Sutton Cycle Forum February 2019

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1: Overview

The first Sutton Cycle Forum of 2019 (and the thirteenth since the borough’s Cycling Strategy was approved in November 2015, and subsequently published in February 2016) took place on 5 February 2019 at the offices of Sutton Council, Denmark Road.

Notes on the previous forum meeting, held on 1 November 2018, are available at Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018.

Agenda

The following agenda for the February 2019 meeting had been received on 30 January 2019:

  1. Actions arising from meeting on 1/11/18 (All) 10.30-10.40
  2. Cyclescape – Marcus Howarth, Get Sutton Cycling 10.40-10.50 Open discussion (All) 10.50-11.00
  3. Internal cycling advisory group (IB/GS) 11.00-11.05
  4. Scheme updates (LR/HW/KW) 11.5-11.30
    • 2017/18 ongoing
    • 2018/19 feasibility
  5. Quietways (LR) 11.30-11.40
  6. Non scheme updates 11.40-11.50
    – TfL Cycling Infrastructure Database (GS)
    – TfL Cycle Parking Strategy (GS)
    – Liveable Neighbourhood bid (GS)
    – LIP 3 (GS)
  7. Any Other Business 11.50-11.55
  8. Date of next meeting 11.55-12.00

A ‘Schemes Update’ document (January 2019) had also been provided to Cycle Forum attendees on 30 January 2019 (the contents of which are discussed in ‘3: Borough schemes updates by Local Committee area’ below).

The text presented here is largely based on the ‘Schemes Update’ document (30 January 2019), and on the draft meeting notes received from Gemma Sugarman (Sustainable Transport Officer, Kingston and Sutton Shared Services) on 27 February 2019. The post was subsequently reviewed following receipt of the final meeting notes from Helen Millier (Sustainable Transport Officer, Kingston and Sutton Shared Services) on 20 May 2019.

Attendees

The meeting was chaired for the second time by Gemma Sugarman (Sustainable Transport Officer, Kingston and Sutton Shared Services). Also present: Lynn Robinson (Senior Engineer, London Borough of Sutton (LBS) – with responsibility for Local Committee areas Cheam North and Worcester Park; Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont); Hitesh Wadher (Senior Engineer, LBS – with responsibility for Local Committee areas Sutton; St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley); Kevin Williams (Senior Engineer, LBS – with responsibility for Local Committee areas Beddington and Wallington; Carshalton and Clockhouse); Paul Garside (Senior Travel Planner, LBS); Mohammed Kabash – HIghway Engineer​,​ LBS; Darren Owusu – Graduate Engineer; Councillor Kevin Burke (Liberal Democrat, Sutton West, Chair Planning Committee); Marcus Howarth (Member, London Cycling Campaign); John Kinnear (Member LCC); Shirley Quemby (Cycling UK; member LCC); Colin Quemby (Cycling UK; member LCC); Maeve Tomlinson (cycling instructor, supporter LCC).

Apologies for absence received from Councillor Manuel Abellan (Liberal Democrat, Beddington South, Chair Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, Cycling Champion); Ian Baker (Team Leader – Parking (Kingston) and Sustainable Transport, Kingston and Sutton Shared Services); Charles Martin (Member LCC).

2: Headlines from the February 2019 Cycle Forum

The good news

Setting up of an Internal advisory group is agreed: An update on the internal advisory group (received on 27 February as part of the draft meeting notes around three weeks after the 5 February meeting), included the following text:

“Having given this matter further consideration, officers do now agree with GSC that there would be a value in setting up a regular project review meeting involving officers responsible for Transport Strategy, Air Quality, Sustainable Transport, Highways, Opportunity Sutton and ideally Public Health and Parks. The group would complement the existing programme tracking and reporting processes. It is proposed that it would meet quarterly with a remit to achieve a better shared understanding of our projects, their interdependencies and opportunities, focusing chiefly on potential impacts on the public and the mitigation/communication thereof. The group would need to focus not only on cycling as LBS’s Healthy streets agenda is wider than just cycling. To avoid duplication of meetings and to better guarantee availability of officers, there may be occasions when the discussion is a significant agenda item within a more broadly-focused meeting such as those planned on Sustainable Transport and Air Quality. In preparation for these meetings, through liaison with partners, we will ensure officers are more aware of works planned by external parties such as Network Rail. The result should be programmes of work which take account of each other more fully in regard to impact on the public, thereby achieving direct benefits to citizens. And where the impacts are found to be unavoidable, their early identification at these meetings will enable us to inform the affected groups at a much earlier and more helpful stage. The plan is to convene the first of these meetings in April [2019] with the results feeding into the following Sutton Cycle Forum meeting.
We would welcome your feedback on this plan and GS will collate any feedback that you have.”

Liveable Neighbourhoods bid is progressing

A Liveable Neighbourhoods workshop was held on 31st January [2019]. This workshop was between​ ​London Borough of Sutton partners and colleagues from Get Sutton Cycling to discuss Sutton’s Liveable Neighbourhoods aspirations and plans to submit a bid to TfL in November 2019. The workshop was well attended and has helped to identify issues and barriers to sustainable travel in the borough. These issues will be explored in greater detail by engaging with the local communities. The bid will need to be holistic and include measures to increase walking and public transport, as well as promoting accessibility for all. There will be further consultation with as many local groups as possible, including schools. The final bid will be submitted in November 2019 and boroughs will find out in January [2020] if they have been successful and how much funding has been awarded. It is a competitive bidding process with all london boroughs expected to make a bid. If successful the London Borough of Sutton could be awarded between 1 and 10 million pounds.

[NOTE: It was also reported that “[In] the previous bidding year, 7 boroughs were successful, out of 33 boroughs bidding”. This was inaccurate. In the previous bidding year (round 2 (2018 for initial funding 2019/20)) 11 boroughs were successful, out of 19 bidding authorities. In the first round (2017 for 2018/19) 7 boroughs were successful, out of 21 bidding authorities.

Quietway Morden to Sutton is progressing 

The route had the support of ward councillors and the informal consultation was now expected in April 2019. Four road closures were proposed and would be on an experimental basis to start with. Some concept designs were shared with the forum.

Quietway Worcester Park to Sutton is progressing

This was reported at the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 29 November 2018, where the Quietway had been agreed in principle. TfL had organised the traffic counts along the route for beginning of February [2019]. Stakeholder consultation is aimed to start in March / April [2019]. Some concept designs were shared with the forum.

Local Implementation Plan (LIP) 3 is progressing

Update: On 16th February [2019] the LIP 3 will go to TfL for formal consideration and sign off. Once approved by the Mayor (expected in early March [2019]) the final LIP3 document will be published together with all public feedback and our responses.​ The sections relating to cycling have been reworked taking on board the overall feedback provided by by TfL on the wider document, including a request for some additional short points on our proposed actions for each of the MTS outcomes.

Comments raised by stakeholders, including Get Sutton Cycling, for example around 20mph zones and segregated cycling facilities have been taken into account. GS was asked to pass on thanks for all your thoughts and observations on the draft – your consistent messages on the LIP and before that the cycling strategy and the Sustainable Transport Strategy, are noted and your opinions are valued. ​At the same time it’s important to reiterate that the LIP is a strategic document rather than a detailed delivery plan in its own right. The LIP includes the aspiration for the borough to meet the MTS targets and give examples of the sorts of approach we will take as part of things like the Town Centre regeneration, but the Cycling Strategy, Sustainable Transport Strategy and associated plans continue as the delivery vehicles”.

TfL Cycling Infrastructure Database is in development

TfL has developed a Cycling Infrastructure Database that captures all cycling infrastructure (features) in London: cycle parking, signals, signage, traffic calming restricted point, advanced stop line, crossing, cycle lane/track restricted route. TfL are currently consulting with Boroughs regarding how the CID will be kept updated and improvements that can be made. The CID is currently aimed to provide access to information on schemes and programmes planned for the London road network over the next ten years. It is intended to facilitate coordination amongst internal and external stakeholders. All the data is shown on a map. The CID is currently in the trial phase and not yet available.

TfL Cycle Parking Strategy is in development

TfL is currently developing a cycle parking strategy. Boroughs were consulted at the end of last year [2018]. The strategy is due to be released shortly. [Cycle Parking Implementation Plan subsequently published July 2019].

Cyclescape was presented

MH gave a presentation on the collaboration tool ‘cyclespace’ and showed how it could be used to show issues on a geographical area / route. Users can set areas and discussion threads. The tool also included collision reports. There was some discussion on how this could be used and HW thought that it could be a useful tool to identify issues and a larger population to draw feedback from. GS thanked MH for his informative presentation.

The not so good news

Phase 1 plans for the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme “LR consulted LCC as part of the formal consultation”. (Our thoughts on this were subsequently posted in ‘Will the new cycle crossing in Belmont encourage people to cycle?‘, September 2019).

Lack of action at Corbet Close, Hackbridge (for background on this, see Sutton Cycle Forum July 2018). As an action from the last meeting (Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018) HW and LR were to try to establish what the position is regarding the ​Corbet Close​ cycle path. ​HW reported that the ​Corbet Close​ developer has been very elusive and hard to contact. This item will be carried forward to the next meeting. Action: “HW to investigate position with Corbet Close”.

Other news

Carshalton station access. As an action CQ emailed Network Rail regarding the pedestrian and cyclist access that had not been kept open as hoped by Network Rail. Since the last meeting (Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018there is now no route for any road user from West Street to North Street. CQ did not get a satisfactory answer from Network Rail. JK raised that it is not safe for cyclists as road markings tell cyclists it is a one way street. GS queries where these matters could be raised within the Council. PG thought that the Sutton Rail User Forum may be a good avenue.

Beddington North TfL Major Scheme. “Regarding the concern from a LCC member about the new crossing in ​Beddington Lane​, KW responded to JK who was then able to pass on the email. JK reported that the LCC member felt more reassured”.

The time it takes. It is clear from this review of scheme updates that even something as relatively simple as the installation of a zebra crossing, can take anything from a few months to a few years to implement.

3: Borough schemes updates by Local Committee area

This section begins with an overview of the schemes across the borough which, according to the Schemes Updates document, are completed, not progressing, or new since the previous Schemes Update in November 2018. All the reported schemes are then considered area by area, based on the six Local Committee areas, with the specific financial years, to which the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) schemes relate (if appropriate), noted in the text. Note that there may be more detail on many of the schemes outlined here in the notes to previous Cycle Forum meetings.

3.1 Schemes completed, not progressing, or new

Schemes completed:

  • 20mph zone Butter Hill area (including Leechcroft Road and Caledon Road) (Wallington North)
  • Zebra crossing on The Chase (by Highfield Primary School) (Beddington North)
  • Zebra crossing on Green Wrythe Lane (by Waltham Road) (St Helier)

Schemes no longer progressing

  • Traffic calming Frederick Road / Alberta Avenue (Sutton West)

New schemes, appearing for the first time:

  • Junction improvement scheme at Wrythe Lane / Tweeddale Road / Thornton Road (St Helier)
  • Zebra crossing on Mulgrave Road, near Bridge Road (Sutton West)
3.2 Beddington and Wallington

The big project in Beddington and Wallington remains the Beddington North TfL Major Scheme for Beddington Lane. Apart from the the information detailed in ‘Other news’ in Section 2 above, no further information was provided. (Note that this major project is outside the remit of the LIP programme).

In addition to Beddington Lane, there is one other scheme in the Beddington and Wallington committee area with a focus on cycling (the Wallington North/South Cycle route).

Stafford Road / Woodcote Road intersection in Wallington (Wallington South) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. This 2016-2017 safety scheme is still “ongoing”. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Ongoing”. Update: “Safety scheme being investigated. ​WSP modelling the junction and lights near junction. Liaising with Tf​L. Will link with Wallington N/S route scheme. Consultation to follow modelling. A number of quick wins have been identified that will be carried out this financial year independently of the larger project. KW 30/01/19”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “KW reported that he is keen to improve the issue with Sainsbury’s lights”. At the January 2018 Cycle Forum, assurance was given that the Stafford Road / Woodcote Road scheme would be designed with consideration to a north-south cycle route [Open Street Map and Google Streetview] (a 2017-2018 scheme – see below) to run parallel to Woodcote Road, and that designs will be shared with the forum.

Wallington North/South Cycle Route (Wallington North / Wallington South) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview] 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Ongoing”. Update: “Wallington North/South Cycle Route – parallel to Woodcote Road and Manor Road. The route is Bute Road / Belmont Road / Bridge Road / Clarendon Road / Onslow Gardens. Improved cycle signs and lines to be completed in March 2019. KW 30/01/2019”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “KW reported that he is looking at the ramp by the police station near ​Bridge Road​ to make drivers fully aware to give way at police station. MT reported that car divers do not generally look as they do not expect anything to be arriving from that direction. JK thought as an extension to ​Bridge Road​ the painted cycling silhouettes could be removed as he felt that they were misleading. KW reported that their purpose is to let drivers know that there are cyclists but that he would look into the issue”.

Foresters Drive (between Sandy Lane and Mollison Drive) (Beddington South) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. This 2017-2018 scheme is “ongoing”, with little change to the updates given in April 2018 and November 2018. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Ongoing”. Update: “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. Options being considered for the Foresters Drive/Waterer Rise Junction with some minor works to be carried out this financial year. KW 30/01/19”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “KW reported that he is looking into the implication of closing one of the arms to see if it makes the junction less complicated. Could then potentially put some cycling priority measures through there to complement phase 1. KW will bring the plan and look at entire corridor. Regarding Sandy Lane South KW is writing to haulage firms as some are breaking the no lorry ban”.

Note that our 2014 Space for Cycling ‘ward ask’ for the Beddington South ward included “….protected space on Mollison Drive and Foresters Drive…”. The ‘ward ask’ had been supported by all three ward councillors at the time.

Tharp Road (Beddington North/Wallington South) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview]. 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Proposed one-way working. Consultation complete. Results currently being considered KW 30/01/19”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “KW reported that he is meeting with Councillors to decide options. KW confirmed that the decision has been made to ​proceed with an experimental one-way which will run westbound with a contraflow for cyclists”.

No room for bikes: how Tharp Road could show borough-wide failure for cycling‘ (January 2017)

Butter Hill (Leachcroft Road and Caledon Road) (Wallington North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2016-2017 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Complete”. Update: “20mph zone and associated traffic calming. Works complete KW 30/01/18”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “KW sent LCC the consultation documents on​ Butter Hill​”. Note the action from Cycle Forum November 2018 meeting: “KW to send LCC consultation documents on Butter Hill”.

Collingwood School, Springfield Road (Wallington North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Proposed safer routes to school scheme. Speed and volume data currently being considered with options to be discussed with stakeholders. KW 30/01/19”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report.

The Chase (Beddington North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Complete”. Update: “New zebra crossing to be installed in the school holidays. Works complete. KW 30/01/10”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report.

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Foresters Primary School, Redford Avenue (Beddington South) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Safer route to school measures, Healthy Streets Approach. Prefered option identified. Preparing for public consultation. KW 30/01/19″. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report.

Plough Lane area (Beddington South) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Area based scheme with a Healthy Streets Approach. Design only. Construction 19/20 financial year”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): KW reported that most issues are around the zebra crossing and shops. KW confirmed that​ ​consultation material is currently being prepared and the Sutton Cycle Forum will be included in the future consultation. Action: “KW to include the Sutton Cycle Forum in future consultation re the Plough Lane area”.

3.3 Carshalton and Clockhouse

There are currently no cycle-specific proposals for this local committee area.

Stanley Park High School (Carshalton South and Clockhouse) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Ongoing”. Update: “A 20mph area 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. Consultation complete. Results currently being considered”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “KW will circulate consultation documents after the meeting“.

Stanley Park Road / Beeches Avenue area (Carshalton South and Clockhouse) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Informal consultation completed. With the cllrs to decide what measures proceed. LR 29/1/19”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report.

A reminder that our Space for Cycling ‘ward ask’ for Carshalton South and Clockhouse in 2014 noted that “There is a lot of potential for access improvements to Stanley Park High School by bicycle, and this requires a review and audit for suitability of many local streets”.  This included the idea that Fountain Drive being redesigned as a linear park. Two of the three ward councillors supported the ask at the time. Does not appear to have made any difference.

3.4 Cheam North and Worcester Park

There are currently no cycle-specific proposals for this local committee area.

Brookfield Primary School (Stonecot) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Contractor on site from 21/1/19 to construct 3 entry treatments and a raised table and introduce the 20mph area. LR 29/1/19“. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report.

Church Hill Road (Nonsuch) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview] A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Complete”. Update: “20mph area implemented in June 2018, 20mph speed limit enforceable from 2 July 2018. Repeat traffic counts undertaken w/c 16 October [2018]. Review paper 18 November”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “LR reported that speeds have officially gone down since the 20mph area was implemented in June 2018”.

Central Road (Worcester Park) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Informal Consultation completed. With the cllrs to agree which measures to progress.
LR 29/1/19”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “LR reported that the informal consultation is complete and she is meeting with Cllrs tonight to decide which measures to progress”.

The Central Road Worcester Park informal consultation had been open between 8 November 2018 and 30 November 2018, with the following text:

Overview

The Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee has agreed to consult residents and traders in Central Road Worcester Park on proposals to improve the flow of traffic and improve the environment for residents, traders, pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport. The aim of the scheme is to encourage more people to walk, cycle or use public transport and reduce the number of local car trips. Funding for this scheme is available from Transport for London.

This year there is funding available from Transport for London to introduce measures along the length of Central Road. We are also currently investigating the options available to improve the flow of the traffic through the two traffic signalled junctions under the railway bridge and this will be included in a future phase of improvements.

Why We Are Consulting

We have proposed a number of measures and would like your opinion and feedback on these proposals. We would greatly appreciate if you could complete the online consultation below.

Get Sutton Cycling received notification of the consultation on 7 November 2018 from the officer with responsibility for the scheme, and was provided with a copy of the informal consultation letter along with a plan showing the proposal for traffic calming measures.

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Although the group did not formally respond to the consultation, Charles Martin, coordinator, attended the drop-in session held at the Royal British Legion Club, Central Road, on 13 November 2018. He discussed the stated aim of the scheme, “to reduce traffic delays along Central Road and encourage more people to walk, cycle or use public transport to reduce the number of local car trips“, with councillors and officers. Although the outlined proposals, which included the relocation of some of the existing parking bays; the provision of some additional parking bays; and the adjustment of a turning lane, could, perhaps, reduce traffic delays in the short term, it was difficult to see how these interventions alone would encourage more people to walk, cycle or use public transport or reduce the number of local car trips. Councillor Jenny Batt understood the concern, but said that this was only the first phase of improvements for Central Road. (The first phase? Everyone appears to have forgotten about the TfL funded ‘Streets for People’ project in 2011, a precursor to the public realm improvements ‘Outer London Fund’ which had focused on North Cheam and Worcester Park in the autumn of 2012). Traders want more parking apparently… Where have we heard that before? And anyway, there is ample parking availability in the Stone Place car park. Meanwhile, the only people cycling on Central Road are those who are fit and who are prepared to do battle with traffic. An officer suggested that the phrase “encourage more people to walk, cycle or use public transport to reduce the number of local car trips” has to be included in the consultation literature to remind everyone that there was more to the proposals than reducing traffic delays. If there was no reference to encouraging more people to walk, cycle or use public transport, people may consider that more emphasis should be placed on either facilitating more kerb-side parking or more space for motoring. Understandable to a point, but if an included aim is to reduce the number of local car trips, this really needs to be backed-up by evidence that there has been a reduction in the number of local car trips after the interventions have been implemented. This research would also chime with current policy. Something for the Cycle Forum to follow-up on in the next couple of years. 

Windsor Avenue / Henley Avenue area (Stonecot) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview]. A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Aiming for design and consultation of an area in Feb / March 2019 using the Healthy Streets Approach. Will include 20mph area, zebra crossing and no entry plug in Hamilton Avenue. LR 29/1/19″. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report.

Priory Road/Church Hill Road (Nonsuch) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Bus priority scheme to improve the ongoing problems of no. 93 buses stacking at double mini roundabout. Additional bus stopping and diagonal parking is proposed. Consultation between 10 Jan 2019 to 31 Jan 2019”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “HW reported that the scheme is supported in principle. HW reported that he needs to balance the parking issue as some is needed as there are shops. HW is consulting with bus operators and TfL.”

3.5 St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley

A potentially big project for the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee area is the Morden to Sutton QuietwaySee Section 2, ‘Good news’, above.

London Road / Goat Road junction (Wandle Valley, and just into the London Borough of Merton) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview]. A 2018-2019 scheme (discussed at the Cycle Forum since September 2017). Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “HW to work with Merton on. Traffic, topographical surveys being commissioned. Preliminary options being worked up. no further update”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report. For additional commentary on this scheme see Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018.  

Green Wrythe Lane / Waltham Road (St Helier) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Complete” (had been “Feasibility” in November 2018). Update: “Proposed zebra crossing. Informal consultation in July/Aug. Overwhelming support. Implementation scheduled in Nov 18. Completed Dec 2018.”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “JK reported that the scheme was very good. HW also reported that it was well used by pedestrians and Carshalton Boys School pupils”. Given that a petition was presented on behalf of Carshalton Boys Sports College in January 2016, “calling on the Council to install a signalled crossing at the junction of Green Wrythe Lane and Waltham Road. They cited the area as a dangerous place for students to cross the road and were concerned about safety”, (St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee meeting, 26 January 2016), it had taken nearly three years to instal this crossing! This process clearly illustrates the need for a more holistic approach to making our streets safer, more inviting, for walking and cycling. Interestingly, however, a new zebra crossing on Mulgrave Road (see Mulgrave Road, near Bridge Road for the Sutton Local Committee below) appears to have been installed within four months of a consultation. This latter case proves, perhaps, that things can get done quickly after all. On the other hand, it was six years before a zebra crossing was installed on Cotswold Road, Belmont (see Brighton Road / Cotswold Road Phase 2 (Belmont), in Sutton Local Committee, below).     

Wrythe Lane / Tweeddale Road / Thornton Road (St Helier) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] NEW. A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Junction improvement scheme. Design & consultation only. Implementation 2019/20. Consultation between 11 Jan 2019 to 31 Jan 2019.” Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “JK raised a concern that someone on a bike could be forced to be crossing the bus route. HW will look at that issue”.

Outside the remit of the LIP: New Mill Quarter, Hackbridge, the former Felnex site [Open Street Map | Google Streetview]. For commentary on this see Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018

3.6 Sutton

The big (potentially very big) projects for the Sutton Local Committee area are the Quietways and the Liveable Neighbourhoods bid. See Section 2, ‘Good news’, above.

The following non-cycling specific schemes for the Sutton Local Committee, appeared in the ‘schemes update’ (January 2019) documentation.

Sutton High Street / Angel Hill (by Vermont Road, Sutton Common Road, All Saints Road) (Sutton North) Open Street Map and Google Streetview. A 2016-2017 scheme to install a signalised, staggered, pedestrian crossing. Scheme update (January 2019): Status “Ongoing”. Update: “Programmed for summer 2019. no further update.”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “SQ reported that the right turn traffic lights do not work. HW reported that they had been in operation when he has been on site”. A study was carried out for this scheme in 2015/16. It is hoped that by the time the scheme goes ahead, the design for the pedestrian crossing will be straight-across, rather than staggered.

Collingwood Road between Oldfields Road (A217) and Bushey Road (Sutton North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Speed reduction measures, safer route to Westbourne Primary school, improved crossing facilities. Preliminary proposals agreed with School, residents and Cllrs etc. Informal consultation in Nov/Dec 18. Consultation responses circulated to Ward cllrs and it is decided to proceed to detailed design and implementation.”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “HW reported that most work would be completed in the summer holidays and also that lots of traffic orders were required for the scheme and the scheme would take time but that he does now have the go ahead”. This section of Collingwood Road was subject to speed reduction measures in 2013, when a 20mph speed limit was introduced.

Frederick Road / Alberta Avenue between St Dunstan’s Hill (A217) and Gander Green Lane (Sutton West) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Not progressing”. Update: “Speed reduction measures, junction treatments, traffic calming. Consultation complete in Sept [2018], response summary to be reviewed by Ward Cllrs for a decision to proceed or not. Ward cllrs decided not proceed with scheme in view of lack of support from local residents.“. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “This scheme is not progressing. Councillor Burke thanked HW for all his hard work on this and informed the group that the Council did try to get measures approved but there was a lot of objections from residents“.

It is interesting that there were “a lot of objections from residents”. After all, the informal consultation, Frederick Road & Alberta Avenue – Proposed Traffic Calming Measure, (17 September 2018 to 7 October 2018), see below, suggested that it was the concerns of residents, regarding traffic speeds and the use of Frederick Road and Alberta Avenue as a cut through, that appears to have instigated the scheme in the first place.Perhaps it was not the need to do something that was being objected to, but rather the specific measures that were proposed (a series of raised speed cushions (six in total) over a distance of around 700 metres).

Text to the online consultation:

Overview

The London Borough of Sutton has secured Local Implementation Plan (LIP) funding from Transport for London (TfL) to address the concerns raised by local residents regarding traffic speeds and use of Frederick Road and Alberta Avenue as a cut through.

Whilst there is not a trend of personal injury accidents along these roads in the last 5 years, residents have reported some damage only accidents from time to time. Traffic counts surveys have also been undertaken recently which do not provide much evidence of Frederick Road and Alberta Avenue being used as a cut through between Gander Green Lane and A217. Speed data also indicates that majority of the traffic is within the existing speed limit of 30mph.

However, site observations have indicated there may be some visibility issues near side roads and bends mainly due to parked vehicles, and therefore driving at the posted speed can be regarded unsafe.

With above in mind, it is proposed to introduce traffic calming measures in the form of a series of raised speed cushions at regular intervals combined with a width restriction near the A217 end of Alberta Avenue.

Why We Are Consulting

We have proposed a number of traffic calming measures and would like your opinion and feedback on these proposals. We would greatly appreciate if you could complete the online consultation below.

Get Sutton Cycling received notification of the consultation on 17 September 2018 from the officer with responsibility for the scheme, and was provided with a copy of the informal consultation letter along with a plan showing the proposal for traffic calming measures.

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Although the group did not formally respond, coordinator of the group Charles Martin, replied to the officer concerned (copied to Sutton West councillors) on 17 September 2018: 

Thank you for sending the the informal consultation letter and plan in regard to the proposed traffic calming measures on Frederick Road and Albert Avenue in Sutton West ward. (Incidentally, for those having difficulty with the original link to the online consultation, I think the following link will work: https://sutton.citizenspace.com/environment/frederickalberta).

I will be responding to the consultation on behalf of Get Sutton Cycling (the borough group of the London Cycling Campaign) in the coming days, following discussion with local supporters of the LCC. However, having viewed the plan, I consider it highly likely that we will disagree to the traffic calming measures as proposed.

Speed cushions are not an effective traffic calming measure, as some drivers will simply straddle them at speed. Given that Frederick Road often has vehicles parked on both sides of the road, two of the proposed three-abreast cushions will be simply be parked over (so not visible) and the third will just act as a centre target for vehicles to speed over. Furthermore, as outlined in the London Cycling Design Standards (TfL, 2016), cushions can de-stabalise cycles, and are uncomfortable for riders of adapted cycles (issues that we have mentioned before at Cycle Forum meetings). Sinusoidal humps are a more acceptable form of physical measure, especially if used in areas of low traffic volumes (low traffic neighbourhoods), as they bring motor vehicle speeds down substantially with a consequential big reduction in road danger. Waltham Forest mini-Holland has shown that filtering streets is a practical and proven way of making streets fitter for walking and for cycling, so there is some disappointment that a proposal to introduce a temporary, trial, point-closure on Alberta Avenue (possibly just to the west of the island at the intersection of Frederick Road and Alberta Avenue) has not been put forward in the first instance. I would suggest, therefore, that rather than speed cushions, the alternative traffic calming features of a trial point-closure, one or two sinusoidal humps, and a 20mph speed limit throughout, are consulted on instead.

As you know, the new Local Implementation Plan (LIP3) from April 2019 “must introduce schemes that aim to achieve ambitious targets to encourage more walking and cycling and increase access to and use of public transport” (to quote for the borough’s own Local Implementation Plan – Traffic Schemes for 2019/20 report, as presented to the borough’s Local Committees in early summer this year). The new Healthy Streets approach requires new dynamic thinking. On this basis, I have to say that I would be very surprised if TfL agreed to fund the proposed speed cushions under the LIP. Furthermore, given that it is understood that Sutton is preparing to bid for relatively substantial Liveable Neighbourhood funding in and around Sutton town centre next month, I think it is important for our borough to demonstrate that it is both able and willing to deliver on new ideas.

A reply to this email was not received.

Clearly, there had been the opportunity here to have had a conversation with residents around low-traffic neighbourhoods. The opportunity appears not to have been taken.

Sutton High Street / Oakhill Road (Sutton North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Junction improvement – Accident reduction scheme. Preliminary options being worked up. Options to be finalised prior to circulation to ward cllrs”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “Options to be finalised. MT reported that a cyclist got hit on Oakhill Road recently”.

It is worth noting that this junction, like Collingwood Road above, has been a location that has had “improvements” introduced in relatively recent times. In 2009, Sutton Living Streets responded to a “Local Safety Scheme for Sutton High Street“, which featured the Sutton High Street and Oakhill Road junction. Oakhill Road carries a significant amount of traffic (inappropriate level, if this is largely cut-through traffic). Arguably, therefore, traffic volume is the real issue here.

Mulgrave Road, near Bridge Road (Sutton West) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] NEW. A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Proposed zebra crossing. Informal consultation took place from 16 Nov 2018 to 7 Dec 2018. Scheme supported by residents and ward cllrs have agreed to proceed to implementation. Detailed design progressing, implementation expected during Mar/Apr”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “HW reported that the notice has now gone out”.

This zebra crossing appears to be the remnants of the abandoned 20mph scheme for the adjacent Grange Road / Worcester Road area (see South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee below for details).

The new zebra crossing was subsequently installed in Mulgrave Road (just east of the intersection with Bridge Road and Worcester Road, part of the London Cycle Network route 76) in April/May 2019. This goes to show that new crossings do not necessarily require two years of gesticulation to come to fruition (as was the case with the Wrythe Lane crossing – see St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle valley Local Committee above for details).

3.7 South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont

There are no specific cycling related schemes for the South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont area.

Brighton Road / Cotswold Road Phase 2 (Belmont). [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. Originally a 2016-2017 LIP proposal (or even earlier), carried over to 2017-2018. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Ongoing”. Update: “Stakeholder consultation started 24/1/19. Crossings to be implemented in June / July 2019. Secondary School is open in September 2019. Bigger junction scheme – options being worked on. LR 29/1/19”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): “LR reported that the response is due next week. MH asked if he could be added to the consultation distribution list”.

For additional commentary on this scheme see Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018and the subsequently published Will the new cycle crossing in Belmont encourage people to cycle? (September 2019).

Grange Road / Worcester Road (Sutton South) [Open Street Map] A 2017-2018 scheme. NOTE: The January 2019 update provided here was the same update as that provided in November 2018. Therefore, the update that this 20mph scheme had been abandoned was not news. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “ABANDONED”. Update: “20mph area has been abandoned. Possible new zebra crossing on Mulgrave Road”.  Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report (see ‘Mulgrave Road, near Bridge Road’). Note: The proposed 20mph scheme for this area of South Sutton ward (and therefore within the South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee area) evolved into a zebra crossing for Mulgrave Road just over the border in Sutton West ward (the Sutton Local Committee area) – see ‘Mulgrave Road, near Bridge Road’ reported under Sutton Local Committee above.

For additional commentary on this 20mph scheme, and its subsequent abandonment, see Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018. A new zebra crossing was subsequently installed in Mulgrave Road (just east of the intersection with Bridge Road and Worcester Road) in April/May 2019.  

Banstead Road South (Belmont) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (January 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Current options include a junction table at Banstead Rd South / Downs Road and a junction improvement at Downs Rd / Cotswold Rd. LR 29/1/19”. Meeting notes scheme updates (May 2019): No report.

v1: 27.02.2020, some minor updates 28.02.2020

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