Report of the Director of the Built Environment
The Sub Committee considered a Gateway 6 report of the Director of the Built Environment regarding Phases 1 and 2 of City Streets: Transportation Response to Support COVID-19 Recovery. The Chairman introduced the item and drew Members’ attention to the key points. In response to a question from a Member, the Director of the Built Environment advised the Sub Committee of lessons learned during the process of the project, and that officers would continue to monitor and collect data in order to assess trends and behaviours as footfall increased in the City of London following the lifting of restrictions arising from COVID-19.
The Chairman commented that this was a unique project delivered at pace, and noted that Phase 3 of the project was still to come. The Chairman then thanked officers for their work and noted the lessons learned before asking Members to consider the recommendations.
RESOLVED – That the Projects Sub Committee:
a) Agree that the Covid-19 Phase 1 and 2 transport measures set out in Table 1 in Appendix 2 will be removed after this report is approved. Timings for this will be determined by the Transport and Public Realm Covid-19 Bronze Group in consultation with the Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee and the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Streets and Walkways Sub Committee;
b) Agree that Covid-19 transportation measures set out in Table 2 in Appendix 2 remain on street (for the short term under the existing temporary traffic orders);
c) Note that these interventions will move into existing or new programmes (as set out in Table 2 Appendix 2) within the next few months. Within these programmes further assessment of measures for retention is proposed to be undertaken through Spring and early Summer and an assessment of whether these should be retained longer term and promoted through Experimental Traffic Orders is proposed to be reported to Streets and Walkways Sub Committee for approval;
d) Agree to retain the temporary cycle parking spaces for continued use for cycle parking, dockless bikes and e-scooters until May 2022, as a minimum, for the reasons set out in the report paragraphs 4.5 to 4.6 below;
e) Note that a future report will be taken to Planning and Transportation Committee by May 2022, seeking permission to make the cycle and e-scooter parking places permanent or remove as appropriate;
f) Agree that Phase 1 and 2 of this project can be closed. Final finances as set out in Tables 1 and 2 will be verified and closed. Costs associated with the removal of the measures should recommendation (a) be approved are expected to be and will covered by local risk budgets. No further costs will be incurred following the closure of Phases 1 and 2 of this project; and
g) Note the lessons learnt in Appendix 3.