Agenda item

Update on Sustainable Transport Strategy

To report progress in relation to the adopted Sustainable Transport Strategy and a review of the timetable and targets for meeting objectives within the agreed action plan. 

Minutes:

Keith Fraser, Principal Planner (Transport), outlined progress on recent projects as detailed in the report and tabled a revised Appendix A (attached as the appendix to the minutes).

 

Councillor Paul Wingfield asked if there was anything that could be done to alleviate the air quality issues in Worcester Park. The Principal Planner advised that this was an ongoing issue, which officers were discussing with Kingston Council as many of the problems were cross-border in nature.

 

Councillor Jill Whitehead advised that Transport ForLondon were aware that there was an issue at Worcester Park, which had led to the recent TFL Zetol project there to find ways to reduce or prevent congestion.

 

RESOLVED that the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee:

 

2.1 Noted the progress made on the implementation of sustainable transport initiatives within the Sustainable Transport Strategy (STS)

2.2 Agreed the revised targets and actions set out in the Action Plan for the STS.

 

Ian Price, Team Leader, Strategy and Commissioning updated the Committee on the progress of the Quietways Project, which TFL was funding in Sutton . TFL was keen to work with the London Borough of Sutton on finding a suitable route, and the initial route assessments had been completed. Meetings were also being set up with relevant ward councillors to look at route options. The next stage in the process would be to agree a route in principle, so that the work needed could be assessed by Sustrans., and included in a delivery plan to submit to TFL.

 

Councillor Steve Penneck expressed concern about using dedicated cycle tracks in narrow residential roads, and the affect this could have on parking, and he asked if the scheme would allow for improvements at dangerous junctions.

 

Councillor Neil Garratt said there was generally a poor cycle infrastructure in the UK, and he asked that something appropriate should be put in place that could be used by cyclists, Councillor Neil Garratt asked if the traffic volumes on the quietways route had been measured as yet.

 

The Team Leader, Strategy and Commissioning responded that there were counters on the road already, and undertook to share the data with Councillors.

 

Councillor Paul Wingfield asked if there was potential to use the space alongside Nonsuch Park for a cycling path. The Team Leader, Strategy and Commissioning responded that Nonsuch Park came under Surrey County Council but he would investigate.

 

Councillor Tony Shields noted that there were issues with safe places to park cycles. The Team Leader, Strategy and Commissioning answered this could be looked at within the LIP budget.

 

Councillor Steve Penneck requested the timescale for the Quietways work and he asked if there would be consultation on specific parts of the route. The Team Leader, Strategy and Commissioning said the initial feedback would be received from ward councillors, as soon as possible, before the school summer break. The overall delivery, funding-wise from TFL would be in Spring 2017. The consultation would be flexible.

 

RESOLVED:

2.3 In relation to the Quietways project, agree:-

a)   Continue partnership working with TfL, Sustrans and London Borough of Merton and the process to deliver a good quality Quietways cycle route between Sutton and Morden;

b)    Agree in principle to the route as shown on the drawing 2015_0230_Quietways_2.2_Maps;

c)    Agree that the Chair of Environment and Neighbourhood Committee and Executive Head of Safer and Stronger Communities have the final decision on route alignment, detailed design and delivery of the project in consultation with ward councillors.