An aide memoire of items I’ve noted from the boroughs where I work, rest and play, in case its of use to others.
City of London
- Planning & Transport Ctte on 20 Feb.
- Paper describing a new development at Moorfields above the new Crossrail station, which will have 830 long-stay cycle parking spaces, 29 short-stay spaces, 830 lockers (for cyclists) and 60 showers! The paper says the ratio of cycle parking spaces to showers is below the 10:1 ratio normally required, but is considered acceptable. (For many of us, that’s bloody marvellous!).
- Several papers on freight consolidation, repeating those from last autumn developing the City’s new policies. The detailed planning document repeats the same modal share stats, quoting 26% share for pedal cycles from 0700-1900 weekdays.
- Paper with the City’s response to the Mayor of London’s draft London Plan (which covers development, environment and transport policies through to 2040), plus an appendix with detailed comments on the questions.
- Hampstead Heath Ctte on 21 February. The superintendent reports that a group including Camden Cycling Campaign have discussed improvements to the shared-use paths, and separately that a petition to legalise cycling to the Ladies Pond won’t be considered until the mid-term review of the current management plan in 2022/23 – 4 years time!
- Planning & Transport Sub-Ctte on 22 Feb:
- paper on the draft local plan, with a paper on creating a healthy and inclusive city.
- “Traffic in the City 2018 Report”: Data-heavy paper on city traffic, based on 2017 traffic survey, and comparing to previous years since 2007. People on bicycles are the biggest road users in the morning peak!! Committee paper suggests growth cycling has stagnated after nearly 20 years of explosive growth, although the presentation qualifies that by saying that more cycle parking and other infrastructure is needed to meet demand. (So the planning policy above is key!)
- Streets Sub-Ctte on 27 Feb:
- Update on Bank Junction project, basically deferring further work until the current experimental scheme is reviewed in Summer 2018.
- Road danger reduction strategy 2018-22. Lots of stats and a project timetable in the committee paper, plus a detailed paper, and a report with numbers and maps of City KSIs.
- FOI response published 18 February asking for Cycling Level of Service (CLoS) assessments for the City’s quietways/ central London grid. Basically, nothing. Suspect this FOI will run for a bit. The requestor, Sean Howes, has asked lots of London authorities for similar info.
- Transport forum on 27 Feb, has a paper outlining how the Blackhorse Lane bridges (both of them) should get replaced later this year.
(Yes, it’s way outside my parish, but this one’s interesting…)
- Living in Hackney Scrutiny Ctte on 26 February, is looking at segregated cycle lanes. The committee papers include a presentation from TfL with statistics from the N-S segregated cycle lanes on Blackfriars Bridge, showing that the cycle lanes are 5 times more efficient at moving people than the main carriageway. Most London cycle campaigners are familiar with one of Hackney’s Labour councillors, and a member of this committee, Vincent Stops, being unhappy with the cycling infrastructure installed by TfL in other London boroughs. He believes that segregated cycle lanes are barriers to pedestrians and CSHs impact bus services. (Cllr Stops is also a policy officer at London Travelwatch, a watchdog for TfL’s services).
- Ahead of the meeting, it appears that Cllr Stops has already reached his own conclusion that Hackney has nothing to learn from the mini-Holland scheme in Waltham Forest, prompting a thread of tweets that he’s looked at streets yet to be re-engineered.
Hammersmith & Fulham
- Update re full Council on 24 Jan, where Conservative councillors tabled a motion asking for TfL’s cycle highway CS9 scheme to “be abandoned”. The motion was voted down 20-16, and a different motion supporting better cycling infrastructure and collaborative work on CS9 was passed.
- Cabinet on 5 February, has a paper seeking approval to install pedestrian crossings on the north side of Wandsworth Bridge at a junction popular with people cycling. Follows a consultation by external consultants (so not on the council’s consultation portal) last autumn (report). Map of the scheme.
Kensington & Chelsea
- Leadership team on 8 Feb, focusses on Grenfell fire actions, with an extra paper recommending support for the Mayor’s consultation on expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the north & south circular roads.
- Leadership team on 26 Feb, finalises 2018/19 budget. The capital papers note that there is no budget assigned for the Central London (cycling) Grid for 2018/19 onwards. Cynics may regard that as a good decision, as RBKC’s budget to date has largely been spent on paint and toucan crossings.
- Growth Ctte on 6 Feb: has a paper on the Mayor of London’s draft “London Plan”, and expresses some scepticism about the Mayor’s proposals from mode shift away from private cars.
- Planning Ctte on 6 Feb has an application to redevelop the London Television studios on the South Bank, to include new TV studios plus residential units. What caught my eye was the reduction in vehicle parking (105 down to 54 spaces) and the huge increase in cycle parking (200 to 869 spaces!).
- Transport Ctte on 1 February, has the transcript of the evidence provided in the last meeting by Chris Boardman, Simon Monk, Rachel Aldred and others in an excellent panel discussing London’s cycling infrastructure. The words “political will” and their variants are used 30+ times! The committee has invited TfL’s great and good, including the Walking & Cycling Commissioner Will Norman, to join this meeting on 1st February for a similar discussion.
- Transport Committee on 19 February: does not yet have the minutes of the 1st February meeting where an expert panel gave evidence on London’s cycling infrastructure. Agenda for this meeting includes the radio journalist Jeremy Vine on the same subject.
- Mayor’s Question Time on 22 Feb, focuses on the 2018/19 budget.
London Fire Brigade
- Belatedly, some FOIs from London Fire Brigade regarding response times in Waltham Forest since the mini-Holland related road filtering was installed.
- First request, asking for response times, shows no degradation in response times;
- Questioner, not satisfied, then asks for clarification, and gets much the same response;
- Questioner, now incensed that LFB doesn’t have any data to support a false claim, rants. LFB responds with extended response time data, and points out that “Road closures are a frequently occurring feature of London’s infrastructure and, so far, they have never caused a detrimental delay to our emergency response. We know from analysis that the cause of most delay’s in our response is the time it takes for people to call the Brigade”
- London Gazette is an official UK government publication, used for public notices. It’s worth checking its Twitter feed for local traffic orders (@transportnotice) as they don’t get much visibility these days with the loss of local newspapers
- Camden Council used the Gazette to extend the experimental traffic order for Tavistock Place until October 2018, to allow the public enquiry held in autumn 2017 to complete its report.
- Morden Community Forum 24 January, where London Assembly Member for Wandsworth and Merton, Leonie Cooper, responded to a resident complaining about people riding bicycles and motorcycles – and their impact on pedestrians *and* drivers – by saying that cycling proficiency and then refreshers should be encouraged more and that ensuring people were properly clad and using lights should be encouraged. There is no legal requirement regarding clothing, and lights are mandatory after dusk, so the ‘encouragement’ of both is odd. In a Twitter exchange, Ms Cooper replied to that she believes refresher training for cyclists, bikers and drivers to be essential, and closes with “Be bright, be seen”.
- Cabinet on 19 February, has minutes from 15 Jan confirming approval of the air quality strategy (see January’s notes below). Also attached are the minutes from the Sustainable Communities Ctte on 16 Jan, where Conservative councillors proposed increasing charges levied on motorists, and Labour councillors voted against them. All politics is local!
- An old FOI from 2010 explaining that officers’ training regards breaches of the ASL box by motorists as a form of red light offence. So, gathering data on ASL offences is a bit difficult.
- On 12 February, closed the consultation for the Ham Quietway proposals. Richmond Council calls this Quietway 1, and it will be part of the Wandsworth to Teddington Quietway numbered by TfL as Q21. Longer blogpost here with comments.
- Cabinet on 22 February has a few interesting papers:
- Proposed consultation on 20mph zone across borough, just like neighbouring boroughs;
- Permission for trial of “Starship Robot” delivery drones, following a similar trial in Southwark. The legal agreement is signed by LibDem ex-MP Lembit Opik.
- The 2018/19 road repairs list includes resurfacing of Lock Road, on the route of the Ham quietway (part of the Wandsworth to Teddington quietway). With others, I commented on the poor quality of the surface in the consultation earlier this month.
- Opened a consultation re introduction of 20mph limits in several central London parks, plus other tweaks to byelaws such as controls on drones. Feedback by email by 18 April. Website has a downloadable document/ template questionnaire with the proposed byelaw changes.
- Strategy & Resources Ctte (ie Money!) 5 Feb: the paper on capital spending reports that Sutton Council has to borrow £0.765m to fund the Beddington North scheme because TfL won’t provide the committed 2018/19 funds until 2019/20. This is more bad news on top of the other LIP fund changes reported last month.
Transport for London
- TfL Board on 30 January – lots of papers, with the Customer Operations report noting that cycling numbers in Q3 July to September 2017 were up 5.8% on Q3 in previous year.
- Consultation on expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone to north & south circular roads ends 28 Feb.
- FOI published 6 February with Santander Cycle data for the 100 most used docking stations.
- FOI published 12 February regarding air quality and the redesign of the Croydon Fiveways junction. Request by Austen Cooper of the Croydon Cycling Campaign. All of the really interesting data – ie the modelled results – are redacted! The one remaining data point of interest is that TfL expects to publish the consultation report (following the autumn 2017 consultation) in March 2018.
- FOI published 15 February with 2017/18 Quietway budget allocations per borough. The attachment shows Wandsworth has received £343k for the shambles that is Magdalen Road on Quietway 4. This report elaborates on the detail in a previous FOI and attachment.
- Roger Stocker asked a similar FOI in January 2017 for the 2016/17 allocations. The attachment also reports £159k for Wandsworth – including £3k for construction work on the Cats Back Bridge which was fully funded by Network Rail. Merton received £329k, nearly all for Q4 down and across the River Wandle with a new bridge at Wandle Meadows. These would have been allocations, and not outturn figures. Royal Parks was allocated £270k for Richmond Park.
- FOI refused on 15 February re correspondence relating to closure of Regents Park gates on cycle route CS11 – in summary, there’s too much correspondence to provide for the £450 standard cost.
- FOI published 25 January with number of female, green badge, taxi drivers – there’s 438. According to this TfL page, there are 23,970 taxi driver licences as at 17 February (although the page is updated frequently).
- FOI published 24 January with data on consequences of removing pedestrian barriers at 70 junctions across London. Report says there has been a statistically significant reduction in the number of KSIs.
- FOI published 31 January with pedestrian & cycling studies considered by TfL before the proposals for Oxford Street. Cites lots of papers contributing to its design decisions.
- FOI published 31 January with the changes to the E-W cycle highway at Tower Hill to permit motorised traffic left-turns into Trinity Square.
- Consultation ends 20 Feb on a scheme for Brompton Road (K&C) which, contrary to the description, is really poor for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Consultation ends 20 Feb on a scheme for Kings Road (K&C) which, guess what, contrary to the description is really poor for pedestrians and cyclists.
- See TfL FOIs above re Wandsworth’s quietway budget in 2017/18.
- Priory Lane consultation closes on 18 February. The council proposes to remove the segregated cycle track on the pavement for most of the lane, and replace it with on-carriageway advisory lane (northbound only) and speed tables to try and slow drivers. I’ve another post with my consultation feedback.
- Community Scrutiny Ctte on 20 February has a busy agenda:
- Proposal to pilot dockless bikes within the borough, for 12 months using bikes from one supplier only. The appendix comparing six schemes is interesting, although I’ve learned it has errors (e.g. Urbo bikes are 22kg, not 12kg). There is no timeframe in the paper to select a provider and start the pilot.
- Active Wandsworth Strategy 2017-2022, builds on a consultation last year, and sets goals for getting residents more active. The goal is to make Wandsworth the “most active borough in London” by 2022, without actually defining what that means. The strategy paper is dominated by sports, leisure, parks and sports centres, but there are goals too on active travel, particularly cycling. One of these is for safe and separated cycling infrastructure, which the Priory Lane proposals (above) completely contradict.
- Response to the Mayor’s Draft London Plan, where the Mayor sets out planning and development policies through to 2040. The council’s response is lukewarm and objects to several of the proposals.
- Putney High Street – more plans to try and improve air quality and local residents’ experience. Only the 1st phase deliverables (there could be four) are funded. These include a study into contra-flow cycle lanes in neighbouring one way streets. (Given that Wandsworth has not delivered any of the 10 or so contra-flows proposed elsewhere in the borough in 2014, don’t hold your breath).
- Plans for more electric vehicle charging points, response to the Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) extension (generally supportive, but would prefer the whole M25 area included, or a later date to reflect new vehicle technologies), and a petition to control parents driving to a private school in Trott Street (off Battersea High Street).
- General Purposes Ctte on 21 Feb, has the timetable to rollout GLC-like byelaws to all Wandsworth Parks by July 2018. The byelaws include £80 fixed penalty notices for various offences, including cycling on the wrong paths. (Stand by for complaints from parents they’ve been fined for teaching their kids to ride bicycles on the wrong paths).
- These changes have been picked up by various newspapers, including the Evening Standard, putting the council on the defensive (see council’s twitter feed).
- Environment Ctte on 5 Feb, has a report on the council’s “Greening Strategy”, i.e. plan for air quality, sustainable travel etc. Appears to have a very rose tinted view on cycling parking within the borough, and says that more bike hangers will be rolled out this spring.
- Transport Ctte on 8 Feb, several points:
- Minutes of previous meeting on 15 November includes several paragraphs on pedicabs and the Oxford Street pedestrianisation project. Looks like Westminster Council want to “legislate against” pedicabs.
- Cabinet member’s report notes that there are 162 on street electric vehicle charging points. (By contrast, Westminster Cycle Campaign believes there is only one public on-street bikehanger – similar problem in Wandsworth). Also confirms that Westminster Council objected to the 4 gate-closure CS11 cycle highway proposal, and says the council has not been asked formally to comment on a revised scheme. (Tweet)
- Paper on the road lane charging scheme where utility operators pay TfL to hire roadspace for roadworks – TfL itself pays the most!
- The committee’s work plan notes that there will be no update from TfL re cycling schemes until after the local elections in May 2018.
- Cabinet on 19 Feb, focusses on budgets for 2018/19 and onwards. The appendix on capital allocations notes just under £3m was spent by Westminster Council on cycling schemes in 2017/18, and proposes £6m in 2018/19. All was externally funded, presumably from TfL with LIP funds.
City of London
- Planning & Transport Ctte on 9 January has a proposal to create a 25 year Transport Strategy for the City (which, amazingly, doesn’t currently have a strategy). Paper includes timetable to finalise strategy during 2018.
- Policy & Resources Ctte on 18 January: has a paper proposing support for the Mayor of London’s Night Czar’s proposal for a Women’s Night Safety Charter. Agenda has the same 2018 Major Highways Works and Special Events papers sent to other committees last autumn.
- Police Ctte on 25 January has a report with statistics on traffic enforcement. City Police, with partners including TfL, Met, DVLA and Transport Police are continuing to ticket a lot of drivers of cabs, PHVs and trucks for traffic & licence offences and vehicle defects.
- Hampstead Heath Ctte on 29 Jan, has a superintendents update reporting that he received a petition in December asking for better cycle links across the Heath, and that the Heath’s private constabulary has three pending prosecutions for cycling on the heath. The constabulary’s annual work programme targets 90% prosecution success rate for cycling offences on the heath.
- Planning & Transport Ctte on 29 Jan, has the City’s draft response to the Mayor’s proposals on Community Infrastructure Levy which is used to fund things like transport infrastructure.
- Cabinet on 22 January: has the council’s Cycling Strategy 2018-2023 for approval, plus a committee paper . It sets a target to increase modal share from 1% currently to 3.5% by 2023, plus promises to avoid ‘shared space’ unless necessary. (Postscript: Strategy was approved).
Hammersmith & Fulham
- Cabinet on 15 January, includes several papers on the Air Quality Action Plan for 2018-2023. The agenda also includes a draft Local Plan with sections on transport policies.
- Full council on 24 January has a motion by Conservative councillors calling for TfL’s cycle superhighway scheme CS9 to be “abandoned” as it will “cause misery”. TfL has been working with west London councils for 4 years to design the scheme, and this has included regular briefings to local councillors. With the Conservative councillors in neighbouring Hounslow also opposing CS9 in Chiswick, it appears all west London Conservatives are now against the whole scheme. To date, they have not proposed any alternatives.
- H&F Communities & Environment Ctte on 30 Jan has:
- Summary of H&F’s comments to TfL regarding design of CS9 and asked for several heavy tweaks.
- Budget papers include an idea for advertising or display boards relating to cycling street furniture. Exploratory stuff, but earmarked to raise £50-£75k per year.
- Published a statement on 11 January regarding Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9) saying that 5000 responses were received to the consultation but with changes likely to be needed to the scheme in Chiswick High Road, the results and revised design won’t be published until summer 2018. That will be after the local council elections in May.
Kensington & Chelsea
- Leadership team on 10 January, focusses on budgets. Response to the Grenfell fire rightly gets central focus. In the capital plans, the transport section shows little as most capital spend is from TfL and the future monies are not shown in scope. Just £37k for cycling – which buys a few tins of paint for mark out the central London grid – in current 2017/18 FY.
- Public Realm Ctte on 25 January,
- report from the Cabinet Member for Transport citing TfL’s reduction in 2018/19 Local Implementation Plan (LIP) funding from previously indicated levels, plus comments on Direct Vision Standard (DVS) trucks, and the Oxford Street pedestrianisation proposal. Regarding Oxford Street, the report implies the council’s response to the consultation said that banning people cycling in Oxford Street will be difficult to enforce.
- Budget paper includes figures for transport for 2018/19, focussing on parking charges (revenue) and operational costs.
- There’s a set of slides on “greening”, mainly relating to the council’s air quality action plan.
- South of the Borough Ctte on 24 January has a report on an ecological survey on the route of the proposed Jubilee Way cycle scheme. The bats, badgers and birdies will be fine 🙂
- Residents Ctte on 30 January has the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) settlement with TfL for 2018/19, which has been reduced by TfL to all London boroughs from the guidance given in 2017. Several schemes have been reprofiled and, with due to less activity in 18/19, the Highways team may lose “excess capacity” (i.e. people). The Highways team is shared with Sutton Council and its papers too make the same point (see below for Sutton’s 1st February papers).
- Transport Ctte on 10 January. Lots of fun:
- Minutes of the meeting on 6 December confirm Andrew Gilligan’s evidence on the state of London’s cycling infrastructure since the change in administration. Mr G has also provided a written submission assessing progress since the Johnson administration left office.
- The debate on the Outer London Junctions report should be interesting, as the Conservative and UKIP members of the committee disagree with several of the report’s recommendations.
- (Postscript: worth watching the last 8 minutes of the committee’s meeting via webcast, as the discussion on this report was a shambles. The Chair, Keith Prince (Conservative), objected to the report but couldn’t remember the recommendation he was objecting to, and had to be corrected by several assembly members. The committee voted on party lines to accept the report – Conservative and UKIP voting against. This vote came after the discussion on cycling infrastructure – and the need for political will to effect change – and you could conclude the Conservative and UKIP members hadn’t listened to a word of it).
- Main agenda item is a panel discussion on London’s cycling infrastructure. Panel includes Rachel Aldred, Simon Monk and Chris Boardman. Webcast should remain available.
- Mayor’s Question Time on 18 January, where several Assembly Members have asked cycling –related questions including budgets in TfL, and how many GLA staff cycle to work. All will get written answers in the next few weeks.
- Mayor reports that TfL’s cycling budget is be an average of £169m per year 18/19 to 22/23 (£111m, £183m, £195m, £175m, £182m).
- “Cyclists dismount” signs should be last resort (implication being when sited at road works) per TfL’s road manuals.
- Stats on Metropolitan Police’s close pass operations;
- GLA doesn’t have figures for how many staff cycle to work, but does have 72 cycle parking places at City Hall .
- Mayor chose to be coy with UKIP’s David Kurten and say that the costs of CS4 and CS9 will be subject to final designs.
- Full plenary on 25 January looks at the Mayor’s budgets for 2018/19 across transport, policing, housing and other responsibilities. Too many papers to link, but the Assembly Members’ report complains that TfL has not engaged well with local councils regarding cuts to LIP funding, and that the cycling budget for 2018/19 is £111m, far less than the average of £154m promised. (Will Norman has repeated the £154m average multiple times).
- Over Christmas, Merton announced that work would start on its stretch of Beddington Lane (middle of Mitcham Common to the tram stop and boundary with Sutton), starting 8 January. The scheme sounds similar to the common’s east-west shared-use pavement on Croydon Road. A separate blog post has details, and comments on the lack of council information.
- Cabinet on 15 January: heavy agenda includes:
- The paper on Neighbourhood Infrastructure Funding and S106 contributions notes that the Council has £188k for sustainable transport improvements, and £11k specifically for cycling & pedestrian schemes.
- There’s a 56 page paper on the council’s budget for 2018-2022. PDF pages 20 and 34 show budget movements in 2018/19 for transport related schemes.
- £74k previously assigned to improve Figges Marsh has been shifted into casualty reduction and schools [road] education,
- Beddington Lane scheme has gained an additional £40k from TFL for a total of £380k in 2018/19 (on top of the similar 2017/18 budget).
- £185k for quietways, and I’ll hazard a guess at these being the Raynes Park to New Malden scheme (jointly with Kingston Council), plus the Tooting – Morden – Sutton proposal which is at an earlier stage of planning.
- The borough’s air quality action plan for 2018-22 has appendices with the “detail” of the plan (which is a bit thin) and a summary of responses to the consultation in 2017;
- Sustainable Communities Ctte on 16 January: this has the same budget paper as went to Cabinet in December, which doesn’t have the granular listing of capital projects submitted to the 15 January Cabinet above. (Yep, Merton loves to make things simple). The Air Quality Working Party in its final report says last year’s consultation was broadly positive, although there is debate to follow on whether cycle lanes should come from existing carriageway space.
- Cycle liaison group on 9 January: no papers attached but the agenda includes ideas on one-way street contraflows and TfL LIP funding.
- Postscript: The Richmond Cycling Campaign team blogged an update
- Launched a consultation for the Ham Quietway proposals. Richmond Council calls this Quietway 1, and it will be part of the Wandsworth to Teddington Quietway numbered by TfL as Q21. There’s a big 10mb pdf design document which, for some reason, chooses to use sports cyclists (cartoons and photos) as appropriate images for a cycle scheme aimed at children and less confident adults. The consultation ends on 12 February.
- Scrutiny Panel on 30 January focusses on proposed budgets for 2018/19. Buried in the appendices on transport department costs, it appears that Richmond Council charges for child and adult cycle training – the only council I’ve found in London to do so. Whilst the charges are modest (£4.20 rising to £4.30 for kids, £10 for adults), it is notable that Richmond chooses to make this charge when other boroughs don’t.
- New website with details of the Beddington North scheme, with construction work starting later in January 2018. In general, the proposal goes forward much as planned, without any significant change to reflect consultation feedback (e.g. from Sutton Cycling Campaign). This means that both Sutton and Merton are working on Beddington Lane at the same time this quarter.
- Talking of Beddington North, TfL has told Sutton Council that it needs to pay for the scheme itself in 2018/19 and it will back-pay the funds in 2019/20. This is part of the LIP settlement (or not) for 2018/19. All is explained in the Environment & Neighbourhood Committee’s papers on 1 February. The reductions in LIP funding from those indicated earlier in the planning cycle mean that “excess capacity” will need to be removed from the Highways team – a team which is shared by Sutton and Kingston’s councils.
Transport for London
- TfL’s proposals for direct vision cabs for trucks moved onto stage 2A with a consultation on how trucks should be certified. Consultation closes 24 January.
- FOI published 16 January with Quietway budgets per London borough for 2017/18. Also on the What Do They Know site. With over £10m in total, I assume a lot is going on designs, project management and consultations, as there’s little evidence of it in terms of improved infrastructure.
- FOI published 11 January with total TFL budget spent on cycling for each of the last 10 years.
- FOI published 11 January regarding air pollution on cycle superhighways – questioner told to look at Kings College data instead.
- FOI answered 10 January regarding road safety audit for East-West cycle highway at Westminster Bridge and impact on pedestrians. More info on What Do They Know – the requestor also asked the Met Police for the number of cyclists arrested at this junction so has a point of view …
- FOI answered 7 December regarding number of pedestrians injured by road users jumping red lights, or injured on pavements.
- Launched a consultation for its Priory Lane, Roehampton, scheme claiming it will be an “improvement” for pedestrians and cyclists. This was first proposed in July 2016, and the consultation now takes place 18 months later. The scheme proposes to replace a bi-directional cycle track on a shared-use pavement with a pedestrian only pavement, a painted advisory northbound lane on the carriageway, and no facility at all for people cycling southbound. Consultation closes on 16 February;
- Decision paper regarding Hanover Square improvements, including results of consultation to proposals. Papers say the design is future-proofed to include possible contraflow cycle lanes if Oxford Street pedestrianisation goes ahead.