Sutton Cycle Forum June 2019

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1: Overview

The second Sutton Cycle Forum of 2019 (and the fourteenth since the borough’s Cycling Strategy was approved in November 2015, and subsequently published in February 2016) took place on 11 June 2019 at the offices of Sutton Council, Denmark Road.

Notes on the previous forum meeting, held on 5 February 2019, are available at Sutton Cycle Forum February 2019.

The text presented here is largely based on the ‘Scheme Updates’ document (received 5 June 2019), the ‘Updates and action points‘ meeting notes (received 24 June 2019), and an updated version of the ‘Updates and action points‘ meeting notes (provided at the following Cycle Forum meeting held on 16 September 2019).

Agenda

The agenda for the 11 June 2019 meeting had been received on 5 June 2019, along with the ‘Scheme Updates’ (June 2019) document and notes on the ‘LBS Project Review – impact on users’ meeting (the new Internal Advisory Group) that had been held on 11 April 2019.

The agenda:

Introductions

Liveable Neighbourhoods​ bid
Update from Tamsin Ward, ​Senior Professional Engineer

Sutton’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Dimitrios Dikmpasanis, T​ransport Planner / Planning Officer

Cycle scheme updates – ​Lynn Robinson, Hitesh Wadher, Kevin Williams

Quietways consultations.

Budge Lane – proposed cycle improvement

Cycle crossings in Beddington Village.
One kind of crossing was removed and replaced by another, with promised other new elements to make the crossings safer. But the new elements still have not arrived

Report on the project review group​ ​(internal cycling advisory group) from April (circulated with the agenda) Helen Millier

TfL Cycling Infrastructure database
Helen Millier

Update on Sutton’s third ​Local Implementation Plan​.
Helen Millier

Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023​ and ​Environment Strategy 2019-2025
Helen Millier

Change day of forum meetings from Tuesday
Councillor Abellan is not available on Tuesday or Wednesdays, can we agree a different day so that he is able to attend some meetings?

AOB

Apologies: ​Councillor Kevin Burke, Councillor Manuel Abellan, Charles Martin

Attendees

The meeting was chaired for the first time by Helen Millier (Sustainable Transport Officer^). Also present: Lynn Robinson (Senior Professional Engineer^, with responsibility for Local Committee areas Cheam North and Worcester Park; Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont); Hitesh Wadher (Senior Professional Engineer^, with responsibility for Local Committee areas Sutton; St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley); Kevin Williams (Senior Professional Engineer^, with responsibility for Local Committee areas Beddington and Wallington; Carshalton and Clockhouse); Paul Garside (Senior Travel Planner^); Dimitrios Dikmpasanis (Transport Planning and Planning Officer^); Tamsin Ward (Senior Professional Engineer^); Marcus Howarth (London Cycling Campaign member); John Kinnear (LCC member); Shirley Quemby (Cycling UK; and LCC member); Colin Quemby (Cycling UK and LCC); Neil Webster (London Cycling Campaign Trustee, Sutton school governor).

Apologies for absence received from Councillor Kevin Burke (Liberal Democrat, Sutton West, Chair Planning Committee); Councillor Manuel Abellan (Liberal Democrat, Beddington South, Chair Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, Cycling Champion); Ian Baker (Team Leader – Parking (Kingston) and Sustainable Transport^); Maeve Tomlinson (LCC supporter, cycling instructor); Charles Martin (LCC member).

^ Kingston and Sutton Shared Environment Service/London Borough of Sutton

2: Headlines from the June 2019 Cycle Forum

The good news
Liveable Neighbourhoods bid is progressing

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “All forum members will be invited to the consultations in September, the submission deadline is Friday 29 November 2019”. On 22 August 2019 received an invitation to a meeting scheduled to take place either on 16 September or 23 September 2019. A follow-up email on 27 August, suggested dates of 1 October or 8 October (with 8 October confirmed on 28 August). Updates and action points (16 September 2019): Update: “Meeting scheduled for 8th October, 10.30-12.00 at Denmark Road”.

The inaugural meeting of the LBS Project Review (Internal advisory group) has taken place

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Meeting notes from inaugural meeting on 11/4/19 were circulated beforehand. Cycle Forum concerned that Public Health do not currently have any cycling-related projects. Actions​: Helen has contacted Shona Okeke in LBS Public Health to ask for an update on their “e-publication” and to request that Cycle Forum members have an opportunity to see it before publication. Eric Chasseray who leads the cycle training team, is working with Public Health to promote cycle training. To date they have signposted some ladies to the Sutton “Women on Wheels” rides. Thanks to Neil Webster for providing this ​link​ to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group meeting with Public Health England which has been passed on to LBS Public Health. The next meeting of the Project Review Meeting is​ ​being arranged and will be reported back to the Cycle Forum in September”. Updates and action points (16 September 2019): Update: “Sustainable Transport team providing a Dr Bike at Roundshaw Community event on 28th September at Public Health’s invitation. Recent appointment of SUSTRANS as TfL Healthy Streets officers; their role will include convening regular multi-department meetings to discuss forthcoming projects.

Quietway Morden to Sutton is progressing 

Scheme updates (5 June 2019): A 2018-2019 scheme (?) Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “TfL has signed off designs February 2019. Informal consultation was to be April 2019 but delayed due to the parking strategy. Aiming for some stakeholder engagement in July [2019] and informal consultation in September [2019] LR 31/5/19”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Morden to Sutton Quietway (North / South route) – TfL signed off designs February 2019. Informal consultation is due in September. Actions​: Forum members will be invited to make comments during the informal consultation. Lynn showed the draft drawings to members after the meeting”.

Quietway Worcester Park to Sutton is progressing

Scheme updates (5 June 2019): A 2018-2019 scheme (?) Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “TfL organising the traffic counts along the route Was aiming to start consulting with stakeholders March / April 2019 but TfL have imposed a strict quality check criteria on themselves and the scheme is still being checked.
LR 31/5/19”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Worcester Park to Sutton Quietway (East / West route) – ​TfL ​have imposed a strict quality criteria on themselves and so assessment of​ the proposed Worcester Park quietways route is still in progress. TfL are ​organising the traffic counts along the route​”. Strict quality criteria, presumably a reference to the new cycle route quality criteria, is needed and is very welcome! 

Local Implementation Plan (LIP) 3 has been approved

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): Sutton transport plan. Cycle Forum will be consulted as projects are developed over the next two years”. See Sutton’s third Local Implementation Plan receives approval.

TfL Cycling Infrastructure Database to launch soon

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “TfL advise that the CID is on track to launch this summer when the boroughs will get full access to the data and map layers”.  The Cycling Infrastructure Database was subsequently launched on 1 August 2019, see TfL launch Cycling Infrastructure Database. Updates and action points (16 September 2019): Update: “CID launched in August 2019 and Boroughs have access via TfL Playbook. Cycle Streets are ​developing​ CID​ data with​in their ​own ​app​ & other developers using the TfL CID data are​ Citymapper and possibly Open Street Map. TfL advise that local LCC groups will be carrying out update surveys in the next few months. Thereafter, Boroughs are responsible for notifying changes to TfL”.

Air quality action plan 2019-2023 and Environment Strategy 2019-2025 launched

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “The revised ​Air Quality Action Plan​ was presented to Committee in March 2019. The Greater London Authority approved the Air Quality Action Plan on 14/5/19. It was launched on ​Clean Air Day​ (20/6/19) at Robin Hood School with Councillor Abellan and Dr Imran Choudhury (Director of Public Health for Sutton). A number of sub-groups will feed in to the Air Quality Steering Group, Sutton Cycle Forum will be invited to contribute to the sub-group which covers Sustainable Transport via these Sutton Cycle Forum meetings.
Action​: Helen will add Air Quality Action Plan to the agenda for each meeting“. See Sutton’s Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023 and Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025

Increased publicity for Brompton bicycle hire dock 

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “The Brompton bicycle hire dock at Sutton Rail Station has been added to the LBS ​website ​and Brompton have been asked to update the picture on their own ​website​“. Updates and action points (16 September 2019): Update: “Brompton have updated the picture on their own ​website​”.

The Passenger Benefit Fund opportunity

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has contributed £15 million to a ​fund​ to provide tangible benefits for passengers at local stations across their network. Alongside community rail partnerships and local rail user groups Sutton Council has been consulted about how the money might be best used at stations in Sutton. For your convenience, please find here a ​cost guide​ which gives some ideas on how this money can be spent. Action: Cycle Forum members are invited to email Helen with ideas for use of the funds at their local station, local Councillors and neighbourhood groups are also being consulted. Updates and action points (16 September 2019): Update: “Phil Crockford submitted a list of scheme proposals to GTR within the timescale requested, including recommendations for each station for cycling, walking and wayfinding improvements. The Passenger Benefit Fund Team are now assessing all suggestions and aim to have a list of accepted schemes by 30 September. We have been promised feedback on why schemes have been accepted / not accepted“.

Dockless electric-assist hire bikes coming to Sutton

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “After consultation with Councillors, ​Lime​ Dockless electric bikes are coming to Sutton in July (date tbc). Action:​ Helen will invite Cycle Forum members to the launch”. Subsequently received an invitation, on 8 July 2019, to the launch was taking place on 23 July 2019. Updates and action points (16 September 2019): Update: “Thanks to Shirley & Colin Quemby for attending the Lime e-bike launch of 23rd July. Information is on the LBS website here​ and a link from the Get Sutton Cycling website h​ere“.

Beddington Park Bikefest confirmed

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Beddington Park Bikefest on 21st September, Helen has submitted a request to add this event to the LBS website calendar. Instructors from the Kingston & Sutton cycle training team have booked a table at the event to promote Bikeability & adult cycle skills training”. Updates and action points (16 September 2019): Update: “Event listed on LBS website ​here“.

The not so good news
Annual review of Sustainable Transport Strategy (and Cycling Strategy) delayed

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Unfortunately, this will not be presented at the June committee meeting as the agenda is too full. It is hoped it will be on the agenda for the E&N meeting ​on 17th October 2019. Action:​ “Report to this forum if it is presented”. Updates and action points (16 September 2019): Update: “This will not go to committee as Strategic Planning are drafting the new STS [Sustainable Transport Strategy] which will be published in 2020. The Sutton [or Sustainable?] Transport Strategy 2020-2025 will set out how the council can achieve its transport expectations. Sustainable Transport are promised to be consulted on this once the first draft is ready”.

Update: The annual review was not presented at the 17 October 2019 meeting of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee. The following is an extract from our December 2019 Newsletter:

“A Summary of Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy Targets (Appendix C to the annual STS monitoring report) was made available to us on 4 October 2019, following our request for the information. The documentation, which had not been presented to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee at either the June 2019 or October 2019 committee meetings, revealed that the latest available figure for cycling mode share in the borough (three-year average 2015/16 to 2017/18) was 1.3%. This compares with a figure of 1.8% for the previous three year period 2014/15 to 2016/7 (which was given as 2% at the time). 

On 23 December 2019, a link to the monitoring report summary on the progress of Sustainable Transport Strategy, against objectives and targets for the year ending May 2019, was provided. This also included progress against targets for the Sustainable Transport Strategy Action Plan, the Cycling Strategy Action Plan and the aforementioned update of the STS Targets“.

The delay in providing the annual review of the STS is believed to be due to the priority having been given to discussions pertaining to the borough’s Parking Strategy.

No report given on Central Road, Worcester Park

An update on the proposals for Central Road (largely relating to the smoothing of traffic flow, but dressed up as encouraging cycling and reducing traffic levels) appears not to have been given at this meeting. For more on the proposals, see Sutton Cycle Forum February 2019.

No report on Sutton Cycle Network Plan

There was no mention of the proposed Sutton Cycle Network Plan (announced in April 2018).

Lack of progress on Corbet Close, Wandle Trail

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “The developer is ready to leave site but none of the agreed improvements have been implemented. Action: ​Hitesh will contact the developers“.

For background on this see Sutton Cycle Forum July 2018Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018 and Sutton Cycle Forum February 2019.  

Plans for Budge Lane, Wandle Trail – more barriers proposed

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Proposed Scheme awaiting Environment Agency approval as it is close to a water course. Implementation is expected to be during summer 2019. Concerns expressed by Cycle Forum members that they agreed to approve plans for this scheme, when they did not. Action: ​Hitesh to review Cycle Forum comments regarding barriers and report back“. Scheme subsequently completed in November 2019 – complete with barriers.

Lack of progress on London Road / Goat Road

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Preliminary options have been drawn up but require refining prior to stakeholder consultation. Action: ​Hitesh will bring plans to the Sutton Cycle Forum once they are ready to be consulted on”.

Windsor Avenue / Henley Avenue area scheme watered down

A 20mph scheme (2018-2019) for the Windsor Avenue / Henley Avenue area (Stonecot) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] has been watered down. The original proposal included a no-entry plug to help reduce through traffic, but this is not now being included. In our response to the informal consultation (March 2019), we said we would like to see further engagement with residents around the idea of establishing a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ in the area. Did not happen, and not happening.

Other news
Beddington North TfL Major Scheme – Beddington Village cycle crossing

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Traffic infringement cameras are currently being installed. A new controlled crossing is planned for the top end of the cycle crossing, this was delayed due to contractors being on site nearby?”

Butter Lane / London Road junction

Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Feedback from Sutton Cycle Forum that this redeveloped junction with cycling facilities now works well”. Does it?!

Tour of Enfield

Neil Webster (London Cycling Campaign Trustee, Sutton school governor), and Charles Martin (LCC member) had visited Enfield on 20 May 2019 to attend a guided tour hosted by the Enfield Cycling Campaign. A short report of the visit is provided in Tour of Enfield May 2019. The three Google Streetview images of London Road (A105) that were included in the article (and which are reproduced below), were sent to LCC members Marcus, Neil and John ahead of the June 2019 Cycle Forum to share with attendees as it was thought that many boroughs could learn from the examples shown – the current arrangement (shown here as May 2018) is much better for active travel!

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Figure 1: View in August 2012 looking north along London Road (A105), just south of Walsingham Road, Enfield (Google Streetview).
No formal crossing point, no dedicated space for cycling.

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Figure 2: View in April 2016 looking north along London Road (A105), just south of Walsingham Road, Enfield (Google Streetview).
A formal crossing point facilitated by a centre island (with the inclusion of a centre lane for right-hand turn into garage forecourt – largely unnecessary and only there to ensure smooth traffic flow), and still no dedicated space for cycling.

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Figure 3: View in May 2018 looking north along London Road (A105), just south of Walsingham Road, Enfield (Google Streetview).
A formal crossing point facilitated by a zebra crossing, and dedicated space for cycling.

The Cycle Enfield website provides extensive information on the Enfield mini-Holland project.

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 (June 2019) document, are completed, not progressing, or new since the previous Schemes Update in February 2019. 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:
Schemes no longer progressing:
  • Not applicable.
New schemes, appearing for the first time (also see First sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton (September 2018)):
      • Manor Road / London Road (Wallington North) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Improve walking and cycling in the area linking Butter Hill and Beddington Park”.
      • Clyde Road/Ross Road area (Wallington South) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Improve cycling and walking environment using TfL’s Healthy Streets approach“.
      • Onslow Gardens/Blenheim Gardens (Wallington South) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Improve cycling and walking environment using TfL’s Healthy Streets approach“.
      • Brookfield Ave/Wrythe Lane/West Street (Carshalton Central/The Wrythe) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Improve crossing facilities, pedestrian, cycle and public transport environment“.
      • Area between Kings Lane/Fairview Rd/Harrow Rd and Cambridge Road (Carshalton Central) [OpenStreetMap] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Improve pedestrian routes within area and address through traffic and speed related concerns“.
      • Sparrow Farm Road Area (Nonsuch) [OpenStreetMap] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Proposing 20mph speed limit, staggered kerb buildout for Kingsmead Avenue between London Road and Dalmeny Road and zebra crossing o/s Meadow Primary School”.
      • Stavordale Road (St Helier) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Speed reduction measures, possible 20mph limit“.
      • Gander Green Lane (Sutton West) [Open Street Map |Google Streetview]  A 2019-2020 scheme. “Speed reduction and traffic calming measures, improved crossing facilities, pedestrian, cycle and public transport environment“.
      • Brighton Road / Langley Park Road area (Sutton South/Belmont) [Open Street Map| Google Streetview] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Extend 20mph zone, improve pedestrian facilities”.
      • Cheam Railway Station area (Cheam) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2019-2020 scheme. “Improve walking, cycling and public transport access to the station“.
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]. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 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.
Quick wins have been identified and completed”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

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]. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 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 have been completed. Further options to be considered in a member led public workshop to be held sometime in July in order to understand broader issues within the area and develop a long term solution.
Invites will be sent out once a venue and venue has been secured”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Bridge Road (intersection with Ross Parade/Clarendon Road or with Melbourne Road)? (Wallington South or Wallington North). No information provided on this at the February 2019 Cycle Forum. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Underway”. Update: “Road hump to be constructed on 7/06/19 to emphasise cycle priority. Signs and lines will be improved at the same time”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Kevin advises that the signage is due to be installed shortly”. On 28 August 2019, Kevin provided an update on Bridge Road (at the junction with Ross Parade). Improvements to include:

  • Advanced Cyclist Warning sign on Ross Parade in advance on Bridge Road
  • Give way Road markings at junction Ross Parade/Bridge Road
  • New information sign opposite Ross Parade advising drivers of cyclists moving in both directions
  • New Cyclists Warning signs installed at the Bridge Road Melbourne Road

In our reply, the same day, we suggested that consideration be given to the development of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood throughout this area of Wallington South.   

Foresters Drive (between Sandy Lane and Mollison Drive) (Beddington South) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. This was previously a 2017-2018 scheme, but has now been scheduled as a 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Ongoing”. Update: “Member led public workshop to be held sometime in July [2019] in order to understand broader issues within the area and develop a long term solution.
Invites will be sent out once a venue and venue has been secured”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

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 updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Consultation heavily in favour of one-way operation on Tharp Road (with cycle contra-flow). However concerns were raised by residents and ward members regarding the effect on the surrounding roads. An experimental one-way will be installed in the Summer holidays [2019] and the impact will be measured after the scheme has been in place for several months”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Experimental scheme is to be implemented in the summer holidays, forum members are concerned that traffic signage & clearance for contra-flow cyclists is insufficient. Action:​ Kevin will send the scheme details and safety audit to Cycle Forum members for their comments”.

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

Collingwood School, Springfield Road (Wallington North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Early project proposals not endorsed by the school. Alternative scheme now being developed”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Foresters Primary School, Redford Avenue (Beddington South) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Safer route to school measures, Healthy Streets Approach. Prefered option identified. Preparing for public consultation”.

Plough Lane area (Beddington South) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Area based scheme with a Healthy Streets Approach. Consultation will take place once options have been developed”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Manor Road / London Road (Wallington North) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve walking and cycling in the area linking Butter Hill and Beddington Park”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Clyde Road/Ross Road area (Wallington South) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve cycling and walking environment using TfL’s Healthy Streets approach“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Onslow Gardens/Blenheim Gardens (Wallington South) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve cycling and walking environment using TfL’s Healthy Streets approach“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

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 updates (5 June 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 equally split for & against. Under consideration by ward councillors“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Stanley Park Road / Beeches Avenue area (Carshalton South and Clockhouse) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Implementation“. Update: “Formal consultation completed. Implementation dates being arranged. LR 31/5/19”. Updates and action points (24 June 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.

Brookfield Ave/Wrythe Lane/West Street (Carshalton Central/The Wrythe) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve crossing facilities, pedestrian, cycle and public transport environment”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Area between Kings Lane/Fairview Rd/Harrow Rd and Cambridge Road (Carshalton Central) [OpenStreetMap] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve pedestrian routes within area and address through traffic and speed related concerns“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

3.4 Cheam North and Worcester Park

A potentially big project for the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee area is the Worcester Park to Sutton QuietwaySee Section 2, ‘Good news’, above.

Brookfield Primary School (Stonecot) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Complete but snagging“. Update: “3 entry treatments and a raised table and introduce the 20mph area complete but still need minor changes to school crossing point. LR 29/1/19”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Central Road (Worcester Park) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): NO REPORT!  Updates and action points (24 June 2019)No report.

The Scheme update (January 2019) had given this as at the “Feasibility” stage with “Informal Consultation completed. With the cllrs to agree which measures to progress. 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. Much more on this in the notes to the Sutton Cycle Forum February 2019.

Windsor Avenue / Henley Avenue area (Stonecot) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview]. A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Formal consultation“. Update: “20mph area and zebra crossing. No entry plug in Hamilton Avenue – not supported. LR 31/5/19″. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

The reason as to why the no entry plug in Hamilton Avenue was not supported in the consultation is not given. In our response to the Windsor Avenue area consultation (March 2019) we said that, in order to successfully deliver on the stated aim of the scheme ‘to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport’, we would like to see further engagement with residents around the idea of establishing a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ in the area. Clearly that idea has not been taken on board.

Priory Road/Church Hill Road (Nonsuch) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 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 completed between 10 Jan 2019 to 31 Jan 2019. Detailed design in progress for implementation during Autumn 2019“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Sparrow Farm Road Area (Nonsuch) [OpenStreetMap] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Proposing 20mph speed limit, staggered kerb buildout for Kingsmead Avenue between London Road and Dalmeny Road and zebra crossing o/s Meadow Primary School”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

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 updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Traffic, topographical surveys commissioned. Preliminary options have been drawn up but require refining prior to consultation with LB Merton, Cllrs and residents etc.”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Preliminary options have been drawn up but require refining prior to stakeholder consultation. Action: ​Hitesh will bring plans to the Sutton Cycle Forum once they are ready to be consulted on“.

For additional commentary on this scheme see Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018.  

Wrythe Lane / Tweeddale Road / Thornton Road (St Helier) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Junction improvement scheme. Design & consultation only. Implementation 2019/20. Consultation complete. Detail design in progress with implementation later during Autumn 2019“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Budge Lane – cycle lane improvements (Wandle Valley) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme – but this is the first time Budge Lane has been mentioned at the Cycle Forum. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Design/implementation”. Update: “Proposed Scheme awaiting EA approval due to proximity to water course. Implementation expected to be during summer 2019”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): “Proposed Scheme awaiting Environment Agency approval as it is close to a water course. Implementation is expected to be during summer 2019. Concerns expressed by Cycle Forum members that they agreed to approve plans for this scheme, when they did not. Action: ​Hitesh to review Cycle Forum comments regarding barriers and report back.

On 19 February 2019, just two weeks after the February 2019 Cycle Forum meeting, stakeholders were sent a consultation letter and plan ‘BUDGE LANE – PROPOSED CYCLE IMPROVEMENT’. The letter read as follows:

“On 27 September 2018, the St. Helier, the Wrythe & Wandle Valley Local Committee, agreed for officers to carry out improvements to the existing cycle path between Middleton Road and Budge Lane which is regularly obstructed by parked vehicles.

At present, cyclists heading south of Middleton Road along the river Wandle are being hindered by parked vehicles in the dead end of Budge Lane. In addition to this, the area suffers from poor drainage and there is regular flooding.

The proposed improvement is to remove the dead end road and provide a continuous cycle lane and pedestrian path as shown on the attached plan. The proposed scheme will complement the Riverside Wandle development proposal for residential properties. The attached drawing No. T20161 shows the outline of the improvement scheme.

The scheme received the support of your ward councillors, the Cycle Forum and the various cycle and walking groups. I am writing to seek your views regarding the improvement scheme. If you wish to make any comments or representation, please reply by the end of Tuesday 12th March 2019″.

The last paragraph has raised concerns. When, exactly, did the Cycle Forum give support for the proposals? 

Figure 4 shows the plan, ‘Budge Lane Cycle Route Improvement’ (London Borough of Sutton, January 2019) as received on 19 February 2019. Note the indicated ‘proposed barriers’. It is highly unlikely that these barriers would have been approved by the Cycle Forum. 

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Figure 4: ‘Budge Lane Cycle Route Improvement’ plan
(LB of Sutton, January 2019) 

Stavordale Road (St Helier) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Speed reduction measures, possible 20mph limit“.

This 20mph zone for Stavordale Road area subsequently morphed into part of the Colliers Wood to Sutton town centre Cycleway proposals. See Our response to the ‘Cycleway between Sutton High Street and Colliers Wood – proposals in the St Helier area’ informal consultation (November 2019). 

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.

[Sutton High Street] / All Saints Road / 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 updates (5 June 2019): Status “Ongoing”. Update: “Programmed for summer 2019. Subject to finalising cost for diversions of underground services“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report. 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 updates (5 June 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. Detailed design in progress and implementation scheduled during summer 2019 school holidays“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report. This section of Collingwood Road was subject to speed reduction measures in 2013, when a 20mph speed limit was introduced.

Sutton High Street / Oakhill Road (Sutton North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Junction improvement – Accident reduction scheme. Preliminary options circulated with ward cllrs…. some revisions are suggested before agreeing on the preferred option“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

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] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Complete“. Update: “Proposed zebra crossing. Informal consultation took place from 16 Nov 2018 to 7 Dec 2018. Scheme supported by residents and ward cllrs. Completed during May 2019“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

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). For additional commentary on the 20mph scheme, and its subsequent abandonment, see Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018.

Gander Green Lane (south of A217) (Sutton West) [Open Street Map |Google Streetview] NEW 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Speed reduction and traffic calming measures, improved crossing facilities, pedestrian, cycle and public transport environment”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

3.7 South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont

There are no specific cycling related schemes for the South Sutton, Cheam and Belmont area. A potentially significant project for the Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee area relates to the anticipated Liveable Neighbourhoods bid. See Section 2, ‘Good news’, above.

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 updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Construction“. Update: “Crossings to be implemented in June / July 2019. Secondary School is open in September 2019. Bigger junction scheme – options will be worked on as part of LCH [London Cancer Hub] development. LR 4/6//19″. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

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).

Banstead Road South (Belmont) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “On-going“. Update: “Current options include a junction table at Banstead Rd South / Downs Road and a junction improvement at Downs Rd / Cotswold Rd. LR 31/5/19“. Updates and action points (24 June 2019: “Current options include a junction table at Banstead Rd South / Downs Road and a junction improvement at Downs Rd / Cotswold Rd. Action: ​Lynn will consult with Sutton Cycle Forum once plans are ready“.

Brighton Road / Langley Park Road area (Sutton South/Belmont) [Open Street Map| Google Streetview] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Extend 20mph zone, improve pedestrian facilities”. Updates and action points (24 June 2019): No report.

Cheam Railway Station area (Cheam) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] NEW A 2019-2020 scheme. Scheme updates (5 June 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve walking, cycling and public transport access to the station“.

v1: 10.03.2020

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