Tower Hamlets Wheelers
Group managed by Tower Hamlets Wheelers, the Tower Hamlets borough group of the London Cycling Campaign.
We are developing a Movement Plan that will set the direction for transport planning in Southwark over the next 20 years – this work will influence the roads you use, the routes you take and the places you spend time in. The Movement Plan takes a people-centred approach, putting the people that live in, work in, and visit the borough at the starting point of our journey. This places fairness at the core of our work
Current DfT consultations.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
Proposed new one-way streets, banned turns, and kerb build-outs in the vicinity of Central Foundation Girls' School in Bow (the measures affect Coborn Street, Harley Grove, Alfred Street and Benworth Street).
Consultation page is here:
PDF plan of the proposals is here:
City of London Corporation says:
The site bounded by Bevis Marks, Goring Street, Houndsditch and St. Mary Axe is being redeveloped as a new office building known as 60-70 St. Mary Axe and nicknamed ‘The Can of Ham’. The new development has provided the city Corporation with the opportunity to review the use of that section of St. Mary Axe and in particular its use by pedestrians.
The Citywide Pedestrian Model has indicated that this section of St. Mary Axe will become a major pedestrian desire line linking the Eastern City Cluster with the new Crossrail (Elizabeth line) station at Liverpool Street and that pedestrian numbers at peak times will double by 2026. In view of this, the City Corporation is proposing to close the street to motor vehicles to create a pedestrian and cycle route. Closing St. Mary Axe requires the payment parking place to be relocated to Cutler Street. As Cutler Street is one-way with contra-flow cycling, the new parking will consist of two parking places with two parking bays in each to allow a passing place halfway down the street.
Currently, St. Mary Axe provides a diversion route for bus services when required and in order to maintain a diversion route, Goring Street will be used as the alternative. This requires the one-way traffic restriction to be reversed and the disabled persons parking places relocated to Houndsditch. To ensure that buses can exit the street, a length of ‘at any time’ loading restrictions will be introduced in Bevis Marks opposite Goring Street. To allow buses to make the turn into Goring Street, the parking bays on the opposite side in Houndsditch will be relocated to the south-west side. Double yellow line ‘at any time’ waiting restrictions will be introduced at both ends of Goring Street.
Goring Street has an entry table at its junction with Bevis Marks but with the traffic flow being reversed, a new entry table is being proposed at the junction with Houndsditch. The existing entry table will be retained as it provides a step free route for pedestrians along Bevis Marks.
The pedestrian crossing in Bevis Marks near the junction with St. Mary Axe is being moved north-westward to be closer to the pedestrian desire line and widened to allow for an increase in pedestrian numbers. The pedestrian crossing at the other end of St. Mary Axe in Houndsditch will have the ‘no stopping’ zig-zag markings amended to facilitate relocating the remaining parking place from the north-east side to the south-west side so that all parking in Houndsditch is on the same side of the street.
From the DfT:
As part of the Transport Investment Strategy, the government committed to creating a Major Road Network (MRN).
This consultation asks for views on:
how to define the MRN
the role that local, regional and national bodies will play in the MRN investment programme
which schemes will be eligible for MRN funding
A new MRN would help deliver the following objectives:
support economic growth and rebalancing
support housing delivery
support all road users
support the Strategic Road Network
The creation of an MRN will allow for dedicated funding from the National Roads Fund to be used to improve this middle tier of our busiest and most economically important local authority ‘A’ roads.
The consultation page states "A review of the Cheshire Street North 20mph zone has been undertaken and a number of improvements have been suggested making the roads safer and encouraging more walking and cycling in the area. The proposals include new cycle facilities, a one-way system on Wood Close, road closures and new crossings, as well as planting new trees in the area."
Link here: https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/projects/cheshire-street/
The Tower Hamlets consultation page states "We are consulting on a proposed new pedestrian and cycle bridge to connect Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs, called South Dock Bridge. An earlier study has shown that the bridge should align with Upper Bank Street on the north bank of the South Dock and the Berkeley Homes 'South Quay Plaza' scheme on the south bank."
Consultation closes 23 March.
Green light for development of six new cycle routes across London
TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis identified the top 25 connections where new cycling infrastructure is required to enable more people to cycle. Further work between TfL and the boroughs has identified these six routes as the initial routes to take forward to the design stage. The routes will extend from Tottenham in the north, to Peckham in the south, and from Barking in the east, to Willesden Junction in the west, "helping to create a pan-London network of high-quality cycle routes".
The new routes are, it is claimed, an important further step in making the investment required to achieve the Mayor's aim, set out in the draft Mayor's Transport Strategy, of 80 per cent of journeys being made by foot, bike or public transport by 2041.
TfL and the boroughs will now begin design work on:
Lea Bridge to Dalston (3)
This 3km route would link the City and Waltham Forest by filling the gap between Lea Bridge Road and Cycle Superhighway 1 at Dalston
Ilford to Barking Riverside (10)
This 8km route would link two bustling outer London town centres and a major growth area with up to 10,800 new homes and a new London Overground connection – while enhancing access to the Elizabeth line and London Overground services
Hackney to the Isle of Dogs (5)
This 8km route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Canary Wharf, Mile End and Victoria Park
Rotherhithe to Peckham (12)
This 4km route would link Peckham with key and growing destinations such as Canada Water and Surrey Quays, and connect up other cycling routes such as Quietway 1 and the proposed Cycle Superhighway 4
Tottenham Hale to Camden (2)
This 8km route would connect major town centres and will cover seven junctions identified as being among the 73 with the worst safety records
Wembley to Willesden Junction
This 5km route would be north-west London’s first major cycle route, connecting Wembley, Stonebridge Park and Willesden Junction. Future sections will connect to planned infrastructure in west London such as CS9 and CS10.
The Mayor is also committed to providing a new river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf for pedestrians and cyclists, which ultimately could link the proposed cycle routes between Hackney and Peckham to create a continuous 12km cycle route. An initial review of the recent consultation on the proposed Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf Crossing showed strong support for the project. TfL is still analysing all the responses and will be announcing the full results of the consultation in the coming months.
Sadiq Khan said: "I've committed to invest record amounts in making cycling easier and safer for Londoners, and I'm delighted that work is now beginning on designing the next generation of high-quality cycle routes across the capital.
"Working closely with the boroughs, we’re providing new routes in both inner and outer London, including in areas that haven’t previously seen serious investment in cycling infrastructure."
Hackney Council are consulting on Shoreditch's future planning frameworks. The plan acknowledges the negative effects of current traffic levels for people walking and cycling, and the area's character and air quality. There are a number of good suggestions for improvements to traffic management in the full document from page 82 onwards. https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/planning-regulatory-services/future-shoreditch-issues-and-options/supporting_documents/Future%20Shoreditch_Issues_and_Options_December_2017.pdf
My first reaction is simply that we should offer our support in general terms, but if members have further thoughts on this, please could you share them by 21st February so I can include them in our response.