More Traffic Restrictions Introduced in East Putney
Aim is to reduce rat-running between West Hill and Putney Hill
The scheme aims to reduce the number of vehicles cutting through residential areas between West Hill and Putney Hill.
The council says the pilot scheme has been drawn up in response to requests from residents of Putney Heath Lane and Rusholme Road which is used by some motorists as a short cut between Putney Hill and the A3 at West Hill.
A public consultation in November regarding the Putney Heath Lane traffic management trial showed that the majority were in favour of some form of traffic management intervention to reduce through traffic between West Hill and Putney Hill during peak hours.
To reduce the impact of this through traffic, highways engineers have introduced an experimental ban on traffic turning left from Putney Hill onto Putney Heath Lane during the morning rush hour – weekdays between 7am and 10am - and a similarly timed ban on traffic turning left from Putney Heath Lane into Rusholme Road.
The changes have been introduced initially as part of a six month study to gauge their effectiveness – with an option to extend the trial period to 18 months.
Residents can give their feedback on the trial by clicking here.
The proposals are designed to complement a similar scheme to deter cut through traffic from this part of East Putney, which was introduced as a pilot scheme last year. This focused on Lytton Grove and has prevented vehicles from turning right at both ends of Lytton Grove – onto Putney Hill and West Hill respectively.
Wandsworth’s director of environment and community services Paul Chadwick said, “Residents have asked us to take action to reduce the number of vehicles using their streets as a cut through, and in a previous consultation exercise, the overwhelming majority backed the introduction of this pilot initiative.
“We will now be monitoring traffic flows to see if the scheme works - and if it is judged to be effective, we’ll ask local people if they want to make these changes permanent.”
April 30, 2021