And these measures will also help support local businesses and last-mile deliveries. Any new measures implemented now should also aim to deliver long-term change after lockdown, addressing congestion, air pollution, social inequalities and the global climate crisis. How Sustrans can support you;
At Sustrans we want to support local authorities to adapt streets, roads and places during the Covid-19 crisis and as we emerge from it. This page provides examples of measures that local authorities can implement, what powers they have to do so and how we can help.
Local Authorities in England
The UK Government updated its guidance to local authorities in England on 9 May, In addition to providing £250m for local authorities to use immediately in road space reallocation such as pop-up cycle lanes, pavement widening and bus and cycle corridors.
The Secretary of State recognised that it is a "once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities".
Their website clarifies that measures can be introduced temporarily, either in isolation or as a combined package of measures.
Some interventions, including new lightly-segregated cycle lanes, will not require Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs). Others will require TROs, of which there are different types.
The main ones are:
This process includes prior consultation on the proposed scheme design, a 21-day notice period for statutory consultees and others who can log objections; there can be a public inquiry in some circumstances.
These are used to trial schemes that may then be made permanent.
Authorities may put in place monitoring arrangements, and carry out ongoing consultation once the measure is built.
Although the initial implementation period can be quick, the need for extra monitoring and consultation afterwards makes them a more onerous process overall.
These can be in place for up to 18 months. There is a 7-day notice period prior to making the TRO and a 14-day notification requirement after it is made, plus publicity requirements.
These are most suitable for putting in place temporary measures and road closures.