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 January and February’s 2019 posts, if useful.
City of London
- Port, Health & Enviro Ctte, 5 March, has papers on adding 10 extra public water fountains (bottle filling stations) by August’19, plus a draft of the City’s air quality strategy – 4mb pdf – which (if approved) goes to public consultation this spring. Plus the City’s very supportive response to the Mayor of London’s/TfL’s consultation on direct vision cabs (safer HGVs) which closed in February.
- Plans (Transport) Sub-Ctte, 6 March, reports feedback from the autumn 2018 consultation on the City’s draft Transport Strategy. Minor tweaks to the strategy – such as bringing the cycle network forward from 2044 to 2035. Usual objections from the dinosaurs. Regarding the “Unblock The Embankment” campaign to get rid of cycle route CS3, the City says no.
- Commons Committee, 11 March – City has responsibility for several open spaces across London, including (chunks of) Epping Forest, and Farthing Downs. In several of the Epping Forest papers, the Superintendents report vehicle vs deer collisions (avg. one killed each week, and 15 killed during Dec/Jan). Other papers propose introducing car parking charges at Farthings and Riddlesdown, near Croydon (item 19).
- Policy & Resources Ctte, 14 March, has a paper listing the major events in the City requiring roads to be closed – things like the Marathon, fun runs and Ride London. It notes that the Nocturne cycling event, scheduled for 8 June, is soft as it lacks backers/sponsors. TfL has approached the City asking for support for a car-free day on 22 Sept – City needs more info.
- Planning & Transport Ctte, 18 March, latest paper regarding dockless bikes, proposing a trial of new arrangements with Mobike, Lime and other (possible) new entrants. Also references proposed new London-wide bylaws which TfL/boroughs are considering.
- Projects, 22 March, has the same papers proposing that Beech Street (under the Barbican) be closed to traffic, except peds, ULEV/ buses and cyclists, as went to other committees in February – paper plus appendix. And copies of the commons car parking papers as went to Commons Ctte 11 March above.
- Budget Council, 4 March, with lots of number heavy attachments. Enviro & Transport report (1mb pdf) mentions pedestrianisation of the High Street, Sheffield cycle stands and EV charging points.
- See City of London Commons Ctte, 11 March, above re proposed car parking charges at Farthings and Riddlesdown.
- Cycle Forum, 19 March, few papers, but agenda includes LIP3, Fiveways Junction scheme, Liveable Neighbourhood bids and the borough’s cycling strategy.
- Cabinet 25 March, includes (a) parking policy (paper plus appendix), looking to help initiatives on public and active travel, and (b) planning policy/ suburban design (several very heavy pdfs) on policies for housing, and associated transport. Notes too Croydon’s objective for an e-bike scheme, including hubs in the south lumpy bits of the borough like Kenley.
- Planning Ctte, 27 March – has application from new Coombe Wood secondary school for bigger temporary buildings. Only 2 of the school’s current cycle parking spaces are used, so the number at the proposed bigger site has been reduced from 54 to 40. Something’s not right about the active travel plan.
Croydon(ish) – Highways England
- Published updated proposals for the A23 through Hooley, running from south of Coulsdon down to the M23 junction. See “project background” tab for March’19 papers. Still has a shared-use pedestrian and cycle pavement, which requires cyclists to dismount or launch themselves into motorised traffic queueing at traffic lights. Overall, seems to ignore IAN195/16 guidance. (Blogpost from last year on the original proposals – nothing substantial has changed).
Kensington & Chelsea
- New quietway proposal & consultation: plan to tart up a bit of old LCN45 between Pembridge Square and Meanwhile Gardens/ Grand Union canal – webpage with details & attachments, survey form closes 29 March.
- Decision to proceed with wider pavements on Sloane Street, although these will have on-pavement parking spaces cut into them. Requests for protected cycle lanes have been ignored.
- Results of recent consultation on a very patchy rollout of 20mph zones to handful of selected streets. Good support from residents with the usual nonsense from anti-lobby in the comments.
- Scheduled decision (after 15 March) to approve safety changes on Exhibition Road for pedestrians. An April’18 report noted that motorised speed at 85%ile is now 27mph on the 20mph road. (Webpage describing the shared-space project).
- Public Realm Ctte, 26 March, most noteworthy item is the analysis of 2017 road casualty data. Most serious KSIs are on TfL-controlled TLRN rather than RBKC’s roads. Transport cabinet report again notes discussions continuing regarding safety changes to Exhibition road.
- Scrutiny Panel, 27 March, considering call-in of the borough’s LIP3 submission. Various groups complaining the submission was incomplete, and the consultation didn’t engage enough people. Council’s papers largely dismiss these concerns.
- Kingston local committee, 27 March, includes results of consultation on possible changes to King’s Road. Lots of consultation feedback, and the council officers instead recommend a completely new proposal involving on-pavement parking to ease traffic flow. Cue unhappy reactions (and here) on social media.
- From Dec’18: authorisation from DfT for a split ASL box on A3 Clapham Road – route of cycle route CS7 – at junction of Union Road, between Stockwell and North Clapham tube stations. Split ASLs are very much the current fashion.
- Budget Ctte on 5th March, mainly minutes and actions from previous mtgs.
- Transport Ctte 14 March, focusses on Crossrail/Elizabeth Line issues.
- Transport Ctte on 12 March wrote to Mayor & TfL (web link, pdf letter) with recommendations on improving the Healthy Streets implementation. Unsurprisingly, (ex?)UKIP David Kurten disagrees, providing a footnote in the letter.
- GLA Oversight 19 March, usually has transport KPIs. Nothing interesting.
- Plenary/ Mayor’s Question Time, 21 March, has a PDF with tabled questions, most of which will get written answers. UKIP’s David Kurten repeats Professor Robert Winston’s unevidenced claim about cycle lanes causing pollution.
- 7 Feb: authorisation from DfT for a split ASL at the junction of Martin Way and Bushey Road (Wimbledon Chase area, between Raynes Park and Morden). There’s been a single ASL box here for years, with a left-lane filter light, so splitting the ASL is on-fashion.
- Draft traffic order, 22 Feb, to change the northbound contraflow cycle track in Melrose Avenue (near Wimbledon Park Underground station) to on-street contraflow cycling in the carriageway (if I read it correctly). (Google map link, open cycle map link which tags it as LCN29). Today, there’s a 300m long cycle track between parked cars and the pavement – the TO abolishes this, and introduces a stub 27m track at the south end.
- 1 March, at last, the draft LIP3 Local Implementation Plan 2019-22 submission to TfL (webpage link). This is four months after every other London borough, as TfL gave an extension to allow input from the Wimbledon Masterplan, Local Plan and Merton-Sutton-link consultations. PDF LIP3 document, equality assessment and environmental assessment. The LIP document is littered with typos, spelling mistakes, unintelligible graphics and “Rayne’s Park” regains an apostrophe. Consultation survey (link) closes 12 April .
- An updated LIP3 document has been published (PDF link) with more readable graphics in an appendix.
- 1 March, draft traffic order to tidy up 20mph zone around St. Helier’s area of Morden/south Mitcham. This follows the big 20mph extension finalised in February on the east side of the borough (see last month’s notes). Comments by 22 March.
- Borough Plan Advisory Ctte, 7 March, has high level summaries of feedback on the local plan and Wimbledon masterplan consultations, which ran over Winter 18/19.
- Planning Committee 21 March – includes revisions to Wimbledon football stadium, including removal of the 100 public-space cycle parking spaces for crowd-safety reasons. Instead, 22 x staff cycle parking spaces will be provided inside the stadium building, and 78 x visitor/supporter cycle parking spaces will be provided on match days on the other side of Plough Lane on council-owned land using temporary racks, funded with S106 payments (presumably beside Lidl, Halfords, Wickes?). The objections to these and other changes from residents’ associations are a hoot – including objections to any bicycles as football supporters allegedly dump dockless bikes in local gardens. Merton has never had a dockless bike scheme.
- Cabinet 25 March, report with finances as at Jan’19, notes that £400+k of TfL funding has been shifted from 2018/19 into 2019/20, including sums for Beddington Lane and Mitcham regeneration, both of which were completed 12 months ago. Implication is that TfL is short of capital and asking boroughs to eek out delivery of funds.
- Conservators Meeting 13 March, includes the minutes of the previous meeting on 5 Dec’18, which included discussion of Merton Council’s proposals for upgraded pedestrian crossing in the middle of Mitcham Common at the junction of Croydon Road/ Beddington Lane/ Windmill Road. This junction is where the Croydon Road and Beddington Lane shared-use pedestrian and cycle pavements join, but the current crossing was not tackled in the rebuilding works (Openstreetmap link). Discussion in December resulted in the Conservators agreeing to the proposals (link to the Dec’18 agenda with the drawings).
- A further note on this is in Merton Council’s draft LIP3 submission (see Merton above) which is open to public consultation until 12 April. Merton’s cycling proposals mention this junction, describing it as a pedestrian improvement where “cyclists will be expected to dismount”.
- Announcement on bike hangers: Richmond Council asking residents for locations where there is interest.
- Budget meeting, 5 March, which like most has lots of number-heavy papers. The high level capital plan includes top line transport numbers. Tabled questions has a few about recent 20mph consultation – those from Conservative councillors have the more sceptical tone.
- Cabinet 14 March, has results of the 20mph consultation (which look same as went to Enviro Ctte last month), plus the highways maintenance plan for 2019/20 (streets getting resurfaced roads & pavements).
- Consultation on 20mph zone around Windsor Avenue (area between Sutton and the A24) – survey closes 15 March – map in pdf file.
- Enviro Ctte 7 March:
Transport for London
- Programmes & Investment Ctte 6 March, all papers in a single 16mb pdf: most papers relate to Crossrail and Underground. Re active travel, lots of works-in-progress updates, but no new news.
- Finance Ctte 11 March, the usual 2019 style with a single 4mb pdf with all the papers.
- Main board, 27 March, 37mb pdf with all the papers.
- Commissioner’s report says 116km of quietway routes are “constructed” (pdf’s page 54, foot numbered 48, but we know from FOI answers that “constructed” does not equal “completed”) and all cycle routes will be titled “Cycleways”. Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf crossing likely to go to next consultation phase in April’19 (likely to be a bridge, pdf pg 60). TfL piloting pedestrian priority crossings at 7 sites, including Stratford (pdf pg 61). Regarding the Sutton Link tram-or-bus proposal, 86% supported it in some way, and a report will be published “soon”.
- Customer service report: Santander cycles continues to achieve record hires (pdf pg 130), mixed news on cycling numbers overall – central London on (super)cycleways is up due to quality, flat elsewhere (pdf pg 131), TfL-funded cycle training exceeded targets (pg 132) with 22k adults and 23k kids.
- Finance papers: by 2020, 100km of protected cycling infrastructure will be complete … or “in construction” (pdf pg 254). I think this means the Mayor will fail to deliver his “triple” protected cycle routes objective – he’s already scrabbling together all the little bits from mini-Hollands etc (confirmed – he’s failed, and need to include in-construction km – page 274). In streets KPIs (pdf pg 270), 188k cycle journeys in central London per day in Q3 (Jul-Sep’18).
Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests
- 28 Feb, D Holladay asks for the risk assessments for the A41 Baker Streets projects.
- 14 Mar, Answer to why TfL no longer publishes cycle maps – saves £400,000 per year. An answer to a related question on 19 March, stating that cycle infrastructure database will be available later in 2019.
- 12 Mar, more Santander hire bike user stats, split between annual members and 24 hour members.
- 8 March, answer to query about true state of completion of Regents Park-Hampstead quietway. Provides yet another clarification that “constructed” does not mean “completed”, trying to clear up the Mayor’s claim in Nov’18 that his administration has built 100+km of quietway routes.
- 21 March, answer to which five individual vehicles are clocked up most penalty charge tickets. Top of the table is a Mercedes Sprinter van with 2706 tickets since 1st Jan 2015 – more than one per day.
- Consultation: should HGVs be banned from Magdalen Road, route of Quietway Q4? HGVs are banned (except for access/deliveries) in the grid of streets southwards to Burntwood Lane. Consultation closes 24 March
- Consultation: proposed traffic calming measures in the Dr. Johnson’s area by Tooting Common. Closes 31 March.
- 1st March, draft traffic order for the Lower Richmond Road cemetery path, where a campaign has been running to sort out parked vehicles blocking the pavement. Not sure if/how the TO helps, or just a coincidence.
- Announcement – work starts on Roehampton High Street, contraflow cycle lane as part of the Wandsworth-Teddington Q21 quietway. This comes 9 months after the council’s Communities’ Ctte approved the decision in June 2018. Why so long? As I noted in the February roundup, the traffic order to authorise contraflow cycling was published in Feb’19.
- Communities Ctte, 4 March, includes report from cabinet member, with commitments to create “active streets” and related work on removing restrictive bylaws such as “no ball games”/ “no cycling”. No details, locations or timeframes though.