TfL has been at the forefront of methods for improving the public realm including the successful removal of significant lengths of pedestrian guard railing throughout London in recent years. TfL were keen to build on this initiative and mode was considered to have the necessary broad experience based on previous work in this area, including involvement with the development of MfS2.
The initiative is ongoing and includes the following key elements:
- initial high level meeting with CVU and TfL staff to agree the broad approach to be taken
- preparation of material to inform a series of workshops
- hosting and running workshops with CVU and TfL operational staff to explain principles and practical steps for de-cluttering
- running a series of site visits at a number of selected locations to explore putting principles into practice
- preparation of a report on the process together with recommendations for further work
- liaison with the DfT on best practice with reference to emerging advice including revisions to TSRGD
mode has also been asked to put together a technical guide for extending the initiative using the lessons learnt from the initial study. TfL then intend to roll out the principles to other parts of the strategic road network.