RBKC Lib Dems urge air action

6 Nov 2023
Earl's Court Team on Cromwell Road, opposite the Tesco

Kensington and Chelsea has some of the most polluted air in London. The Earl’s Court one-way system, The Westway, and Cromwell Road (effectively motorways cutting through dense residential areas) are a major concern for residents. 

Despite the issues of air pollution, the Council has failed to facilitate and promote safe cycling, walking or public transport. 

The Council even spent 10s of thousands of pounds ripping out cycle lanes and replacing them with dotted white lines on Kensington High Street. 

Before the cycle lanes were removed, they saw a doubling of cycle trips, faster bus journey times, and were supported by a majority of residents.

Earl’s Court Lib Dem Christophe Noblet said: “The Council wasted money that could have been used to tackle air pollution or road safety by ripping out the cycle lanes.

Neither RBKC or the Mayor seem willing to address the real issues with our roads that local residents talk about. People are concerned with junction safety, air pollution and congestion. They need to listen to residents’ concerns.

Air pollution is linked to thousands of health issues and our borough has some of the most polluted air in the country. 

A 2021 study also showed RBKC as the worst Inner London Borough for road collision cyclist casualties, nearly 3x as bad as Hammersmith & Fulham, and 3rd worst for pedestrian safety.

Lib Dems have launched petition to clean up our air and restrict the use of HGVs on residential streets. Sign it at: www.kclibdems.org.uk/cleanair

Earl's Court Team on Cromwell Road, opposite the Tesco