Between June and September 2019 each of Sutton’s six local committees published a ‘Local Implementation Plan – Traffic Schemes 2020/21’ report outlining proposed schemes for inclusion in the 2020/21 bid to Transport for London (TfL) for their area. Taken collectively, the twenty-four listed schemes (essentially twenty-two, as two of the schemes are shared across two committee areas) will form the borough’s annual Local Implementation Plan (LIP) submission to Transport for London (TfL) to be made on, or before, 1 November 2019. Note that only three of the listed schemes are new, the remainder being a continuation, or extension, of the schemes submitted twelve months previously in the LIP submission for 2019/20.
All of the local transport improvements proposed for delivery across the borough between April 2020 and March 2021, whether they are new this year or not, are collated here. These schemes are not specifically improvements just for cycling, far from it, but they are local transport improvements that need to accord with the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS). This means that the local transport improvements need to help deliver the MTS outcomes, which include targets around residents doing at least two x 10 minutes of active travel a day and living with 400m of a strategic cycle route. Furthermore, in order to achieve funding, the Council must show how each of the submitted schemes will support the MTS outcomes.
Following endorsement in the summer of 2019 by the local committees of their proposed schemes, the schemes appear in the ‘Local Implementation Plan Allocation for 2020/21’ report, published ahead of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee (E&N) meeting on 17 October 2019. This LIP allocation document is included here, along with its two appendixes (a list of the twenty-four confirmed schemes for submission, and a very handy map showing the scheme locations across the borough).
Just a reminder that this is the second year in which local transport improvements across London need to embrace the Healthy Streets Approach in order to help deliver the priorities outlined in the MTS. Sutton set out how it will deliver the MTS outcomes in a new third Local Implementation Plan (LIP3), adopted in April 2019. In other words, and to get slightly technical, 2020-2021 is ‘year two’ of the ‘third LIP’. Following publication of the borough’s third LIP, we considered Sutton’s key borough traffic reduction objectives.
‘First sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton‘, published in September 2018, provided some more background on the LIP, and on Healthy Streets, and listed the borough’s LIP funded schemes for April 2019 to March 2020.
When information relating to LIP schemes is made known, or when a consultation is opened, we endeavour to post details on Cyclescape for open discussion. Progress on schemes is generally reported to us through the quarterly Cycle Forum meetings.
Sutton’s proposed Local Implementation Plan funded schemes 2020-2021
Note that the LIP funding allocation for Sutton (estimated to equate to around £5 per head of population per year) is discussed towards the end of this article, along with details of additional funding streams for projects including the big-ticket items Liveable Neighbourhoods and Cycleways (formerly Quietways).
The twenty-four proposed projects for 2020/21 LIP funding in Sutton, across twenty-two locations, are detailed below by committee area. Nineteen of the twenty-two locations relate to schemes submitted a year ago. The three schemes that are new for 2020/21 are:
- Beddington and Wallington |  Stafford Road (Beddington South) | OpenStreetMap: “To investigate and develop measures to improve walking and cycling facilities around Mellows Park and measures to ensure the free flow of service vehicles and buses to support economic growth“.
- Carshalton and Clockhouse / Sutton | [10/4] Westmead Road / Lower Road (Carshalton Central / Sutton Central) | OpenStreetMap: “Investigation and feasibility study to consider extension of 20 mph“.
- St Helier, the Wrythe and Wandle Valley |  North Street near Carshalton College (The Wrythe) | OpenStreetMap: “Implementation of a crossing facility near Carshalton College car park“.
Beddington and Wallington
Five LIP project areas (numbered as detailed on the E&N 17 October 2019 map)
-  Stafford Road (Beddington South) | OpenStreetMap
-  Foresters Drive corridor (Beddington South) | OpenStreetMap
-  Manor Road North/London Road area (Wallington South) | OpenStreetMap
-  Clyde Road Area (Wallington South) | OpenStreetMap
-  Onslow Gardens Area (Wallington South) | OpenStreetMap
Carshalton and Clockhouse
Four LIP project areas (numbered as detailed on the E&N 17 October 2019 map), noting that one scheme (scheme 10) is shared with the Sutton committee area (scheme 4).
-  Brookfield Avenue / Wrythe Lane / West Street (Carshalton Central | The Wrythe) | OpenStreetMap
-  Kings Lane / Fairview Road / Harrow Road and Cambridge Road / Wales Road area (Carshalton Central) | OpenStreetMap
-  Beeches Avenue / Stanley Park Road – Phase 2 (Carshalton South and Clockhouse) | OpenStreetMap
- [10/4] Westmead Road and Lower Road Speed reduction measures (Carshalton Central | Sutton Central) | OpenStreetMap
Cheam North and Worcester Park
Three LIP project areas (numbered as detailed on the E&N 17 October 2019 map)
-  Kimpton Industrial Park (Stonecot) | OpenStreetMap
-  Sparrow Farm Road / Kingsmead Avenue area (Nonsuch) | OpenStreetMap
-  Woodstock Avenue area including Sutton Common Road (Stonecot) | OpenStreetMap
St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley
Six LIP project areas (numbered as detailed on the E&N 17 October 2019 map), noting that one scheme (scheme 20) is shared with the Carshalton and Clockhouse committee area (scheme 7).
-  Wrythe Lane / Tweeddale Road / Thornton Road – junction improvement (St Helier) | OpenStreetMap | Cyclescape
-  London Road / Goat Road – junction improvement (Wandle Valley) | OpenStreetMap
-  Stavordale Road area – speed reduction measures (St Helier) | OpenStreetMap
-  Area improvement scheme – area bounded by Wrythe Lane, Tweeddale Road and Winchcombe Road (St Helier) | OpenStreetMap
- [20/7] Brookfield Avenue / Wrythe Lane / West Street (to railway bridge) (The Wrythe | Carshalton Central) | OpenStreetMap
-  North Street near Carshalton College (The Wrythe) | OpenStreetMap
Four LIP project areas (numbered as detailed on the E&N 17 October 2019 map), noting that one scheme (scheme 4) is shared with the Carshalton and Clockhouse committee area (scheme 10).
-  (Sutton) High Street / Oakhill Road junction (Sutton North) | OpenStreetMap
-  Collingwood Road between Bushey Road and Robin Hood Lane (Sutton Central) | OpenStreetMap
-  Gander Green Lane area – between A217 and A232 (Sutton West) | OpenStreetMap
- [4/10] Westmead Road and Lower Road | OpenStreetMap
Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont
Two LIP project areas (numbered as detailed on the E&N 17 October 2019 map)
-  Brighton Road / Langley Park Road (South Sutton) | OpenStreetMap
-  Cheam Railway Station area (Cheam) | OpenStreetMap
How much funding is to be provided for LIP schemes in 2020-2021, and what other funding mechanisms are there?
To quote from the six local committee ‘Traffic Schemes’ reports published in the summer of 2019, “The council is likely to be allocated in the region of £890,000 for traffic schemes across the borough in 2020/21, with the rest of the allocation for educational and promotional sustainable transport initiatives. The actual amount will depend, in part, on TfL’s assessment of the bids received”. (Given that the total allocation, as will be seen, is likely to be around £1,059,000, it can perhaps be assumed that “the rest of the allocation” will be of the order of £169,000). The reports note that it is anticipated that £100,000 will still (additionally) be available for the Local Transport Fund to be split between the local committees in 2020/21. (These LTF schemes for 2020/21, where know, are discussed on the individual LIP overview graphics above).
The LIP allocation report, presented to the E&N meeting on 17 October 2019, notes “TfL have advised the borough that the allocation in 2020/21 for Corridors, Neighbourhoods and Supporting Measures will be £1,059,000” (where the Corridors, Neighbourhoods and Supporting Measures funding programme includes the twenty-four traffic schemes plus “expenditure on secure cycle parking, cycle training, car clubs, reduction of street clutter, sustainable urban drainage schemes, installation of electric vehicle charging points, school and workplace travel plans, behavioural change, education, training and publicity’).
Given Sutton’s population of around 209,000 in 2019 (source Sutton Data), the funding allocation of £1,059,000 amounts to about £5.07 for each resident in the borough. Barely enough to buy two cups of coffee at a High Street coffee shop. It is difficult to see how funding at this level will make any meaningful changes to the way people choose to travel in coming years. The fact that fuel duty has remained static for around ten years, is hardly an incentive to ditch the car and try some other form of travel (even if, in the longer term, active travel is better for you (and for everyone else) and even if over half of all journeys made by car in Sutton are for distance of less than 5km .
There is better news on transport related funding in the borough though, as other sources of cash are available (as detailed in the ‘Local Implementation Plan Allocation for 2020/21’ report).
Most notably the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme from Transport for London which “gives boroughs the opportunity to bid for funding for long-term schemes that encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport”. Up to £10m is available (although Croydon was fortunate in having a £17m bid approved for their bid in the second round lats year). Sutton is currently preparing a bid for submission in November 2019 (third round), and the council opened the ‘Sutton Liveable Neighbourhoods – funding bid‘ consultation on 9 September 2019 (closing 20 October 2019). Our expectations for the bid are set out in Anticipating Sutton’s first Liveable Neighbourhoods funding bid.
Another funding stream is the ongoing Cycleways (formerly Quietways) programme from TfL. Sutton is looking (and has been looking for quiet a while) at two routes (both of which alignments have essentially been part long-standing London Cycle Network). The first route, Sutton town centre towards Morden and Colliers Wood, may have a short section between Bishopsford road and Grennell Road (St Helier and Sutton North wards) delivered by March 2020. A Cycleways consultation on this section opened on 4 October 2019 (to close 4 November 2019).
In addition, there are maintenance programmes (Sutton has “received £200,000 in 19/20 to carry out repairs to an eastern section of Central Road, and works to deliver that are ongoing at present”, and the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund (MAQF) (which “is a £20 million fund over 10 years to support projects by London boroughs to improve air quality”). Sutton published the borough’s latest Air Quality Action Plan in June 2019 (for more on this, see Sutton’s air quality action plan 2019-2023).
Finally, of course, there are legacy projects of previously funded ‘big schemes’, such as the Beddington North TfL Major Scheme (still awaiting completion as of October 2019).
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