The draft Local Implementation plan shows how the Council intends to implement the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy in the borough.
Chris Bainbridge, Head of Transport Policy and Network Management said that each borough was required to produce a Local Implementation Plan (LIP3) which demonstrated how they intended to implement the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy (MTS3) in their borough. Budget cuts had been in response to TfL’s financial situation and applied to all boroughs. The draft plan was sent to the Disability Commission for comments and would be submitted to TfL in November 2018. TfL would provide feedback on the draft plan by 7 December 2018 and the Council would be required to submit the amended plan as a result of the consultation by 16 February 2019.
He showed slides that outlined the short-term and long-term scheme aspirations. Healthy streets for healthy people, a good public transport experience and new homes and jobs were the three priority areas for MTS3. A key objective of the LIP was to improve access to transport opportunities for everyone.
In general, the Mayors objectives and the Councils objectives in transport were compatible and complementary. The areas the Council wishes to influence the Mayor and TfL were:
Councillor David Morton asked why the removal of general traffic from north side of Shepherd’s Bush Green was included in the short terms plans. Chris Bainbridge said that this was due to technical and funding issues and further discussions were required with TfL before this could be addressed.
Chris Banbridge, Head of Transport Policy and Network Management said that TfL were due to release results of the Cycle Super Highway 9 (CS9) consultation and the Council would have an agreed position of the route by the end of September 2018. A resident noted that whilst he agreed that the pedestrian should be a priority, cyclists would prefer taking the CS9 down King Street. He felt that this would enable cyclists to access shops and services and failed to understand why this access would be removed and be replaced with the A4 road.
Councillor Ann Rosenberg said that whilst she was in favour of TfL’s proposal to encourage people to cycle the Council also needed to consider the safety needs of pedestrians. In addition, she said that cycling was a more common mode of transport in Holland and this sort of culture would need more encouragement to adopt in the UK.
Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler said that she was concerned about the state of Hammersmith Bridge and asked how the refurbishment would be funded. Chris Bainbridge said that TfL would fund this however there had been some delays around when the repair work would commence. Furthermore, in the interim the bridge was monitored on a regular basis and there was no danger of it collapsing. He said that the Council were in regular dialogue with TfL and discussions were held to specify what the requirements were prior to work being carried out.
The Chair thanked officers for turning around the reports at short notice and was pleased to hear everyone’s contributions.
That the Committee noted the draft Local Implementation Plan (LIP)