Each year, all the London boroughs produce a Local Implementation Plan (or LIP) as part of the process to bid for funding through TfL for their transport projects.
Havering’s LIP has been drafted and is currently out for consultation: https://www.havering.gov.uk/downloads/file/2907/havering_lip_transport_strategy
Havering’s roads are frequently choked with motor traffic congestion due to residents’ reliance on cars meanwhile people who come to our information stands tell us that they would love to cycle if only they felt safer on Havering’s roads.
You might also think that at a time when we have record levels of obesity, type 2 diabetes, physical inactivity and rising deaths due to air pollution, it would be a good time to start weaning us off our reliance on the motor car, and that Havering’s LIP should be setting out how we can start to make the much-needed changes to give residents real choice in how they travel.
Sadly, that is not the case.
While it makes some encouraging statements about supporting the Mayor’s aim of making 80% of all journeys by walking, cycling or public transport, when it comes to spelling out the details, Havering’s LIP actually seeks to reinforce reliance on motor cars and any changes that might promote walking and cycling as a means of transport, are specifically excluded.
This is what is mentioned in section 3.2.29 of the document:
Speed humps “are not considered appropriate for Havering”
Further Bus lanes are not planned since they are “detrimental to other road users”
Cycling infrastructure is not planned since “limited road space makes the introduction challenging and they are considered a contributory factor to congestion”
Road Closures “Given that travel within Havering is so limited by public transport, residents that use a car to travel should have the freedom to travel where they need to go without being obstructed by roads that have been permanently closed off.”
All of this is against the backdrop of Havering Council announcing recently that it will be spending a further £30m on Havering’s roads over the next 3 years with none of it being spent on cycling infrastructure.
While we would not expect to see miles and miles of new segregated cycles lanes in Havering, it would not be unreasonable to expect some plans to extend Havering’s limited network of cycle routes by using quieter back-turnings, open green spaces and partial road closures.
If you agree with us that more should be done, it would be very helpful if you were able to look at the document at the link shown above and then and send your views by email to Havering Council at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday the 4th January.
Thanks for your support and a Happy New Year to you.