the Mayor's Transport Strategy.

The LIP funding stream provided by TfL to help our partners in the boroughs and the City of London has been paused while we focus on measures to increase walking and cycling and to ensure social distancing on our network.

Find out more about LIP funding.

LIP targets for Kensington and Chelsea

Each borough has set targets in their LIP against the Mayor's Transport Strategy outcomes - we track and report on progress against these targets in the LIP3 MTS outcomes borough data pack.

For example, the car ownership in the borough was 41,247 in 2017. The LIP target to reduce car ownership by 2021 is 40,900.

Residents in Kensington and Chelsea made an average of 384,000 trips each day between 2015 and 2018 by:

  • Car and motorcycle: 20%
  • Tube/DLR: 15%
  • National Rail and London Overground: 2%
  • Bus/Tram: 15%
  • Taxi/Other: 5%
  • Cycle: 2%
  • Walking: 41%

We also work with boroughs to encourage more cycling. We recorded 11,006 daily cycle trips on average starting in Kensington and Chelsea between 2015 and 2018.

More resident and visitor population figures are on the GLA website.

Vision Zero

We are working with boroughs to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from all road collisions to zero by 2041. They are responsible for enforcing safe speeds on their roads, as well as leading community programmes to encourage using roads safely. Find out more about Vision Zero.

In 2017 there were 116 individuals killed or seriously injured in Kensington and Chelsea. Our target for 2022 is to reduce this number to 72.

Find out more about collisions in your borough. Our collision database, COLLSTATS, is now available as a self-service tool for borough officers and the Metropolitan Police. It allows site specific, borough or London wide collision searches to be made to the most recent validated police data that is available. For access to this database please email CollstatsHelpdesk@tfl.gov.uk.

What we're working on in Kensington and Chelsea

Work now going on in your borough includes:

  • South Kensington station - our plans will significantly improve accessibility and relieve congestion in the station and include major enhancements to the area around the station
  • Acton to Notting Hill cycle route - we're developing proposals for a new route that will connect key town centres including North Acton, Wood Lane, Shepherd's Bush, Holland Park and Notting Hill
  • Knightsbridge Tube station - will have step-free access, reached by a new entrance at Hooper's Court

Bus network changes

From time to time - after consulting the public - we alter bus routes to reflect changing patterns in demand. We also make temporary changes, often because of road works. See the latest bus changes.

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

To improve air quality the ULEZ will extend to Kensington and Chelsea from October 2021.

Our assets in Kensington and Chelsea

Assets we maintain in your borough include:

See a map of our assets in London.

We maintain our assets until they need to be renewed or disposed of as set out in our asset management plan. We do this by:

  • Servicing them regularly to keep them operational
  • Repairing or replacing faulty assets

Report a problem on a London street with our Streetcare tool.

We do not maintain in Kensington and Chelsea:

Report private hire vehicles (PHVs) parked on ranks or unattended taxis on ranks directly to us.

Dealing with severe weather

For documents relating to winter service in the boroughs, go to the Streets publications page.