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.
City of London
- 4 July, Policy & Resources Sub-Ctte: minutes for 2nd May meeting report that the City’s LIP3 plans has been approved. Main item is a prioritisation of projects given overall pressures on funding. Good to see that most healthy streets related projects are towards the top of the list. The main Policy & Resources Ctte has the same prioritisation papers, in a wider agenda.
- 9 July, Planning & Transport several items:
- Minutes from 30 May’s sub-ctte note that dockless bike operators who do not sign up to the City’s operating trial will have bikes confiscated for a charge of £235/bike.
- City’s transport strategy to 2022, wrapping together TfL LIP3 funding and CIL funded projects. Lots of schemes, including hints of a TfL bus priority project at Fleet Street/ Ludgate Circus. All in line with City’s transport strategy, putting people first and discouraging motorised private transport.
- Air quality strategy – paper summarising the consultation from earlier this year. Looks positive. The linked revised strategy paper, though, doesn’t seem to be publically accessible.
- 11 July, Police Board, has a community engagement report with the roads KSI stats for 2018/19 (slightly down on 2017/18), and commentary on work to improve safety at Ludgate Circus, and tackle anti-social behaviour by kids on bikes in Baynard.
- 15 July, Open Spaces, proposal to seek funds from Heathrow Airport’s 3rd runway project for Burnham Beeches. Airport is looking for projects across SE England to offset environmental issues.
- 19 July, Projects Sub-Ctte – lots of interesting project-stage papers:
- 3-phase project to extend the City’s cycle network using LIP3 funds from TfL over next couple of years. See agenda for maps/ appendices.
- Bank Safey project – two options to extend pavements for pedestrians (see sub-page for appendices and drawings).
- Plus other papers pushing forward the projects for Beech Street (zero emissions for tunnel under Barbican), Fenchurch Street area healthy streets, and public realm improvements around Shoe Lane, Moorgate and Petticoat Market.
- 19 July, Local Plans Ctte – currently focuses on Local Plan Review, with responses to consultation comments.
- 22 July, Streets Ctte, has most of the same papers as the 19 July Projects Sub-Ctte (Bank Safety, cycle network, Beech Street etc.), plus a paper on painted soft-docks for dockless bikes (trial for 6 months with Beryl and Freebike operators) with appendix on the proposed London-wide dockless bikes byelaw.
- The minutes of the 28 May meeting indicate that TfL is considering an experimental traffic order to ban some southbound traffic manoeuvres at Ludgate Circus (junction Farringdon Street/ Fleet St, Ludgate Hill), to try and address the safety risks at the junction. This is really busy area with lots of pedestrians.
- 30 July, Planning & Transport:
- Last month, the Aldermen representing Wardmote presented a petition from the ward’s dozen residents complaining about cycle tour groups on unspecified streets. This month, there’s a response from the highways team, indicating that the tour groups are using Carter Lane legally in preference to other, more dangerous roads, but have agreed to a meaningless code of conduct.
- Project prioritisation, spending S106 and similar funds – Healthy Streets projects score well.
- 9 July, Streets & Enviro Scrutiny Ctte, focusses on rail services – no papers.
- 24 July, Traffic Mngt Ctte, has papers about emissions-based parking permit charges (paper – see agenda for four appendices), and the results of a statutory traffic order consultation (paper and appendix) for next wave of school streets. Unusually for a TO, there were lots of supporting responses which were noted in the paper although they don’t play a formal role in the TO process.
Hammersmith & Fulham
- 1 July, Cabinet – nothing of note, except for sports stadium plans for Wormwood Scrubs which require MOD approval under the 1879 Act.
- 17 July, full Council, with motions about Hammersmith Bridge, climate change emergency, and condemnation of RBKC for rejecting the Holland Park cycle route.
Kensington & Chelsea
- Unsurprisingly, the scheduled decision to re-engineer Exhibition Road to improve safety has been kicked eastwards to at least 24 September. It has bounced every month since February’19.
- New decision scheduled for safety improvements on Ladbroke Grove – not before
29 July24 September – another decision deferred. (Link to project webpage with drawing and drawing).
- Decision scheduled for the Kensington High Street to Notting Hill (via Holland Park) cycleway (quietway) which went to consultation during early June. Looks like RBKC wants to proceed – cost is £700,000 of TfL’s money. Usual nonsense in responses, and several claims by RBKC that the scheme satisfies TfL’s new quality criteria. (Decision scheduled for mid-August, consultation report and recommendations, scheme drawings, project webpage, TfL’s new cycleway quality criteria).
- 1 July, Housing Ctte, has a paper about a proposed regeneration project in north Kensington alongside the Kensal stretch of canal. Project website.
- 10 July, Leadership Team, proposes a PSPO for busking and street entertainment. Complaints include buskers with poor, repetitive repertoire. The joint K&C and Westminster children’s plan has health stats including kids obesity. The 2018/19 financial outturn shows the capital budget was underspent by 48%, with lots of infrastructure projects being deferred to future years. The medium-term finance strategy 2022 notes that control of capital budget and projects needs to improve.
- 17 July, Administration Ctte, has a paper on the proposed London-wide byelaw to manage dockless bikes. Recommendation is to support the London Council’s proposal. As you’d expect with RBKC, the council intends to use the powers to make dockless bikes as unattractive as possible within the borough.
- 23 July, Public Realm Ctte, with the minutes from 17 June confirming RBKC’s opposition to the Holland Park cycling scheme, and some curious questions about the borough’s air quality such as asking why electric cars don’t get access to bus lanes.
- 24 July, full Council, has the medium-term financial strategy. Later pages have appendices with 2018/19 outturn and forward revenue and capital budgets. All the same red ink as went to Leadership Team on 10 July (above) – capital budget was woefully *underspent*, e.g. spending zero of the £23k London Cycle Grid budget.
- 11 July, Development (Planning) Ctte, application from Kingston Uni for halls of residents development on the Seething Wells site. Big reduction in car parking, big increase in cycle parking. Application by Little Forest Folk to open a (temporary?) nursery school off Old Manor Lane. Ambitious travel plan aims to offset the numerous objections from locals regarding increased traffic.
- Started a Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood project, using a CommonPlace map to collect comments. Project summary (pdf). Can’t see dates and deadlines.
- 10 July, Scrutiny Ctte, has annual public health report (ctte paper, and 3mb report). The report notes 39% of kids aged 11 are obese – twice the English average of 20%.
- 22 July, Cabinet, medium-term finance papers and Local Plan. The 2018/19 Q4 outturn paper confirms that Lambeth Council *underspent* the assigned cycling budget by 72%, just £439k of £1.562k was spent, mainly due to rescoping quietway Q4 and late starts to Healthy Streets Projects (appendix).
- 4 July, Plenary – motion to preserve the route for Crossrail 2
- 10 July, Transport, main topic is panel discussion on prioritising transport investment. Also, paper from London Travelwatch responding to the ctte’s rejection last autumn of its business plan (last autumn’s submitted plan was a rambling collection of the policy officers’ hobbies).
- 18 July, Mayors Question Time as the July questions to the Mayor. Including this classic question from Conservative AM Tony Devenish (also a Westminster cllr, well known for opposing any cycling scheme), asking “Has TfL has given any consideration to building cycling tunnels to cover roads where building surface level cycling infrastructure is unfeasible?”.
- 19 July, second Transport Ctte of the month, focussing on the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing.
- 24 July, Enviro Ctte, focuses on Heathrow and air pollution in London with an invited panel.
- June 2019 Mayoral questions: some answers:
- Existing cycle routes are being assessed against new quality criteria – results in the autumn.
- Yep, TfL/Mayor underspent on cycling in 2018/19.
- What protected cycling infrastructure got delivered when, since 2013, with PDF table. Related answer about doubling protected cycle routes. Nearly all of it was proposed/consulted/commissioned under Johnson & Gilligan.
- Hire bikes on pavements.
- Green screens/ greening measures at 29 primary schools to improve air quality. On similar topic, question about green wall at Oxford Circus.
- No plans to rebuild Clapham North & Common underground stations, each with one island platform.
- Explanation of why disabled blue badge holders are exempt from the congestion charge, but must pay ULEZ.
- Next consultation for the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf crossing, overtaken by the deputy Mayor’s announcement that the project is parked as it is too expensive.
- Air taxis – there’s a task force looking at aerial transport and deliveries.
- Two blogposts looking at £1.1m of traffic schemes in Merton, which have not gone to public consultation, or been reviewed by a council scrutiny committee:
- Replacing the Figges Marsh roundabout, £900,000;
- Rebuilding the junction at the middle of Mitcham Common (Croydon Road, Windmill Road, Beddington Lane), between the shared-use walking and cycling pavements, which separate budget papers allocate over £200,000.
- Proposed decision to approve the LIP3 settlement with TfL, due 1 August. Big chunks of the LIP3 submission have been completely rewritten – responses from individuals and groups were very critical. New LIP3 document (7mb pdf) and responses to consultation comments (pdf).
- Decision to proceed with the Figges Marsh junction scheme (specifically, to ban left turn 7.5t vehicles) includes letter to councillors with detail on the scheme. Blog post linked above.
- 4 July, Scrutiny Ctte, has a ctte paper and report looking at road safety around schools. Includes results of surveys with locals, parents and school leaders. Recommendations look a bit limp when compared to policies in Hackney and Croydon. Merton seems afraid of upsetting the minority of parents driving their kids to school.
- 10 July, Council – has a cross-party climate change emergency motion (council to be carbon neutral by 2030), and a Conservative motion to scrap changes to car parking charges.
- 15 July, Cabinet:
- Capital Expenditure 2018/19 outturn report. Nearly £8m was underspent, mainly because projects have been delayed/deferred rather than good control. PDF page 39 has the detail on transport projects: only £9k was spent from £60k in cycling quietways, yet over £230k has been spent on “cycle improvements”. I can’t see the evidence of this.
- finance report for May 2019. PDF Page 33 has the transport spend – again, the cycling budget YTD of £50k has been underspent by £43k.
- papers about car parking charges (mainly objections);
- expansion of floating car clubs, with introduction of cars from DriveNow and Ubeeqo, with a short-term 20% discount for parking charges for EVs.
- Receives the school safety report (above) – Cabinet to respond in September 2019;
- Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2024 – final draft for approval. All well-intentioned but fluffy, and there’s no baselines for any of the KPIs. Ctte paper, final draft of strategy for approval (including KPIs), supplementary pack.
- 17 July, Scrutiny Ctte ( i.e. money!) – has the council’s financial outturn for 2018/19.
- PDF page 39 of the report has the outturn spend on transport capital projects – many were underspent due to project slippage e.g. zero spent on safer walking routes, only £9k of £60k budget spent on TfL cycling quietway plans.
- PDF page 46 has the revised capital budgets for 2019/20. These include £916,000 for the Figges Marsh roundabout replacement, and over £200,000 for Beddington Lane cycle scheme which would be the Mitcham Common junction rebuild. Blog posts on these linked above.
- 23 July, proposed decision with Experimental Traffic Order to trial school streets at four primary schools (Harris, Links, St. Thomas and Singlegate). Not called in – presumably, ETO will be in place for the autumn term. 4mb pdf with detail and maps.
- Consultation on a low traffic neighbourhood around Burtons Road – closes 26 July.
- 3 July, Planning Ctte, has a proposal for a residential redevelopment of the Homebase site beside the Manor Road level-crossing (Streetmap link) (ctte paper (7mb), link to planning file, travel plan, transport assessment). Officers’ recommendation is to refuse permission for various reasons, including Network Rail’s objections as the plan fails to account for pedestrian and cycle movements across the level crossing. TfL is asking for £40k for the Manor Park roundabout to the north of the site.
- 9 July, Council. There’s a question from Cllr Brian Marcel (Conservative, East Sheen) asking about no entry signs erected on Coval Road and Temple Sheen. According to Cllr Marcel, the signs were erected “without consultation”. A notice of the experimental order was placed in the London Gazette on 10 May (and, usually, published in the local free sheet newspaper).
- 15 July, Enviro Ctte, has a draft Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy, ctte paper and equality impact assessment.
- 22 July, Transport and Air Quality Ctte:
- Air quality action plan for 2019-24 with committee paper (2mb pdf) and appendix (2mb pdf, with much the same graphics as the ctte paper).
- Dockless bikes – recommendation to engage FreebikeUK as the operator of e-bikes. Lots of papers, including feedback from the Ofo bikes already available across the borough (just 20 complaints, while the 200 bikes had lots of use).
- Consultation on movement strategy (e.g. should RP prioritise walking & cycling? How much access should motorised vehicles have?), closes 14 July. PDF paper explains.
Surrey County Council / Highways England
- Tandridge District: SCC plans to increase the speed limit on the A25 between Godstone and Bletchingly from 30mph to 40mph (and also reduce a section from 50 to 40). Reason: drivers ignore the 30mph limit. Locals are not happy. Lots of papers at the Tandridge Local Committee, 21 June, item 8. Looks like final decision will be by September.
- Reigate/ Banstead: looks like Highways England has deferred a decision on widening the A23 through Hooley (south of Coulsdon, top of the M23) until January 2020.
- Worcester Park area: Kingsmead Avenue/Sparrow Farm Road Area, closes 22 July. 20mph and minor tweaks;
- North Cheam area: shuffle a modal filter on Willow Walk by a few feet, closes 22 July.
- 8 July, Strategy & Resources – budget shuffling from 2018/19 to 19/20 .. nothing unexpected with Bedd Lane shuffling slightly.
- 11 July, Wandle Valley Ctte, has a LIP3 settlement paper with 6 listed projects – cheaper stuff this year like pedestrian crossings and consultations, and the expensive items pushed into 2020/21.
- 22 July, full Council, including motions to be carbon neutral by 2045 (as the preferred option). By comparison, both Merton (Labour) and Wandsworth (Conservative) have this month passed motions aiming for carbon neutral by 2030.
Transport for London
- 10 June, Audit & Assurance, single 20mb pdf file with all papers. TfL’s draft Annual Review starts on PDF page 19 with sections on Vision Zero and healthy streets (and lots of tractor production statistics).
- 13 June, Customer Service, single 13mb pdf with all papers. Includes report on the Healthy Streets design checklist (only 12 of 388 projects were eligible for assessment, criteria to change in 2019/20), and borough engagement (which seems to have failed with RBKC; also suggests quietway Q5 between Clapham and Tooting Commons will complete by late 2019). Also a paper from Met Police on its approach to Vision Zero, which is largely intelligence led.
- 1 July, Finance Ctte, with a single 3mb zip file of all the papers;
- 10 July, Safety Ctte, single 7.5mb file with all papers. Includes vision zero progress, notes car vs pedestrian KSIs is worse than TfL’s targets.
- 10 July – big report on cycle parking across London, with lots of analysis about current and future cycling numbers, routes and parking needs at home, schools, transport hubs and commercial centres.
- 17 July, Programmes & Investments, single 8mb pdf with all papers. Most of agenda focusses on Crossrail.
- Investment report – pdf page 82 (numbered 76) notes progress on re-engineering the Wandsworth gyratory, saying a new layout will be published in Summer’19 and work in 2021. Planning application for Croydon Fiveways goes to LB Croydon this autumn, with permission expected in December.
- There’s healthy streets paper starting on pdf page 151, with lots of “didn’t we do well” stuff about 2018/19, and some powerpoint slides on cycle superhighway benefits (mainly increased route usage). Slides also include a CSH route map, of the sort TfL periodically published since the noughties.
- 24 July, Main Board, bundle of papers in 14mb pdf, Commissioner’s Report (pdf pg29) has updates on new schemes, quarterly performance report (pdf pg87) has lots of stats including highest cycling volumes in the CCZ recorded for Jan-March’19; and safety report (pdf pg152).
- 25 July, KSI stats for 2018 – 111 road deaths.
Transport for London – consultations
- Consultation on 20 mph on red routes in central London. Closes 10 July.
- Five safer junction consultations, all close 25 July:
- Closed/ results:
- 5 July, results of the Tooley Street consultation, now changed to allow black taxis access, which means the mandatory cycle lanes outside the station will be blocked by black cabs.
- 11 July, result of Southwark Park Road/ Jamaica Road (CS4) consultation. Goes ahead as proposed.
- 25 July, results of the CS9 Dukes Road and Kew Bridge consultation, with report and a response to issues raised report
TfL Freedom of Information requests
- 5 July, long question about LIP funds and audits. Answer due nearer August.
- 3 July, question about LIP funding to City of Westminster for 2019/20.
- 8 July, request for correspondence regarding junction Royal Hospital Road/ Lower Sloane Street in Chelsea. Requestor has a history of teasing out details about this junction – TfL says it supports signalised pedestrian crossings but is more concerned by delays to buses.
- 19 July, Roger Stocker gets the Healthy Streets Board agendas and minutes for March’18 to May’19.
- 23 July, TfL says it has spent £13.7m on the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing.
- 24 June, announces that a cycle contraflow will be re-installed in Twilley & Furmage Streets, giving another route between Garratt Lane and Kimber Road. This will be an experimental trial for six months. It was poorly installed in July 2018, with mispositioned road markings which were reported as dangerous. Overall, the contraflow comes five-and-half years after it was first proposed (blogpost), using TfL LIP funds.
- Twilley/ Furmage is underpinned by a council consultation, which closes 31 October.
- 4 July, Finance & Corporate Resources Ctte: heavy agenda, with some remarkable proposals:
- Sustainability Strategy – aiming to be the greenest council in inner London and carbon neutral by 2030. Ctte paper, draft motion to full Council, detailed strategy (putting sustainable transport first, private cars last), and Equality Act analysis. Exec reports below seem to indicate it wasn’t approved but have lots of questions of clarification, but council press statement says full council did support it (below);
- Minutes of the Nine Elms Strategy Board from 29 March, notes the feedback regarding the NE – Pimlico foot and cycle bridge. (Reading between lines – it ain’t popular, as we know on the Westminster side). With PDF progress report. Other related notes in the overall KPI report.
- Proposal for a Tooting Business Improvement District.
- CIL paper (and appendix) note some green screens for borough schools, and more works at the River Wandle/Trewint Street bridge.
- 17 July, full Council, has the Executive reports which are the minutes of the meetings above.
- 24 July, Planning Committee has the application for Garratt Mills at Trewint Street, part of the odd triangular bit of land governed by Wandsworth on the east side the River Wandle. Development offers opportunity to fill the “Earlsfield Gap” on the riverside path, but it’s a dense development and has received lots of objections. Developer offers an additional 2.1m-wide pedestrian bridge over the Wandle, a new riverside walk on the east of the Wandle, and to safeguard land at the north of the site to bridge the gap. Link to planning file and document store. The letter from TfL says the current Trewint Street bridge is “not a safe option for cyclists” – this has been part of TfL’s proposed quietway Q4 route for years! Similar comments from TfL by email.
- 1 July, CIL Ctte, has the quarterly report on use of CIL funds for a range of small transport and infrastructure projects, such as school cycle parking and pedestrian crossings. Two primary schools get £360,000 for cycle parking on the streets outside. I’d expect valet cycle parking for that sort of money …
- 15 July, Cabinet, has minutes of the April’19 cabinet meeting which approved the council’s own plans for Oxford Street.
- Soho Neighbourhood Forum (an association recognised by Westminster Council) is consulting on a neighbourhood plan covering housing, transport, nightlife etc. It’s well-intentioned but clearly written by someone with no transport expertise – the sections on walking and cycling are woeful. PDF doc with draft policies and survey form closing 11 September.
Wheels For All charity
City of London
- Policy & Resources 6 June: has a paper initiating a project for the Smithfields area based on healthy street objectives, ahead of Crossrail and Museum of London changes to the area.
- Planning & Transport Ctte 18 June: there’s a motion submitted by the Aldermen (cllrs) from Farringdon Ward (north of Blackfriars station) complaining about cycle-tour groups,
- Cycle Forum 4 June: LIP, Lime bikes and schools included on the agenda.
- Transport Forum 18 June: no papers, but trams, buses and trains on the agenda.
Hammersmith & Fulham
Kensington & Chelsea
- North-south cycleway, Kensington High Street to Notting Hill, closes 12 June. It’s not very good (blog post), even if it claims to satisfy TfL’s new cycle route quality criteria.
- TfL’s east-west cycleway, across Holland Park into west London, closes 16 June. Before the consultation closed, the council pulled the rug and said it would oppose the scheme. Transport Cllr’s statement, and RBKC’s official submission to TfL.
- 7 June: decision on the Pembroke Square to Meanwhile Gardens quietway scheme, funded by £240k TfL funds. Usual objections, including confusion about segregated cycle lanes, but the council does say that “providing for cycling unlikely to lead to poor air quality” … which is odd, given its statements about the west London/ Holland Park route.
- Council’s press office re west London cycleway: position statement, and Cllr Thessalites’s statement, opposing TfL’s plans.
- Public Realm Ctte 17 June: The Environment lead’s report notes that the council has received £1.3m for air quality projects, focussing on clean walking routes. The Transport lead’s report includes a work about on-going safety plans for Exhibition Road, a Kensington High Street regeneration project, the council’s approach to commenting on TfL’s proposed west London cycleway (ie wait until residents complain at the open meeting on 13 June), and confusion from some residents about the council’s proposed north-south KHS to Notting Hill quietway scheme and the east-west TfL one.
- Full Council on 26 June, has a petition signed by 6,500 people regarding “save the Holland Park trees”, and the council’s statement rejecting TfL’s west London cycleway proposal.
- Kingston Town Ctte 4 June: has papers on the Gloucester Road / Cambridge Road junction proposal (recommendation to drop), and response to a petition from Manorgate residents asking for the street to be made access only.
- Enviro & Transport Ctte 25 June: focuses on air quality, with local reports and a hug-a-polar-bear motion from the Conservatives.
- GLA Budget Ctte 12 June: has the Q4 (Jan to March 2019) TfL report, giving the same data as went to the TfL Board last month. Cycling numbers are reported a quarter behind, so the report gives calendar 2018 data with an increase of 13.5% YoY in the congestion charge zone.
- Mayors Question Time 20 June: pdf file with questions.
- Selection of Mayor’s Questions & Answers from May:
- Melanie Cooper complaining about “speeding cyclists” on Battersea riverside, which TfL interpret as Nine Elms.
- Lots about Hammersmith Bridge.
- Possible improvements to CS1 ..
- West London cycleway consultation …
- Request to shift the protective barriers on London Bridge to provide more space for buses and cyclists – being discussed.
- Health Ctte 25 June: health and well being strategies for Merton.
- Sustainable Communities 27 June: one substantive paper about car parking charges.
Mitcham Common Conservators (Merton)
- Quarterly Conservators Meeting 12 June: has the minutes of the previous meeting in March with two items of note:
- Ongoing problem with drivers parking vehicles on Croydon Road’s shared-use pavement outside the Ravensbury public house – Merton Council is aware and (thus far) failed to stop it;
- Cryptic note about the proposed signalised crossing in the middle of the common at the junction of Croydon Road, Beddington Lane and Windmill Road. Merton Council proposes to join the shared-use pavements with pedestrian-only crossings. The minutes note “Merton [Council] had agreed in principle but to date a licence agreement had not been produced”. Merton Council’s LIP3 submission to TfL described this as a “pedestrian crossing” i.e. people cycling will be expected to dismount when attempting to cross between the sections of shared-use pavement.
- Consultation on dockless hire bikes closes 7 June.
- Consultation on movement strategy (e.g. what access motorised vehicles should have), closes 14 July. PDF paper explains.
- 11 June, Beddington & Wallington Local Ctte: has the 2019/20 LIP paper listing five projects, but not detail as they “have not been investigated fully”.
- 13 June, Sutton South Local Ctte, has the 2019/20 LIP paper listing two projects, including the words “encourage cycling”.
- 25 June, Carshalton Local ctte, also has a 2019/20 LIP paper with four projects (3x pedx, 1x 20mph).
- 27 June, Worcester Park local ctte, which – surprise – has a 2019/20 LIP paper with 3 projects (to “encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport”)
Transport for London – Consultations
- Consultation on 20 mph on red routes in central London. Closes 10 July.
- Five safer junction consultations, all close 25 July:
- Closed 21 June: Hackney to Isle of Dogs cycleway.
- Closed 16 June: west London cycleway, from Holland Park through Shephards Bush and Wood Lane. Now opposed by RBKC.
Transport for London – Freedom of Information Requests
- Roger Stocker has asked for the minutes of the Healthy Streets Portfolio Board meetings –answer due by 24 June.
- 23 May – info about number of Santander hire bike stations , now 785 but no new ones are planned.
- 29 May – types of road traffic surveys and related data for roads in Wandsworth.
- 31 May – out of station interchange (OSI) numbers for transfers between Underground stations.
- 31 May – info about London’s bus lanes – CSV file has narrative info about each, but no OS/GPS location data.
- 4 June – post-consultation concept designs for Cycleway CS9
- 13 June – TfL’s quietway funding for each London borough for 2019/20 (as at 25 May). I see £350,000 is going to Kensington & Chelsea for dabs of paint. Wandsworth BC has £60k for the works on Roe’ High Street and Danebury Avenue (so nothing to finish QW4 and QW5) , Richmond Council gets c£260k for what looks like Richmond Park to the Thames, and Merton to finish its ends of the New Malden to Raynes Park greenway. Nothing for Merton & Sutton to progress the Colliers Wood – Morden – St. Helier proposal.
- Transport Ctte 11 June:
- substantive paper proposing pilots of school streets at five primary schools and highways investigations at three others, including Burntwood Lane.
- The KPIs paper says that “TfL has cancelled the quietways programme” and that the Wandsworth to Teddington quietway QW21 “does not fall in the cycleways programme”. Only other cycling-related note is about the contraflows, saying that the residents of Twilley & Furmage are petitioning against the (very poorly implemented) contraflow.
- The petitions paper says the request for a bikehanger in Fernside Road was rejected as it didn’t have signatures from 51% of residents (that’s a high bar to achieve!).
- Unless the agenda is updated, this means the committee again makes no decision about finishing quietways Q4 and Q5, Priory Lane (results of the 2018 consultation), nor on-street bikehangers.
- Communities & Open Spaces 27 June: petition about trees on Garratt Lane. The council will plant more trees. I don’t think the petition was signed by 51% of the residents.
- 24 June, announces that a cycle contraflow will be re-installed in Twilley & Furmage Streets, giving another route between Garratt Lane and Kimber Road. This will be an experimental trial for six months. It was poorly installed in July 2018, with mispositioned road markings which were reported as dangerous. Overall, the contraflow comes five-and-half years after it was first proposed (blogpost) using TfL LIP funds.
- City Mngt Ctte 12 June: the transport report notes that 13 of the 19 bike hangers which went to consultation earlier this year will be installed, and other sites (will? may?) found for remaining six. Also, quietway routes continue to be under review as part of “rationalising the forward capital programme”. This phrasing is odd, as cycling quietway schemes are funded by TfL.
Centre for London
Uber’s traffic speed data
- Playable map, that gives average speeds, and lets you pick times of day/ days of week for spans of up to 3 months.
City of London
- 2 May, Policy & Resources Ctte: has the City’s final version of its Transport Strategy for approval, following consultation over the winter. Consultation reports went to Planning & Transport Ctte on 30 April.
- 17 May, Local Plans, Projects Sub-Ctte: focusses on the draft Local Plan and the feedback from recent consultation. Transport themes are similar to the Transport Strategy above.
- Commons Ctte 17 May– has more papers on designating Coulsdon, Nappy Valley and other south London commons as National Nature Reserves (item 10). (Also – way beyond my parish – item 16 is recommending a new “Pegasus crossing” within Epping Forest. You don’t see many of those!).
- 24 May, Planning & Transport Ctte: main item is a presentation by TfL about Ludgate Circus and vision zero. No papers attached, tho. There’s also a really nerdy paper about the maintenance costs and replacement of the St. Paul’s Inclinometer/funicular thing by the Millennium Bridge.
- 28 May, Streets Sub-Ctte: main topic is the City’s updated sports and physical activity strategy (thru to 2023), which pleasingly has more emphasis on physical activity for people with any ability, rather than just sport.
- 2 May, Streets Scrutiny Ctte: after the usual arguments about new and amended parking zones, item 10 is a proposal to introduce 8 additional school streets – ctte paper plus appendix. The proposal must have been approved, as the traffic order was issued on 23 May.
Crown Estates Paving Commission
- CEPC is responsible for the gates around Regents Park. Paul Gannon submitted an FOI request in February 2018 seeking all papers relating to the cycle route CS11. The Commissioners (mainly residents) appear to have been consistently – if politely – opposed to the scheme.
Department for Transport
- 14 May, DfT published a set of reports with 2018 traffic estimates. Main report (pdf) and cycling report (pdf).
- Report via tweet from a local councillor that HE have deferred a decision on its proposed A23 Hooley road widening project until July. After a consultation last year, HE made very minor tweeks to a very poor scheme in terms of active travel.
- Local Conservatives have started yet another anti-CS9/CW9 petition demanding Hounslow Council reject TfL’s plans. It’s getting quite tedious.
Kensington & Chelsea
- 1 May: New consultation open on plans for a north-south quietway/cycle way from Kensington High Street to Notting Hill (web page, with several PDFs). Not a lot of intervention other than a few speed bumps and bits of shared use pavement. The consultation survey closes 12 June 4 days before TfL’s west London cycleway consultation.
- 1 May, Leadership Team – interesting paper about CCTV enforcement of traffic offences, explaining the legal framework and the offences (mainly road signs) which can be enforced under civil powers. Focus is outside schools – 33 have complained about driver behaviour.
- 7 May, Public Realm Ctte, transport report includes:
- update on a 10 April workshop for the “Revitalising Kensington High Street” project – which has its own website. The webpage includes proposals for two parklets, but “Parklets normally take a parking space but we are proposing to put them on the pavement“. Same old RBKC – mustn’t upset motorists.
- Proposal for another quietway, going north from Kensington High Street. Details should be available from 1st May – see bullets above.
- The Healthy City Living Report has a piece on kids walking to school, which includes an informal hands-up survey with mode-share for school journeys.
- Scheduled decision with results of the proposed Pembridge Square to Meanwhile Gardens Cycleway “not before 5 June”.
- Scheduled decision on safety changes to Exhibition Road – not before 21 May, updated “not before 18 June” so now deferred from May, April and March … But in related news, the Department for Transport has (2nd May) authorised a non-standard traffic sign so that RBKC can denote parking spaces on Exhibition Road with metal studs on the carriageway. Why not just use paint?
- 15 May, Transport Ctte, focusses on tram and bus safety with interviewees from TfL.
- 16 May, Mayor’s Questions: listed Qs, most will get written answers. Qs about ASL enforcement, Hammersmith Bridge (lots), Camden-Tot’ham cycle route, ped crossing waiting times, active travel metrics (or not, they’re dropped), diversion of roads police to other duties, costs of the Rotherhithe – Isle of Dogs crossing, September’s clean air day, Swiss Cottage gyratory, request for improved CS1, … and a lot of virtue signalling about topics that the Mayor has no responsibility for.
- 21 May, GLA Budget and Performance Ctte, asks TfL about capital projects delivery. Will it ask about more than Crossrail?
- 22 May, Environment Ctte, kicks off a study looking at green spaces across London.
- 16 April: request for granular STATS19-like data for incidents involving cycle couriers.
- 16 April: answer (or rather not) regarding tickets to pavement-cyclists who are disabled. Met can’t answer question without manually checking each ticket’s record, but the answer does say 258 tickets were issued in 2018 across London for pavement cycling.
- 20 May: Enviro & Other Stuff Ctte, has one item – a very high level paper on how it might spend carbon offset levies, without stating much at all.
- Consultation about dockless bikes, closes 7 June.
- 20 March: decision “to encourage e-bike use” following committee papers earlier this year.
- 20 March: Local Implementation Plan (LIP) settlement with TfL for transport funding thru to 2022. Includes £800k for Beddington Lane, which leads to …
- 21 March: Decision/ Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire small parcels of land in Beddington Lane, to support the Beddington scheme.
- Wandle & Other Places Ctte, 2 May: the recommendations paper mentions tweaks to the cycle lane at Budge Lane (by the Goat Lane/ Middleton Road bridge over the River Wandle), but says the proposed redesign was consulted during Feb/March 2019 (seems it was by letter to local residents only). Local crew found the drawings – which show the new cycle & ped path will give way to motorists crossing the bridge – minor opportunity wasted.
Transport for London
- 1 May: consultation opens on new cycle route in West London east-west across RBKC and LBHF from Bayswater towards Old Oak Common. Lots of good bits. Closes 15 June.
- 2 May: report following consultation to changes to the A205 South Circular junction at Dulwich Common and Lordship Lane. While most respondees were supportive, the issues-raised report suggests that the design will be changed to reflect feedback regarding poor, proposed ped crossings.
- 9 May: consultation opens on (most of the) Hackney to (not quite) Isle of Dogs cycleway. Closes 21 June.
- 15 May, Programmes & Investment Ctte, with single pdf file with all papers. Main topic is contractual framework for ULEZ zone cameras/ enforcement from 2021.
- 22 May, TfL Board, everything is in a 7mb pdf file.
- Commissioner’s report refers to 120km of “constructed” quietway-type routes (although we know from earlier this year that constructed does not mean completed). Lots of works-in-progress updates.
- TfL’s budget/ops report states that TfL underspent the cycling infrastructure budget by £14m in 2018/19, reportedly due to CS11 and Oxford Street challenges. Cycling volumes in central London in 2018 were up by 13.5% over 2017.
- Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) scorecard has the usual Soviet-style statistics about junctions improved, crossing built, km-cycleways constructed.
- TfL’s webpage with lots of environmental reports such as air quality data.
Transport for London – Freedom of Information Requests
- 18 April – £11.6m has been spent to date on the Rotherhithe – Canary Wharf crossing, but a consultant’s environmental report won’t be available until the summer. Similar request answered in March’19 with more granular expenditure.
- London’s Vision Zero campaign team report that HMG Judiciary has recently published TfL’s response to the coroner’s report after the death of Lucia Ciccioli, who died cycling along Lavender Hill on 24 October 2016 at the junction outside the police station/ magistrates court. (Links to coroner’s file with original “report to prevent future deaths”).
- 24 May – Conservative administration has reshuffled Wandsworth’s Executive. Cllr Paul Ellis takes over strategic planning and transport. (Jon Cook is now deputy leader).