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Movement for Liveable London Street Talks - Richard Bourn and Richard Hebditch 1st November 2011


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November 2011 Street Talk by Richard Bourn and Richard Hebditch, Campaign for Better Transport. Brought to you by Movement for Liveable London -

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Movement for Liveable London Street Talks - Richard Bourn and Richard Hebditch 1st November 2011

  1. 1. Liveable London Sustaining suburbia – transport solutions for Outer London
  2. 2. What we’re going to talk about <ul><li>Why travel in outer London is different </li></ul><ul><li>What could be done to change current patterns </li></ul><ul><li>How might this happen – is there the political leadership to make it happen? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Campaign for Better Transport <ul><li>Our vision is a country where communities have affordable transport that improves quality of life and protects the environment </li></ul><ul><li>National campaigning + support for local campaigners </li></ul>
  4. 7. <ul><li>Two thirds of Londoners live in outer London </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon emissions per resident are higher in outer than inner London </li></ul>
  5. 8. Why travel in outer London is different
  6. 14. Loss of local amenities <ul><li>Local shops </li></ul><ul><li>Post offices and banks </li></ul><ul><li>Schools and hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul>
  7. 15. Development with large catchment areas <ul><li>Out-of-town retail development </li></ul><ul><li>Business and retail parks on trunk roads </li></ul><ul><li>Centralised health facilities (hospitals, polyclinics) </li></ul><ul><li>Major developments: White City 4,500, Stratford City 10,000, Battersea Power Station 3,500, Brent Cross 7,500, Earls Court 7,500 </li></ul>
  8. 18. The result… <ul><li>Design of public realm / streets in outer London – </li></ul><ul><li>lower density </li></ul><ul><li>more crossovers across pavements </li></ul><ul><li>fewer cycle facilities (and poorer standard?) </li></ul>
  9. 21. What is to be done <ul><li>Some overarching points: </li></ul><ul><li>Interventions must be low cost given funding squeeze </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of a polycentric pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Express orbital public transport route would not be viable </li></ul>
  10. 22. Four categories of measures <ul><li>Improve public transport </li></ul><ul><li>Implement smart measures </li></ul><ul><li>Improve public realm </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate planning and transport </li></ul>
  11. 23. <ul><li>Working with the pattern of development in outer London </li></ul>
  12. 24. 1. Improve public transport <ul><li>Review fares (esp high cost of some bus fares, lack of outer zone travelcards, rail tickets etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Create more bus lanes and control parking on bus routes (currently 13% of trips) </li></ul><ul><li>Reform franchising of rail services (London Overground should be the model) </li></ul>
  13. 26. Better value gross cost contracts <ul><li>Could help pay for </li></ul><ul><li>Branding/marketing a unified network </li></ul><ul><li>Timetabling, ticketing and information integrated with rest of TfL network </li></ul><ul><li>Oyster available across the system </li></ul><ul><li>Improved stations (with more development around them - see below) </li></ul>
  14. 27. 2. Implement smart measures <ul><li>Smart Travel Sutton </li></ul><ul><li>School and workplace travel plans </li></ul><ul><li>Personal travel advice and information </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising, marketing and promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Car clubs, car sharing and cycling parking </li></ul>
  15. 28. Smart Travel Sutton – results <ul><li>75% increase in cycling </li></ul><ul><li>16% increase in bus passengers </li></ul><ul><li>6% reduction in car mode share </li></ul><ul><li>3% increase in walking mode share </li></ul><ul><li>5% fall in pupils going to school by car </li></ul><ul><li>Richmond  </li></ul>
  16. 29. 3. Improve public realm <ul><li>Cycle facilities – less extensive and lower quality in outer London </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise importance of pedestrians and cyclists to town centre economies </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport on the roads </li></ul>
  17. 30. In practice, means <ul><li>Filtered permeability, routes to town and local centres </li></ul><ul><li>Default 20 mph </li></ul><ul><li>Remove one-way systems </li></ul><ul><li>Shared space </li></ul>
  18. 31. New life for main roads <ul><li>Slowing traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Clearing clutter, removing guard rails </li></ul><ul><li>Widening pavements, re-allocation </li></ul><ul><li>Providing crossing places </li></ul><ul><li>Link and place v. smoothing traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Walworth Road, High St Ken, Barking, Covent Garden, Tooting </li></ul>
  19. 32. 4. Integrating transport and planning <ul><li>Transit-oriented development </li></ul><ul><li>Location of development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment, leisure and retail in town centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On public transport not road network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homes near services and amenities </li></ul></ul>
  20. 33. Accessibility: town, district and neighbourhood centres
  21. 34. Density <ul><li>Higher at centres and hubs </li></ul><ul><li>Helps support public transport and local services </li></ul><ul><li>And reduces car travel – distance travelled and mode share </li></ul>
  22. 35. <ul><li>Protect local services and amenities and make good gaps </li></ul>
  23. 36. <ul><li>Neighbourhood and street design </li></ul><ul><li>Designing and applying permeability </li></ul>
  24. 37. Finally <ul><li>Apply travel demand measures to existing development </li></ul><ul><li>Control parking in new and existing development – restrain schemes with large catchments and parking (Stratford and Brent Cross) </li></ul>
  25. 38. So how can we bring these changes about? <ul><li>Travel behaviour can and is changing </li></ul><ul><li>But needs leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Has to be owned locally by boroughs and neighbourhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Outer London key battleground for election </li></ul>
  26. 39. London Suburbs Transport Fund? <ul><li>Catalyst for action </li></ul><ul><li>Build on LIPs and Outer London Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Action on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links around stations, bus lanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace travel plans, smarter working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DIY streets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility plans </li></ul></ul>
  27. 41. For more information <ul><li>Campaign for Better Transport </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>020 7566 6480 </li></ul>