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Click above for what became the consented plan, plus Transport page.

2016-06-26

[Reposted] Barnet Times: "Councillors told to approve Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme." (Was that by the Council Leader or Chief Whip? Oh, no, our mistake.)


Link to web site

"NEARLY twenty different groups from across the political spectrum have formally formed a coalition to fight the massive Brent Cross Cricklewood Scheme.

"... Barnet Council is set to decide the fate of the plans, which will see 7,500 new homes and 27,000 new jobs created on a 151-acre site, next Wednesday.

"Group co-ordinator Lia Colacicco said:
"We're not against regeneration completely, but we feel this particular plan is not sustainable.

We believe Barnet Council will pass these plans, they have been working with the developers for more than ten years, but we want to put pressure on to get a planning inquiry."
"The group is unhappy with many facets of the plans, including transport solutions, the environmental impact and the scale of the project."



Link to Barnet Times

"COUNCILLORS have been advised to accept the controversial Brent Cross Cricklewood plans in a set of council papers released today.

"Barnet Council's planning committee is due to meet next Wednesday to vote on the proposals, which include 98 new residential blocks, a waste handling plant, offices and shops and new roads.

"... Jonathan Joseph from the Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners said:
"We are pleased that officers have recommended approval of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration.

The scheme to create a new town centre fits within and fully complies with the most up-to-date local and London wide planning policy to achieve the lasting regeneration of the area.

The sustainability of the scheme is second to none."

2016-06-23

Evening Standard: "Sadiq Khan seeks powers to give Londoners ‘first dibs’ on homes"


Link to web site

"Sadiq Khan has launched a bid to stop thousands of London homes being sold off overseas as “golden bricks”.

The Mayor said he would push Government for more powers to give Londoners 'first dibs' on new-build properties.

"Overseas buyers have been accused of fuelling the property crisis by buying homes off-plan and then leaving them empty. Mr Khan wants to give Londoners first refusal by allowing councils to ring-fence a proportion of new properties in their area to be marketed exclusively to locals before they are offered to buyers elsewhere.

Evening Standard: "Old Oak Common: £10 billion plan for ‘Canary Wharf of West’ to be reviewed by City Hall"


Link to web site

"A review of the £10 billion redevelopment of 'the Canary Wharf of the West' has been ordered amid concerns that it could fall short on delivering affordable housing for the capital.

"Sadiq Khan has appointed a senior 'director level' official at the Greater London Authority to head a two-month evaluation of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.

"The corporation was created last year by previous mayor Boris Johnson to oversee the transformation of the sprawling railway lands and industrial estates at Old Oak Common."

2016-05-31

[Reposted] The Brent Cross Railway, and cunning plans since then


Link to PDF file


From 2008:
"A massive expansion is planned for the Brent Cross area of north London, with high-density retail, housing and commercial developments that will create a new 'Town Centre' on both sides of the North Circular Road. [By 2013, reduced to essentially the 1996 shopping centre expansion plan.]

"According to the Development Framework document, there will be more than 29,000 additional vehicle journeys at Brent Cross per day. That will have a serious impact on an area where congestion can already be severe. As we start to tackle global warming, urgent discussion is vital to substantially reduce car use in massive developments like this.

"While addressing the need for much better public transport at Brent Cross, there is an opportunity for a rapid transit system to also serve large parts of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, and beyond. Therefore this document proposes a Brent Cross Railway, as an east-west rapid transit system from Brent Cross (Northern Line), via the expanded Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Town Centre, to Neasden (Jubilee Line) and Harlesden (Bakerloo Line and Euston-Watford Overground).

Possible extensions southwards are to North Acton (Central Line), and/or Park Royal (Central and Piccadilly Lines), and/or Acton Main Line (Crossrail). A major project! [At this time, Old Oak Common wasn't even a twinkle in anyone's eye.]


"It would rely on financial contributions from the twenty-year development of Brent Cross Town Centre, and provide local regeneration, connection between underground lines, and access to the proposed Brent Cross Thameslink station, and to trains to Heathrow. It would also contribute generally towards a shift towards public transport, since much of it parallels the North Circular Road." [But the Brent Cross developers and the London Borough of Barnet have never been interested.]


Link to:

2016-05-17

CPO1 and CPO2: The Brent Cross Cricklewood Public Inquiry





The London Borough of Barnet (Brent Cross Cricklewood) Compulsory Purchase Orders (No. 1 and 2) 2015

Clayton Crown Hotel, 142-152 Cricklewood Broadway, London NW2 3ED

web site

Acquiring Authority Proofs of Evidence

Cath Shaw, London Borough of Barnet – Commissioning Director for Growth & Environment
AA-CS-1  Proof of Evidence
AA-CS-2  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 

Thomas Wyld, London Borough of Barnet – Principal Planning Officer
AA-TW-1  Proof of Evidence
AA-TW-2  Appendices to Proof of Evidence
AA-TW-3  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 

Paul Shipway, London Borough of Barnet – Strategic Housing Lead
AA-PS-1  Proof of Evidence
AA-PS-2  Appendices to Proof of Evidence
AA-PS-3  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 

Bob Allies, Allies & Morrison - Partner
AA-BA-1  Proof of Evidence
​AA-BA-2  Appendices to Proof of Evidence
AA-BA-3  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 

Michael McGuinness, Hammerson plc – Development Director
AA-MM-1  Proof of Evidence
AA-MM-2  Appendices to Proof of Evidence
AA-MM-3  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 

Andre Gibbs,  Argent (Property Development) Services LLP) - Partner
AA-AG-1  Proof of Evidence
​AA-AG-2  Appendices to Proof of Evidence
AA-AG-3  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 

Philip Murphy,  Quod Planning - Director
AA-PM-1  Proof of Evidence
AA-PM-2  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 

John Orchard,  AECOM – Project Director
AA-JSO-1  Proof of Evidence
​AA-JSO-2  Appendices to Proof of Evidence
AA-JSO-3  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 

Paul Astbury,  GL Hearn – CPO and Regeneration Director
AA-PA-1  Proof of Evidence
AA-PA-2  Appendices to Proof of Evidence
AA-PA-3  Summary of Proof of Evidence
 
Simon Slatford, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners - Senior Director
AA-SS-1  Proof of Evidence
AA-SS-2  Summary of Proof of Evidence
including Hammerson's slides...




Inside Croydon: "Westfield and Hammerson: uninformative and unhelpful"


Link to web site

"CROYDON COMMENTARY: What do you call a public consultation exercise that offers no real, hard information? A Croydon [Hammerson] public consultation exercise.

"ARNO RABINOWITZ went along to the latest box-ticking exercise staged in the town centre by Westfield and Hammerson over the weekend, and found it a complete waste of time.

"... Four years on from when the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre and Centrale were first suggested, and Westfield and Hammerson are apparently now expressing their keenness to get to work starting in 2017 – the year we were told originally that the whole thing would be completed. Judged on the evidence I saw last weekend, we are really none the wiser of what is about to be imposed upon our town centre.

"Woe is on the way, mark my words."

2016-05-16

The Guardian: "Sadiq Khan warns 'greedy' developers as he outlines housing plan"


Link to web site

"The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has outlined plans to quadruple the proportion of 'affordable' housing being built in the capital, warning he will target 'greedy developers wishing to get maximum bang for their buck'.

"Khan criticised his predecessor Boris Johnson for leaving 'the cupboard bare' and said just 13% of new homes in the planning pipeline are currently classed as affordable.

"At the start of his second week in office, the Labour mayor told the Guardian he wanted more than 50% of homes on some new housing developments to be affordable. He said that did not mean 80% of market rent, as affordable is defined by the government, but far lower social rents or 'London living rent', which is pitched at a third of average incomes."

Transport for London's response to election of Sadiq Khan




Editorial material at London Reconnections

2016-05-12

The Guardian: "Store closures and surge in online shopping threaten nearly half a million jobs, says report by British Retail Consortium"


Link to web site

"Nearly half a million shop workers, mostly female, are in danger of losing their jobs as a result of changes on the high street and the growth of online retailing.

The group, aged between 26 and 45, are identified as a “lost generation” in a survey conducted by the industry trade body the British Retail Consortium (BRC), published on Wednesday. The research suggests there is a gloomy outlook for the workers, many of whom are carers who need to work close to their family home, as they could find it hard to find alternative jobs.

"... Increasingly major retail chains are retreating from high street parades, opting instead to run fewer, larger stores that are a destination for shoppers, a trend that has contributed to the number of people employed in retail falling for the last seven years."

2016-05-09

BBC: "Barnet polling station error: Council chief stands down"


"Andrew Travers,
who secured agreement for
the Brent Cross regeneration"

"The chief executive of Barnet Council has left his role after a blunder led to some voters being turned away from polling stations on Thursday.

Andrew Travers left the authority by 'mutual agreement' after the error, officials said.

Voters were initially turned away from all 155 polling stations in the borough because their names were missing from the poll list.

2016-05-08

Allies & Morrison: " CRICKLEWOOD London"



"The Brent Cross masterplan presents a vision for a sustainable town centre. The key location of this brownfield site, which straddles the North Circular ring road, supports its potential as a major urban centre for northwest London, creating a gateway to the city from the M1.

"The mixed-use development provides business and residential expansion, recreation facilities and retail opportunities, underpinned by improved public transport connections. Sensitive to its context, the development creates clustered tall buildings as landmarks on the skyline, interspersed with smaller scale buildings and generous open spaces."


Team
Client
Multiplex Developments (UK) Ltd and Hammerson Standard Life
(Multiplex cleared off in 2010, when they saw the quagmire)
Structural Engineer
Evolve Consulting Engineers
Services Engineer
Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick
Quantity Surveyor
Davis Langdon
Development Manager
Bellhouse Joseph
(Bless!)
Contractor
Bovis Lend Lease
Landscape Architect
MacGregor Smith Ltd
Planning Consultant
GVA Grimley
Transport Consultant
Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick
Consultation Manager
Indigo



Hammerson - Westfield - Hammersfield: "Developers don’t know what to call their £1.4bn supermall"



"They want to spend £1,400,000,000 demolishing and rebuilding much of the town centre, to build 1,000 'luxury apartments', a car park for eager shoppers with 3,000 bays, and they are still promising 5,000 jobs (though they remain vague about exactly what kind of jobs these might be).

"... Because of the slightly involved nature of the partnership between shopping centre rivals Hammerson and Westfield, it has been confirmed that they won't be able to call it 'Westfield'. Which is something that could undermine the longer-term prospects of the gargantuan scheme.

"... The sketchiness of [east London-based architects practice, Spacehub's] work reflects the lack of firm detail about so much of the revised plans, despite Hammersfield having been working on this already for more than three years, going through one planning process and a Compulsory Purchase Order tribunal, and spending £300 million."
"There is to be a public exhibition to display the far-from-complete plans in the Whitgift Centre from May 12 to May 15, while the developers are expected in front of the planning committee again in June."




SPACEHUB:

"We are part of a team being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the public realm in a key part of Croydon, a project which is itself part of a wider strategy to address the town's public realm. Our proposals consist of a series of enhancements to a number of existing streets and the addition of a more permeable urban structure – focused around retail, leisure and residential uses.

"The design principles are based on the prioritisation of pedestrians and cyclists and a rationalisation of the existing public realm. Key elements include the humanising of Wellesley Road, a radical transformation of the pedestrianised North End and the sensitive enhancements to Poplar Walk and the historic environment of George Street. Our work also includes the creation of a large-scale amenity roof garden for the new residential community."


2016-05-04

Evening Standard: Barnet, air pollution, and the Hammerson masterplan's 29,000 extra cars per day around Brent Cross



"... Hammerson's £1.4bn shopping mall could look too much like a, well, shopping mall"



"The deputy cabinet member for planning, said:
"A key aspect we have felt strongly about all the way through the development of the proposals was the [need for an] open, or partially enclosed roof [for] the 24-hour walkway running east to west through the site – a protected street if you like, rather than a [less desirable] shopping mall sense of space.

I am conscious of the Westfield development at Stratford for example, which is an open street with the shopping mall as part of it.

I am not very keen on the idea of a closed environment. Those other places work with a protected but open environment, so why can't we do it here?"

Evening Standard: "Brent Cross raid: Five arrested after smash-and-grab gang target shopping centre" (getaway hindered by unsustainable car-biased infrastructure)


Link to web site

"Five men have been arrested after a gang of 12 raiders armed with sledge hammers and pick axes targeted jewellery shops in the early hours of this morning.

"Scotland Yard said the smash-and-grab gang launched two raids on jewellers in Brent Cross Shopping Centre at about 2.30am.

"... Following the raids, the suspects fled the scene on foot and bicycles."

2016-04-27

The Economist: "America’s modern suburbs look like cities but feel like villages"


"Instant, ready-made downtowns bulldoze the distinction between city and suburb"

Link to web site

"American suburbs don't come much more ordinary than Sunrise. In street after street, modest single-storey houses sit behind grass yards dotted with bougainvillea bushes and palm trees. Each house has a mailbox on a pole, with a little red flag to signal when it is full. Sunrise is so similar to other Florida suburbs that when it was built, in the 1960s, the developer lured visitors with a gimmick: an upside-down house, with upside-down plants and an upside-down car in the driveway.

"What is being built now seems odder even than that. On the edge of Sunrise, next to the Florida Everglades, work has begun on a modernist 28-storey block of flats. Seven other tall towers will soon rise around it, along with offices, car parks and a shopping street including restaurants and a cinema. Erick Collazo of Metropica Holdings, the developer, says the idea is to build a downtown in suburbia. Metropica, as the 26-hectare complex is called, will not really be a downtown. Because of what it suggests about the future of cities and suburbs, it will be more interesting than that."

Barnet's 2010 Corrupt Planning Consent: Argent Related's 'Brent Cross South': "The consultation website for the redevelopment of the former Waterloo International Terminal" (well, that's what Soundings's HTML code says)



[meta name="description" content="The consultation website for the redevelopment of the former Waterloo International Terminal"]

[div class="comingsoon"][h1]Website coming soon[/h1][/div]


Can't wait.
It needs to justify why it is 'consultation'
whereas it is really just implementing Hammerson's
2014 planning consent up to 2031.



Barnet council announcing Waterloo station regeneration


2016-04-26

Croydon Advertiser: "The careering juggernaut of the Westfield/Hammerson development has swerved in another surprising direction"


Link to web site

"After we posted the story on our Facebook site, a significant number of readers declared 'we'll believe it when we see it', or words to that effect.

"Repeated setbacks at the Whitgift redevelopment appear to have created a cold cynicism among some Croydon residents unwilling to get too carried away until the ribbon is cut on the new centre, pencilled in for 2020/21."

[Reposted from Feb 2011] Property Week: Extension of Westfield White City. (Has John Lewis given up on Brent Cross?)

Link to 'Property Week' (limited free access)

"Westfield has revealed it is looking to submit a planning application for the extension of its Westfield London shopping centre in White City later this year.

"A 20-acre site to the north of the shopping centre is expected to be developed as a mixed-use site, comprising retail and residential space.

"It is thought Westfield could be in talks with John Lewis about occupying space in the extension. John Lewis is currently fitting out its 240,000 sq ft anchor store at Westfield’s new Stratford shopping centre."

"London without old people is just a factory floor, with no past and no future"


"The capital is a cruel city for the elderly if they are not in the moneyed 1%. Old age has separated me from much of the city that once gave me happiness – but it doesn’t need to be this way"

Link to The Guardian

"When I was younger, a visit to London always charged my soul with a sense that anything was possible and that all could be overcome through pluck, determination and defiance in the face of insurmountable odds. I guess I felt that way because I was first introduced to London during the second world war.

"Back then the city behaved like the capital of a great nation should during a time of conflict: with dignity and perseverance. London stood as a beacon of hope to all of its inhabitants and citizens of Britain. Both young and old felt connected to London’s destiny and that meant everyone believed they were an integral part of this dynamic city. Everyone put their shoulder to the wheel to help London survive those dark days.

"Time has moved on and London in 2016 is not threatened by Hitler's bombs. But other threats do imperil this city’s reputation as a metropolis which can be considered both a beacon for excellence and an inclusive home to all its residents regardless of wealth, ability or age. London – like the world – has become more polarised by wealth and status than it has since the days of my boyhood in the late 1920s and 30s. Now London venerates youth and elitism rather than the common-sense wisdom that can be acquired through a long life."

The Economist: "London’s property woes are getting worse: Faulty land-use regulation is throttling the capital"


Link to web site

"AT FIRST glance London looks unstoppable. It is the most important city in Europe, perhaps the world. In the past decade its economy has grown twice as fast as Britain's and its population 50% faster. Scratch the surface, however, and its situation looks less good. The motor of the British economy is becoming less productive and more unequal. The fundamental problem is how land is used and regulated.

"Over the last full economic cycle, from 1993 to 2008, the cost of a hectare of residential land in London increased by more than 300% in real terms, to more than £8m ($15m). Commercial-property prices rocketed up as well. Now less-productive industries are moving out. The supply of floor space put to industrial uses such as factories and warehousing has fallen by half in the past five years, suggest data from JLL, a property firm. At the same time London's population is growing more skilled. Over the past decade the proportion of people with university degrees has increased much more quickly inside the capital than outside it."



Link to web site
The Guardian:
"Onerous planning regulations and cheap debt pushed house prices into the stratosphere – and it’s in the interests of the political elite to keep them there"
"House prices have risen by 10% in the last year, the Halifax announced last week. Whoopeedoo. What that means is that the intergenerational wealth divide just rose by another 10% – and anyone born after 1985 is going to find it 10% harder to ever buy a home.

"There is perhaps no greater manifestation of the wealth gap in this country than who owns a house and who doesn't, and yet it's so unnecessary. Ignoring land prices for the moment, houses do not cost a lot of money to build – a quick search online shows you can buy the materials for a three-bed timber-framed house for less than £30,000; in China a 3D printer can build a basic home for less than £3,000 – and the building cost of the houses we already have has long since been paid.

"How can it be that, in the liberal, peaceful, educated society that is 21st-century Britain, a generation is priced out? These are not times of war, nor are they, for the most part, periods of national emergency, so why should one couple be able to settle down and start a family and another not, by virtue of the fact that one was born 15 years earlier than the other?"

2016-04-25

The Guardian: "If BHS can fold, then how safe are M&S and John Lewis?"


"The problems that finally killed off British Home Stores could easily apply to other department stores we regard as institutions"

Link to web site

"It has been a fixture on so many high streets. It has traded for 88 years. But today, British Home Stores is going into administration, with the loss of 11,000 jobs. In retrospect, its fate was probably sealed a year ago, when the entrepreneur Philip Green sold the company for the token sum of £1.

"... You can say, all worldly wise, that it was bound to fail. But will it be a one-off? I doubt it. That description of BHS – enormous spaces, prominent positions on the high street, the attempts to please everyone, the regular rebranding, the diversification – applies also to others. M&S would be one – might it one day become food-only? Debenhams? Even, dare I say it, the sainted John Lewis?

"It could be that the classic department store is in decline, not just because of technology, but because of changing habits and taste. How many of the shops regarded as institutions will still be around in, say, 20 years' time?"

2016-04-24

The Observer: "Where have all Britain’s shoppers gone?"


"Incomes may have risen, but we’re not splashing cash on the high street – and it's not just because of Brexit"

Link to web site

"Shopping is the national pastime. High streets, malls and retail parks have long been places people went for a day out, rather than on a mission to buy a particular item, and their spending helped lift the country out of recession. But a big drop in footfall – the number of people visiting high street and retail centres – over the past year has exposed fresh cracks in the high street, leaving retail chiefs wondering where all their customers have gone.

"Analysts are reporting declines in the number of shopper visits to high streets and shopping centres around the country of as much as 10% in some cities over the past year. Worries about the economic outlook, coupled with the rise of internet shopping, jitters about the EU referendum and more spending on eating out and leisure leave little cash left over for splurging in the shops.

" 'There is a lot of nervousness around [among retailers],' says Tim Denison, retail analyst at Ipsos Retail Performance. 'People have had more disposable income but retailers have not been as successful as they could have been in taking their share. Instead any spare money has gone on leisure and holidays rather than pure retail spend'."

2016-04-22

London news: Hammerson's Shopping Centre Plan Falls Apart


Link to web site
" 'It looks like Plan A has been abandoned as undeliverable and they expect to have to do a whole new planning application,' said David Wickens, whose work included delivering the biggest engineering project yet seen in the borough, Tramlink.

"The proposals are all about the dreaded two-bedroom flats to finance developments.

"The Compulsory Purchase Order might also have to be repeated due to the increased housing element and perhaps less justification for the retail side.

" 'This is so disappointing for Croydon, but I have to say somewhat expected,' Wickens said.

"The Croydon Partnership which has submitted the revised scheme is the shotgun marriage between the two giant mall development companies, Westfield and Hammerson, formed for the purpose of the development in Croydon. The Partnership announced on Wednesday that it had increased the cost of the scheme by 40 per cent, to £1.4billion, and that it would double the number of flats… sorry, 'luxury executive apartments', that it intended to build to 1,000. It has also increased the number of floors for retail by one-third, and that its principal 'anchor store' was revealed to be a branch of (cue drum roll)… Marks and Sparks."





L&Q Housing Association: Report on Use of Outdoor Spaces


"The research indicates that a key barrier to greater use of the outdoor spaces is that the purpose of the space is unclear, and as a result it is putting people off using the spaces or wanting anyone else to use them. The lack of clarity about the purpose of these spaces is creating tension as people’s different expectations are not being met.

"The interviews revealed that management approach is usually to identify the cause of the problem and prohibit or prevent the problematic activity so that the source of conflict is removed.

"However as a result of this management strategy, the outdoor spaces are becoming more like ornaments, peaceful places for looking at, as opposed to a functional social resource.

"Despite the incremental restriction on uses, this 'look but don’t touch' feel of the spaces seems to have been intentionally integrated into the design."





London Assembly Election: Brent Cross: Rubbish Hammerson and Rubbish Argent



2016-04-21

Daily Telegraph: "We must build on the green belt to end this housing crisis. Will any politician have the guts?"


Link to web site

" 'London needs a million new homes,' declared the London mayoral candidate known as Prince Zylinkski, who carries a cavalry sword inherited from his father and once challenged Nigel Farage to a duel. 'I'm the only person who can do it. The others are timewasters.'

Mr Zylinski's pitch drew laughs from the audience at this week's BBC mayoral debate. But they also appeared to agree with him. Asked whether any of the candidates promising to build 50,000 homes a year would actually do it, just one person in the audience raised his hand, tentatively.

It is not just London. The whole country is suffering from a chronic shortage of houses. England has been building about 100,000 to 170,000 houses a year for over two decades. Its estimated need is for 250,000 to 300,000 a year – and that’s just to keep prices steady.

Unsurprisingly, prices keep rising. Home ownership peaked more than a decade ago. In much of the south, simply getting planning permission to build houses on a patch of farmland increases its value a thousand-fold. Something is deeply wrong."

2016-04-19

[Reposted] Croydon Advertiser and The Curious Case of The Corruption That Didn't Happen


"Insiders have suggested Mayor Johnson could use his planning powers as a lever in getting either Westfield or Hammerson to withdraw from the Croydon scene.

"... Hammerson has planning permission for an expansion of its shopping centre in Brent Cross, but it is understood conditions imposed have made going ahead uneconomic.

"The suggestion is that the Mayor could help relax those conditions. Hammerson could proceed, and decide to forsake its ambitions for the Whitgift Centre [in return]."





Link to 'Croydon Today'
(picture: David Cook)

'Croydon Today':
"Croydon's architecture: Iconic or eyesore?"

"A RECENT post on Twitter read:
"Croydonisation' – architectural ruining of a town centre. Image issue cited by Croydon's director of regeneration Tony Antoniou."
"Mr Antoniou had been speaking at an event organised by New London Architecture, a series of conferences and exhibitions about regeneration.

"...The council released a statement:
"Part of the discussion about Croydon's future regeneration is honestly appraising the mistakes of the past.

Like most of our residents, the council is under no illusion that parts of the town centre in particular have suffered from design mistakes, that must not be repeated."


6 June 2012 Update:
The missing Croydon Advertiser story has reappeared on its website today, here.


Road.cc: "Safer cycle infrastructure possible after signage rule changes"


Link to web site

"The Department of Transport (DfT) has made long-awaited changes (link is external) to infrastructure regulations, meaning mandatory bike lanes and low level traffic lights can now be used without a special application to central government, while parallel pedestrian-and-cycle zebras can be legally introduced for the first time, making Dutch-style roundabouts possible in the UK.

"Changes to the TSRGD (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions), which take effect on 22 April, were finally approved six years after the signage review began. At least two councils, frustrated by lengthy delays, illegally introduced cycle-friendly infrastructure in the interim.

"Phil Jones, of Phil Jones Associates, is a transport planner and traffic engineer who trains councils on cycle friendly infrastructure. He calls the changes 'significant', and says there is no reason, from the 22 April, why every new bike lane shouldn't be mandatory, rather than advisory, giving cyclists legal protection against encroaching traffic, and says people should be asking for these improvements from their local councils."

2016-04-17

[Reposted] Hammerson's broken promises: (1) We are in it for the long term; (2) The Brent Cross development will not require subsidy; (3) We are a talented and competent outfit, not a bunch of clowns.








New Brent Cross Thameslink station (and for London Overground, from Old Oak Common?)
2008: Thameslink Programme (TLP) and Department for Transport (DfT) agree service pattern for station at 8tph peak, 4tph off-peak
2009: URS business case establishes positive BCR for station
2010-2012: Design integration with TLP GRIP 3 review and GRIP4
May 2012: DfT consultation on the TSGN franchise refers to the new station
June 2012: TLP review confirmed service pattern at 8tph proceed in 2011 version of the 2018 development timetable
Jan 2013: Brent Cross Cricklewood (BXC) GRIP3 report submitted to Network Rail (NR)
July 2013: NR / DfT confirm up to 8tph could stop
Sept 2013: NR confirmation BXC document in TSGN Franchise Data Room [don’t ask]
Nov 2013: NR validates URS station core cost estimate
Aug 2014: NR peer review of station design: Confirmed construction wiork feasible, subject to stage gate close out [no idea] GRIP 3; funding; risk management; access; and stakeholder management
Oct 2014: NR Investment Panel approval
Nov 2014: Stakeholder workshop to agree stakeholder requirements (input from route requirements document)
Nov 2014: Network services agreement with NR signed
Nov 2014 – Jan 2015: Initial GRIP3 review of existing GRIP3 proposals, including train services modelling, demand forecasting and business case development to identify preferred station design which meets client requirements
Feb 2015: Preferred scheme and updated cost estimate
July 2015: Complete GRIP3 AIP [?] and contracting strategy
Dec 2015: Network change
April 2016: GRIP4 detailed design
Dec 2017 – May 2021: GRIP6 – 7 Construction, testing and commissioning
May 2021: Station open (proposed opening date)
May 2021 – Dec 2022: Grip 8 Project close out (contractual close, 1 year).