Will the new cycle crossing in Belmont encourage people to cycle?

1: Overview

During July and August of 2019 three new crossings were constructed at the busy Brighton Road / Chiltern Road / Cotswold Road intersection in Belmont (1.5 km to the south of Sutton town centre). One of these crossings (Chiltern Road) includes a parallel cycle crossing. Unfortunately, for several reasons that will be discussed here, this crossing is simply not fit for purpose. The new cycle crossing may facilitate cycling on the pavement for a few people, but it falls far short of the type and extent of infrastructure that is required to encourage most to consider cycling. Meanwhile, a major road safety scheme for this difficult junction, which had been instigated in 2013, is still awaited.

Initially (around 2015 and 2016) there had been high expectations for the anticipated road safety scheme for Brighton Road, in terms of what would actually be delivered. This was not least because the layout at the junction with Chiltern Road and Cotswold Road is difficult and unpopular to navigate. With up to 2,000 vehicles per hour passing through it, the junction is far from cycle-friendly.  Furthermore, with Brighton Road acting as a major gateway for Sutton, and with the immediate area around the junction set to grow (the London Cancer Hub potentially creating 13,000 new jobs when completed, and a new secondary school accommodating 1,275 pupils when fully open), there had been the assumption that significant funding would be made available for this scheme to deliver a “step-change in cycling” (a vision outlined in the borough’s most recent Cycling Strategy published in November 2015). Unfortunately, the scheme, as delivered in 2019, falls far short of expectation. The only “improvement for cyclists” that are featured (apart from some shared footway) is a cycle parallel crossing, situated in isolation, with a design that fails to facilitate easy movement by cycle.

Essentially, therefore, a road safety scheme that has been several years in the pipeline, a scheme that has been described as being of benefit to cyclists, has delivered a crossing that is inconsequential. A nothingness for cycling.

Whether “a bigger junction scheme” with “options worked on as part of the London Cancer Hub development” (as described in the Cycle Forum ‘schemes update’ in February 2019 and again in June 2019) actually materialises, now that construction of the new secondary school is complete, only time will tell. How reliant this “bigger junction scheme” will be on any developments relating to tram construction is also uncertain.

The infrastructure that is being delivered here, in 2019, falls far short of our expectations for Brighton Road, and this busy intersection. Our aspirations for the area, within the wider context, have been discussed in Space for Cycling: action points for Sutton (May 2014),  The idea of Space for Cycling on Brighton Road gathers support (December 2015), and in our response to Sutton 2031 – planning for our future (April 2016).

2: Introduction

Three new pedestrian crossings were constructed in an area of south Sutton during July and August 2019. These crossings are located at the busy Brighton Road intersection with Chiltern Road and Cotswold Road in Belmont, and provide improved crossing points in the vicinity of the new Harris Academy Sutton School (and the adjacent hospital sites). [Open Street Map | Streetmap | Google Streetview]

The proposals, as outlined in draft plan for the site, (see Figure 1 ‘Proposed Pedestrian and Cyclists Improvements’ (LB of Sutton, November 2018 and pdf), related to providing the following:

  • a Pelican crossing on Brighton Road, just to the north of the junction with Chiltern Road (to be converted to a Toucan crossing in the future)
  • a raised table to include a Zebra crossing and cycle facility (parallel crossing) on Chiltern Road, located near the junction with Brighton Road
  • a raised table to include a Zebra Crossing on Chiltern Road, located near the junction with Brighton Road
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Figure 1: ‘Proposed Pedestrian and Cyclists Improvements’ (LB of Sutton, November 2018)

There is no doubt that the new crossings are a welcome addition to this location. Especially so, given the proximity of the new Harris Academy Sutton School. The academy, which opened in September 2018 on a nearby temporary site for Year 7, transferred to a new permanent site, situated immediately adjacent to this intersection, this month (September 2019) for Year 7 and Year 8.

However, in this discussion (section 3) we will argue that the parallel cycle crossing, included with the new zebra crossing on Chiltern Road, is not fit for purpose. It is simply tokenism. In other words, it is a feature that is included as part of the scheme so that it can be said something has been provided for “cyclists”. The crossing is unlikely to encourage active travel, it certainly does not robustly enable it. Given the expectations for this location, the crossing is a huge disappointment.

There is some very useful background and information on parallel crossings in Drawing Parallels by The Ranty Highwayman. (Interestingly, Chapter 6 of the Traffic Signs Manual, which The Ranty Highwayman hopes will provide guidance on how the crossings should be designed, appears still not to have been published two and a half year on).

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To conclude the discussion, we take a look at how the Brighton Road / Chiltern Road / Cotswold Road road safety scheme, overall, has evolved to date through the Local Implementation Plan funding submissions at meetings of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee (section 4) and through the ‘scheme update’ reports at noted at the council’s Cycle Forum meetings (Section 5).

3: What’s wrong with the cycle crossing on Chiltern Road?

The new crossing on Chiltern Road comprises of a zebra crossing on a raised table with a parallel cycle crossing. So far so good. Except, however, the parallel cycle crossing is not linked to any other form of cycling infrastructure. The cycle crossing, like the adjacent pedestrian crossing, essentially just links one pavement, on one side of the road, with another pavement, on the other side of the road. The cycle crossing exists in isolation. Even if the two footways either side of Chiltern Road are converted to shared-use (which is proposed, but which is neither desirable or appropriate), and even if the new Pelican crossing on Brighton Road is upgraded to a Toucan crossing at some point in the future, anyone using these features will ultimately have to transfer to one of the busy, surrounding, carriageways.

For anyone cycling to, or from, the Harris Academy Sutton School, the new crossing provides a method of access and egress with Brighton Road (to the north) without needing to negotiate the roundabout. So that is a bonus of sorts (noting, though, that footway conversion to shared use had not been completed when the school opened on 4 September 2019). However, given the hostile environment for cycling that exists on Brighton Road (highlighted by employees of the nearby Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research in 2015 (see The idea of Space for Cycling on Brighton Road gathers support), it is unlikely that many children or staff members will take advantage of the new crossing for that purpose. The introduction of the crossing does nothing to enhance the overall cycling experience through the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road / Chiltern Road intersection.

The layout of the new crossing, and the interface with the footway on the south side of Chiltern Road is poor. Space is constrained here, but the design exasperates this by intensifying potential conflict between those on foot and those on cycle. The crossing simply fails to facilitate easy movement by cycle.

The conclusion of all this is that the Chiltern Road cycle crossing, which has effectively taken six years to deliver, is simply not fit for purpose. This so called “cycle facility” will be of very little benefit to either new cyclists, or to those people already brave enough to cycle on the nearby hostile roads. The only cycling the crossing is likely to encourage is cycling on the pavement (and if it achieved that to any great level, this would lead to conflict with pedestrians).

Cycling will never become a mainstream, grown-up, form of utility transport in our borough, unless robust infrastructure coupled with low traffic neighbourhoods is delivered. The isolated Chiltern Road cycle crossing is about as far as you can get from robust cycling infrastructure. Overall, when it comes to enabling cycling, the complete scheme as currently delivered for this intersection amounts to a sticky plaster on an open wound.

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To understand more readily the level of frustration and disappointment that this completed “scheme” has engendered, read on for some more in-depth discussion on the background to the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road road safety scheme, and how this has been presented to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee each year as part of the LIP funding programme.

4: Brighton Road / Cotswold Road and the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

The Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme appears to date from May 2013. The report ‘Local Implementation Plan, Funding Submission 2014/2015 Transport Funding Bid‘, presented to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee meeting on 3 October 2013 includes the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme on the Reserve List of the Corridor, Neighbourhood and Supporting Measures Programme. The scheme is described as a “road safety scheme to improve junction“, with a funding requirement of £80,000, with the note that the scheme was “suggested at committee consultation 23/5/13“. This funding bid followed through to the Local Implementation Plan Funding 2014/15 Transport Settlement‘ document, presented to the E&N Committee on 23 January 2014.

The scheme reappeared the following financial year in the ‘Local Implementation Plan Funding Bid 2015-16‘ document, again on the Reserve List (Corridor, Neighbourhood and Supporting Measures), and again at £80,000, as presented to the E&N Committee on 4 September 2014 (item 6). This followed through to the settlement ‘Local Implementation Plan Funding 2015/2016‘ document, as presented to the E&N Committee on 15 January 2015 (item 26).

The Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme was elevated from the Reserve List, and placed directly on to the Corridor, Neighbourhood and Supporting Measures Programme, in the late summer, early autumn, of 2015. The ‘Local Implementation Plan Funding 2016/2017 Transport Submission‘ report, as presented to the E&N Committee on 17 September 2015, provided the description “Feasibility study to look at how this junction could be improved. Also to investigate traffic and road improvements around the Sutton Hospital site”. A Statement of Need was provided “To improve safety at the junction. To improve pedestrian facilities. To have a proposal that could be funded from future development in the area“. Indicative funding required for 2016/17 was quoted at £30,000. The ‘Local Implementation Plan Funding 2016/2017‘ report, as presented to the  E&N Committee meeting on 4 February 2016, did not make specific reference to the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme. The report referred to the letter received from Transport for London, regarding the Annual Spending Submission and dated 22 December 2015, which confirmed that the borough’s submissions for 2016/17 had been reviewed and approved.

By September 2016 the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme continues, but as “Phase 2“. The description provided in the ‘LIP 2017/18 Report – Appendix A‘ of the ‘Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the 2017/18 Budget‘ presented to the E&N Committee on 15 September 2016 read: “Phase 1 feasibility study was undertaken by Project Centre. The brief was to look at the junction of Brighton Road / Cotswold Road / Chiltern Road due to possible changes to the area through the development of the Cancer Hub and new secondary school. The brief also included looking at the surrounding area to suggest possible infrastructure improvements to encourage sustainable modes of transport. Accidents – 2 accidents Brighton Road junction. 1 accident Downs Road junction.“. The Statement of Need now rewritten as “One proposal being discussed by DC is signalising the junction with pedestrian facilities. There is also a suggestion by DC to signalise the Downs Road / Cotswold Road junction. Other measures could be improved pedestrian / cycle facilities between Belmont station and the site. Purpose of the Scheme to reduce accidents – signalisation costs in the region of £200,000+ and would spread across two years.“. The indicative funding for 2017/18 was £100,000. (Not sure what the “Project Centre” is. “DC” stands for Development Control, but not sure what that means either). The details are repeated in ‘LIP Allocation – Appendix A‘ attached to the ‘Local Implementation Plan Funding Settlement 2017/18‘ report outlining Transport for London’s allocation to the Council of LIP funding for 2017/18, as presented to the E&N Committee on 30 March 2017.

A LIP Transport Submission for 2018/19 was not presented to the E&N Committee in the late summer or early autumn of 2017. This was believed to have been due in part to changes to TfL’s Business Plan in 2017, as mentioned in First Sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton (Get Sutton Cycling, September 2018), and possibly some uncertainty around the requirement of future projects to reflect the ambitions of Mayor Sadiq Khan (elected May 2016) as set out in the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy (March 2018) and Healthy Streets for London (February 2017), plus the forthcoming requirements of the new (third) LIP (to take effect from 1 April 2019). Consequently, the first time that the E&N Committee reported on the schemes for 2018/19 was in the ‘Local Implementation Plan Settlement 2018/2019‘ report as presented to the E&N Committee on 1 February 2018. An appendix to the report, entitled ‘Local Implementation Plan Settlement 2018-19 – Appendix A‘, provides the following description to the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme (reference to phase 2 having been dropped): “Construction works for highway improvements scheme”, with a Statement of Need and Comments “Major scheme is being developed in 2017/18, and subject to appropriate consultation and scheme development construction works to commence in 2018/19, with completion programmed for 2019/20“. The indicative funding had £125,000 crossed out and £60,000 adjusted added. Within the realms of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, that is the last time that anything is heard about the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road. Nothing actually appeared to happen in 2018/19 but, as discussed here, the three crossings in Belmont were constructed during a few weeks of 2019/20.

The E&N Committee go on to endorse the Third Local Implementation Plan, outlining how the council will implement the Mayor’s Transport Strategy at borough level and setting out an investment programme for 2018 to 2021, at their meeting on 20 September 2018 (also see Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan receives approval (June 2019)).  At the E&N Committee meeting on 7 March 2019, members were presented with the ‘Local Implement Plan Settlement for 2019/20 and LIP3 Update‘ report. An appendix ‘Appendix B – LIP 19/20 Capital programme Summary Scheme list‘ detailed twenty-three projects/programmes for the 2019/20 year. One of these is Brighton Road and Langley Park Road, extending the existing 20mph zone. (Noting that road safety and speed investigations, as a result of complaints from residents about the high speed of traffic, had been proposed for Banstead Road South between Downs Road and Chiltern Road in the ‘Local Implementation Plan Settlement 2018-19 – Appendix A‘, and that speed reduction measures, plus improved crossing facilities Belmont area – Brighton Road / The Downsway / Crossways / Banstead Road South / Downs Road had featured as a scheme for 2018/19 as presented to the Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee on 21 June 2018 in the report ‘Local Implementation Plan (LIP) – Traffic Schemes for 2019/20‘ (as also referenced in First sight of ‘Health Streets’ proposals for Sutton).

5: Brighton Road / Cotswold Road and Cycle Forum updates

The council’s Cycle Forum meetings, which are held around three or four times a year and which we have endeavoured to report back on in this blog since 2016 (under the Cycle Forum category), provide updates on ongoing LIP funded schemes. So what has been said about the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme over the years at the Cycle Forum meetings?

16 September 2015

At the Cycle Forum meeting held in September 2015 we informed officers of the conversations we had recently been having with employees of The Royal Marsden, and the Sutton site of the Institute of Cancer Research, who had made it known that they would like much better provision for cycling. Specifically, staff found Brighton Road, and areas in the vicinity of the Belmont sites, including Cotswold Road, quite hazardous for cycling. Officers asked us for more information, so we contacted the Royal Marsden/ICR staff again for their views, their concerns, their ideas. The result of that work was published in The idea of Space for Cycling on Brighton Road gathers support (December 2015).

8 December 2015

The Brighton Road with Cotswold Road scheme was effectively reported to the Cycle Forum for the first time at a meeting held in December 2015. This was around the time that the scheme was being put forward in the 2016/2017 LIP funding bid (as noted in the previous section). The notes of the meeting (which, at the time, were unofficial and unpublished) only refer to a discussion about the “difficult junction of Brighton Road/Chiltern and Cotswold Roads“. However, the topic was provided under the title Royal Marsden, Institute for Cancer Research and Brighton Road, and so this gave the welcome impression that something significant was being developed. We fed back to officers the information that they had requested at the September 2015 meeting, and which we had reported on in The idea of Space for Cycling on Brighton Road gathers support (December 2015).

15 March 2016

The ‘Schemes Update’ document provided ahead of the March 2016 meeting noted: “Royal Marsden – with Development control“. The unofficial notes of the March 2016 reported: “Brighton/Chiltern/Cotswold Roads – feasibility study is taking place which will include looking at the surrounding area“. Potentially promising.

14 June 2016

The ‘Schemes Update’ document provided ahead of the June 2016 meeting again noted: “Royal Marsden – with Development control“. So no change. The notes to the June 2016 meeting reported that plans were with Development Control.

13 September 2016

The ‘Schemes Update’ document provided ahead of the September 2016 meeting repeated the same text that had appeared in the previous two updates: “Royal Marsden – with Development control“.  The notes to the September 2016 meeting include the following: “Royal Marsden/ICR/Sutton Hospital site – with Development Control. It was hoped the site would be considered in its entirety with particular reference to improving the difficult Chiltern/Costwold/Brighton Road junction. It is thought there will be 10,000 people on the site in due course”.

So, the same feedback was given at all three Cycle Forum meetings held in 2016, There had been no progress.

10 January 2017

The ‘Projects Update’ provided ahead of the January 2017 meeting refers to the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road scheme under the 2016/17 LIP corridors programme, with the 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“. The work programme progress was given as “with consultants”, and the funding allocation was £30,000.

The notes to January 2017 meeting include “Royal Marsden/ICR/Sutton Hospital site – consultants are working on the Brighton Road/Cotswold/Chiltern Roads junction. The cyclists will be notified of proposals”.

4 April 2017

The ‘Schemes Update’ document provided ahead of the April 2017 meeting noted: “Consultants are working on the Brighton Road/Cotswold/Chiltern Roads junction. The cyclists will be notified of proposals”.

A document outlining the 2017/18 LIP schemes was also provided ahead of the meeting. This noted the scheme “Brighton Road / Cotswold Road Phase 2, with the 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”. Under Statement of Need and Comments: “One proposal being discussed by DC is signalising the junction with pedestrian facilities. There is also a suggestion by DC to signalise the Downs Rd / Cotswold Rd junction. Other measures could be improved pedestrian / cycle facilities between Belmont station and the site. Purpose of the scheme to reduce accidents – signalisation costs in the region of £200,000+ and would spread across 2 years”. The indicative funding for the scheme 2017/18 given as £100,000.

The notes to the meeting report “Consultants WSP working on the junction designs”, with an action to “Share designs with Cycle Forum for comment. Share key dates”. Essentially no change on the update provided in January 2017 “With consultants”.

27 July 2017

In the ‘Scheme Update’ document provided prior to the July 2017 meeting, the scheme essentially appeared twice.

Under 2016/17 schemes there was reference to the item: “Royal Marsden/ICR/Sutton Hospital site”, with the status “Ongoing”. The update to this item read: “Consultants are working on the Brighton Road/Cotswold/Chiltern Roads junction. The cyclists will be notified of proposals”. Details of indicative funding were not provided.

Then, in the same document, under 2017/18 schemes, the item “Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2” was detailed. The update on this item read: “Phase 1 feasibility study was undertaken by Project Centre. The brief was to look at the junction of Brighton Rd / Cotswold Rd / Chiltern Rd due to possible changes to the area through the development of the Cancer Hub and new secondary school. The brief also included looking at the surrounding area to suggest possible infrastructure improvements to encourage sustainable modes of transport. Accidents -2 accidents Brighton Rd junction, 1 accident Downs Rd junction. follow up meeting with WSP required”. Details of indicative funding were not provided.

The notes to the July 2017 meeting made no reference to the “Royal Marsden/ICR/Sutton Hospital site” item under ‘3. Scheme Updates 16/17’. Under item ‘4. Scheme Updates 17/18′, “Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2” there is the note “plans to be shared’ with the action “IP to share designs with group for comment when ready.

26 September 2017

There was no reference to “Royal Marsden/ICR/Sutton Hospital site” 2016/17 scheme in the ‘Schemes Update’ document provided at the September 2017 meeting.

“Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2” was itemised under the list of 2017/18 schemes, given the status “ongoing”. However, the update was exactly the same as the update provided in the previous update in July.

The notes to the September 2017 meeting refer to “Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2” under item ‘4. Scheme Updates 17/18′, with, again, “plans to be shared’ and the action slightly modified “LR/IP to share Phase 2 plans for comment when available”.

9 January 2018

The ‘Scheme Update’ document provided prior to the meeting listed “Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2” under 2017/18 schemes. Again, status “ongoing”, and again the update was exactly the same as the update provided in the previous two updates in July 2017 and September 2017. Details of indicative funding were not provided.

How so little changes.

In our post on the Sutton Cycle Forum January 2018: Proposals to improve the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road junction: “Nothing further is known, except that the redesign of this area is now likely to be part of the redevelopment of the adjacent site for the new secondary school and London Cancer Hub”.

In the notes to the January 2018 meeting, “Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2” under item ‘4. Scheme Updates 17/18′, with, again, “No plans to share yet. Ongoing’ and the action remaining “LR/IP to share Phase 2 plans for comment when available”.

10 April 2018

In the ‘Schemes Update’ document provided at the October 2018 meeting (the update was not provided prior to the meeting), “Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2” was itemised under the list of 2017/18 schemes. Still given the status “ongoing”, and still with exactly the same update as provided in the previous three updates (so no over the period of a year). Again, there was no indication of indicative funding.

Our post on the Sutton Cycle Forum April 2018 notes: “Ongoing” and a lot more consultation expected (more – has there been any?).

In the notes to the April 2018 meeting, there is no mention of “Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2”. Just the commentary “Other scheme updates from LR and IP to be circulated following meeting”, with the action “IP to provide update on where designs at” (again under item 4″ Scheme updates 17/18). Nothing more was heard.

10 July 2018

The ‘Scheme Update’ provided prior to the July 2018 meeting was essentially the same as that of the previous four updates, but with some additional progress reported: “Phase 1 feasibility study was undertaken by Project centre. The brief was to look at the junction of Brighton Road / Cotswold Road / Chiltern Road due to possible changes to the area through the development of the Cancer Hub and new secondary school. The brief also included looking at the surrounding area to suggest possible infrastructure improvements to encourage sustainable modes of transport. Stakeholder consultation September / October (2018). To be implemented in Summer 2019″. Indicative funding not provided.

Our post on the Sutton Cycle Forum July 2018 includes: The new school (Harris Academy Sutton), is opening for pupils (Year 7) at a temporary building on an adjacent site this September (2018); work on the Cancer Hub has not began (awaiting funding), but another centre is being built. “Traffic signals may be the best option” was the news for this junction at the moment.

The notes to the July 2018 meeting make reference to “Brighton Road” under ‘3. Scheme Updates 17/18) with “consultation LR- met with consultant looks like traffic lights will be the best. Temporary School’s intake will be from Sept 18”.

Two and a half years, and a major scheme which has progressed from “with Development Control” by way of a “feasibility study” to “with consultants”, ultimately declares “looks like traffic signals may be the best option”.   

1 November 2018

The ‘Scheme Updates’ document received prior to the November 2018 provided the essentially the same update as the July 2018 document, although the reference to looking at the surrounding area to suggest possible infrastructure improvements to encourage sustainable modes of transport that had appeared in July was absent. “Brighton Road/Cotswold Road, Phase 2” was again listed under 2017/18 schemes, with “ongoing” status and the update: “Phase 1 feasibility study was undertaken by consultant WSP. The brief was to look at the junction of Brighton Rd / Cotswold Rd / Chiltern Rd due to possible changes to the area through the development of the Cancer Hub and new secondary school. Stakeholder consultation in October/November. First phase of measures to be implemented in Summer 2019”. Indicative funding not provided.

The notes to November 2018 meeting read as follows: “LR showed Brighton Road / Cotswold Road / Chiltern Road scheme plans to the forum. These plans are part of phase 1 feasibility study. LR explained that a new school is due to open in September next year. Currently Year 7 are located in the hospital grounds. As part of the planning agreement there had to be improvements to the junction of Brighton Road/Cotswold Road/Chiltern Road. This included a new pelican crossing on Brighton Road and improved crossing points on Cotswold Road; as a minimum tactiles, but the suggestion is actually a zebra crossing. Phase 1 must be implemented by Sept 19 and stakeholder consultation is in November [2018]. LR mentioned that this scheme has not gone public yet and as such is not to be shared publicly. LR also showed the long term aspirations related to the scheme. In the long term the cancer hub will evolve and the tram consultations will be taking place. JK thought that the curved section of shared use path shown in the scheme path could be difficult to use. LR explained that LCC would be consulted on the scheme as part of the formal consultation”.

Note: on 23 January 2019 the following consultation letter pertaining to the Brighton Road / Cotswold scheme was sent by Sutton Council to ‘stakeholders’, with the subject heading ‘LBS Notice of proposal Sutt Map 1059’:

The London Borough of Sutton are consulting of (sic) proposals to:-

introduce/amend certain lengths of ‘at any time’ waiting and loading restrictions double yellow lines and kerb markings in the following roads

Brighton Road at its junction with Chiltern Road and Cotswold Road.

construct the type of road humps known as “raised tables” for the following locations at their junction with Brighton Road.

Chiltern Road with a length of approximately 18.25 metres including the ramps; and

Cotswold Road with a length of approximately 8.5 metres including the ramps provide in the following roads:-

Brighton Road a Pelican crossing located north of its junction with Chiltern Road, the overall length of the crossing and regulatory zig zag marking will be 31.8 metres.

Chiltern Road a Zebra crossing and cycle facility (parallel crossing) located near the junction with Brighton Road on the raised table referred to above. The overall length of the crossing and regulatory zig zag markings will be 42.8 metres; and

Cotswold Road a Zebra Crossing located near the junction with Brighton Road on the raised table referred to above The overall length of the crossing and regulatory zig zag markings will be 26.3 metres.

removal of the footway parking exemption for the following locations:-

outside No. 16 Danescourt Crescent, Sutton; outside Nos. 71 to 73 Downs Road, Belmont; outside No. 70 Green Wrythe Lane , Carshalton; outside 114-116 Sutton Common Road, Sutton;  outside No. 55-57 Wigmore Road, Carshalton.

If you wish to view all the statutory documents and make any representations on the proposals please select the link below.

Unfortunately, this notification did not find its way on to the Cyclescape discussion. The Public Notice of Proposal is available here as a pdf. Makes a good read, doesn’t it?

5 February 2019

The ‘Scheme Updates’ document received prior to the February 2019 meeting provided the 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″. Indicative funding not provided, status “ongoing”.

The notes to the February 2019 meeting record, under actions from previous meeting: “Brighton Road / Cotswold Road​ – LR consulted LCC as part of the formal consultation”.

11 June 2019

The ‘Scheme Updates’ document received prior to the June 2019 meeting provided the following update (essentially the same as that provided in February): 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 development.
LR 4/6//19

The ‘Updates and Action Points from 11 June 2019 meeting’ did not provide a report on the scheme.

v1: 08.09.2019

 

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