Experimental Cycle Contraflow Scheme for Buttermere Drive

Council aiming to offer cyclists two way access to one way streets

Buttermere Drive in Putney
Buttermere Drive in Putney. Picture: Google Streetview


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A contraflow system is being introduced on a one way road in Putney to allow cyclists to legally travel in both directions.

The scheme on Buttermere Drive is one of four similar initiatives being introduced across Wandsworth borough. They are being implemented under experimental traffic orders which means the schemes can be set up alongside a parallel public consultation. This will allow the initiatives to be monitored while in operation and any changes can be made swiftly as the needs arise.

The objective is to improve the flow on one way streets by providing a more direct route for cyclists to join existing cycle networks.

The schemes will incorporate new signage and road markings, including double rather than single yellow lines on corners, with the aim of enhancing safety and improving visibility. Some reduction to the existing parking space will be required to allow cyclists to safely pass on-coming traffic.

Work to implement the contraflows is due to get underway and over the course of the next six months residents and businesses will be able to comment on the changes as part of the public consultation, and can be accessed at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/consultations. These will begin once the contraflows are in place. The changes could only be made permanent via a Permanent Traffic Order following a formal decision by the council’s strategic planning and transportation overview and scrutiny committee.

The other contraflows will be in place at the following locations:

• St Ann’s Crescent, Wandsworth – between St Ann’s Hill and Dault Road.

• Cairns Road and Auckland Road, Battersea – between Northcote Road and Battersea Rise.

• Byrne Road, Balham – between Bedford Hill and Cornford Grove.

Transport spokesman Cllr John Locker said, “These experimental contraflow schemes are designed to make it easier and safer for cyclists as they will allow them to avoid some busy junctions. One of our aims is to encourage more people to take up two wheeled travel.

“Introducing convenient short-cuts for cyclists on quieter roads with low traffic volumes as pilot schemes is just one of the ways we are trying to encourage higher levels of bike travel in the borough.

“And persuading people to get out of their cars and switch to cycling is one of the ways we can help meet our climate emergency targets and reduce carbon emissions.”

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March 19, 2021

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