Sutton Cycle Forum September 2019

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1: Overview

The third Sutton Cycle Forum of 2019 (and the fifteenth since the borough’s Cycling Strategy was approved in November 2015, and subsequently published in February 2016) took place on 16 September 2019 at the offices of Sutton Council, Denmark Road.

Some notes on the previous forum meeting, held on 11 June 2019, are available at Sutton Cycle Forum June 2019.

Much of the text presented here is based on the ‘Scheme Update’ document (distributed at the September meeting in printed form, and received as a pdf on 4 October 2019), the ‘Updates and action points‘ meeting notes (received 4 October 2019), and an amended version of the ‘Updates and action points‘ meeting notes (received on 18 December 2019 (the date of the next Cycle Forum). The amendment referred to Budge Lane (see ‘Budge Lane, Wandle Trail – improvements going ahead, complete with barriers’ in section 2) and the correction to from “Concerns expressed by Cycle Forum members that they agreed to approve plans for this scheme, when they did not” to “Concerns expressed by Cycle Forum members that they were publicly stated to have approved the plans for this scheme when they did not”.

Documentation

The agenda for the 16 September 2019 meeting was distributed at the meeting, along with the ‘Updates and action points‘ meeting notes (June 2019), the ‘Scheme Update‘ (September 2019) document, a plan of the proposed cycle track link between Clarendon Road and Stafford Road, and the ‘Tharp Road, Wallington: Proposed traffic Scheme –  Stage 2 Road Safety Audit‘.

Agenda

Introductions

Updates from meeting on 11th June

Highways Schemes Updates

Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023 ​

Project review meeting

Sustainable transport budget

Lime e-bike update

Sutton to Worcester Park Quietway (East/West route)​
Potential dates for forum members to cycle the route in October (avoid 14-18th October as LR is away).

AOB

Next meeting: ​Councillor Abellan has suggested 17th or 18th December 2019. (18th better for HM as Dockless working group on 17th December).

Apologies: ​Councillor Kevin Burke, Councillor Manuel Abellan, John Kinnear (LCC member), Lynn Robinson (Senior Professional Engineer, LBS), Hitesh Wadher (Senior Professional Engineer, LBS)

Attendees

The meeting was chaired by Helen Millier (Sustainable Transport Officer^). Also present: Ian Baker (Lead Officer – Sustainable Transport^);  Kevin Williams (Senior Professional Engineer^, with responsibility for Local Committee areas Beddington and Wallington; Carshalton and Clockhouse); Paul Garside (Senior Travel Planner^); Marcus Howarth (London Cycling Campaign member); Charles Martin (LCC member); Shirley Quemby (Cycling UK; and LCC member); Colin Quemby (Cycling UK and LCC).

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); 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); John Kinnear (LCC member); Maeve Tomlinson (LCC supporter, cycling instructor).

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

2: Headlines from the September 2019 Cycle Forum

The good news
Liveable Neighbourhoods funding bid workshop confirmed

Confirmation was given that the meeting with Tamsin Ward, Senior Professional Engineer, Strategy and Commissioning^, to hear about Sutton’s proposed Liveable Neighbourhoods funding bid, was scheduled to take place on 8 October 2019. No other information regarding the LN bid was provided. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): “Meeting scheduled for 8th October, 10.30-12.00 at Denmark Road”. Plus “Link to web page with more information on the bid and an online survey to gather feedback and ideas to help shape the project:”. On 25 September 2019 we published ‘Anticipating Sutton’s first Liveable Neighbourhoods funding bid‘. On 3 October 2019 forum members received an invitation to a Cycle Forum workshop to discuss ideas for the Sutton Liveable Neighbourhoods bid to inform project development scheduled to take place on 8 October 2019. The agenda for that workshop was received on 7 October 2019. ‘Our response to the ‘Sutton Liveable Neighbourhoods funding bid’ consultation 2019‘ was submitted on 31 October 2019. 

Cycleway Morden to Sutton is progressing 

Consultation with residents on the proposed Sutton – Morden Quietway Cycleway is expected imminently (before the end of September 2019). Scheme update (4 October 2019): A 2018-2019 scheme. Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “TfL signed off designs February 2019. Meeting with TfL in July agreed to split the route in 2 phases – Bishopsford Road to Grennell Road phase 1 consultation to be at the end of September and aiming to implement by April 2020. Phase 2 Grennell Road to Sutton Town Centre more engagement sessions in October / November with the aim to introduce experimental closures in April 2020.”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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 [June 2019] meeting. Update: Meeting with TfL in July [2019] agreed to split the route in 2 phases – Bishopsford Road to Grennell Road phase 1 consultation to be at the end of September and aiming to implement by April 2020. Phase 2 Grennell Road to Sutton Town Centre more engagement sessions in October / November [2019] with the aim to introduce experimental closures in April 2020”.

Cycleway Worcester Park to Sutton is progressing

Forum members have been invited to join officers/councillors for a cycle ride of the proposed Sutton and Worcester Park Cycleway (five dates subsequently offered via Doodle Poll: Tuesday 1 October; Wednesday 2 October; Saturday 5 October; Saturday 19 October; Saturday 26 October). Scheme updates (4 October 2019): A 2018-2019 scheme Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “TfL organising traffic counts along the route. TfLs quality check criteria has found that more work needs to be undertaken on the route alignment or measures. Officers to do some further work on the route and cycling reps are invited to a route ride in October [20]19”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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​. Update: Route rides booked for forum members to feedback to LBS. One took place on 2/10/19 with second booked for 5/10/19. Feedback session is being arranged”. Strict quality criteria, presumably a reference to the new cycle route quality criteria, is needed and is very welcome! 

TfL Cycling Infrastructure Database has launched

The assurance was given that the council will inform TfL about any additions or changes to the borough’s cycling features on a monthly basis to ensure the integrity of the recently launched TfL Cycling Infrastructure Database (the council is awaiting a ‘template’ for this purpose). Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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. Update: CID launched in August 2019 and Boroughs have access via TfL Playbook. Cycle Streets are developing CID data within 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”.  The Cycling Infrastructure Database launched on 1 August 2019, see TfL launch Cycling Infrastructure Database.

Air quality action plan working group established

An ‘Air Quality Action Plan’ working group has been established which will meet quarterly and include input from a number of departments including public health. Unfortunately, transport, as one of four themes or focus areas, will only be the main discussion point once a year. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): “The revised ​Air Quality Action Plan​ was presented to Committee in March 2019. Update: (from Dave Trew) An internal group has been established which is chaired by the Director of Public Health to oversee progress. Therefore actions which are relevant to cycling should be reported through this Working Group so as to improve communication and cross-departmental working. Ian Baker will be the representative for Sustainable Transport so if you have items for the agenda, they can be directed through him. The Working Group will also discuss funding bids so that, where opportunities arise, we can bid for the funding in a coordinated manner i.e. linking to existing projects. There is currently an opportunity to bid for funding from the GLA for a project to tackle air pollution. It needs to be in the Worcester Park area (crossing both boroughs) and the main focus has to be engaging SMEs to help improve air quality. Therefore, we are looking to bid for funding for bike hangars for businesses to encourage employees to cycle to work, to purchase some electric cargo bikes that can be leased by businesses for local deliveries / collections and a series of pocket parks with cycle parking at junctions with the main road. It is currently being worked on so the final details have not yet been decided. See Sutton’s Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023 and Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025

Healthy Streets officer to be appointed

A ‘Healthy Streets’ officer is to be appointed by TfL for the boroughs. Sutton will share with Kingston. It is hoped that the Healthy Streets officer (expected to be in post within about two months – the interviews only took place during the previous week) will ensure that the Internal Cycling Advisory Group is relaunched (also see ‘the not so good news’ below). 

Modified plan of Clarendon Road – Stafford Road cycle link shared

A modified plan of the cycle link between Clarendon Road and Stafford Road (Wallington South), on the proposed North / South route, was distributed (see Figure 1). This modified plan had incorporated our recommendation for the cycle path to connect directly with the carriageway on Clarendon Road (a recommendation made at our on-site meeting with Senior Engineer Kevin Williams on 23 August). Although the cycle link still does not connect with with the Stafford Road carriageway, this aspect has been “future-proofed” for when funding is available for Stafford Road and the junction with Onslow Gardens. Also see Borough Schemes Updates below (section 3.2 Beddington and Wallington).

Note: the subsequently upgraded path (completed around November 2019) is not as good as had been expected. The cycle track has been delivered as a stepped-track (not appropriate for this location given the overall width available), and is only just over one metre wide at its narrowest point. Neither of these conditions had been evident from the distributed modified plan, although in hindsight we should have questioned the dashed-line markings on the plan. See our December 2019 newsletter for more on this.

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Figure 1: Stafford Road / Woodcote Road Area – Proposed Cycle Track
LB of Sutton, May 2019

The Passenger Benefit Fund progressing

Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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. Update: 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. GTR newsletter attached to covering email“.

The not so good news
LBS Project Review (internal cycling advisory group) “in hiatus”

The recently formed internal Cycling Advisory group is “in hiatus”. Low attendance to the single meeting that took place in April 2019 helped seal its fate. It is hoped that the anticipated appointment of the Healthy Streets officer (see above) will get this group up and running again. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): “There has not been a further project review meeting since the last Cycle Forum meeting [11 June 2019]. Update: Recent appointment of SUSTRANS as TfL Healthy Streets officers; their role will include convening regular multi-department meetings to discuss forthcoming projects”. Note: the council committed to the establishment of an internal Cycling Advisory Group in the borough’s Cycling Strategy (adopted November 2015): “We want to make the planning and delivery of cycling projects a more collaborative process so that we identify opportunities to maximise funding, quality and synergies at an early stage, thereby delivering better projects which have greater and more wide-ranging outcomes. To do this, we will establish an internal Cycling Advisory Group within the Council, bringing together those from across the Council who have an involvement in cycling projects. It is clear that there are links between cycling projects and wider outcomes such as air quality and public health, and we propose convening a forum through which ideas and progress on cycling and related projects can be discussed. This group will be championed by an elected member”.

Annual review of Sustainable Transport Strategy (and Cycling Strategy) further delayed

The annual review of the borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy, which has been expected at the June 2019 E&N committee, but which was then delayed until the October 2019 E&N Committee, is now not going to be presented at any forthcoming E&N meeting “because a new strategy is being prepared“! We took issue with this, and subsequently sent an email to Councillor Abellan (Chair of the E&N Committee, Cycling Champion) on 10 October 2019 to ask when we could expect the ‘Update on Sustainable Transport Strategy’ report to be made available (given that this was not an agenda item for the 17 October E&N meeting). A link to the summary of the eleven STS targets (only – Appendix C) had been received in the ‘Updates and action points’ document on 4 October. On 23 December 2019, Councillor Abellan wrote to advise that the report had been uploaded to the council’s website at the end of October (here), and the STS monitoring report (May 2019) could be accessed directly here. Note: the STS annual update reports on thirty-nine actions, set out under six objectives, declared within the Sustainable Transport Strategy (June 2015); thirty-two actions, under six objectives, contained within the borough’s Cycling Strategy (November 2015); and includes a summary of all eleven STS targets. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): “This is the Summary of the STS Targets. The short and long term targets will change in the new STS. Dimi advises that the new STS is a bit delayed because other Supplementary Planning Documents have been prioritised but I hope we will have the first draft by then”. Action: Charles Martin has requested that the next Cycle Forum meeting is postponed if a draft / some info is not available for 18th December”. Also see our December 2019 newsletterThe 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.

Lime dockless electric-assist hire bike scheme to be paused

This news was embargoed, and not for sharing, at the time of the Cycle Forum September 2019 meeting. The Lime e-bike electric assist bike hire scheme in Sutton, which had launched just over two months ago on 23 July 2019, is to be “paused” in mid-October until the spring of 2020 (possibly abandoned altogether). A main reason being that usage was lower than other boroughs. On 11 October 2020, less than three months after the launch, Lime wrote to registered users – see Figure 2. Keep an eye on the LBS website here​ for future updates.

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Figure 2: Message from Lime advising users that their electric-assist bike hire service was being reduced (essentially the trial was being suspended)
Lime, 11 October 2019

Sutton Cycle Network Plan – what Sutton Cycle Network Plan?

No mention of the proposed Sutton Cycle Network Plan (announced in April 2018).

Continued lack of progress on Corbet Close, Wandle Trail

Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): “The developer is ready to leave site but none of the agreed improvements have been implemented. Action: ​Hitesh will contact the developers”. New: “Update requested from Hitesh“. In other words, no progress since the Sutton Cycle Forum June 2019.

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

Budge Lane, Wandle Trail – improvements going ahead, complete with barriers

Updates and action points (4 October 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“. New: “EA approval granted. Implementation expected to be during October 2019“.

AMENDED in Updates and action points (18 December 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 were publicly stated to have approved the plans for this scheme when they did not. Action: ​Hitesh to review Cycle Forum comments regarding barriers and report back”. New: “EA approval granted. Implementation expected to be during October 2019”.

Scheme subsequently completed in November 2019 – complete with barriers.

Little progress on London Road / Goat Road

Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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”. Update: “Traffic, topographical surveys commissioned. Preliminary options have been drawn up. Meeting to be arranged with LB Merton“. For additional commentary on this scheme see scheme updates at Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018.  

No news on Carshalton Station approach road cycle contraflow

No specific news on the Carshalton Station approach road cycle contraflow, following our on-site meeting on 29 August [2019]. However, Ian Price has been informed, and Dimi is keen to move forward with the areas that the council can directly deal with (the junctions).

Lavender Vale point-closure not going ahead

A proposal to include a point-closure on Lavender Vale (Wallington South / Beddington South) near the busy Sandy Lane, Sandy Lane South, Foresters Drive junction has been rejected by residents. The extent to which the council made the case for this is unknown.

Councillors and officers absent

No councillors were present at the meeting (despite the fact that date of the meeting having been rearranged to 16 September in order to be suitable for Councillor Abellan). Only one of three highway officers was in attendance (Kevin Williams), who reported on some schemes in Beddington and Wallington. (Apologies from Lynn Robinson and Hitesh Wadher).

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

Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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?”. In other words, no change to the update provided in June 2019. 

Independent road safety audit for Tharp Road

An independent road safety audit, in relation to the proposals for the one-way working on Tharp Road (with cycle contraflow), has been carried out. The audit gives the green-light to an experimental order for the street to become one- way (westbound) with cycling contraflow (eastbound). This is expected to commence in mid-October. The audit report was distributed to attendees. The audit approves the signage that is proposed, but there is no mention of the suitability of the street to operate as one-way with cycle contraflow (given the available width available and vehicles parked on both sides). So the audit considers “safety”, in the sense that the signage passes muster, but not subjective safety, or suitability of the scheme to facilitate safe and comfortable cycling for all uses and all types of cycles. Note: the aim of this scheme was/is to resolve a particular issue experienced by residents. For the background see No room for bikes: how Tharp Road could show borough-wide failure over cycling. More in the Borough schemes updates by Local Committee (Beddington and Wallington) below.

Foresters Drive plans to be shared

Plans of proposals for Foresters Drive (including “cycle-friendly” designs) are to be shared in a couple of weeks. Plans were not shared – the first we saw of the proposals was when the informal consultation Foresters Drive Highway Improvement Programme was launched in February 2020 (and not as “cycle-friendly” as we would like).

3: Borough schemes updates by Local Committee area

This section begins with an overview of the schemes across the borough which, according to the Scheme Update (September 2019) document, are completed, not progressing, or new since the previous Schemes Update in June 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:
  • Traffic calming in the vicinity of Brookfield Primary School (Stonecot) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview] officially now complete. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme update (16 September 2019): Status: “Complete”. This scheme had been reported as “complete, with snagging” in the 5 June 2019 scheme updates document. The snag at the time being “still need minor changes to school crossing point”. Given that this scheme was due for completion by the end of March 2018, but consultation did not commenced until August / September 2018, it would appear that this scheme took as long to finish as it took to get started.
  • Crossings at the Brighton Road / Cotswold Road intersection (Belmont) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview] officially now complete. A 2017-2018 scheme. Note that a major road safety scheme for this difficult junction had been instigated in 2013 – see ‘Will the new cycle crossing in Belmont encourage people to cycle?(September 2019).
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)):
  • Not applicable.
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 above, in ‘Other news’ in Section 2 Headlines from the September 2019 Cycle Forum, 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 update (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

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 update (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

Bridge Road (intersection with Ross Parade/Clarendon Road) (Wallington South). A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme update (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): “Kevin advises that the signage is due to be installed shortly”. No change from the June 2019 Cycle ForumFor further commentary on this scheme, see Sutton Cycle Forum June 2019.

Foresters Drive (between Sandy Lane and Mollison Drive) (Beddington South) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme update (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

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]. A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 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. Update: Kevin gave forum members copies of the safety audit at this meeting“. Also see commentary in ‘Other news’ (part of Section 2: Headlines from the September 2019 Cycle Forum) above.

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] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme update (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Early project proposals not endorsed by the school. Alternative scheme now being developed”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

Foresters Primary School, Redford Avenue (Beddington South) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Safer route to school measures, Healthy Streets Approach. Prefered option identified. Preparing for public consultation”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

Plough Lane area (Beddington South) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

Manor Road / London Road (Wallington North) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year oneScheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve walking and cycling in the area linking Butter Hill and Beddington Park”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

Clyde Road/Ross Road area (Wallington South) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year oneScheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve cycling and walking environment using TfL’s Healthy Streets approach“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

Onslow Gardens/Blenheim Gardens (Wallington South) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year oneScheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve cycling and walking environment using TfL’s Healthy Streets approach“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

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]. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

Stanley Park Road / Beeches Avenue area (Carshalton South and Clockhouse) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Implementation”. Update: “Implementation underway in August September 2019“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year oneScheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve crossing facilities, pedestrian, cycle and public transport environment. Traffic/ped surveys to be commissioned“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report.

Area between Kings Lane/Fairview Rd/Harrow Rd and Cambridge Road (Carshalton Central) [OpenStreetMap] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year oneScheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve pedestrian routes within area and address through traffic and speed related concerns”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

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 CyclewaySee Section 2, ‘Good news’, above.

Brookfield Primary School (Stonecot) [Open Street Map and Google Streetview]. A 2017-2018 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Complete“. Update: “3 entry treatments and a raised table and introduce the 20mph area complete”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report.

Windsor Avenue / Henley Avenue area (Stonecot) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview]. A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Formal consultation”. Update: “20mph area and zebra crossing formal consultation finishes 19/9/19“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. For more on this scheme, and the how it has been watered down, see commentary in the notes to the Sutton Cycle Forum June 2019.

Priory Road/Church Hill Road (Nonsuch) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 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 10/01/2019 to 31/012019. Implementation programmed during Oct/Nov 2019“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report.

Sparrow Farm Road Area (Nonsuch) [OpenStreetMap] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year one. Scheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Consultation“. Update: “Proposing 20mph speed limit, staggered kerb buildout for Kingsmead Avenue between London Road and Dalmeny Road and zebra crossing outside Meadow Primary School has been informally consulted on. All measures had majority support but residents of Kingsmead Avenue are split on the Kingsmead Ave proposal so further consultation necessary“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report.

Woodstock Avenue / Elm Road West (Stonecot) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year one. Measures to discourage cut-through traffic. Officers have received concerns from residents about the speed and volume of traffic using Woodstock Avenue as a cut through to the A24 London Road. **This scheme has not yet been brought to the Cycle Forum despite having having been discussed at the Cheam North and Worcester Park Local Committee meeting of 5 July 2018 (See First sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton) and the noted in the Appendix A – 2020/21 List of Proposed Schemes (E&N committee 17 October 2019) that “Phase 2 of measures to complete the scheme started in 2019/20 and review the traffic measures in Sutton Common Road”** .

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 CyclewaySee 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 (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Traffic, topographical surveys commissioned. Preliminary options have been drawn up. Meeting to be arranged with LB of Merton“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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. Update: ​Traffic, topographical surveys commissioned. Preliminary options have been drawn up. Meeting to be arranged with LB Merton. Essentially no change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum. 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 (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum

Budge Lane – cycle lane improvements (Wandle Valley) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Design/implementation”. Update: “EA approval granted (due to proximity to water course). Implementation expected to be during October 2019“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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. Only change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum scheme update is that implementation is now expected during October 2019, as opposed to summer 2019. **For additional commentary, and background, on this scheme see the June 2019 Cycle Forum**.

Stavordale Road (St Helier) [Google Maps | Open Street Map] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year oneScheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Speed reduction measures, possible 20mph limit. Consultation anticipated during October 19“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. This 20mph zone LIP scheme 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 Cycleways 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 (16 September 2019): Status “Ongoing”. Update: “Scope of diversions of underground services and associated cost still under consideration. Revised implementation date to be decided“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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 (16 September 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. Implementation commenced during summer 2019“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. This section of Collingwood Road was subject to speed reduction measures in 2013, when a 20mph speed limit was introduced. Note how the status is still given as “feasibility” when the update includes “implementation commenced”. 

Sutton High Street / Oakhill Road (Sutton North) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Junction improvement – Accident reduction scheme. Preliminary options circulated with ward councillors – some revisions are suggested before agreeing on the preferred option”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019): No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum. See June 2019 Cycle Forum for additional commentary on this scheme.

Mulgrave Road, near Bridge Road (Sutton West) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2018-2019 scheme. Scheme updates (16 September 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 (4 October 2019/18 December 2019)No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle ForumThis scheme was shown as complete in the June 2019 update, so should not really have been included in the September 2019 update. For additional commentary on the 20mph scheme, that this scheme replaced, and the subsequent abandonment of the 20mph scheme, see Sutton Cycle Forum November 2018.

Gander Green Lane (south of A217) (Sutton West) [Open Street Map |Google Streetview] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year oneScheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Speed reduction and traffic calming measures, improved crossing facilities, pedestrian, cycle and public transport environment. Traffic surveys planned“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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 (16 September 2019): Status: “Complete“. Update: “Crossings implemented 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”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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 (16 September 2019): Status: “Ongoing”. Update: “Current options include a junction table at Banstead Road South / Downs Road and a junction improvement at Downs Rd / Cotswold Rd”. : “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“. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 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”. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum. Not sure why this scheme is included in ‘updates and action points’ anyway.

Brighton Road / Langley Park Road area (Sutton South/Belmont) [Open Street Map| Google Streetview] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year one. Scheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Extend 20mph zone, improve pedestrian facilities”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019)No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

Cheam Railway Station area (Cheam) [Open Street Map | Google Streetview] A 2019-2020 scheme = ‘Healthy Streets’ year oneScheme updates (16 September 2019): Status: “Feasibility”. Update: “Improve walking, cycling and public transport access to the station”. Updates and action points (4 October 2019/18 December 2019)No report. No change from the June 2019 Cycle Forum.

v1: 15.03.2020; v1.1 21.03.2020 (minor typing corrections)

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