An aide memoire of items I’ve noted from the boroughs where I work, rest and play, in case it is of use to others. Links to this year’s earlier posts:
- Enviro Ctte on 10 Oct, looked at the draft LIP3 submission with a committee paper and draft submission. It’s quaintly old fashioned – with its references to the London Cycle Network, and lacks the evidence-rich detail and detailed proposals that are included in several inner London boroughs’ drafts. Local Tories have campaigned against 20mph zones, and lukewarm support is reflected in draft LIP. (For my notes: decision papers on the Crofton Road quietway scheme, and local newspaper’s report of residents’ opposition).
- Executive on 17 Oct includes papers to acquire small parcels of land to support quietway cycle and pedestrian space near Orpington Station.
City of London
- Plng & Transport Sub-Ctte on 9 Oct: has the draft local plan (10mb pdf), and the draft transport strategy (3mb pdf). The latter has generated lots of excitement, as the city proposes to characterise each road by purpose, then restrict traffic accordingly. Implication is a heavy nudge towards public and sustainable transport modes, with motorised traffic being dramatically tamed.
- Projects sub-ctte on 10 Oct has a completion report on the first phase of City quietway routes. One of the appendices is a possible phase 2 quietway route from Smithfields via Bank junction towards CS1. The City has not been able to gather usage stats due to other ongoing projects, but anecdotally believe that cycling numbers are up in line with wider traffic counts.
- The same papers on the draft transport strategy and quietway completion report go to the Streets Sub-Ctte on 23 October (items 5 and 6).
- Hampstead Heath ctte on 29 Oct, has the management plans through 2028. There are no proposals for greater cycle access to the heath, including to the pools. More positively, the super’s report says the City’s private heath constabulary hasn’t found anyone to prosecute recently.
- Main Planning & Transport Ctte on 30 Oct: has the transport strategy docs (item 10), and the local plan (big 7mb pdf, with ctte paper) which gives strong support for planning policies directed to active travel, in-line with the transport strategy.
- Police Ctte on 1 Nov: paper proposing to extend powers of civilian enforcement officers to support police in traffic duties, including issuing fines to cyclists cycling on pavements or through red lights.
- Full council on 8 October, includes a report on transport (7mb pdf) confirming the decision last month to support TfL’s revised plans for the Fiveways junction.
- Cabinet on 15 October: Item 5 focuses on the growth zone programme, and item 6 on the draft LIP3 submission, both with appendices. Growth plan papers look, to me, a bit light on transport detail, but this does get a good slug of budget. The draft LIP submission has frightening, and inter-related, stats about high obesity in kids and adults, low levels of physical activity, high car dependency (including trips inside the borough), and low stats for walking & cycling.
- Transport liaison ctte on 16 Oct includes a presentation from the tram operator on improving performance and safety – the latter with a focus on working hours and avoiding fatigue.
Department of Transport
- Summary of responses to the CWIS Safety Review – all the usual good responses (segregated cycle tracks, good design, better driving standards, effective sanctions in the courts etc.) Will be interesting to see what the government actually does.
Hammersmith & Fulham
- Cabinet on 8 October, included paper on greening environment around the flyover, which includes an £85k cycle hub under the flyover for people using Hammersmith tube station.
- Cabinet on 5 November, has draft LIP3 to go to local consultation later this autumn (ctte paper, main 5mb pdf LIP document). Repeats the statement from September’s draft about cycle superhighways not being for fast commuters, then asks TfL to consider re-routing CS9 via the A4, which only benefit fast commuters. This draft also includes a new CSH – numbered CS23 – to link Willesden, Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith & Fulham. First reference I’ve seen to CS23, and it doesn’t seem to be a confusion with a quietway scheme.
- 17 Oct, published its first “Cycling and Accessibility Annual Progress Report” (DfT page and pdf link). It includes 7 case studies – 6 are shared-use pavements, the 7th is a 3m wide pavement with “potential for conversion to a cycleway”. Earlier this summer, HE published plans to widen the A23 south of Croydon through Hooley – this too has a shared-use pavement where “cyclists will need to dismount”. Highways England isn’t getting this stuff, is it?
Kensington & Chelsea
- Full council on 17 October: includes discussion on air quality in the borough, following a petition signed by 1,600 people.
- Public Realm Ctte on 22 October: has an update paper from the cabinet member responsible for transport, Will Pascall. Paper says there was a lot of feedback to the recent consultation exercise on the CommonPlace platform which will feed into the forthcoming LIP submission. (Check the comments on CommonPlace – they consistently say “fix this”). Feedback too on the recent consultation for the Shephards Bush to Kensington High Street quietway.
- Cabinet on 15 Oct with papers on its transport strategy and draft LIP plan (paper, strategy, LIP document). These cite a rich evidence base to underpin the proposals and demonstrate underpinning to the Mayor’s/TfL’s transport strategy. Best evidenced LIP documents that I’ve seen from the boroughs I’m interested in. Strategy and LIP go to consultation this autumn.
- Transport Ctte on 9 Oct: invited 8 representatives of the taxi and PHV trade (?), plus the annual bid from London Travelwatch for money.
- Budget ctte on 17 Oct, has a Q1 performance report from TfL, with lots of operational stats in addition to financial performance. Repeats the same calendar Q1 cycling stats given to the TfL Board in July – that Jan-March cycling numbers were about 460k km each day, but dented by the snow in March.
- Mayor’s question time on 19 Oct – questions tabled, most of which will get written answers. Caroline Russell is pushing the mayor to publish a cycling infrastructure delivery timetable, instead of just saying one will exist.
London Assembly – Mayoral questions
- Mayor confirms to Caroline Russell that he can impose a LIP on a borough if the borough’s draft is inadequate.
- No answer yet to the quietway 4 delivery timetable, but an interesting update on Quietway 5 – TfL looking at alternative route on Tooting Bec Road (using the magic wands?) as Wandswork Council isn’t making progress with the cross-common path.
- Re Andrew Dismore’s question about London hosting a TdF event, it appears Boris Johnson’s decision in 2015 to cancel support for the 2017 Grand Depart (decision on the day prior to signing the contract) has soured relationships with the TdF’s organisers, ASO.
- TfL has spent £34k on external legal advice related to the judicial review of cycle route CS11 brought by Westminster City Council.
- Cabinet on 13 October, has the August finance report, which shows it spent another £1k on “cycle route improvements” (PDF page 35), for a total this FY of £174k. There’s no detail to explain what, but the budget profile suggests the council should have spent £245k. Separately, various other budgets have been raided to create £150k for a “school keep clear” project but, as usual in Merton, there’s absolutely no info on what this is other than a budget line title.
- Planning Ctte on 18 Oct, has an application from the independent (fee paying) Wimbledon High School to build a new science block. Plans include reducing car parking from 59 to 17 on-site spaces, increasing cycle parking from 20 to 162! Planning application itself has travel and transport reports. Most kids use public transport or walk to school, with 25%ish driven – this is very different to private schools in Wandsworth where the car run is >50%.
- 12 Oct: Anti-CS11 campaigner, Daniel Howard, has asked the Met for cyclist casualty data for the Swiss Cottage gyratory. Answer due by mid-November.
- Enviro (and other stuff) ctte 29 Oct: has Richmond’s LIP3 draft – committee paper, 66 page narrative, 4 page 2019-22 proposal. Reads more like a plan-for-a-plan, especially when compared to similar documents from CoL and Lambeth.
Transport for London
- Updated response, 12 October, to the issues raised in the Nine Elms consultation. Various tweeks to the eastern section in Nine Elms proper, but “discussions continue with Wandsworth Council” regarding the western section along Battersea Park Road, with further proposals in 2019. Looks like 2020-21 before any works happen.
- Programme & Investment Board 11 Oct: big 8mb pdf with all the papers – the healthy streets stats start on pdf page 77. Includes a ‘discussions ongoing’ update re Lambeth Bridge north and south works (pdf page 80).
- Finance ctte on 17 Oct with a single, 3mb pdf of papers. Big set of papers about increases to taxi fairs.
- Tooting Broadway proposals – continuous pavements and new ped crossings, although nothing to improve dire blue paint on cycle route CS7. Consultation closes 10 December.
- A205 Dulwich Common consultation closes 25 October, for fans of multi-stage pedestrian crossings.
Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests
- 11 Oct, Trevor Joel asks for cost of the counters on the cycle superhighways. Answer due by mid Nov.
- 23 Oct, info on journey times around Hammersmith gyratory if cycle route CS9 goes ahead.
- 18 Oct, request for traffic count data for route of CS9. Answer due by mid-Nov.
- Full council on 17 Oct: Q&A includes answer from council leader regarding the 20% increase in pedestrian casualties in 2017 (question 8). Cllr Govindia uses it as a point scoring exercise against TfL (and thus the Mayor). Part of the increase is that the way STATS19 data is categorised has changed, many of the previously-tagged minor injuries are now categorised as serious. TfL is doing some work to retag one or two previous years to see what the overall +/- effect is.
- Informal consultation will start on 3 November for a proposed Pimlico to Nine Elms bridge, for pedestrians and cyclists. There are three possible sites. Both Labour and Conservative groups on Westminster Council – which controls the Pimlico site of the river – oppose the bridge.
- Cabinet on 15 October, has budget papers. The appendix on capital spend 2018/19 and beyond (small fonts!) includes £9m of TfL funded cycling schemes, £50m of WCC funded Oxford Street area improvements, and £28m of mixed funding for Strand/Aldwych.
- Referendum (yes!) on 18 October in Knightsbridge to approve the “Neighbourhood Plan 2018 – 2037”. Contains all the usual virtuous promises about supporting active travel. Interestingly, the plan describes Exhibition Road as a “main route” for traffic through the area (the north end of the road is in Westminster), but Kensington & Chelsea rebuilt the southern end as low-traffic shared-use space a few years ago, and designated it as a quietway route. The two councils’ positions cannot be concurrently true.
- Cabinet on 25 Oct has a set of papers with its proposals for Oxford Street (report, main 102mb pdf paper). No pedestrianisation, no cycle routes, ..
City of London
- Streets Sub-Ctte on 4 Sept:
- Bank Safety Scheme – papers on some further project funding, which involves asking DfT to approve changes to the signs to help (numpty) drivers;
- Tudor Street/ New Bridge Street/ Bridewell Place – which is the route of the North/South CS6 segregated cycle route just north of Blackfriars Bridge. Ongoing story where the City and TfL want to shift the entrance/exit from the courts area with New Bridge St. However, there’s lots of proposed building works in the area (e.g. new courts complex) and Cadent want to do gas main replacement works in both the Embankment *and* Tudor Street in the next 2-3 years. Looks like it will be several years before any changes are made
- One new bit of info in the Tudor Street paper is that the City and TfL are looking at changes south of the courts area – Temple Avenue or Carmelite Avenue – to give motorised vehicles access to the Embankment. This may impact CS3.
- Collection of papers on the Beech Street proposal (item 5)– largely the tunnel under the Barbican – with analysis of motorised traffic etc. Project aim is to reduce volumes of motorised traffic, improve air quality …
- Dockless bikes – updated papers because committee members asked at previous meeting whether bikes can be considered obstructions or illegal trading, despite officers saying they had received next to no complaints. Seems a London-wide byelaw is being considered to manage the dockless bike schemes with the 32 boroughs acting together.
- Same papers on Bank safety and Beech Street go to Policy & Resources Ctte on 6 Sept.
- Court of Common Council on 13 Sept endorsed the decisions from other transport & planning committees and voted to make the Bank Junction safety scheme permanent.
- Transport & Planning Ctte on 19 Sept: has drafts of the City’s forthcoming planning policies, with documents on [motorised] vehicles, and walking, cycling & health streets. (Item 4 on agenda). Ctte paper explains the steps to finalise the policies, including a consultation in summer 2019.
- Cycle forum on 11 Sept: no papers but a good range of topics.
- Cabinet & officer decision, 10 Sept: to support TfL’s revised plans for the Fiveways junction (PDF). The new plans retain much of the existing bridge, to reduce costs, and provide north/south cycle tracks through much of the scheme. However, (IMO) the junctions are poor for people cycling and walking. The A23’s cycle tracks will be funded by Croydon Council reassigning £5m from its growth zone programme (impact on other projects unstated).
Hammersmith & Fulham
- Enviro Ctte, 5 Sept:
- winter road management plan – basically, gritting – policy doc and plan doc. Lots of stuff about classes of roads and footways, but nothing about cycle lanes.
- Draft LIP strategy for 3 years, 2019/20 to 2021/22 with committee paper, a heavy LIP document, and equality act assessment. The council’s position on cycle route CS9 appears muddled to me: it states that cycle superhighways are not intended for fast, long-distance cyclists then asks TfL to reroute CS9 along the A4 instead of King Street. Apparently, mixing cyclists with pedestrians in King St will compromise healthy streets objectives, but today’s mix of pedestrians with motorised vehicles is OK.
- Kingston Neighbourhood Ctte 6 Sept: has revised planning framework for the riverside (lots of heavy papers, item 9, with comments on averting conflict between different users), plus the proposed Local Implementation Plan for 2019/20 (committee paper, plus appendix listing interventions). An amusing typo in the committee paper suggests there may be modal shift by the year 20141 …
- Environ & Transport Ctte 27 Sept: has Local Implementation Plan proposals through to 2021 (item 5)
- Plenary session on 6 Sept invites Peter Hendy and Lyn Gardner to discuss London Legacy Develoment Corporation (LLDC), which is responsible for developing post-Olympics infrastructure round Stratford. Caroline Russell has tabled several questions about (poor) modal share, as walking & cycling infrastructure has been largely watered down in favour of private motorised vehicles.
- Sustainable Communities Scrutiny Ctte, 4 Sept: the committee’s work programme for 2018/19 includes air quality and electric vehicles but – just like the work programme in 2017/18 – has nothing about active travel (walking & cycling). Funny that, given the sums Merton Council spends on things like Beddington Lane (£800k+) which received no visibility or discussion at any council committee.
- Healthier Comms Ctte on 5 Sept: has papers on health inequality across the borough, confirms childhood obesity is a major issue (pdf page 28)
- Full council on 12 Sept, where the strategic theme is sustainable communities. The report lists items like LED lighting, car clubs and bikeability training. But the paper makes no mention of the Sutton-South Wimbledon tram plans, which are debated this month in Sutton Council’s committees (and lots of papers here – confirming consultation starts on 16 October) and splashed across several news sites.
- Cabinet on 17 Sept, focuses on budgets and has the outturn papers for June and July. Side by side, the papers say that £90,000 was spent in July on ‘cycle network improvements’ on top of £81,000 during April to June. No information on where and on what this money was spent. The July paper announces £150,000 from TfL for ‘Figges Marsh bus priority scheme’ whereas previous references were to a Figges Marsh roundabout safety study. As usual, stuff just appears from no where in Merton Council’s papers.
Surrey County Council (Mole Valley)
- LibDem councillor in the Mole Valley, Claire Malcomson, has suggested that cycling events should pay to use Surrey’s roads. The only major cycling event each year which requires interventions such as road closures is Ride London. RL does pay for road closures, and also contributes directly to Surrey charities. Additionally, the event brings in millions of £s for Surrey businesses. All is explained in the SCC cabinet papers from June 2018, where it agreed to support RL through to 2020 and, in principle, through to 2026.
- Stuff-that-doesn’t-go-anywhere-else ctte on 25 Sept:
- Lots of papers on the proposed Sutton to Wimbledon tram link, confirming the consultation starts on 16 October and will be run by TfL.
- Several papers resulting from a planning inspector’s review of the Hackbridge planning policies … seem to be lots of pedantic tweaks, (“insert ‘where appropriate’” …) which will probably create wiggle room for lazy developers.
Transport for London – board meetings
- Main board on 19 Sept: one 12mb pdf with all the papers.
- Cycling stuff – with lots of tractor production statistics – start on PDF page 44 (page 18 of the Commissioner’s report). Indicates that 2nd consultation on the Rotherhithe – Canary Wharf crossing will be this autumn.
- There’s a broader section on Active Travel starting on pdf page 124, with more walking & cycling stats, with some insight into work to entice the “rejectioners”.
- Pdf page 142 reports that 2018/19Q1 (which is really Jan-March 2018) cycling volumes in the congestion charge zone were up 14.3%. The same stats were provided in July to the London Assembly.
Transport for London – open data
- Published 4 discrete months of CSH counter data (CS6 Blackfriars for May-July, CS3 Embankment for July), plus a discussion on its technical forum. My thoughts in a blog post – the CSHs are used 24×7 and 19/20 people are cycling below 20mph.
Transport for London – FOI requests
- At the Women and Cycling Conference (#wacc2018), Will Norman told the audience that TfL’s cycling infrastructure database will shortly be available as open data. In an FOI response published 18 September – asking for examples of cycle lanes painted on pavements next to bus lanes, which appear common in BAME community areas – TfL say the data may not be available for 6-12 months.
- 18 Sept: details of the Ruislip and Lewisham liveable neighbourhood bids.
- 18 Sept: details of (old) borough cycling programme bids and progress for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- 11 Sept: request for daily data for the cycle counters on CS3 Embankment and CS6 Blackfriars Road. Answer is ‘not available’. However, the data for May-July is published now on TfL’s open data site.
- 11 Sept: quietway funding for 2018/19.
- Roger Stocker asks for funding for the six new cycle routes announced in January 2018. Response due by mid-October. (Answer: planning in progress, wait for a TfL business plan at unspecified future date).
- 24 Sept: Responding to Q about traffic numbers, interesting table with motorised traffic volumes crossing the TfL count cordon – they’re historic highs after dipping slightly for a few years.
- Cllr Jon King’s title has changed from Community Services to “Strategic Planning & Transport”, so the scrutiny committee has changed its title too. I expect the committee’s agendas will continue to be dominated by strategic changes to car parking zones.
- Transport Ctte on 18 Sept – split out from the old Communities Ctte: Nothing on the Priory Lane consultation, so that is kicked forward for at least another month.
- Petition from residents in Trewint Street (where Quietway 4 crosses the Wandle bridge to join Summerley Street) asking for traffic calming as the 20mph speed limit is routinely ignored. (Update: councillors voted on party lines 5/4 to defer any action for 2 years).
- Paper on Trinity Road/ Burntwood Lane junction, and problems with delayed traffic esp. buses. Early analysis looking at short/ medium/ long term options, the last of which include widening the junction with land taken from the common and sports ground (mitigation options include narrowing Trinity further north from 6 lanes to 5). Includes description of drivers entering/ exiting the Trinity / Magdalen Road junction as “rat runners” and “aggressive”. Magdalen is the route of Quietway Q4.
- Paper on Granville Road and the streets south east of Tibbets Corner, which include the route of the Wands – Teddington quietway Q21. Notes that on some roads the rat-running traffic is 49% of volume. Some minor tweaks under experimental orders to try and tame the rat running traffic.
- 17 Sept, Jon Irwin submitted an FOI asking how Wandsworth Council, as the highways authority, has responded to the coroner’s report following the death of Lucia Ciccioli in 2016.
- Westminster LCC spotted that council cabinet reviewed proposals for the Aldwych gyratory in July, which appear to show the south side designated for pedestrians only, and the north side given over to 2-way traffic. The low quality PDF appears to show ASL boxes but no other cycling infrastructure. Subsequently, Will Norman indicated that there are updated plans.
- City Management Ctte 20 Sept: highways cabinet member report says that the council won the CS11 judicial review of TfL’s authority, and now seeks further talks. Also, the bike hanger trial was a success and 15 more will be installed.