Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Contact: Nassir Ali  Email: Nassir.Ali@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 6160

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies is noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2019.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel held on 21 January 2019 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

5.

Scrutiny of transport providers serving the Royal Borough of Greenwich pdf icon PDF 36 KB

To receive presentations from the transport providers in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The item was introduced by the Chair who welcomed the transports

providers and proposed the Panel first hear from the representatives from Transport for London (TfL) followed by the Rail services.

 

Transport for London

 

The Panel was addressed by the TfL representative who advised Members on the 2019/20 Business Plan which factored in the loss of the operating grant from the government and a reduction in ridership as well as wider economic issues to decide what could and couldn’t be delivered. He stated there would be an extension to the Healthy Streets Programme and that major upgrades to the tube network had been either revised or delayed.

 

With regards to the Elizabeth Line, the TfL representative advised on the service delays and the new funding agreement with the Government. He informed Members of the new senior team in place at Crossrail Ltd and that new timescales were expected in the spring.

 

In terms of investment in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the TfL representative advised on the new DLR fleet from 2023/24 and highlighted that the DLR was the highest performing rail service in the country. He stated that funding had been approved to develop plans for a cycle route connecting Greenwich and Woolwich which would extend the Cycle Superhighway 4 (CS4). He estimated that the Silvertown Tunnel Project would be completed by 2025 and that fees would likely be waived for local residents. He added that TfL were also looking at a range of options to increase public transport in Thamesmead including a DLR extension, London Overground Extension and introducing a Bus Transit.

 

In terms of air quality, the TfL representative advised on the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) introduction in April 2019 and expansion in October 2021. He highlighted the changes that TfL had made to its bus fleet in preparation.

 

With regards to the TfL service in Greenwich, the TfL representative confirmed the 53 bus route was being reviewed after consultation and that the proposed bus changes, as a result of the Elizabeth Line, would be implemented closer to when the service starts. He stated that TfL was performing well in Greenwich and that the Woolwich Ferry would be running a good service once it is up and running.

 

In response to questions, the TfL representative confirmed that the aim was to begin construction on the Lewisham to Greenwich section of the CS4 in July. He stated that TfL would retrofit any Santander bikes if they needed replacing as this was the cheaper option. He also confirmed that TfL were aware of the possible strike action at the Woolwich Ferry and were monitoring the situation closely and recommending resolution.

 

In response to a question, the TfL Representative advised that the Mayor of London had reviewed river crossings and that a crossing in Thamesmead had not been ruled out but would need to be looked at further. He stated there was also the possibility of a Highways England crossing past Dartford.

 

With regards to the 53 bus  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Funding for Transport - Update on the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) Delivery pdf icon PDF 660 KB

To receive an update on the Royal Borough’s Local Implementation Plan for transport (LIP); the delivery of transport investments arising from it; and a summary of other key sources of transport funding.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Assistant Director Transportation who confirmed the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) was a statutory document and included key sources of transport funding. He advised the Royal Borough of Greenwich was currently revising the draft LIP3 based on consultation comments.

 

The Assistant Director Transportation confirmed that Greenwich’s core LIP funding had been reduced significantly by TfL to the tune of 21% between 2014-2020. He advised on the LIP 3 objectives; a healthier Greenwich, a greener Greenwich a connected Greenwich and a growing Greenwich.

 

With regards to the LIP 3 vision, the Assistant Director Transportation confirmed the aim was to have an attractive, accessible, healthy and sustainable transport network in the borough. Also to be on-track to help realise the Mayor of London’s aim for 80 per cent of all trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041 - the figure is currently 58%.

 

In terms of Non-LIP sources of transport funding, the Assistant Director Transportation highlighted the Mayor Air Quality Fund and other small packages of money that was available. He stated that overall funding was reducing and that most programmes were being funded based on outcomes and not just delivery.

 

The Assistant Director highlighted the uneven delivery of transport maintenance as most projects are completed in late winter and that one of the objectives was to smooth out this process.

 

 

In response to a question, the Assistant Director stated that certain programmes including the Safer Streets and 20mph scheme were being reviewed with some completion dates falling back to 2025.

 

The Chair thanked the Officer for his presentation.

 

The Panel

 

Resolved –

 

To note the update on the Royal Borough’s Local Implementation Plan for transport (LIP); the delivery of transport investments.

 

 

 

 

7.

INFORMATION ONLY: Cabinet Member Priorities Progress Report - Additional Update pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Additional update, as requested at the meeting on 25th October 2018, regarding the development of the Cultural Quarter in the Royal Arsenal. (Please note this is an information only item and all questions should be forwarded directly to the report authors detailed at the bottom of the report)

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Panel

 

Resolved –

 

To note the additional update as requested at the meeting on 25th October 2018 regarding the development of the Cultural Quarter in the Royal Arsenal.