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.
Here’s a link back to the 2018 posts, if useful.
- Full council on 28 Jan: Transport update notes that 8 more schools have applied for “schools streets” treatment, following trials around 3 schools last year. Council aims to implement these by start of the 2019/20 school year.
- Traffic Mngt Ctte, 5 Feb: proposals to make the experimental pedestrianised area of the High Street permanent – “closed to motorised vehicles”.
City of London
- Streets sub-ctte, 22 Jan: item 5 looks to (re)start the next phase of the Bank junction safety project, asking for a study to consider different options. All seek to expand pedestrian space with safe cycle tracks, but with different amounts of motorised traffic. Appendices have initial sketches for how space at the junction could be re-assigned. Proposal goes to various committees over next few weeks, with approvals for next phase later this spring.
- Police ctte, 24 Jan: item 8’s community engagement report says that City Police will re-establish its cycle team with one sergeant and six constables to support a Vision Zero-based roads policing strategy.
- Main Planning & Transport Ctte, 29 Jan: has the same Bank Junction papers as the sub-ctte above. An interesting paper asking for approval to raise City-owned car parking charges to £3.50/hour, explaining that the City’s car parks lose money (except Minories). Also points out that NCP car parks around the City usually charge 2-4 times the City’s fees. Plus the City’s proposed response to the Mayor of London’s direct vision lorry consultation, offering full support.
- Police Ctte, 6 Feb: has a rich KPIs paper, with a section on the City Police’s road safety efforts. In Q3, it stopped 192 large goods vehicles, finding 158 vehicles/drivers with a total of 364 offences. Paper has similar statements as the 24 Jan community engagement report (above) regarding the force’s revised focus on road safety.
Kensington & Chelsea
- Public Realm ctte 30 Jan – picking out three things from the transport report:
- Kensington High Street to Shepherds Bush quietway to go ahead, with aggregate 81% support;
- Just 30 responses to the consultation on the draft LIP3 submission, with a worrying comment that TfL officers are “happy to recommend” as this infers that TfL is happy with RBKC’s stated hostility to improved cycle routes such as an east-west route. More positively, there were 900 responses to a 20 mph zone consultation, although rollout across the borough is very patchy; and
- Safety improvements are needed in Portabello Road (with its market) and Exhibition Road (failed 20mph shared-space design). Consultations/engagement later this year.
- Kingston local ctte, 22 Jan: proposals for dealing with traffic on Kings Road and Gloucester Road, which have generated feedback to local councillors via Twitter (thread) regarding poor cycling-related design in context of mini-Holland objectives.
- Scrutiny Ctte on 30 Jan: has the draft transport strategy for approval, plus feedback on the consultation run during autumn’18.
- GLA Budget Ctte on 7 January looks at TfL finances.
- Transport Ctte on 9 January focusses on Crossrail.
- Mayor’s Question time on 17 January. Questions tabled – most will get written answers some time in February. Dipping into previous answers from November & December:
- Tavistock Place cycle lanes do not delay ambulances (contrary to David Kurten’s premise) and London Ambulance has no complaints. Similar answer to another of AM Kurten’s questions.
- Met Police KPIs for road danger reduction to be revised; new stakeholder forum to meet early in 2019 (looks like this event on 31 Jan, via twitter).
- Definition of protected cycle space: “includes full segregation, stepped track and light segregation – anything where cyclists are physically separated from traffic”
- 30km of protected cycle space *started* by this Mayor.
- 60km of new quietways are new (the rest being recycled LCN/ NCN).
- Some of Nine Elms was approved for implementation, rest being revised – the rest having been flamed in the consultation.
- Transport Ctte on 5 February focusses on freight.
- Assembly plenary on 7 February has Q&A with the Mayor and TfL Commissioner regarding TfL (questions listed).
- Local plan consultation has been extended to 28 January (survey link), because council forgot to publish the transport section (pdf) on its website. It has so little content – the cycling infrastructure map is wrong/ incomplete – it’s of little use.
- Sustainable Communities Ctte on 9 January includes air quality and car parking charges (7mb pdf), with a report on the benefits of walking & cycling cribbed from TfL’s active travel website. . The agenda does *not* includes the draft Local Implementation Plan 3 submission, promised by Cabinet back in July 2018.
- Cabinet on 14 January has an April to November finance report, recording that £304k has been spent on cycling schemes. No info on what the schemes are though.
- Full council on 6 Feb: strategic theme is “air quality” with a paper outlining issues, strategy and progress.
- Housing & Enviro Ctte, 28 Jan: has the proposed fees for council services for 2019/20. Last year, I wrote a blogpost about Richmond being the only council in London to charge its residents for cycling training, despite the costs being funded by TfL. The charges were introduced by the previous Conservative administration (allegedly, to prevent “no shows”), and the new LibDem administration appears to be continuing them, proposing to increase the charge up by 5% (pdf page 68, numbered 69).
- Finance ctte 31 Jan: has revenue budgets for 2019/20 and capital budgets through to mid-2020s.
- Air quality plan consultation closes 6 February.
- Wandle Valley local ctte, 24 Jan: has a local projects paper suggesting that the cycle path at Budge Lane will be improved. By the description, this sounds like the Wandle Trail, NCN20, at the junction of Budge Lane/ Middleton Road / Goat Lane, where locals regularly park cars and vans across the pavements and dropped kerbs. (Little hope, though, that Sutton Council remove its K-frame barrier 100m north in Watermeads).
Transport for London
- Dec’18: full Travel in London report 11 with lots of stats and graphs (6mb pdf).
- 8 Jan, opened the next phase of consultation on safer, direct-vision lorries in London. Includes reports on responses to previous phase in autumn 2018. Consultation closes on 18 February.
- TfL Board 30 Jan, 12mb pdf with all the papers Lot of plans-or-works-in-progress updates about CS4, CS9, CS10, Lambeth Bridge etc., but with few hard dates. The Finance Report records that Q3 July-September’s central London/ CCZ cycling numbers were the highest recorded, with the main cycle superhighway routes being very popular.
Transport for London – consultations
- 30 Jan: updated results for CS9 in west London, with an updated consultation report and responses to issues raised. New consultation for a revised area north of Kew Bridge (closes 26 Feb).
- 31 Jan: initial plans for four new cycle routes, main north-west London/ Isle of Dogs.
- Next stage of direct vision trucks – consultation closes 18 Feb.
Transport for London – Freedom of Information Requests
- 18 Jan: Ms McYarnington asks about 4km of quietway – Regents Park to West Hampstead – with a similar scepticism to mine about quietways being “completed and signposted”.
- 18 Jan: response to Linda Norman about Will Norman’s comments on cycling schemes benefitting businesses. Ms Norman appears to live in Enfield, and has submitted several FOIs regarding loss of motor parking spaces. TfL respond with a link to one of its reports. Ms Norman isn’t satisfied with the response, has reviewed the reference citations, and asked for a further review.
- 14 Jan: response to David Knight with a 10mb zip file of papers regarding a road safety audit of the Magdalen Road quietway 4 scheme in Wandsworth.
- 7 Jan: response to Aidan Radford regarding claims of congestion on London’s roads caused by cycle lanes (or not).
- 11 Dec’18: response to Roger Stocker with LIP outputs by most boroughs for 2017/18. (Zip file with lots of spreadsheets).
- 6 Feb, “special” meeting of full council, focussing on capital budgets. The transport section in this paper has some oddities – £100k in 2018/19 on cycle parking, another £100k spent this year on Priory Lane (with £122k earmarked for 2019/20). Nothing on quietways in 2019/20.
- 12 Feb, Planning & Transport Ctte: only 2 substantive papers – a response to a petition for traffic calming on an Earlsfield street (rejected), and an analysis of 20mph on non-A/B class roads across the borough introduced in 2016. The latter is reported as a success, although I can’t quite see the casualty reductions claimed. Also, there’s no data from Met Police regarding FPNs/prosecutions, which I would have thought was a relevant data point. What’s not on the agenda is anything on active travel e.g. results from the LIP3 consultation, Priory Lane cycle scheme consultation, on-street cycle hanger trial, cross-river bridges, …. So all these are delayed (again) until at least June.
- Place Shaping (and other stuff) ctte 30 Jan: the cabinet member’s report includes updates on various schemes (mostly works in progress) but also says consultation on the Strand Aldwych proposals will start on 29 Jan for 6 weeks.
- City Mngt Ctte on 6 Feb: another cabinet member’s report also includes transport, focussing on 20mph zones (residents like them), air quality (residents want some), and cycling (bike hangers, and a cryptic comment about ‘rationalising’ cycling infrastructure schemes in the context of the CS11 arguments).