The meeting focused on infrastructure as Richard, Newham Council’s Sustainable Transport Officer kindly provided an update. Â The key Â features are:
- Richard explained how “LIP” funding provided to local authorities by TfL for relatively minor transport improvements work. Â We are currently in the final year of a three year phase which has seen a number of improvements, not least based on the 2014 “Ward audit” Newham cyclists undertook with Richard. Â Richard explained how aÂ series of contraflows, drop kerbs and point closures Â were being brought forwardÂ in a coherent way to promote Â permeability in urban Newham. Â Soft measures such as cycle training and work with schools Â had been more successful than might have been anticipated. Â The current funding may be rolled out for a further year before the next three year cycle.
- Newham Councillors have rejected a plan for Forest Gate which (in response to strong calls from consultation) included some segregated cycle lane. Â Whilst we were critical of theÂ details of the plan this is a disappointing affirmation of how far behind Newham Councillors are in promoting cycling. ImprovementsÂ Â Â are funded by Crossrail so will go ahead, but their nature is not now known. Â We will continue to keep an eye and press for improvements that benefit cyclists.
- The Maryland Crossrail improvement plans have yet to be put out for consultation. Â It is important that these are coherent with the Stratford Gyratory .
- Â Improvements to the Greenway are progressing, including lighting and some extra ramps (e.g. to Memorial Park and Newham Hospital ). Â One new ramp has passed the design stage which will promote useful connectivity withÂ the Channelsea Path (although a vital toucan crossing of Rick Roberts Way is not yet funded).
- Redbridge Council are pressing hard for a Roding Crossing to Ilford north of theÂ Romford Rd. Â This would increase the importance of utilising the current pathway between the City of London Cemetery and theÂ railway line which is currently unusable for cycling.
- A cycle lane is being put into Jenkins Lane as part of CS3 improvements.
- Implementing the Silvertown WayÂ planned improvements are partly funded and therefore likely to start (with the active supportÂ of the local councillors). Â This is important as cycle facilities need to be put in place before the Silvertown Tunnel attracts more traffic into this part of Newham.
- TheÂ scrapyard blocking the completion of the Leaway between Cody Dock and Canning Town is reported to have found an alternative site. Â The timing of any move is not known.
- On street cycle parking shelters are now being installed and well used. Â Request from groups of neighbours would be welcome.
We will haveÂ a stall at the Forest Gate Festival on 16 July, but more volunteers to do a shift would be welcome. Â We will also try to promote cycling at aÂ St Paul’s (East Ham) Street Party on 13 August. Â if you can help and have not already volunteered for either of these events please contact me.
The Essex Lanes ride of the previous day was proclaimed a great success.
Next meeting 25 July – probably linked to an evening ride.