Christian Wolmar – London Cycling Campaign (Trustee) and HATF (Active Travel SIG Chair) Mark Frost – HATF (Independent Technical Advisor)
Sophie Chapman – HAL (Surface Access Director)
Timothy Wells – HAL (Surface Access Travel and Policy Lead)
Matthew Wooll – HAL (Route Development Lead)
Tim Leech – HAL (Head of Surface Access and Sponsorship)
Joe Bashford – HAL (Sustainable Travel Manager)
Simran Kullar – HAL (Sustainable Travel Manager)
Neil McClure – Surrey CC
Dug Tremellen – RB Windsor and Maidenhead
Ben Amey – Slough BC
Robert Helsop – LB Hounslow
Christian Wolmar welcomed everyone to the third HATF Active Travel SIG.
2. Report back from Site Visit (Christian Wolmar)
2nd site visit – covered links from surrounding areas into the Heathrow perimeter roads & how we can improve them (images are provided within the slides):
LB Hounslow: Hounslow shared ideas about a potential future bike hire scheme within the borough and we discussed how to integrate with the airport. Hatton Cross Station would be the best location due to free onward tube travel to all Heathrow Terminals. We will need to understand who owns the land around the station so we can locate the bikes here.
Existing shared use path along A30 is narrow and improvements are required. A key missing link is located across A30 to Cains Lane (provides a quiet cycling route to residential areas of Bedfont and Feltham), Hounslow have raised this with TfL to install toucan crossing.
Route into T4 – an unofficial route which shows it is well used by both cyclists and pedestrians, but leads to a dangerous roundabout
Path to nowhere – Shared use path link, which does not really lead to anywhere. There are proposals to link Southern Perimeter Road to more residential areas along Stanwell Road using S106 funding.
Well used route between both rivers – there is space and an unofficial path has been carved out. Missing section along southern perimeter road between Terminal 4 and Cargo. TW – we have initiated a project to complete this missing link, with feasibility work starting early next year
Bridge linking the Southern Perimeter Road with route to Stanwell and Staines – make it more attractive to users, such as installing lighting and opening the whole bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.
Stanwell Moor Road – cycle route along only a section of it. Key missing link at northern end and at the roundabout to Southern Perimeter Road. This is the boundary of several Highway Authorities (Surrey CC, LB Hillingdon, National Highways) so will need collaboration.
LB Hillingdon – Ian Ramsay showed us around. Scattered pieces of cycling routes, but there are no decent connections between them.
Tunnel under the motorway – the only link provided from north into the airport, not very user friendly. Hillingdon is looking at ways to improve this, including improving roundabouts
Slough BC –A4 between Stanwell Moor Road and Brands Hill is a narrow route which is often overgrown and has a poor surface.
Central Terminal Area Tunnel – HAL to provide segregated cycle route within tunnel side bore and fully segregated cycle paths within the central terminal area to cycle parking areas next to Terminals 2 and 3. Integrate cycle routes to the north of the tunnel with existing cycle routes such as the A4. Likely to open late 2023 or early 2024
CW: What are causes of delays in tunnel project? TW: Lost shifts due to issues which needed immediate addressing.
- CW: Make connection with Hillingdon a priority, due to large number of colleagues living there
- NM : we are progressing with LCWIP and cycle corridor priorities. Can we organise a site visit to show these improvements?
3. Update on National Highways Funded Projects (Ben Amey)
HSPG bid submitted in March.
NH provided 190k feasibility funding on 21st April.
Currently waiting for Surrey CC to iron out a few issues, then it can be progressed further.
MF: full grant amount should be released next year
CW: what are the main scheme areas covered? BA: key areas are a bit further out from the perimeter road, and based on staff postcode data
4. Update on drafting Heathrow Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (Joe Bashford)
Help attract more people to cycling and walking, ties in Surface Access Strategy and mode shift
Identifying high priority routes for development – to see where improvements can be made.
In-depth analysis has been made into the selected routes showing challenges that cyclists face along the routes
The Heathrow LCWIP is a collaborative document that all SIG members should take ownership for progressing in their respective areas.
- Aim to send out draft next week
- Identify funding for the various improvements.
Next meeting to be January / February.