TfL is a key stakeholder in Richmond’s Twickenham Area Action Plan. So I recently asked them:
“With regard to the Twickenham Action Plan which LBRUT is currently consulting on, could you tell me what requirements TfL may have placed upon the council? These might be general rules (such as maintaining bus stops over a given distance) or might be specific to the plan as currently proposed. The purpose of the request is that I’m trying to understand to what extent the plan has been framed in the light of possible requirements from outside bodies.”
And they said:
“Thank you for your correspondence regarding the Twickenham Action Plan.
For us, the key factors here are where the changes are being planned for, i.e. borough road or TLRN, and how does the borough propose to pay for them, i.e. its own resources or through Local Implementation Plan (LIP) or other TfL / GLA funding.
The proposals for Twickenham town centre cover borough roads so are very much a matter for Richmond to develop and agree on with local residents and business and key stakeholders. As a public transport provider in the area, TfL falls into the latter group.
However, we have a closer interest as the borough is likely to use TfL funding to meet a good part of the costs of the Twickenham scheme. We provide this through the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) mechanism, which is how we support the delivery of the London boroughs’ traffic and transport measures where these address local needs while also satisfying the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy objectives.
This position means we are able to more directly influence the shape of the borough’s proposals. For example, we wouldn’t be prepared (or able) to support proposals that would compromise Mayoral / our policy objectives or operational requirements, such as, for example, providing safe and convenient access for cyclists and pedestrians, or for buses and their passengers. This is understood by Richmond – it is part of the conditions governing LIP funding – and we’re working with our counterparts there to ensure their scheme ticks all the boxes and offers the best benefit for all who live, visit, shop and do business in Twickenham.
Thank you once again for taking the time to contact us regarding this matter. I hope that the information I have provided has been helpful. Should you have any further enquiries then please do write to me again.”
Me, I’m wondering how Richmond are really squaring their plan with the section: “For example, we wouldn’t be prepared (or able) to support proposals that would compromise Mayoral / our policy objectives or operational requirements, such as, for example, providing safe and convenient access for cyclists and pedestrians, or for buses and their passengers.” No doubt the Cycling Liaison Group will provide some useful insight, on Thursday. If you want to make Twickenham a genuinely better place to cycle and walk, and you think that, just maybe, we shouldn’t devote quite so much space to cars, then come along and make your voice heard, on Thursday.