East Twickenham Consultation – another poor scheme from Richmond

This is the response of Richmond Cycling Campaign(RCC) to the council plans for East Twickenham. (https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/richmondecs/east-twickenham-2017/)

RCC represents London Cycling Campaign members and over a thousand supporters in the borough. We campaign for walking and cycling provision for everyone, so that these are transport modes available to all.

With some minor exceptions we oppose the proposals for East Twickenham and will be urging TfL not to fund them. This is because the plans fail to provide meaningful improvements for walking and cycling, in defiance of both council and Mayor of London policies which call for support for active travel.

The section of Richmond Road involved in this consultation will soon be home to a primary school of over 450 children, It also provides a route currently busy with cycling, and identified in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy as a key corridor for improving cycling. Despite fairly high volumes of pedestrians – obviously likely to increase significantly with a new Lidl and new school, the plans offer little for either mode of transport.

The road design in its proposed form has a poor general score (around 23/100) and multiple ‘critical fails’ using TfL’s ‘Cycling Level of Service Tool’. In continuing proposals for 1.5m (or less) cycle lanes the council is seeking to double down on useless designs installed in 2011 (see here).The design could also include ‘Copenhagen style’ side crossings as used in Waltham Forest and other boroughs, to prioritise walking and cycling, and should have better designs at the end of Richmond Road – removing cyclist/pedestrian conflict rather than maximising it.

We think this scheme should also be the subject of a Healthy Streets analysis (see the toolkit here): it is our suspicion that the road already scores poorly, and that the changes in this scheme will only result in marginal improvements.

  • The design includes a total of seven new car parking spaces, with no justification provided for why these are more important than walking and cycling provision.
  • The pedestrian crossing on Richmond Road appears to have no traffic light or pedestrian control on one side, and requires pedestrians to cross in two movements, whereas vehicles only require a single movement at any part of the junction.
  • The left turn from Richmond Road towards Twickenham unaccountably includes shared space markings for part of the area, with no explanation as to what route is supported by this.
  • On all parts of this design, cycling has no priority with the sole exception of the short contraflow lane from Rosslyn Road. Failure to provide priority will ensure that cycling will continue to be unpleasant in this area, and the TfL proposed route from the Mayor’s Transport Strategy is unlikely to come to fruition.
  • No explanation is provided as to why this area is being looked at or consulted on: is there a wider strategy it will feed into?
  • The shared space which the contraflow cycling lane feeds into is also inappropriate – adding pedestrian / cyclist conflict
  • The design for cyclists feeding from Rosslyn Road is very poor – the shared space ends before the cycle lane markings on Richmond Road, effectively ensuring a neat segue from one type of conflict for cyclists to another
  • 1.5m wide cycle lanes which are unprotected and not mandatory do not qualify as acceptable cycling facilities
  • Although there is clear analysis offered for parking of cars, there’s none for parking bicycles, whether analysis of required capacity of possible location
  • The council has policies which talk about improving air quality, yet this appears not to be under consideration in this consultation
  • A stated objective of the consultation is to ‘improve traffic flow’ – we feel that (especially with a new school opening), the goal of any changes in this area should be to actively discourage through traffic, which in most circumstances should be using the A316

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