This page provides links to documents that relate to cycling in the borough and beyond. We hope to build on this, and if there is anything you would like to see included here please let us know. An extensive archive of cycling related material is available in the document library at the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain.
Note that our quarterly news updates, published between March 2015 and March 2020, are available on the Newsletters page.
Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 Supplementary Planning Document
The borough’s latest, updated, transport strategy was adopted at the Council meeting held on 22 November 2021.
Of the 43 councillors present, 26 voted in favour, 15 against (all opposition councillors), with two abstentions.
The councillors who voted for the adoption of the updated strategy were: Cllr Manuel Abellan (Beddington South | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Ben Andrew (Wandle Valley | Liberal Democrat); Cllr David Bartolucci (Sutton Central | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Jenny Batt (Worcester Park | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Richard Clare (Sutton Central | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Richard Clifton (Sutton South | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Steve Cook (Wallington South | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Jean Crosby (St Helier | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Ruth Dombey (Sutton North, | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Vincent Galligan (Wandle Valley | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Sunita Gordon (Wallington | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Drew Heffernan (Worcester Park | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Marlene Heron (Sutton North | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Marian James (Wallington North | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Barry Lewis (Wallington North | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Jayne McCoy (Wallington South | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Ali Mirhashem (Sutton Central | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Annie Moral (St Helier | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Steve Penneck (Sutton North | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Muhammad Sadiq (Wallington South | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Mo Saqib (Beddington South | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Jake Short (Carshalton Central | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Sam Weatherlake (The Wrythe | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Jill Whitehead (Carshalton Central | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Chris Williams (Carshalton Central | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Hanna Zuchowska (Wandle Valley).
The councillors who voted against the adoption of the updated strategy were: Cllr Eric Allen (Cheam | Conservative); Cllr Martina Allen (Nonsuch | Conservative) “100 per cent against”; Cllr Lily Bande (Sutton West | Conservative); Cllr Moira Butt (Carshalton South and Clockhouse | Conservative); Cllr Tom Drummond (Worcester Park | Conservative); Cllr Neil Garratt (Belmont | Conservative); Cllr Peter Geiringer (Nonsuch | Conservative); Cllr Catherine Gray (Sutton West | Conservative “As a substantial number of Conservative councillors, I’m voting against”; Cllr Jillian Green (Beddington North | Sutton Residents); Cllr David Hicks (Belmont | Conservative); Cllr James McDermott-Hill (Nonsuch | Conservative); Cllr Param Nandha (Stonecot | Conservative); Cllr Jane Pascoe (Belmont | Conservative); Cllr Tony Shields (Sutton South | Conservative) “Against punitive road closures”; Cllr Ryan Stoneman (Stonecot | Conservative);
Abstentions: Cllr Nick Mattey (Beddington North | Independent Residents) “Disgusted and not prepared to take part in this undemocratic process”; Cllr Trish Fivey (South Sutton | Liberal Democrat and Mayor of Sutton).
The following councillors were absent, so their voting intentions not known (although, from the above, the assumption is that opposition councillors would most likely have voted against the adoption, and the Liberal Democrats voted for): Cllr Kevin Burke (Sutton West | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Elliot Colburn (Cheam | Conservative, MP Carshalton and Wallington); Cllr Tim Crowley (Carshalton South and Clockhouse | Conservative); Cllr Jed Dwight (Stonecot | Conservative); Cllr Tim Foster (Beddington North | Independent Residents); Cllr Martin Gonzalez (St Helier | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Amy Haldane (Carshalton South and Clockhouse | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Edward Joyce (Beddington South | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Nali Patel (The Wrythe | Liberal Democrat); Cllr Holly Ramsey (Cheam | Conservative); Cllr Colin Stears (The Wrythe | Liberal Democrat).
Climate Emergency Response Plan
Sutton’s Climate Emergency Response Plan, was presented to members of the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee on 7 October 2021 (agenda item 21 ‘Environment Strategy and Climate Emergency Response Plan Annual Refresh’).
The report provides a summary of the progress made since October 2020 (year 2) of actions within the plan (originally published June 2019), along with an update of the plan for 2021/22.
“Delivery of the vision and targets is extremely ambitious and challenging for both the council and the wider borough. When producing the Climate Emergency Response Plan, the council recognised that action was required from all members of society. Success continues to require financial, legislative and regulatory support from the government as well as advancements in technology and radical behaviour change. The latest data indicates that the borough produced 564.4 kt CO2 in 2019. The majority of emissions are from domestic (47.7%) and transport sources (28.9%). Delivery has focused on these areas and the updated Climate Emergency Response Plan reflects this”.
The report was somewhat out-of-date when presented to the E&S Committee in October 2021, as content in the Annual Refresh document includes the text “Actions completed since 2020 include: Securing funding for transformational changes to create low-traffic neighbourhoods”. However, it is known that the borough’s experimental, trial, traffic filtering schemes (introduced as part of the London-wide Streetspace programme shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020), were subsequently removed. (Furthermore, in July 2021, it became public knowledge that Sutton was one of seven (out of thirty-two) London boroughs to have been put on the ‘naughty step’. “The London councils where funding has been stopped, pending further discussion, are Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, Redbridge, Sutton, and Wandsworth”, Andrew Gilligan, 30 July 2021).
Part 1 of the Plan, Council Services, includes actions on walking, cycling and public transport use. Three of those actions are reproduced here
1: Updated Action: Publish a new Sustainable Transport Strategy (STS), enabling an increase in walking and cycling across the borough [see November 2021 above].
Timescale: Following a public consultation in January to March 2021, the updated draft STS is scheduled to be considered for adoption by the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee in October 2021. [See September 2021]
Involves: Sutton Council – Strategic Planning, Highways & Transport and Climate Action & Sustainability. Cyclists, walkers, drivers and developers.
Cost and funding: Existing Council budgets, including TfL Local Implementation Plan and Cycleway funding. The Ashden / Friends of the Earth toolkit proposes spend of £50/person/year on walking and cycling. This equates to £10.3m. The Council has historically received around £1.5m each year from TfL and other sources (e.g. Section 106). A significant increase in funding from TfL would be needed and TfL’s overall funding situation due to COVID-19 makes this significantly more uncertain.
3: New Action: Lobby for improvements in facilities to support walking and cycling on the Transport for London Road Network.
Involves: Sutton Council – Highways & Transport
Cost and funding: Staff time on lobbying can be met from existing budgets. Improvements are needed across the whole borough, however the current focus is on the Carshalton High Street area where TfL are currently developing improvement plans for the area.
6: Existing Action: Secure funding for cycle network improvements e.g. new quiet routes, segregated cycle paths, cycle parking etc.
Involves: Sutton Council – Highways & Transport
Costs and Funding: Transport for London fund Cycleways.The council is developing projects to be considered as part of the next three year LIP spending plan, which will include cycling schemes. Council officers continue to work with Get Sutton Cycling to identify opportunities for new routes. The Council can use Section 106 (S106) and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding secured through planning.
8: Complete action: Secure funding for transformational changes to create low-traffic neighbourhoods.
Timescale: Completed February/ March 2021. [!!!! Not true – schemes subsequently removed!]
Involves: Sutton Council – Highways & Transport
Costs and Fundings: The council secured funding from DfT and TfL to deliver this work as part of the COVID-19 emergency response. Additional funding is needed to support Play Streets. [Play Streets? Should this be School Streets?]
Also see Sutton Council > Climate https://www.sutton.gov.uk/climate
Sutton’s Final Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025
The final draft version (post consultation) of the borough’s new Sustainable Transport Strategy, was presented to members of the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee on 7 October 2021 (agenda item 20 ‘Adoption of Sustainable Transport Strategy’). Note that the document was not adopted on this occasion, with Councillors James McDermott-Hill, Neil Garratt, Tony Shields, Catherine Gray, and Tom Drummond subsequently submitting a requisition on 12 October 2021 (see documentation presented at the full Council meeting on 22 November 2021).
The final draft included an updated, and extended Foreword, by Councillor Manuel Abellan, and this is reproduced in full below.
Councillor Manuel Abellan, Deputy Leader of the Council and Chair of the Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee
Sutton residents, businesses and visitors have faced huge challenges in 2020 and 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic has had deep, and sometimes lasting, impacts on how we live, work and get around.
As we have now moved out of the lockdown phase of the pandemic, the Council is working with residents and businesses to support the borough’s recovery and help build a Stronger Sutton. This is a real opportunity to make Sutton an even better place to live, work and bring up a family.
One of the impacts of the pandemic has been the emergence of local places, businesses and communities as more important than ever. There is a renewed emphasis on quality of life and how we shape our neighbourhoods in the future.
Locally, nationally and internationally, there is also the increasing impact of severe weather as a result of the climate emergency. How Sutton plays its part in adapting to and reducing the effects of climate change will be key to the necessary shift to more sustainable lifestyles.
This new Sustainable Transport Strategy replaces the Council’s previous strategy (2015-2020) and has Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) status. This makes it more than just a strategy. It will be a key factor in all future planning decisions and will therefore have “more teeth” than the previous document.
It builds on the 2018 Sutton Local Plan and 2019 Local Implementation Plan, and lays the groundwork for higher levels of walking, cycling and public transport use by those who live, work and visit the borough, reducing the need for private car use. The borough’s cycling, walking and car club strategies have been brought together in one place and updated to take account of newer methods and technologies. It pushes forward the borough’s Ambitious for Sutton programme, contributes to the Mayor of London’s Healthy Streets objectives and complements the Council’s Environment Strategy and Climate Emergency Response Plan.
Sutton’s new Sustainable Transport Strategy focuses on how the Council and the community can work together to identify and shape the priorities and measures to improve local places in the borough. Local transport, and particularly sustainable transport, is key to this and the Strategy sets the framework for how schemes and measures are implemented for the greatest benefit across the whole community.
We want to become London’s most sustainable borough, and the potential is there. Sutton has the highest number of potential trips by foot or bike of any London borough. But with a poor overall public transport offer and a number of key through routes, more people in Sutton choose to use their car for trips less than 3km than anywhere else in London. The long-standing traffic management, congestion, safety and air quality issues caused by this are well-known. We need to find a new way of doing things if we want to meet our ambitions for growth, improved public health and environmental sustainability in our neighbourhoods.
As ever, funding will be challenging. Central government and borough resources are under more pressure than at any recent time due to the health emergency. Transport for London’s income has reduced as a result of people being unable to travel during the pandemic and this impacts on funding allocations from the Mayor and central government to councils. This is likely to be a constraint for many years to come. Because of this, the role of developers in supporting and helping to fund new infrastructure to support homes and businesses is more vital than ever. This new Sustainable Transport Strategy therefore sets out clear planning guidelines for new developments to ensure that everyone plays their part.
It is a mark of the strength of feeling among residents, businesses and local groups that the consultation for this new Sustainable Transport Strategy attracted such a high response rate for a draft planning document. I would like to thank all those who took the time to read the draft strategy and provide constructive feedback. Your comments have helped refine this final document, whether it be in terms of improved clarity or adjustments to the policies and planning guidelines in the various sections.
Now is the time to act. Sutton is about to embark on one of the most significant periods of change in its history and through this new strategy we aim to make a real difference for our residents, businesses, partners and climate.
The strategy was accompanied by four appendices: (1) Adoption Report; (2) Consultation Responses Summary; (3) Report outlining proposed changes to the original draft; (4) Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) Report.
Cycling by Design
Cycling by Design provides guidance for cycling infrastructure design on all roads, streets and paths in Scotland. It aims to ensure that cycling is a practical and attractive choice for the everyday and occasional journeys of all people, particularly new, returning or less confident users. [This is a updated version]
The following is an extract from the Foreword by Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights:
“In the last 18 months, many people have chosen active travel more often, whether for leisure or everyday journeys. They will have seen for themselves how much progress is needed to make cycling safe and attractive everywhere. As road traffic levels have increased again, this has been all the more apparent. I am therefore pleased to welcome this new guidance document for the design of permanent cycling infrastructure in Scotland. It will continue to develop, and I would like to thank the members of the steering group whose continued involvement will help to achieve further improvement”.
Gear Change: One year on
Celebrating a year of achievement since the publication of ‘Gear Change: a bold vision for walking and cycling’ in July 2020. Noting that, “Even before the pandemic, road traffic was predicted to grow up to 51% by 2050….. There are only a few ways to deal with the enormous growth in demand for roadspace…..“
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, writing in the Foreword to ‘Gear Change: One year on’:
“Almost exactly six years ago, in east London, we began the frst of the transformational low-traffic neighbourhood schemes I funded as mayor. There was intense controversy: hundreds of protestors carried a golden coffin to symbolise the “death” we were supposedly causing to the local shops. But the council stuck it out, thank goodness. Now, the local shops and cafes have never been busier, air quality is up, opposition to the LTN has evaporated, and so has some of the traffic. That is the future I want to see for a lot more places, and this plan will help achieve it.”
Active Travel Act Guidance
Welsh Government: “Our vision is clear – for walking and cycling to become the normal choice for shorter journeys and we look forward to working with partners to turn this vision into reality”.
Four-hundred and seventy six pages – at the cutting edge, leading the way.
Decarbonising transport: a better, greener, Britain
‘Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge’, published by the Department for Transport in March 2020, brought together existing work to reduce emissions across all forms of transport, and for the first time laid out the scale of the additional reductions needed to deliver transport’s contribution to legally binding carbon budgets and delivering net zero by 2050.
Sixteen months on, this plan sets out how the Government will deliver those emissions reductions and the associated benefits that will be realised from it across the UK. “We have engaged extensively with a large range of stakeholders to inform development of this Plan including through virtual workshops, written contributions, online feedback, and the Net Zero Transport Board”.
In the Foreword, The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, writes:
“….we cannot, of course, simply rely on the electrification of road transport, or believe that zero emission cars and lorries will solve all our problems, particularly for meeting our medium-term carbon reduction targets to 2035. Road traffic, even on pre-pandemic trends, was predicted to grow by 22 percent from 2015 to 2035 – much of it in cities, where new roadbuilding is physically difficult and disadvantages communities. We cannot pile ever more cars, delivery vans and taxis on to the same congested urban roads. That would be difficult for the roads, let alone the planet, to tolerate. As we build back better from the pandemic, it will be essential to avoid a car-led recovery.”
“….We want to reduce urban road traffic overall. Improvements to public transport, walking and cycling, promoting ridesharing and higher car occupancy, and the changes in commuting, shopping and business travel accelerated by the pandemic, also offer the opportunity for a reduction or at least a stabilisation, in traffic more widely. That will benefit everyone, drivers included.”
“….we have published ambitious policies to transform England for cycling and walking. More than 300 cycling and walking schemes have already been installed, many more are on the way, and we have clear evidence that, where they are done properly, they work and are popular. Cycling rose by 46 per cent last year, a greater rise than across the whole of the previous 20 years and easily the biggest increase in post-war history. With £2 billion of new funding, we have put our money where our mouth is.”
“….Over the last twenty years, in real terms, the cost of motoring fell by 15 per cent. Over the same period the cost of rail fares went up by over 20 per cent and bus and coach fares by over 40 per cent. Gradually, we will change this”.
The plan details six commitments, one of which is to increase walking and cycling with the aim to have half of all journeys in towns and cities cycled or walked by 2030.
The London Travel Demand Survey 2017/18 – 2019/20 suggests that the proportion of journeys that were cycled or walked across Greater London between 2017 and 2020 was of the order of 35.2 percent (inner London 43.9%; outer London 29.0%; Sutton 25.0%). To achieve 50% walking and cycling across Greater London, it is likely Sutton will need to deliver 35% of journeys in this way.
Sutton’s third Local Implementation Plan (approved April 2019) sets a target for the proportion of journeys made by walking, cycling, or use of public transport of 56% by 2025 and 63% by 2041. In 2018, the proportion was around 45 or 46%.
It has been said many times before, but good to see it re-stated in this plan (page 54): “Cycling and walking can help us tackle some of the most challenging issues we face as a society, not just climate change, but improving air quality, health and wellbeing, addressing inequalities, and tackling congestion and noise pollution on our roads. Increased levels of active travel can improve everyday life for us all”.
A Moment of Change
The Department for Transport (DfT) recognises that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), there is a rare, national ‘moment of change’ providing for the opportunity to promote cycling and walking uptake as restrictions begin to ease and people start going back to work. This Guidance Pack is targeted to those local authorities who may have done very little or no workplace travel behaviour change over the last few years due to funding limitations, but there are tips and case studies here that may interest all authorities. It draws upon the experience of those local authorities who have had longevity of revenue funding and who have, therefore, tried and tested approaches to designing and implementing workplace programmes.
Sutton’s School Streets
At the meeting of the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee held on 24 June 2021, members considered the report ‘Safer and Healthier Streets‘ (agenda item 10). Two appendices to the report were provided (a) Findings Report (summarising the findings from a consultation carried out for eleven experimental School Streets); (b) Equality Impacts Assessment Report.
The consultation findings report notes that “All but two of the [eleven] consultation sites had overall support for reducing traffic outside of the schools. These [nine] sites all achieved over 60% support”.
Several positive aspects of School Streets are detailed in the EqIA, one being physical activity: “By generating a reduction of vehicular traffic, School Streets schemes improve walking and cycling opportunities, and this is key to encourage road users to shift from car use to active travel. Two 10-minute periods of brisk walking or cycling a day are enough to get the level of physical activity recommended to avoid the greatest health risks associated with inactivity. Obesity significantly increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Furthermore, obesity and morbid obesity can increase a person’s chances of dying from COVID-19 by 40 and 90% respectively. It was found that journey times to primary schools by car or by bike are relatively similar”.
At the 24 June 2021 meeting, four councillors abstained on the following three resolutions: To note the results of the school streets consultation as set out in Appendix A (i.e. the Findings Report); To agree to the implementation of 11 School Street schemes as described in this report; To agree to proceed with necessary infrastructure works following the statutory process. These four councillors were: Councillor Jed Dwight (Stonecot, Conservative); Councillor Neil Garratt (Belmont, Conservative); Councillor Tony Shields (Sutton South, Conservative; Chair – Sutton South, Cheam & Belmont Local Committee); Councillor Nick Mattey (Beddington North, Sutton Independent Residents). In other words, all the councillors, as members of the E&ST committees, who sit in opposition to the Liberal Democrat administration.
Climate Safe Streets – One year on
One year on from the publication of LCC’s report ‘Climate Safe Streets: Delivering Zero Carbon Roads in London by 2030’, this update considers how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted London’s road system and what it will mean for decarbonisation.
London Cycling Campaign: Climate Safe Streets
Sutton’s Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025
This version of the borough’s Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy was published as part of Sutton Council’s Draft Sutton Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 Consultation (14 January 2021 to 25 March 2021).
London Borough of Sutton: Draft Sutton Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 Consultation
London’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: an emerging evidence base
This short report summarises new and emerging evidence on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and how they fit into wider transport policy goals.
We Are Possible: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Sustrans’ Manifesto for London
Fairer Streets, better lives
This manifesto, published five months prior to the mayoral election in May 2021, has twelve asks of the next Mayor of London. These asks prioritise people who are disadvantaged and underrepresented across London, but they should benefit everyone. Acting on these asks will make walking, wheeling and cycling safer and more inclusive, by designing streets and neighbourhoods that serve everyone.
Sustrans: Our manifesto for London 2021
A Guide to Inclusive Cycling – 4th edition
Originally launched in 2017, and now updated in its fourth edition, this truly comprehensive guide aims to raise the visibility of disabled cyclists and to put in place the building blocks for a more inclusive cycling culture.
Wheels for Wellbeing: Guide to Inclusive Cycling – Fourth Edition!
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods for all?
Mapping the extent of London’s new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
We Are Possible: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Sutton’s Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 | Sutton Council
This draft version of a proposed new Sustainable Transport Strategy for the borough, as an update to the 2015 Sustainable Transport Strategy, was presented to members of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 1 October 2020.
London Borough of Sutton: Pages relating to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee appear to be no longer available on Sutton Council’s website. The Environment and Neighbourhood Committee was renamed the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee from early 2021.
Cycling for everyone
A guide for inclusive cycling in cities and towns
People Future Streets
How to talk to people about the future of their streets
Rethinking public engagement to deliver better streets for all
This guide (produced jointly by the LCC and Urban Movement) is for local authority officers and their consultants, as well as others working at the sharp end of the conception, design and delivery of highway schemes intended to make streets better for residents, businesses and indeed everyone. It is therefore also likely to be of interest to anyone concerned with achieving the same outcomes, including councillors and local activists.
London Cycling Campaign: Webinar and Reports
Cycle Infrastructure Design
Guidance for local authorities on designing **high-quality, safe cycle infrastructure**.
Gear Change: a bold vision for walking and cycling
Cycling and walking plan for England policy paper. Setting out a vision for a travel revolution in England’s streets, towns and communities.
This plan describes the vision to make England a great walking and cycling nation. It sets out the actions required at all levels of government to make this a reality, grouped under four themes:
- Better streets for cycling and people
- Cycling and walking at the heart of decision-making
- Empowering and encouraging local authorities
- Enabling people to cycle and protecting them when they do
Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge
In a Ministerial Foreword, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps says:
“Climate change is the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that we need to take action, and doing so is a clear priority for the Government…..”
“Transport has a huge role to play in the economy reaching net zero. The scale of the challenge demands a step change in both the breadth and scale of ambition and we have a duty to act quickly and decisively to reduce emissions…..”
“2020 will be the year we set out the policies and plans needed to tackle transport emissions. This document marks the start of this process…..
“Public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for our daily activities. We will use our cars less and be able to rely on a convenient, cost-effective and coherent public transport network“
Climate Safe Streets – Delivering Zero Carbon Roads in London by 2030
This report lays out in detail the specific decisions the next Mayor of London must take to achieve carbon zero roads by 2030, and considers the opportunities for boroughs in addressing the Climate Emergencies they have declared. It shows how a new, zero carbon, healthier and more efficient system for road travel can be created that will render it unnecessary for most Londoners to own a car after 2030.
London Cycling Campaign: Webinar and Reports
Cycle Parking Implementation Plan
Making sure every cycle trip starts and ends with a place to park. The case for cycle parking (tackling the barriers to cycling; wider benefits of cycle parking); understanding cycle parking in London (new demand analysis); detailed action plans on delivery (six focus areas – transport hubs; town centres; residential areas; educational institutions; workplaces; community destinations); and the importance of working together to deliver the plan. Significant changes proposed in the draft new London Plan.
Transport for London: Cycle Parking
London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard 2019
Since 2018, London Cycling Campaign has been collaborating with several other active travel campaigning groups on the first ever “London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard”. The new scorecard shows a wide variation between London boroughs’ progress towards the Mayor’s key transport targets at this time. The Scorecard will be updated annually to show progress year on year. Also see Healthy boroughs ‘Scorecard’ launches (LCC, 11 July 2019); New scorecard reveals gaps in London boroughs’ progress on healthy streets (London Living Streets, 15 July 2019); London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard July 2019 (London Campaign to Protect Rural England, July 2019).
Healthy Streets Scorecard: London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard
Liveable Neighbourhoods 2019
The Liveable Neighbourhoods Best Practice Guide is published by Landor LINKS in partnership with Transport for London, and sponsored by Commonplace, Cyclehoop, Project Centre, Rosehill Highways and Urban Movement. The guide was launched at the inaugural Liveable Neighbourhoods conference on 10 July 2019. This first edition of the guide focusses on the challenges and successes of the Mini Hollands programme, including interviews with councillors, project leaders and engineers. The publication also includes insight from consultant engineers, software providers and highways product suppliers. The 64-page guide contains best practice hints and guidance for the successful mobilisation and implementation of Healthy Street developments, Liveable Neighbourhoods and community regeneration projects. The publication details a step-by-step toolkit using best practice examples from the mini-Holland Boroughs and Phase 1 of the Liveable Neighbourhood programme, as well as expert viewpoints from Brian Deegan, Ben Plowden, Chris Harrison and many more.
A Guide to Inclusive Cycling (2019 – 2nd edition)
This revamped Guide to Inclusive Cycling, which is thought to be the only one of its kind anywhere in the world, encapsulates Wheels for Wellbeing’s continued campaigning efforts to identify and remove all barriers to cycling for Disabled people. Wheels for Wellbeing: Launch of new guide to inclusive cycling.
Wheels for Wellbeing: Campaigns and Policy
Sutton’s Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023
Sutton Council launched a new Air Quality Action Plan on Clean Air Day 2019 (LB of Sutton, 21 June 2019). The statutory Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) 2019-2023 is the Action Plan for the ‘Cleaner Air’ chapter of the borough’s recently published Environment Strategy 2019-2025 (see below). The AQAP contains a list of thirty-six actions that form part of the plan. Twelve of these actions are within the ‘cleaner transport’ theme, and four of these are included in the top ten overall priority actions. Other ‘cleaner transport’ actions, which are welcome, include discouraging unnecessary engine idling, and supporting communities wishing to enact temporary road closures. However, for the former action, the timescale for implementation includes “investigate options for creating No Engine idling Zone(s) around a school at peak times by 2021”. This raises the question as to why something as basic (and as urgent) as this needs to take up to two years to implement. Another inexpensive option, with an immediate impact, would be to deliver School Streets. More information at schoolstreets.org.uk. In regard to temporary road closures, there is disappointment that the action, as specified in the draft consultation document relating to holding car-free days, has been changed to exclude any specific reference to car-free days. The reason given for this change, that it “was the only action which did not receive a positive net agreement from the public consultation”, coupled with the overview of the comments received from residents (as provided in the Draft Air Quality Action Plan Consultation report (February 2019: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, 7 March 2019, agenda item 40, Appendix B), could suggest that the council did not fully explain what Car Free Days actually entail. As a result, perhaps, some respondents thought they would be banned from using their car on a specified day. That is not the case of course. Car-free days can just include Play Streets, as described by londoncarfreeday.com.
Read our review of the Action Plan: Sutton’s Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023.
London Borough of Sutton: Air Quality Action Plan
London Borough of Sutton: Air Quality Reports
Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025
Sutton Council launched its Environment Strategy on World Environment Day, Wednesday 5 June 2019, (LB of Sutton, 5 June 2019). The new Environment Strategy replaces the Sustainability Strategy (One Planet Sutton), and looks ahead to 2025. The headline, and overarching, vision of the Environment Strategy is that Sutton will be London’s most Sustainable Borough, noting that everyone has a role to play in reducing their impact on the environment. One of the five themes is Cleaner Air, the Action Plan for which is included in the borough’s Air Quality Action Plan (published on 21 June 2019, Clean Air Day). The Vision for Cleaner Air includes the ambition that “the borough will be a place where walking and cycling short journeys is easy, pleasant and safe”.
The targets for the Cleaner Air Vision:
By March 2022, 48 per cent of journeys in Sutton will be made by walking, cycling or public transport* (baseline, 2014/15-2016/17, 46 per cent as stated (but 45 per cent for this same three-year average according to the Update on the Sustainable Transport Strategy, June 2018 – see below)
By March 2022, 36 per cent of people will be doing 20 minutes of active travel a day (baseline 2014/15-2016/17 28 per cent)
By December 2021, 24 per cent of Sutton’s population will be within 400m of the strategic cycle network (baseline for 2016 0 per cent).
Develop and deliver an action plan for meeting the national air quality standards as soon as possible (delivered same month – see Air Quality Action Plan, June 2019)
Continue to take action to reduce levels of particulate matter (PM10)
- The borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy (June 2015), set a target of 49.4 per cent of journeys in Sutton for walking (29.6 per cent), cycling (2.2 per cent) or public transport (17.6 per cent) by 2017 (rising to 56 per cent by 2025). Also see Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan (Transport Plan 2018-2041), April 2019.
Read our review of the Environment Strategy: Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025.
London Borough of Sutton: File not found (16 August 2021) / link https://www.sutton.gov.uk/downloads/file/3888/sutton_environment_strategy_2019 returns ‘Page not found”
New cycle route Quality Criteria
TfL has developed new cycle route quality criteria to help improve the quality of the cycle network in London (New cycle route quality criteria). The six criteria are designed to be consistent with recommendations in the London Cycling Design Standards and – working alongside other guidance and tools – should be used to shape the design of new cycling infrastructure. The spreadsheet tool allows planners and designers to use data to determine whether conditions are appropriate for routes to mix people cycling with motor traffic. The tool also recommends when dedicated space for cycling would be most appropriate. The accompanying technical note describes the relationship of the six criteria and how the automated spreadsheet tool interprets the data. (Also see ‘New cycle route Quality Criteria‘.
Transport for London: Cycling
Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan (Transport Plan 2018-2041)
According to LB of Sutton Transport Plans (accessed 17 June 2019), the final version of borough’s Third Local Implementation Plan (effective April 2019) received approval by TfL and the Mayor of London on 12 April 2019. This final version is a slightly updated variant of the Draft for Mayoral Approval (February 2019) version, with small changes and additions in ‘Section Three: the Delivery and Investment Plan’ and in ‘Section Four: The Performance Monitoring Plan’. However, the final approved version, like the draft versions before it, notes that Sutton does not have a traffic reduction strategy (the development of which is a key priority for boroughs, as detailed the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (March 2018) and, like the draft versions, simply refers to the borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy, Cycling Strategy and Local Plan for details of the borough’s traffic reduction objectives. In responding to the draft LIP we recommended that the final version included a commitment to produce a traffic reduction strategy, and that the borough’s traffic reduction objectives were clearly stated. We suggested that traffic reduction objectives could include use of the ‘modal hierarchy’ (from the Sustainable Transport Strategy), as well as proposals to introduce low-traffic neighbourhoods. We suggested that a pledge to work with neighbouring authorities and with TfL to understand best practice, along with evidence of the ability to deliver, would be highly desirable. Our recommendations appear to have been overlooked. For more on this, see ‘What are Sutton’s key borough traffic reduction objectives?‘ (also available as a PDF ‘What are Sutton’s key borough traffic reduction objectives?’).
London Borough of Sutton: Transport Plans
Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Mayoral Approval
LIP3: Draft for Mayoral Approval (also see, Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Consultation (November 2018)). The February 2019 updated version of Sutton’s draft Third LIP was released as Appendix A to the agenda item ‘Local Implementation Plan Funding Settlement 2019/20‘ at the E&N Committee meeting on 7 March 2019. The agenda item report ‘Local Implementation Plan Settlement for 2019/20 and LIP3 update‘ notes the following (4.6): “As part of the LIP3 Submission and Approval process an ongoing dialogue has been undertaken with TfL officers during the production of the draft LIP to ensure that it is compliant with the requirements set out in their assessment protocols. Feedback from TfL has confirmed that the draft is of an acceptable standard and will meet the requirement of the MTS”. The ‘LIP 2019/20 Capital Programme Summary Scheme List‘ appeared as Appendix B (also see ‘First sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton‘), with the ‘Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) of Third Local Implementation Plan (LIP)‘, November 2018, provided as Appendix C. Also see ‘What are Sutton’s key borough traffic reduction objectives?‘. The third round LIPs will become effective from April 2019.
Cycling action plan: making London the world’s best big city for cycling
The Cycling Action Plan sets out how TfL and the London boroughs will use cycling to help address poor air quality and congestion, while improving infrastructure to make cycling even easier safer and more accessible for everyone. The Cycling Action Plan commits TfL to almost double the number of cycling journeys by 2024, from the current 0.7 million daily to 1.3 million. The plan also commits to rapidly expanding the network of high-quality cycle routes in the next five years. By 2024, the mayor says 28% of us will live within 400 metres of a a high-quality route, compared to less than 9% currently. In 2019, TfL will begin using a single brand for all cycle routes, merging the two existing Cycle Superhighway and Quietway brands into a single system where a Pan-London network is delivered in line with new quality criteria, supported by simple, easy-to-use signs.
“We know that the ambition and determination of boroughs is vital to realising the level of quality that we are seeking on new cycle routes, and we will work collaboratively to support every local authority that is committed to transforming the experience of cycling on its streets. However, we are equally clear that we will not support – or provide funding for – schemes that do not address the fundamental reasons why people don’t currently cycle, or that are not underwritten with genuine political commitment for cycling”
“Where boroughs show real ambition and appetite to deliver local improvements for cycling, TfL will provide funding and support to help achieve these. This includes programmes such as Liveable Neighbourhoods and Local Implementation Plans (LIPs)”.
Also see Walking Action Plan, Vision Zero Action Plan, Freight and servicing action plan on TfL’s Mayor’s Transport Strategy page.
Paths for Everyone: National Cycle Network review and action plan for London
Published 19 November 2018, see ‘Overhaul planned for London’s National Cycle Network’ (note that the original link to this item not available 16 August 2021). This action plan followed on from the publication of Paths for Everyone (link to this item not available 16 August 2021 – new link here) on 12 November 2018. Fifteen recommendations for a UK-wide overhaul of the National Cycle Network to open up walking and cycling to more people, including children, and anyone with impaired mobility. Activation projects for London, the types of projects needed in London to deliver the vision of the National Cycle Network, include removal of barriers on the NCN20 (or for sections of the route to be de-designated).
Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Consultation
Draft LIP3 – published 2 November 2018, with public consultation until 21 December 2018, see the Consultation Hub for details. See Our response to Sutton’s draft LIP3 consultation. The third round LIPs will become effective from April 2019.
Street Design in the UK
Street Design in the UK – 2018 Pilot Survey reveals widespread failure amongst local authorities to update highways standards to reflect government guidance and statutory duties.
Urban Design Group: Welcome to the Urban Design Group
The role of cities in improving population health
The role of cities in improving population health | The King’s Fund | Link
Update on Sutton’s 2015 Cycling Strategy Action Plan
Update on Cycling Strategy Action Plan | LB of Sutton | PDF
Update on Sutton’s 2015 Sustainable Transport Strategy
Update on Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: An introduction for policy makers
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: An Introduction | LCC and Living Streets | PDF
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: A Guide to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: The Details | LCC and Living Streets | PDF
Guidance for Borough Officers on Developing the Third Local Implementation Plan
Third LIP Guidance | Mayor of London | PDF
Mayor’s Transport Strategy
Mayor’s Transport Strategy | Mayor of London | Link to website
Sutton Local Plan
Guide to Inclusive Cycling
Guide to Inclusive Cycling | Wheels for Wellbeing | PDF
Update on Sutton’s 2015 Cycling Strategy Action Plan
Update on Cycling Strategy Action Plan | LB of Sutton | PDF document
Update on Sutton’s 2015 Sustainable Transport Strategy
Update on Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document
Analysis of Cycling Potential 2016
TfL Analysis of Cycling Potential 2016 | TfL | PDF document
Typical costs of cycling interventions
Typical costings for cycling schemes | Transport for Quality of Life | PDF
Sutton 2031: planning for our future
Sutton 2031: planning for our future | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 824 kB
Human Streets: The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, three years on
Human Streets: The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, three years on | GLA | PDF document | 115 kB
How can we get more people cycling in Sutton?
How can we get more people cycling in Sutton? | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 6.7 MB
A24 Epsom Road Cycle Safety Improvements
A24 Epsom Road Cycle Safety Improvements: a response to TfL’s consultation | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 115 kB
Sutton’s Cycling Strategy
Cycling Strategy November 2015 | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 1.1 MB
1: Make Sutton a more attractive borough for cycling and create a high quality cycle network
2: Make Sutton a safer borough for cycling
3: Encourage a shift from the car to cycling for shorter journeys
4: Encourage safe and considerate behaviour by all road users
5: Create a cycling culture by promoting cycling to a wider range of people
6: Actively promote cycling within the Council’s Sustainable Transport Strategy
Report on Sutton’s Cycling Strategy
Report on Cycling Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 193 kB
Appendix A – Cycling Delivery Strategy Workshop comments | LB of Sutton | 125 kB
Appendix B – Cycling Strategy Questionnaire | LB of Sutton | 63 kB
Appendix C – Summary of Questionnaire Responses | LB of Sutton | 82 kB
Appendix D – Cycling Strategy Consultation Comments | LB of Sutton | 550 kB
Appendix E – Draft Cycling Strategy November 2015 | LB of Sutton | 1.2 MB
Appendix F – Cycling Strategy Integrated Impact Assessment | LB of Sutton | 239 kB
Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy Consultation Questionnaire Responses
Sustainable Transport Strategy Consultation Questionnaire Responses | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 296 kB
Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy Consultation Responses
Sustainable Transport Strategy Consultation Responses | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 135 kB
Time to make the case and rise to the challenges
Time to make the case and rise to the challenges: a response to Sutton Council’s Draft Cycling Delivery Strategy | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 2.7 MB
Sutton’s Draft Cycling Delivery Strategy
Draft Cycling Delivery Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 1.8 MB
Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy
Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 3.1 MB
Creating Space for Cycling: A guide for councillors
Creating Space for Cycling: A guide for councillors | London Cycling Campaign | PDF document | 11.9 MB
Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy – Main changes proposed
Sustainable Transport Strategy – Main changes proposed | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 58 kB
Transforming Fiveways Croydon consultation response
Transforming Fiveways Croydon consultation | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 1.0 MB
Get Sutton Cycling: response to Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy
Get Sutton Cycling: response to Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 0.4 MB
Sutton’s Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy
Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 1.7 MB
Space for Cycling: action points for Sutton
Space for Cycling: action points for Sutton | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 6.5 MB
Love Sutton, Go Dutch
Love Sutton, Go Dutch | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 28 MB
Sutton’s mini-Holland Bid
Sutton’s mini-Holland Bid: Expression of interest and outline of proposal | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 5.1 MB
The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London
The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London: An Olympic Legacy for all Londoners | GLA | PDF document | 1.7 MB
Sutton Transport Plan 2011-2031
London Borough of Sutton Local Implementation Plan 2011 to 2014 | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 4.2 MB
The borough’s second Local Implementation Plan. Extract of part of the Foreword:
“This new Transport Plan for Sutton sets out how the council will make it easier for people to travel around the borough and beyond, particularly by sustainable modes of transport. The Plan forms the councils statutory Local Implementation Plan for Transport which is required by the Mayor of London to explain how the council will implement his policies for transport at a local level. Therefore the Plan sets out an investment programme for the three years from 2011-2014 listing the transport schemes that the council intends to implement over this period as well as outlining other schemes that the council will implement as funding arises”.
Target to increase cycling mode share to 1.8% by 2013/14 (from 1.2% in 2010/11), to 4% by 2025/26 and 5% by the end of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy Period in 2031.