Major shake-up for Transport for London cycling and walking

A major reorganisation at Transport for London in 2010 could strongly affect the way cycling and walking policy is formulated and implemented.

The end of the financial year in March sees the end of the opaquely named ‘directorate of integrated programme delivery’, which was formed in 2009 by bringing together walking and cycling, road safety and smarter travel.

A new directorate, possibly called 'Better Routes and Places' will be organised around modal policy teams, project teams, a behavioural change team and a research team.

LCC's cycling development officer Charlie Lloyd said, "Many of the familiar units LCC has worked with over the past eight years will disappear.

"The Cycling Centre for Excellence has gone, as has the Cycling Programme Team (which dealt with the London Cycle Network), along with Cycling Walking and Accessibility team, the London Road Safety Unit, and Smarter Travel.
Many staff from these former TfL units have been re-assigned, retired or removed.

Reorganisation into a new directorate has raised the status of walking, cycling and sustainable travel options within the structure of Transport for London.  These changes coincide with the decision to give more budgetary autonomy to London's boroughs.

Money is now assigned to local councils using a formula, whereby each borough decides how to spend its budget: be it on better cycling facilities or smarter bus stops.

Lloyd said, "There's now less for the experts at TfL to do apart from advising on policies, which the boroughs may or may not adopt."