Sutton Cycle Forum April 2017

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Overview

The second Sutton Cycle Forum of 2017 (and the sixth since the borough’s Cycling Strategy was approved in November 2015, and subsequently published in February 2016) took place on 4 April 2017 (at the offices of Sutton Council, Denmark Road). Our notes on the previous forum meeting, held on 10 January 2017, were published in two parts: Inspiring vision and then… the reality, and Cycle Forum highlights issues to be addressed.

Lynn Robinson, Leigh Gravenor and Hitesh Wadher attended on behalf of Kingston and Sutton Shared Services. Leigh chaired the meeting again (as he had done for the first time in January), and it was good to welcome Hitesh, Senior Professional Engineer (with responsibility for the St Helier, Wandle Valley, The Wrythe, Sutton North, Sutton Central, and Sutton West wards) to his first Cycle Forum meeting. With Cllr. Manuel Abellan, Cycling Champion, in attendance too, there was a definite impression that the Forum was subtly changing and evolving into a more progressive body. Cycling groups were represented by John Kinnear, Charles Martin, Colin Quemby, Shirley Quemby and Chris Rutland.

Agenda – what was on it, and what was missing from it?

The agenda for the 4 April 2017 Cycle Forum read as follows:

  1. Minutes of meeting held on 10 January 2017
  2. Schemes update – Neighbourhood Engineers
  3. 2017/18 Local Implementation Plan – discussion of schemes
  4. Bikeability update
  5. Date of next meeting
  6. Any Other Business

There was again disappointment that the borough’s Cycling Strategy (and issues relating to this, such as the commitment by the council to establish of an internal Cycling Advisory Group), was not a specific agenda item. Also missing from the agenda was any mention of Sutton’s first Quietway. This was surprising, as well as disappointing, because the development of the Quietway is potentially the most significant intervention for cycling the borough has ever seen. The opportunity was therefore taken, under Any Other Business, to ask about both of these items.

It had also been anticipated that, as mentioned at the last Cycle Forum in January, there would be a discussion on the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan (part of the Local Plan, Sutton 2031). This did not materialise either. (See ‘Sutton 2031 – planning for the future‘ and ‘Sutton 2031 – is cycling part of the picture?‘ for our response to the consultation).

In terms of the Cycling Strategy, it was noted (in any other business) that the first annual review will be included as part of the Sustainable Transport Strategy’s second annual review (due to be presented to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee in June 2017). An internal Cycling Advisory Group had not been established, but it was noted that “Sustainable Transport Strategy meetings do happen infrequently”. Officers agreed (as an action point) that, “instead of just cycling”, the council should “look at how the new Healthy Streets Approach can be promoted internally through Sustainable Transport Strategy meetings or other similar meetings”. A thought on this, is that perhaps what is really required is an internal Cycling Advisory Group that has external expertise.

At this point in time, therefore, our recommendation that the council delivers on two of the Cycling Strategy’s pledges (to establish an internal Cycling Advisory Group, and to ensure (and declare) that all officers involved with the commissioning and designing of highways, transport and public realm schemes, are fully aware of current cycle design standards) has not been taken forward.

As to how the Quietway was progressing, it was all still rather quiet (the leading item in our March 2017 newsletter – available from our Newsletters page – had reported on this). It was noted, as an action point for the meeting, to request that Sustrans (the lead partner for the Quietway) provided the group with an update.

It was an oversight, on the part of all Forum attendees, not to ask for news about the Tharp Road residents’ petition for the conversion of the street to one-way. For background on this, see ‘No Room for bikes: how Tharp Road could show borough-wide failure over cycling‘ (Get Sutton Cycling, January 2017).

What messages are we currently getting from the Cycle Forum?

On reviewing the Schemes Update (agenda item 2 – see below), specifically relating to Westmead Road and Green Wrythe Lane, it is evident that:

  1. the views expressed in our responses to consultations can be ignored or overlooked, and
  2. feedback to our consultation responses is not provided, so the reasons that our views go unheeded is never publicly stated

So a double-whammy. It appears that some of our responses are being effectively overlooked. Plus, the reasons for this are not being not being given! In future, it would very much be appreciated if council officers were to acknowledge our consultation responses and, as appropriate, provide a written statement outlining the reasons as to why our suggestions have been disregarded.

There are other areas where the council needs to try a little harder. For example, a year ago, at the March 2016 Cycle Forum, a request was made for the provision of cycle parking at the various venues used for the Local Committee meetings across the borough. As noted in ‘Schemes Update (agenda item 2)’ below, there has been little progress on this to date. It is recognised that, in many cases, the venues are privately run and owned, and therefore subject to negotiation. Nevertheless, the time it takes to deliver cycle parking at key locations such as these (or, alternatively, the time it takes to provide a reason why this cannot be achieved), is really a litmus test of the council’s aspirations for cycling.

An improving situation

Despite these concerns that the Forum was still not fully focussing on the council’s strategic aims and objectives for cycling, the April 2017 meeting definitely had a new feel to it. Proceedings ended on a generally more positive note than has often been the case in the recent past.

One good news item to come from the meeting was that Cllr Manuel Abellan agreed to arrange to meet with interested parties and visit Bute Road in the coming weeks to consider the options relating to the proposed Wallington North/South cycle route scheme. (For details of the scheme, see ‘2017/18 LIP Discussion of schemes, agenda item 3’ below). The scheme as currently proposed, to include the provision of a crossing for the busy A232, is totally inadequate and will benefit no one (with the possible exception of the proponents). The cycle tour that subsequently took place towards the end of June 2017 is discussed in Bute Road, the A232 and how to spend some money (Get Sutton Cycling, July 2017).

Another good news item that was reported this time was that the 70-metre long path, linking the ‘North Cheam to Worcester Park Cycleway’ with Boscombe Road (Open Street Map and Google Streetview), has been substantially upgraded (with barriers removed) to make it far more suitable for cycling. A only disappointment on hearing this news was that the council had not informed us at the time the upgrade had been delivered. We would like to suggest that the council be a little more proactive in future, and let us know when something worthwhile has been delivered! The story had began in 2014, or earlier, see Worcester Park footway: improvements and designation as cycle route (Get Sutton Cycling, October 2014). 

Finally, of course, it is good to know that some of the proposals (or variations of them) that were put forward as part of the May 2014 election campaign ‘Space for Cycling’ (see ‘Space for Cycling: actions points for Sutton‘ (Get Sutton Cycling, July 2014)) now feature on in the schemes list for the year ahead (see ‘2017/18 LIP Discussion of schemes, agenda item 3’ below).
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Schemes Update (agenda item 2)

The Schemes Update provides the description and progress of schemes relating to the 2016-17 LIP corridors programme.

These April 2016 to March 2017 schemes had been presented to local committees during the spring/summer of 2015, and to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 17 September 2015 (see report ‘Local Implementation Plan Funding 2016/2017 Transport Submission’ (dated 17 September 2015), Appendix A ‘Summary of Schemes for funding in 2016/17 and Reserve List’, and Appendix B ‘MTS Goals and Outcomes, Borough’s transport objectives’).

The information supplied below, under ‘Description’, ‘Funding’ and ‘Local Committee’ headings (for the schemes listed up to (and including) the Stafford Road/Woodcote Road scheme) have, for expediency, been copied from Cycle Forum highlights issues to be addressed (the second part of our notes to the January 2017 Cycle Forum). ‘Work programme progress’, ‘Comment’ and Action’ details have been taken from the minutes to the April Cycle Forum received on 31 May 2017. [Supplementary information and comments are shown in parenthesis or square brackets].


Brighton Road / Cotswold Road (Belmont)

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Description: Feasibility study to look at how this junction could be improved. Also to investigate traffic and road improvements around the Sutton Hospital site. To improve safety at the junction. To improve pedestrian facilities. To have a proposal that could be funded from future development in the area.

Work programme progress: Consultants WSP working on the junction designs. (No change on the update provided in January 2017 “With consultants”).

Funding 2016/17: £30,000

Local Committee: Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont

Officer: LR

Comment: SQ asked that the option of re-routing Cotswold Road across the allotments site be investigated.

Action: Share designs with Cycle Forum for comment. Share key dates.


Mill Lane / Butter Hill Junction (Carshalton Central)

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Description: Improving crossing facilities. To improve safety of pedestrians crossing Mill Lane.

Work programme progress: Designs being worked on presently. (No change on the update provided in January 2017 “Design stage”).

Funding 2016/17: £25,000

Local Committee: Carshalton and Clockhouse

Officer: YD

Comment: (See Projects Update January 2017)

Action: YD to share designs with Cycle Forum


Ruskin Road (Carshalton Central ward)

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Description: New zebra crossing and upgrade path in the Ornamental Gardens. To provide a link between Carshalton Park to Talbot Road for cyclists and pedestrians.

Work programme progress: Consultation on parallel crossing complete – work began w/c 20/03/17. Was realigned to not direct cyclists straight toward tree.

Funding 2016/17: £30,000

Local Committee: Carshalton and Clockhouse

Officer: YD

Comment: CR observed drivers (on Ruskin Road) are ignoring the cycle crossing.

Action: None


Woodmansterne Road Footpath (Carshalton South and Clockhouse)

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Description: New shared use footway from Metcalfe Avenue to the entrance to the Diamond Riding Centre. To provide a link between Metcalfe Avenue and Oaks Park.

Work programme progress: Footpath at the design stage. (No change on the update provided in January 2017 “Design stage”).

Funding 2016/17: £45,000

Local Committee: Carshalton and Clockhouse

Officer: YD

Comment: (As Projects Update January 2017: a welcome footway extension to Metcalfe Avenue. But not a robust cycling facility, in any shape or form). 

Action: YD to say whether designs require sharing with Cycle Forum.


Westmead Road / Ringstead Road Junction Footpath (Carshalton Central)

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Description: Junction improvement. Anti skid surfacing to Westmead Road, entry treatment in Ringsted Road, kerb works. To improve road safety. To improve facilities for pedestrians.

Work programme progress: Mini-roundabout had been consulted on but cyclists were still concerned at restricted visibility from Ringstead Road towards Carshalton. Comments noted and layout amended.

Funding 2016/17: £44,000

Local Committee: Carshalton and Clockhouse

Officer: YD

Comment: CQ expressed concern over the parking close to the roundabout.

(CM questioned the requirement to include speed (or traffic) cushions in the overall design here. As noted in the comment to this item in part two of the notes to the January 2017 Forum, Get Sutton Cycling had responded to the designs for this intersection on 11 January 2017 (copied to Rob Hunter, Senior Engineer, Regeneration and Parking Team; and Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee: “Traffic calming that uses cushions (which probably have little effect especially when situated between a traffic island and the kerb enabling drivers just to straddle them) are a form of vertical deflection that has an impact on those cycling. The London Cycling Design Standards (TfL, December 2014) reflects this in Chapter Three ‘Streets and spaces’, section 3.5 ‘Physical Traffic calming’. “… methods of traffic calming that are a problem to cyclists should be avoided….”. These include “..vertical deflections such as rumble-strips and speed humps that destabilise cyclists or force them to lose momentum”. Westmead Road forms part of the London Cycle Network route 75, and so to propose cushions here is particularly not acceptable.” Vertical deflections will result in a reduced Cycling Level of Service score (LCDS). Evidence on the effectiveness that these cushions will have in this particular location (close to traffic island in the case of Westmead Road) would be welcomed).

Action: YD to check if parking is being reorganised as part of scheme. Provide key dates.


Green Wrythe Lane (Wandle Valley)

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Description: Corridor scheme between Middleton Circle and Bishopsford Road. To improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Work programme progress: Informal consultation on northern section now complete. Decision was taken to go ahead [despite Get Sutton Cycling response not in support] . The scheme commenced on site 27/03/17. Widening and resurfacing of the existing path.

Funding 2016/17: £100,000

Local Committee: St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley

Officer: HW

Comment: CM disappointed that designs again involved shared pavements, saying this was not the standard expected. [Clarification: More than just disappointed about the shared pavement aspect. Get Sutton Cycling submitted a response to the informal consultation, documented here, on 17 January 2017. As part of that response, which was not in support of the scheme proceeding, reference was made to the top three guiding principles from the LCDS. These are: (1) Cycling is now mass transport and should be treated as such; (2) Facilities must be designed for larger numbers of users; (3) Cycles must be treated as vehicles not as pedestrians]. Did agree that there had been benefits to parents and children travelling to local school. [Clarification: this was in reference to the recent (2016) footway conversion by St John’s Road and St James Road, with the associated widening of the pavement, and how this could have benefits for anyone walking or scooting (clearly – because there is more space provided). However, the benefits of more space for walking may be diminished due to the inconvenience of sharing that space with people cycling. Footway conversion is not a robust cycling facility in any shape or form].

CM said there were still issues with parking on pavement.

Action: HW consider monitoring options for scheme to see how well used.


All Saints / High Street (Sutton North)

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Description: Pedestrian Facilities. (Study being carried out in 2015/16.) To reduce pedestrian casualties. To provide a safe route to All Saints School, Benhilton

Work programme progress: Light controlled junction in consultation. CTC questioned proposals. Consultation completed. Shared path element dropped because of negative feedback. Will implement staggered pelican crossing still. Work to commence mid to end May.

Funding 2016/17: £100,000

Local Committee: Sutton

Officer: HW

Comment: CQ pointed out that the crossing would be of little use without a way for cyclists to access it without getting off their bikes.

CM said the staggered nature of the crossing was disappointing as he thought it would be possible to allow pedestrians a single straight crossing.

HW pointed out that the timings of signals had to align with TfL requirements.

SQ said right filter signal detection has been an issue. HW has reported this. Hope some equipment changes as part of scheme will sort this out.

[Officers said this scheme was designed by external consultants (?)]

Action: HW to check with TfL regarding the right filter signal issue and whether this will be addressed.


Lower Road / Benhill Road (Sutton Central)

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Description: Speed tables and improved pedestrian crossing facilities. To improve crossing facilities for pedestrians.

Work programme progress: A roundabout scheme. Consultation ended 19/03/17. Needs sign off from Cllrs and programme to start mid-May.

Funding 2016/17: £35,000

Local Committee: Sutton

Officer: HW

Comment: CR was concerned that the introduction of a mini-roundabout was not tackling the real problem of too much traffic.

HW said scheme will tackle give way issues.

SQ said she hadn’t seen consultation.

Action: HW to check whether CTC had been sent consultation


Stafford Road / Woodcote Road (Wallington South)

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Description: Safety Scheme Investigation. To reduce pedestrian casualties.

Work programme progress: Safety scheme being investigated. This scheme at the Stafford Road junction is still in the feasibility stage and therefore has not been designed yet. Forum agreed that this scheme should link with the North/South Wallington cycle route scheme crossing Stafford Rd.

Funding 2016/17: £20,000

Local Committee: Beddington and Wallington

Officer: YD

Comment: CM asked about the Woodcote Road loading bay near the scheme and whether new traffic order is being enforced.

Action: YD to provide more info on designs and how link will be made with the N/S cycle route. YD to provide more info on the enforcement of the loading bay restrictions.


Felnex site, Hackbridge (Wandle Valley)

Local Committee: St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley

Progress: Concern was expressed at the design. It was felt it would encourage rat running, collisions and speed. The accommodation works have already started this week, although activities on the highway will begin in the next two weeks

Comment: CQ worried that designs encourage conflict between users, e.g. shared pavements. Doesn’t believe cycle route through development is up to standard. CM referred to the Cycling Strategy and the road user hierarchy. Asked how this will be enforced in the new development. [For more on the Felnex site, see Felnex Redevelopment – an acid test for cycling (Get Sutton Cycling, June 2016) and Felnex crossing and Hackbridge parking (Get Sutton Cycling, November 2016)]

Action: LG to confirm key dates for development and whether there is an opportunity to influence designs still.


Cycle stand locations

Description: Boroughwide

Work programme progress: Design stage

Funding 2016/17: £5,000

Local Committee: All

Officer: LR

Progress: Still waiting for St Anthonys to reply. More stands installed at Station Road Belmont and Cheam Park. No response from St Anthonys. 3 stands are ready for the hall and 3 outside the café for the hospice. [Spire St Anthony’s Hospital is a private hospital in Cheam, and also one of the venues used by the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee – also see ‘comment’ below in regard to cycle parking provision at these locations].

Comment: SQ highlighted that several cycle stands have been removed near the ASDA at the bottom of Sutton High Street. LR explained that as part of the Market Place Scheme cycle stands have been removed and this is only temporary. More to go in when finished. Need final designs. CM requested cycle stands at all Local Committee locations. [Our request for the provision of cycle parking at the various venues used for the local committee meetings across the borough was first requested at the Cycle Forum in March 2016].

Action:  LR to check final designs for cycle parking in Market Place Scheme to ensure no net loss. LR to see whether can install cycle stands at all Local Committee locations.


Cycle shelters

Progress: Dover Gardens Bikehangar installed and being used [instigated August 2015, installed November 2016]. Working on 3 other Bikehangar locations – Clarence Road, Camborne Road and Landseer Road.

Comment: SQ suggested Mulgrave Rd as a future location for a Bikehangar. Current flyparking seen at this site.

Action:  LR to update Forum on progress toward installing next 3 Bikehangars.

LR to consider putting Mulgrave Rd site on reserve list for when funding becomes available.


TfL report summary

Progress: Beddington & Wallington committee wanted to know progress on TfL report. [The background on this has been presented in an number of posts, including Major cycling schemes for TfL roads to be presented to councillors (Get Sutton Cycling, October 2015), and Beddington and Wallington agree that cycling proposals be presented to TfL (Get Sutton Cycling, December 2015)]. Report was sent to TfL and they have confirmed that there is no funding available to progress these schemes at this time. They are looking at the section of the A217 near Glastonbury Road [Reigate Avenue, Sutton North (Glastonbury Road, St Helier)].

Comment: LR explained that TfL had suggested Sutton approach the ‘cycling team’ at TfL regarding funding. May be funding through Healthy Streets Approach.

Action: YD to update and give feedback to committee.


LIP 2017/18 Discussion of schemes (agenda item 3)

The Forum were taken through nine of the LIP schemes planned for 2017/18. Five of these schemes were categorised as ‘cycling schemes’. Cycling Attendees were asked for their input into the schemes, and some initial thoughts were provided.

Schemes to be funded and delivered between April 2017 and March 2018 had been presented to local committees during the spring/summer of 2016. At the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 15 September 2016, the report ‘Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the 2017/18 Budget’ (dated 15 September 2016), along with Appendix A ‘Scheme List’, Appendix B ‘Reserve List’, Appendix C ‘Mayor’s Transport Strategy Outcomes’, were presented to committee members.

The notes here are essentially those as provided in the minutes to the April Cycle Forum (received on 31 May 2017), and are presented in the order detailed in the minutes. However, for completeness, additional information, taken from Appendix A ‘Scheme List’ of the aforementioned Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the 2017/18 Budget document, is also given. This includes the ‘Category’; ‘Description’; ‘Statement of need and comments’; ‘Indicative funding’ and ‘Local Committee’ details. Further additions are either shown in parenthesis or square brackets.

Note that two of the 2017/18 schemes detailed on Appendix A ‘Scheme List’, and categorised as cycling schemes, were only discussed indirectly (i.e. in relation to other schemes) at the Cycle Forum in April. These were Camden Road contra-flow (mentioned as part of the Denmark Road discussion), and the Wallington North-South cycle route (mentioned in reference to both the Bridge Road and Roundshaw Downs schemes). Also, there was no discussion on a listed third scheme, Nonsuch Park. Details of these three schemes have been included at the end of the list for information.


Denmark Road (The Wrythe)

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Category: Safer routes to school

Description: At school arrival and leaving times the road is congested with parents dropping off/picking up pupils. This is compounded by the presence of the Council car park which is used by parents to park and then walk their children into the school grounds. The car park is on the opposite side of the road to the school and therefore a lot of pedestrians cross near North Street junction. The result is a lot of cars and pedestrians within the same road space.

Statement of need and comments: To introduce a pedestrian crossing or investigate other proposals that may remedy the situation Scheme purpose to increase cycling and walking mode share.

Indicative funding 2017/18: £50,000

Local Committee: St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley

Harris Academy, Denmark Road. Aim to address busy school drop off/pick up periods. Parking issues and lots of vehicle movements.

Action: Ensure designs take into account Camden Road scheme and join everything up.

[Note that the Camden Road (The Wrythe) scheme (a contra-flow), which was not discussed directly at April Cycle Forum), featured in the Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ (May 2014) “Improvements are required to the Colston Avenue/West Street roundabout, and these could be linked with the introduction of two-way cycling on Camden Road”. Also see notes to Camden Road (contra-flow) below].


Foresters Drive (Beddington South)

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Category: Accident Reduction Schemes

Description: This section of highway has had 6 accidents in the last 3 years. The junction with Sandy Lane South and Waterer Rise has had minor improvements over the years but complaints are still received from road users. The road has a 30mph speed limit with an average carriageway width of 9m. There is currently a proposal to introduce hatching along the length of road as a speed reducing measure.

Statement of need and comments: Introduce measures such as layout improvements to the junction with Sandy Lane South and improvements to the junction with Mollison Drive. Introduce a safer crossing point on Mollison Drive between The Newlands and Mollison Drive as this section has an existing cycle route.

Indicative funding 2017/18: £40,000

Local Committee: Beddington and Wallington

Foresters Drive – This section of highway has had 6 accidents in the last 3 years. The junction with Sandy Lane South and Waterer Rise has had minor improvements over the years but complaints are still received from road users. CllrA went with YD on a site visit.

Action: Come up with suggestions for improvements and share with Forum.

[Note: Foresters Drive featured in the Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ (May 2014): “Features could include protected space on Mollison Drive and Foresters Drive, two-way cycling on streets that are currently designated one-way (e.g. Link Lane), safe junctions, Greenway cycle links between Overhill Road and Imperial Way and between Plough Lane and Lancastrian Road, the introduction of area-wide 20mph (but removal of road humps), and road closures to through motor traffic”].


Bridge Road (Wallington North / Wallington South)

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Category: Cycling Schemes

Description: Bridge Road is closed to traffic by rows of bollards at each end. Vehicular access is still required for maintenance of the street lighting and bridge. It is a pedestrian and cycle route with footway joining each end.

Statement of need and comments: The local cycling groups would like to have a better junction with Ross Parade. The road layout including yellow lines needs improving as there is a giveway at Ross Parade that is not obeyed because the bridge arm looks as though it is closed off but there should be priority for cyclists. Scheme purpose to increase cycling mode share.

Indicative funding 2017/18: Change road markings – £5,000

Local Committee: Beddington and Wallington

Forum requested scheme takes into account N/S cycle route.

Action: Consider the N/S cycle route through Wallington within this scheme.

[Note: Bridge Road featured in the Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ (May 2014): “A re-assessment of Ross Parade/Bridge Road/Clarendon Road/Ross Road will be required to ensure that the traffic-free Bridge Road interfaces well with the trafficked streets. Something more than simply making changes to road markings is required. If only changes to road markings are required, why has this not already been completed? Note the £5,000 funding allocation here, compared with £50,000 for a path in Sutton Common recreation ground (next item).]

Note on the proposed north/south cycle through Wallington: The ‘Scheme List’, which was Appendix A to the report ‘Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the 2017/18 Budget’ (dated 15 September 2016), reported….


Sutton Common Recreation Ground (Stonecot)

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Category: Cycling Schemes

Description: This scheme has been requested by the Friends of Sutton Common. They supports the NCN208 route to the North of their park and have now suggested a link to the pavilion at Sutton Common Road

Statement of need and comments: To install a new 2.5m tarmac path to be shared with pedestrians and cyclists approximately 240m long. Scheme purpose to increase cycling mode share.

Indicative funding 2017/18: £50,000

Local Committee: Beddington and Wallington

(A path on) Sutton Common – requested by the Friends of Sutton Common. They support NCN208 route to the North of park and have suggested a link to the pavilion at Sutton Common Road.

Comment: SQ asked whether the new cycle path would link to Greenways route.

Action: Ensure the new path links to the Greenway route in this area.


Green Lane (Worcester Park)

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Category: Cycling Schemes

Description: Provide a 3m wide tarmac path 220m long for shared use between pedestrians and cyclists between the end of the tarmac o/s Green Lane School and the turning area o/s Green Lane riding stables.

Statement of need and comments: Green Lane is a Byway Open to All Traffic that is on the definitive map and statement but is closed to vehicles north of Green Lane Primary. The path is unmade and wide but narrowed by vegetation. It is used regularly by horses so the surface is churned up. The status of the ownership of the land is unknown or Thames Water. Scheme purpose to increase cycling mode share.

Indicative funding 2017/18: £100,000

Local Committee: Cheam North and Worcester Park

Green Lane – Provide a 3m wide tarmac path 220m long for shared use between pedestrians and cyclists between the end of the tarmac o/s Green Lane School and the turning area o/s Green Lane riding stables.

Comment: CQ wished to split the path to keep horses separate. LR said this would require more funding next year.

[Note: this scheme links in with the North Cheam to Worcester Park Cycleway Phase 1 and 2 (Worcester Park). It was good to learn that the link path between the cycleway and Boscombe Road has been upgraded]. 


Roundshaw Downs (Beddington South)

Open Street Map and Google Streetview

Category: Cycling schemes

Description: New 1km long 2.5m wide shared use path from Overhill Road to Wilsons School, & 750m new path between Overhill Road and Imperial Way, & Lancastrian Road to Imperial Way.

Statement of need and comments: The Council owns Roundshaw Downs which is a large area of open space running parallel with Mollison Drive which has the potential for an off road greenways route linking to Croydon and Wallington. Scheme purpose to increase cycling mode share.

Indicative funding 2017/18: £45,000

Local Committee: Beddington and Wallington

Roundshaw Downs scheme not going ahead.

Forum agreed that money should be reallocated to the Wallington North/South Cycle Route. Want to see that this scheme addresses the following:

  • Look at filtering (traffic around schools)
  • Expand east west connections from route.
  • Improve A232 crossing – Bute Road joins Croydon Road.
  • Improve crossing of Stafford Road.

[Note: Roundshaw Downs indirectly featured in the Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ (May 2014): “…Greenway cycle links between Overhill Road and Imperial Way and between Plough Lane and Lancastrian Road…”. However, Get Sutton Cycling subsequently reconsidered the proposal for paths across Roundshaw Downs (see ‘Beddington South: from Greenways to cycleways‘ (Get Sutton Cycling, December 2016) for more on this). Funding reallocation to the Wallington North/South Cycle Route, and/or Safe Routes to Schools, or perhaps to the engagement process with residents and schools across the ward, set in terms of low-traffic, liveable, neighbourhoods and healthy streets, would be welcome.]

Action: Ensure money reallocated from Downs scheme to the Wallington North/South scheme so it can be expanded. See if any funding available to address barrier issue on Overhill Road.


Middleton Road (Wandle Valley)

Open Street Map and Google Streetview

Category: Cycling Schemes

Description: Repaint advisory lanes and make more visible on existing section only. Continue advisory cycle lanes to Middleton Circle – will include removing 2 traffic island and replacing with zebras. Further option to added to reserve list is to widen the road to provide kerb separated mandatory cycle lanes between Budge Lane and Middleton Circle

Statement of need and comments: Existing situation – This scheme is on the reserved list. The NCN 20 and Wandle Trail crosses Middleton Road near Budge Lane on a Toucan crossing. The route then was along Middleton Road in to Peterborough Road and Bishopsford Road but the route through Poulter Park was established in 2015 therefore Middleton Road is now not part of NCN20. Scheme purpose to increase cycling mode share

Indicative funding 2017/18: £50,000

Local Committee: St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley

LCC asked why Middleton Circle had been left out of this scheme? Requested it be looked at as part of scheme. [Also noting, for the record, that the footway conversion on the west side of Green Wrythe Lane (instigated in stages between 2012-2017) had also avoided Middleton Circle]. [The option to repaint advisory lines is not enough. Only support the provision of separated cycle lanes].

Action: Consider whether Middleton Circle improvements could be included as part of this scheme.


Stanley Park (Carshalton South and Clockhouse)

Open Street Map and Google Streetview

Category: 20mph Zone schemes

Description: A 20mph zone is proposed for the road network surrounding Stanley Park High School to encourage cycling and walking and create a safer environment for all road users.

Statement of need and comments: Roads within the study area are traffic calmed or heavily parked with speeds presumably already slow and therefore suitable for a 20mph Zone. Scheme purpose to increase walking and cycling mode share.

Indicative funding 2017/18: £20,000

Local Committee: Carshalton and Clockhouse

Stanley Park 20mph consultation soon

Comment: CM pointed out that this was on cycle route 76. Asked that Sutton try and tie in improvements to this. [For example, start to replace cycling infrastructure that fails to impress as discussed in ‘Ideas to boost Sutton’s cycling aspirations‘(Get Sutton Cycling, August 2016)]

Action: Look at how this scheme could include improvements to route 76.


Butter Hill, Leachcroft and Caledon Roads (Wallington North)

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Category: 20mph Zone schemes

Description: A 20mph zone is proposed for the road network including Butter Hill, Leachcroft Road and Caledon Road. It is recommended that the zone also incorporate Victoria Avenue, Lyndon Avenue, Curran Avenue, St Mary Avenue and Burleigh Avenue to create an effective zone. An assessment of modifications required to ensure the area is compliant with a 20mph limit and implementation of interventions to achieve this.

Statement of need and comments: The area as a whole is narrow and heavily parked although some parts may require additional traffic calming measures to keep speeds to 20mph despite pinch points at either end of Butter Hill. Scheme purpose to increase walking and cycling mode share.

Indicative funding: £60,000

Local Committee: Beddington and Wallington

Comment: CR said the scheme should include more than just 20mph, e.g. filtering of bridge.

[The introduction of 20mph here must be one of the easiest and least controversial interventions on the list! However, if the true purpose of this scheme is to ‘increase walking and cycling mode share’, the filtering is essential. That will be more challenging, but the case needs to be made. A subsequent traffic count at Butter Hill (by Mill Lane) on Wednesday, 7 June 2017, recorded 695 motor vehicles (and 13 cyclists) in one hour between 7.50 and 8.50am].


Camden Road (The Wrythe)

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Category: Cycling Schemes

Description: Camden Road (approx. 1200m 120m long) is currently a oneway street for vehicles and cyclists. Direction of traffic flows from North Street to West Street. Hollymead is a private and deadend road off Camden Road. Currently, cyclist and motorist aren’t permitted to come into Camden Road from West Street. Vehicles park on both sides of Camden Road, except where there are buildouts and in front of the school

Statement of need and comments: Introduce new traffic island at junction of Camden Road and West Street to enable contraflow for cyclists coming into Camden Road from West Street. Introduce road markings/ghost island to prepare cyclists to turn right from West Street into Camden Road. The proposal will allow twoway cycling in Camden Road; therefore amend existing traffic order to permit this for the length of the road. New signs will be required

Indicative funding: £40,000

Local Committee: St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley

[This scheme was discussed indirectly at the April 2017 Cycle Forum (see Denmark Road). Camden Road (The Wrythe) and West Street featured in the Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ (May 2014): “Improvements are required to the Colston Avenue/West Street roundabout, and these could be linked with the introduction of two-way cycling on Camden Road”. The removal/relocation of parking on Camden Road will be essential for the success of this scheme. Work will also be required at the eastern end of Camden Road by North Street. The scheme needs to be worked in with the Denmark Road scheme (pedestrian crossing and other proposals)].


Wallington North/South Cycle Route (Wallington North | Wallington South) 

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Category: Cycling Schemes

Description: Allow cycling on the footway of A232 Croydon Road between Bute Road and Beddington Park entrance using existing wide traffic island to cross the road – TfL road Bute Road already traffic calmed with flat topped humps from Croydon Road to Montagu Gardens propose slowing measures between Montagu Gardens and Clifton Road and consider 20mph zone.

Statement of need and comments: There is a network of residential roads running parallel to the east of Woodcote Road and Manor Road that could be used to establish a north / south Wallington cycle route. The route is supported by the ward councillors. The route is Bute Road / Belmont Road / Bridge Road / Clarendon Road / Onslow Gardens. There is an existing east / west route at Blenheim Gardens so route could end here.

Indicative funding: £70,000

Local Committee: Beddington and Wallington

This scheme was only discussed indirectly at the April 2017 Cycle Forum, in relation to the Bridge Road and Roundshaw Downs schemes.

There is disappointment with the description provided for this scheme. To “allow cycling on the footway of A232 Croydon Road between Bute Road and Beddington Park entrance using existing wide traffic island to cross the road” defines the complete lack of progress in aspiration, and understanding, of the LB of Sutton at this time. It’s 2017, not 1997! Allowing cycling on the footway here would deliver absolutely no change whatsoever. This is evident by the fact that some people already cycle on the footway by Bute Road, simply because cycling on the footway is the only option that feels safe. Crucially, most people don’t cycle here, full-stop. Something much better, something that is future-proof, and something that shouts out “cycling is welcome, cycling is expected” is what is required for the A232, Bute Road to Beddington Park crossing (an indeed all future cycling schemes). In this case it is likely to require a modal filter at the northern end of Bute Road, with signalised crossings linking to dedicated cycle paths (separate from the carriageway and footway) on Croydon Road. Fortunately, Cllr Manuel Abellan agreed to arrange to meet with interested parties and visit Bute Road in the coming weeks to consider the options. This cycle tour subsequently took place towards the end of June 2017, and is discussed in Bute Road, the A232 and how to spend some money (Get Sutton Cycling, July 2017).

With the possibility of the addition of some reallocated funding from the Roundshaw Downs scheme (up to £45,000), the scope for the Wallington North/South cycle route can only to be enhanced. But, of course, whether the resultant increase in funding allocation is sufficient to deliver the required infrastructure interventions at both (or either) Croydon Road (A232) and at Stafford Road (B271) one-kilomtere to the south, remains to be seen. After all, elsewhere in Appendix A ‘Schemes List’, the ‘indicative funding’ allocation for the introduction of a crossing point (presumably a zebra crossing) on Green Wrythe Lane, is given as £50,000!

On a high note, it is good to report that during the visit to Bute Road in June, Cllr Abellan did agree with our suggestion that external expertise on scheme design may well be the best way forward here.

It should also be noted that the A232 Croydon Road, Bute Road and the need for a crossing between the two, is nothing new. This location featured in the Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ (May 2014): “Protected space is also required for the A232 Acre Lane and Croydon Road, with a focus on the Wallington Green intersection (A232/A237), along with a crossing between Beddington Park and Bute Road”].


Nonsuch Park (Out of borough | Cheam) 

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Category: Cycling Schemes

Description: Cllr Burstow [Cheam] would like to see a tarmac path from the car park behind Nonsuch Girls school toward the A24. This is all out of the borough and will not be funded by TfL. There is another possible path that could be provided from the access point at Netley Close [Malden Road, A2043] northwards toward the A24 however this is a very wet low laying area

Statement of need and comments: There are some shared use paths in Nonsuch Park already but the majority of the park is in Surrey / Epsom and Ewell borough area. Scheme purpose to increase cycling mode share.

Indicative funding: Out of borough, consequently no funding

Local Committee: Cheam North and Worcester Park

This scheme was not discussed at the April 2017 Cycle Forum and, to be honest, the less said about it the better. Paths in parks are well meaning, but this scheme belongs with the school of thought that says “do what is easy, avoid doing what is difficult”.

Two or three years ago Cllr. Burstow had suggested a path adjacent to the A24 London Road (Nonsuch ward). Sounds great, if to the standard that was proposed as part of the Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ (May 2014): “The busy district centre of North Cheam does not currently feel a particularly safe place to cycle to, or cycle through. There are few alternative route options along the alignment of London Road (A24). A key aspiration is to link Greenways in Nonsuch Park (including protected space for cycling at the junction of London Road/Sparrow Farm Road) with the London Cycle Network route 75 (Quietway: Lloyd Road – Fairlands Park alignment) via the centre of North Cheam. Full segregation, which continued to the north through Stonecot ward and on to Morden, would not only get many more people cycling but also reduce pressure on parking and help enhance the sense of place for this vibrant neighbourhood”. Of course, in reality, the councillor’s proposal did not relate to anything like this at all. Instead a short path amongst the shrubbery on the western side of Nonsuch Park, that had its closest point to the North Cheam centre around Palmer Avenue.


This concludes the review of 2017/18 LIP schemes that were either discussed at the April 2017 Cycle Forum (or where detailed as Cycling Schemes in Appendix A to the report ‘Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the 2017/18 Budget’ (15 September 2016).


Bikeability update

An update was given on the Bikeability figures for 2016/17, and it was requested that everyone promote the adult cycle training to their contacts. See Cycle Skills Sessions (LB of Sutton) for more details and how to book. It was reported that there are several bikes available for adults to borrow for 1-2-1 sessions if required, and this can be specified when requesting a session.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Provide free cycle training for all Children (to level 1) 409 155 228  350 1,142
Children (to level 2) 242 153 208 347 950
Children (to level 3) 0 5 0 0 5
Number of free bike checks Actual 420 420
Cycle Security No. of bikes marked 355 355

[Bikeability (26 July 2017): 2,157,304 better cyclists on the move]


Any other business

  1. Cycling UK leisurely evening rides programme out. Details at Cyclism.
  2. Internal Cycling Advisory Group – Sustainable Transport Strategy meetings do happen infrequently. Noted: Instead of just cycling LBS to look at how the new Healthy Streets Approach can be promoted internally through Sustainable Transport Strategy meetings or other similar meetings. [Also see comments in Overview above]
  3. Review of cycling strategy will be put into Sustainable Transport Strategy review. It will not be a separate document. Noted: Cycle counts (March 2016 and March 2017) to be shared as soon as available. [Also see comments in Overview above]
  4. A general enquiry form on the cycling section of the LBS website can now be used to report maintenance issues – https://www.sutton.gov.uk/homepage/284/cycling_in_sutton. CllrA also pushing for improvements to ‘Report It’ more generally. [The General Enquiry form does not function in a particularly user-friendly way, and provides a frustrating experience when attempting to use it to report cycling-related issues. The December 2016 newsletter led with an article on ‘report It’, available from the Newsletters page].
  5. The forum wished to hear how the Quietway was progressing. Noted: Sustrans to provide update on Quietway to group. [Also see comments in Overview above]
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