Christian Wolmar – London Cycling Campaign (Trustee) and HATF (Active Travel SIG Chair) Mark Frost – HATF (Independent Technical Advisor)
Timothy Wells – HAL (Surface Access Travel and Policy Lead)
Matthew Wooll – HAL (Route Development Lead)
Tim Leech – HAL (Head of Surface Access and Sponsorship)
Simran Kullar – HAL (Travel Demand Manager)
Neil McClure – Surrey CC
Robert Helsop – LB Hounslow
Russell Roberts – LB Ealing
Shamal Ratnayaka – TfL
Paul Murray – Sustrans
Fiona Blackley – Sustrans
Rob Gray – Crane Valley Community Interest Company
Dug Tremellen – RB Windsor and Maidenhead
Val Shawcross CBE – HATF (Board Chair)
Christian Wolmar welcomed everyone to the second HATF Active Travel SIG.
2. Review actions from last meeting
3 actions from last meeting:
- Paul Murray and Christian Wolmar site visit, with Tim Wells, Tim Leech and Matthew Wooll took place
- Ongoing discussions for Slough BC cycle hire at T5
- Long term – reviewing Heathrow Local Cycling and WalkingInfrastructure Plan (LCWIP)
Action: TW/ MW / BA to continue discussions for Slough BC T5 bike hire
3. Report back from Site Visit (Christian Wolmar)
Cycle tour along LHR perimeter, see slides for images and map for further details.
Areas of improvement highlighted including removal of ‘Cyclist dismount’ signage, potentially reopening gate to blocked off bridge opposite Rising Sun pub, connecting missing links (such as Colnbrook to T5 and Southern Perimeter Road between Cargo and T4), improving cycle facilities at Hatton Cross roundabout including approach where space is available to create a potential cycle track,
CW suggests a 2nd site visit to look at links into perimeter roads and work with local authorities to see how we can progress with them
Paul Murray sent Tim Wells a document showing the quick wins that could be taken forward. Document shared with these minutes.
Business plan for 2022-2026 still going through CAA process. Active travel schemes form part of this, and sit within the Carbon Programme. This includes projects to increase cycling safety around the Heathrow perimeter as well as priority projects such as a cycle link between cargo and T4.
Tim Leech mentioned the cycle wayfinding project – review signage and make most of map to increase navigation. This could drive up enthusiasm and increase awareness for leisure cyclists too as well as commuters.
Suggestion to look into LCDS and Cycling Level of Service and Junction Assessment Tool assessments (Appendices to LTN 1/20) for the routes around the perimeter, in order to make an assessment of the perimeter road and ensure any proposals meet the latest design guidance and standards.
Action: Second Site visit to be arranged
4. HSPG bid to National Highways update (Russell Roberts)
Russell Roberts provided an update on the bid for £1.1million active travel funding from National Highways
4 proposed cycle routes:
- Slough – Heathrow
- Hayes – Heathrow
- Ealing / Hounslow /Southall / Cranford – Heathrow
- Spelthorne/ Surrey – Heathrow
How will this be managed between the 5 different LA’s – working as a consortium, then NH to work with each local authority.
Action: TW – can include these 4 routes on the 2nd site visit. RR to advise if any HAL support is required (providing data etc)
5. CTA Active Travel Feasibility Study update (Tim Wells)
Tim Wells provided an update on the CTA tunnel.
Feasibility study completed & currently going through governance with the aim for implementation early next year. Detailed design, surveys (such as ramp audit, utilities survey) and traffic modelling to be carried out
See slides for further details, including diagrams of the preferred routes.
Action: TW to arrange site visit to CTA, separate from cycle route visit.
6. July Wider Forum (Tim Wells)
19th July at Compass Centre, with a focus on Active Travel.
Tim Wells shared ideas and agenda, see slides for further information.
Christian Wolmar asked can Olga discuss e-scooters as well as e-bikes.
Action: TW to ask Olga if e-scooters can be included.