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 last of 2019′s if you’re short of stuff to read.
- Way outside my parish, but this one is fun. Brent Council have published the results of its first consultation about bike hangers – nine will initially be installed with public’s support (web page, pdf report). Usual objections, but the best is the complaint about bike hangers having “poor Feng Shui”. Officers’ responses to the complaints were polite but robust.
City of London
- 13 Jan, Commons Ctte, has a paper blessing the introduction of car parking charges for Farthings and Riddlesdown Commons, south of Croydon. The Super’s report for Epping Forest notes 11 deer were killed in DVCs – deer vehicle collisions – in Nov and Dec’19.
- 14 Jan, Transport Sub-Ctte has the final draft of the City’s Local Plan (big 10mb PDF, with planning policies) for approval, to then go to Grand Committee in March.
- 28 Jan, Planning & Transport, has a planning application for a new office & hotel complex on Holborn Viaduct with what is claimed to be Europe’s biggest green wall (planning file), and City generated a surplus of £13m from parking revenues last year.
- 29 Jan, Finance Sub-Ctte has an energy performance paper with KwH consumption for City buildings – Smithfields Market has the highest (18million kwh/year) and the Old Bailey courts use twice the energy of the city’s street lights.
- 30 Jan, City Bridge Trust Ctte disburses funds from the charity funded using bridge tolls. Recommended awards include one for the Wheels for Wellbeing charity to assist its work in Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon over the next five years.
Civil Aviation Authority
- Dec’19 – assessment of Heathrow Airport expansion’s cost models – now thinks 2029/30 might be more realistic delivery dates (web link and pdf report) due to phasing of early project costs over several more years.
- 27 Jan, Council, has a transport report noting 11 school streets (10 more planned for this summer) and progress on cycling parking (55 bike hangers in planning). Progress on “corridors” and remodelling dangerous junctions such as Lombard roundabout and Thornton Heath’s gyratory appears slow. Petition about ‘road rage’ on Sutherland Road (east of Lombard r/b)
Government / Department for Transport / Justice
- 28 Nov, road casualties July’18 to June’19.
- 6 Dec, Transport stats for 2018, with pdf report.
- 17 Dec, transport stats for 2019, with pdf report.
- 18 Dec, provisional road traffic stats for Oct’18 to Sept’19, with pdf report.
- Law Commission’s consultation (stage 2) on proposed laws for automated passenger vehicles closes on 2 Feb’20.
- 22 Jan, Sentencing Council surveying magistrates re clarifications to sentencing guidelines for offences including driving whilst disqualified and exceptional hardship. (Web page, consultation document & questions, Equal Treatment Bench Book).
Hammersmith & Fulham
- 22 Jan, Council, dominated by questions about Harwood Terrace (Qs for and against the experimental traffic order preventing rat-running). Unsurprisingly, Conservative councillors want the ETO dropped to allow rat-running pending a long-winded area traffic study.
House of Lords
- 14 Jan, first reading scheduled of a private member’s bill on dangerous cycling. Before Christmas, there was a ballot of Lords ideas for private members bills, and Conservative peer Baroness McIntosh of Pickering drew number 17. Anne McIntosh attempted to introduce the same bill in the last parliament, on 31 Oct’19. While the bill may be introduced again, at ballot number 17 it stands little chance of proceeding further without government support. Lady McIntosh has submitted several written questions to the Department for Transport – the answers showing there isn’t a serious problem to be solved. (Hansard record of bill being introduced on 14 Jan, Bill stages web page, Bill text (pdf).)
Kensington & Chelsea Council
- Exhibition Road safety changes. After treading water for 10 months, RBKC has published a plan to install new bollards, granite benches and re-sited parking spaces. The scheme will cost £1.25m and now appears focussed on stopping vehicle attacks on the museums and institutions. It does little for the original objective which was to reduce motorised vehicle speeds to the 20mph target, and give pedestrians more time to use the shared-space safely.
- 10 Jan, traffic order for contraflow cycling in 8x one-way streets, in places like back of Sloane Square.
- New consultation to make all borough roads 20mph. Website has lots of maps, accident stats and evidence papers. Closes 6 Feb.
- 9 Jan, Kingston town centre local ctte, has a healthy-streets paper for the north Kingston area (think of the bit to the SW of Richmond Park’s Kingston gate, bottom left corner). Residents are fed up with rat-running drivers trying to get to Richmond Park and demanded traffic calming measures. Proposals are a bit limp (ctte paper and map with proposals). Same papers go to Maldens & Coombe Ctte on 21 Jan.
- 16 Jan, South Borough local ctte, has a wayfinding proposal for Tolworth (nice idea, but greenwash after seeing TfL’s motor-centric plan to increase capacity through the roundabout), and a healthy streets assessment of the A243 Hook Road. Same papers go to Surbiton Ctte on 21 Jan.
- 13 Jan, Cabinet, includes updates to the Local Plan which sets the planning policies for sites and developments across the borough. The transport section and policies are updated to align with the transport strategy published autumn 2019. There’s also a set of papers on CIL revenues and requirements, which show a significant gap in funding for healthy streets-related policies.
- 22 Jan, Council. In written Q&As, council states its policy of1000 extra bike-hanger spaces over the council term, with 480 to be added by Jan 2020 (Q18).
- 27 Jan, consultation on healthy route plans from Brockwell Park to Gypsy Hill – survey closes 29 Feb.
- 17 Jan, interesting use of a traffic order to create £60 fine for engine idling (normal fine is £20). Explained in a Sept’18 council cabinet report.
London Assembly / Mayor of London
- Dec’19: The “Intend to publish” version of the London Plan (web page) with a 19mb PDF with 600 pages of maps and notes. Chapter 10, on healthy streets and transport, starts on page 462, sets out policies and standards for future developments.
- 16 Jan, Assembly press release responding to Mayor’s proposed budget. The PDF report highlights how transport projects have been delayed largely due to capex pressures & Crossrail.
- 8 Jan, Transport Ctte, has a panel discussion on accessible transport.
- 16 Jan, Mayor’s Questions has the January questions submitted by Assembly Members. Most will get written answers during February.
- 4 Feb, Transport Ctte, has TfL Commissioner Mike Brown for a discussion. Also has an agreement with London Travelwatch about its governance.
- 6 Feb, Plenary looks at the draft London Plan (lots of heavy pdf attachments) which will provide master planning policies for the new few years.
- 20 Dec, council has scheduled a decision by 24 Feb’s Cabinet about open water swimming in the Wimbledon Park lake. Before Christmas, the 2020/21 budget proposals included £200k for works on the lake (13 Nov, Scrutiny Ctte, page 67 of the forward plan).
- 27 Jan, Cabinet, with November’s finance report. Nearly £5m 2019/20 spend in the enviro & regen budget has been ‘reprofiled’ into 2020/21. £10k of cycling cash gets reprofiled (‘cycle access and parking, £17k – £10k = £7k), but more interesting is £55k for the Figges Marsh bus priorty scheme – work completes in Jan’20, so why reprofile £55k into next FY?
- 5 Feb, full council, has a proposal to change Fixed Penalty Notice bands for driving offences (parking, yellow boxes etc.) from band B to band A. Rationale is that band B isn’t a deterrent, as offences have increased 25% over the last few years to 68,500.
- 6 Feb, Sustainable Communities, lots of budget papers, plus a summary of the LIP settlement with TfL which includes the 2018/19 LIP2 output report.
Metropolitan Police – Freedom of Information
- Great FOI by Mark Treasure – breakdown of road traffic offences on cycle route CS2, which shows >90% of the stops are cycling offences. This contradicts the answer given by the Mayor of London to the Assembly Member Russell that police activity was balanced based on road danger risk.
- 10 Jan: Knuckle-draggers asks Met for cost of vegetarian food to feed Extinction Rebellion detainees.
- 23 Dec: NIPs for camera speeding offences (with highest speed), traffic offence speeding (with highest speed), no insurance and mobile phone use in 2018.
- Consultation on transport-related planning policies, closes 27 Jan’20. Documents are linked thru the survey. Lots of stuff on paving your front garden to make a car park.
- 13 Jan, Enviro & Sustainability, has 9 papers with actions relating to climate emergency strategy for 2019-24. There’s a lot of actions …
- 27 Jan, Transport & AQ Ctte, has the results of the East Sheen low traffic neighbourhood consultation – all option rejected by residents (with their Conservative cllrs), and experimental orders will be unwound (report, 2mb pdf).
- 29 Jan, Planning, has the application for the Stag Brewery site at Mortlake, which has attracted a lot of objections.
Road Safety Trust
- Interesting collection of research papers on road safetyg. whether removing centre-line road markings improves cyclists’ safety.
Surrey County Council
- Opened a consultation, closing 16 Feb’20, on the Ride London cycling event from 2021 to 2016. NIMBYs are frothing, while cycling advocates are predicting gloom and doom. There’s a package of SCC papers from back in 2018, where the council stated its support in principle through to 2026, and did state there’d be a public consultation. The papers include a list of the then £2.6m shared with Surrey charities, which now totals £4m.
- 7 Jan, Housing Ctte, has several papers with the Sutton town centre design guide. Lots of good ideas, many citing examples from across Europe. Big PDFs (ctte paper, 9mb design guide, and a sustainable travel gateways map prepared in response to TfL’s feedback on the initial draft guide). Map is a bit odd, as it doesn’t show walking or cycling links to the main railway station, but there’s lot of good ped & cycle stuff in the design guide.
- 20 Jan, Council, has the proposed London-wide bylaw on dockless bikes. On similar admin lines is a paper delegating authority to the London Council’s transport ctte to manage EV charging points.
Transport for London
- Mid-December: the 2019 Travel in London report (12th edition) is out – 14mb PDF with 280 pages of stats and analysis.
- 18 Dec, Finance, has a bundle of papers including the finance report up to mid-November (revenue is falling vs budget) and a big pdf with the results of the taxi fares consultation. Lots of info in the taxi paper e.g. black cab journeys have fallen over the last 10 years from c 185k/day to c109k/day. There’s a new TfL business plan (document (8mb pdf), a presentation (5mb pdf) and capital strategy) with a big focus on Crossrail-challenged finances. Lots of stuff about implementing the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (sustainable travel) and Vision Zero.
- New consultation on ped, cycle and bus improvements between Greenwich and Woolwich – closes 16 Feb.
- 9 Jan, results of the 2018 Tooting Town Centre consultation, which has taken a predictable shoeing (web page and pdf report). The 20mph zone goes ahead with some of the minor proposals, but the big junctions outside Tooting Broadway and Tooting Bec underground stations will be redesigned again. If it’s anything like Nine Elms (where plans for the west end with Battersea Park Road were also criticised), it could be a long time before TfL and Wandsworth Council agree a revised plan.
- 22 Jan, TfL Board, has a 19mb bundle of PDF papers.. Commissioner’s Report starts on pdf pg 31 (numbered 27). Nothing new, but a couple of interesting points in the semantics: design work to replace the Lambeth Bridge roundabouts is complete and due to be published with the consultation reports in spring 2020, and there’s an ongoing review of the strategic case for Croydon Fiveways (probably following the query from independent reviewers last year).
- 24 Jan, traffic order instructing people cycling off Northumberland Avenue to use the CS3 cycle track on Victoria Embankment, and if cycling off the CS3 track to only access Northumberland Avenue.
- From the TfL archives, 2006’s “Effect of side raised entry treatments on road safety in London” (Copenhagen-style crossings).
Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests
- 22 Dec, (cabbie?) D Little asks TfL for complaints and accidents at Ludgate Circus (similar FOI to City of London). In Dec’19, TfL and the City changed the traffic lights to ban left-turns off Ludgate Hill into New Bridge St, to give peds more time to cross.
- 20 Dec, safety reports for Elephant & Castle, post-changes.
- 14 Jan, new request by Roger Stoker for a breakdown of TfL’s recent cycle parking announcement. Answer due for mid-Feb.
- 10 Jan, request for safety audits for the CS9 route.
- 14 Jan, reply regarding collisions and safety improvements on the A23 Streatham High Road. Hint about segregated cycle tracks from Streatham Hill into Brixton Hill.
- 16 Jan, info about where TfL leafletted residents about the Tolworth roundabout proposal. Answer looks like spitting distance either side of the r/b.
- Consultations on school-street closures – all close 7 February – Alderbrook, Furzedown, Earlsfield, Penwortham and Hillbrook.
- 9 Jan – results of TfL’s Tooting centre consultation – see above.
- 23 Jan, Finance Scrutiny – environmental & climate change stuff often goes to finance committee due to cross-council scope. Agenda includes an enviro & sustainability action plan (ctte paper, action plan and emissions analysis). Dozens of actions covering all the usual stuff, including yet another cycling strategy. Agenda also includes new additions to the capital budget (includes contraflow cycling in one-way streets, updated Nine Elms funding, yet more cash for the Trewint St bridge), and the overall capital budget.
- 6 Feb, Strategic Planning & Transport, a huge agenda with lots of interesting things. There’s 60mb of papers, so click through to the agenda for the detail. Includes:
- West end of Nine Elms / Battersea Park Road – complex paper saying that WBC will work with TfL to get a solution, supporting TfL’s contracting process to secure design & construction to follow-on from the east and middle sections. Looks like construction could start late 2021 …
- Recommendation to make the Furmage & Twilley one-way cycle contraflow permanent.
- Paper and report from consultants WSP for Garratt Lane, recommending stepped cycle tracks for the whole length from Wandsworth to Tooting, lots of low-traffic neighbourhood interventions and a 20mph limit.
- Similar paper, in style, from WSP for the Queenstown corridor from Wandsworth Road up to Chelsea Bridge. Again, more radical options.
- Battersea Church Road: options to make this bus-and-cycle only as a through road from Battersea Bridge Road to Battersea Square, giving residents access from one end only.
- A £35million proposal to rebuild Battersea Park station!
- Plus car clubs (WBC thinks its 29,000 residents make theirs the biggest in the country), Thessally Road and West Putney traffic studies.
- 16 Jan, Budget Task Force, has high-level capital budgets for the next five years. Transport section shows big capital allocations thanks to parking fees, and TfL LIP grants. Projects include c£5m for London Cycle Grid, which is a lot for painting bicycles on traffic dominated streets.
- 21 Jan, CIL Ctte spends cash on various projects, including £162k to put glorified hanging baskets on 16 lamp posts to pretend that they’re trees (yes, £10,000 for each one).
- 29 Jan, City Mngt, enviro report notes the clear air consultation, bike hanger installation and headine results of the 20mph consultation where 2/3rds of respondees are supportive.
- 28 Jan, Planning Ctte, includes the current Taxi House in Paddington for conversion to hotel. The LTDA sold the site in Feb’19 for £21million and have bought a new site in SE1.