Thamesfield and West Putney To Become Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Council announces funding of more than £800,000 for various schemes

Charlwood Road will be part of the new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods


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Highways engineers in Wandsworth are set to commence work on a series of road safety schemes.

The council has secured an initial allocation of London Streetspace funding of £800,000 to implement a number of temporary projects which aim to make travel around the borough safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Thamesfield will be converted to a “Low traffic Neighbourhood”. According to the UK charity LivingStreets, these are 'groups of residential streets, bordered by main or “distributor” roads (the places where buses, lorries, non-local traffic should be), where through motor vehicle traffic is discouraged or removed. ... With through traffic gone, the streets in a low traffic neighbourhood see dramatic reductions in motor traffic levels and often speeds too. And it’s not just the passing traffic that tends to go down. While residents in a low traffic neighbourhood can still do all their journeys by car if they want or need to, some trips will be a bit more circuitous'.

Cllr Rosemary Torrington

Thamesfield Councillor and chairman of the Transportation Committee, Rosemary Torrington, told, "We are working with residents and transport planners on a number of schemes across the ward to encourage more walking, cycling whilst reducing rat-running and speeding. This is especially important as we emerge from the COVID lockdown. We want to make neighbourhoods safer, healthier, and give people more space to go about their business whilst maintaining social distancing. We are really pleased that we have secured funding for the Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes for Oxford and Charlwood Road and will continue to work on plans for elsewhere in the ward. We have also been working with local residents and schools to implement the school streets concept to Thamesfield ward which is now growing across the borough. We’d love to hear people’s feedback and welcome other suggestions."

Any suggestions should be emailed to Cllr Torrington -

Additional funding bids have been submitted to Transport for London which are currently being considered. If these are approved many more schemes will be adopted.

The plan to make Thamesfield in Putney a Low Traffic Neighbourhood is included in eleven project that include:
• Queenstown Road cycle corridor
• School streets at 16 Wandsworth primaries
• Lavender Hill streetscape improvements
• Twilley Street Low Traffic Neighbourhood
• West Putney Low Traffic Neighbourhood
• St Mary’s Park (Battersea) Low Traffic Neighbourhood
• Elmbourne Road/Hillbury Street Low Traffic Neighbourhood
• Beechcroft Road Low Traffic Neighbourhood
• Fishponds Road Low Traffic Neighbourhood
• Graveney (Tooting) Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Engineers are also pressing for funding to pay for a strategic cycle corridor along Garratt Lane and also for additional safety measures in Magdalen Road in Earlsfield.

The Council say that work is also well underway and progressing at pace on a £1m road safety and streetscape improvement scheme in Balham’s Bedford Hill and on an ongoing £1.6m Southfields area refurbishment scheme.

Transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “This comprehensive list of projects which have now been approved and funded, are just the first wave in a series of measures we are looking to implement to improve safety conditions for people walking and cycling.

“Over the course of the coming days and weeks we plan to unveil additional measures to support our residents who are travelling by foot or on bikes. We are fully committed to doing what we can in an imaginative and effective way to encourage people to adopt new forms of travel and supporting them to do so in the safest possible way.”

We invited Wandsworth Living Streets to comment, but they are waiting to hear the actual proposals for the area.

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July 2, 2020

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