Recently launched local group, Wandsworth Living Streets, welcomes the news that Transport for London will not now axe eight pedestrian crossings which were previously slated for removal.
Transport for London had identified eight traffic signals across the borough which it proposed to remove as part of its ‘smoothing traffic flow’ initiative. These included three crossings along the Avenue in Clapham, removal of which would have effectively cut off Clapham Common to many Wandsworth families. Also listed was the crossing on Kimber Road which links different parts of King George’s Park and which forms part of the Wandle Trail.
Following campaigning by local residents and groups including Wandsworth Living Streets, as well as local councillors and Assembly Member Jenny Jones, Transport for London has now withdrawn its proposals.
Wandsworth Living Streets Group’s Secretary, Robert Molteno, said: “This is an early Christmas present for Wandsworth Living Streets, and all who care about making our borough a more liveable part of London. We’d especially like to thank London Assembly Member Jenny Jones, who raised the profile of this issue, and the local councillors who made time to get involved.”
The group’s Chair, Susie Morrow, said: “We were dismayed to learn that TfL hadn’t taken the trouble to carry out pedestrian movement surveys at these eight sites. Nor does there seem to have been any thought about why these crossings had, at considerable expense, been installed. It seems an odd set of priorities at a time of very limited public funds, and when the authorities should be encouraging people to walk and cycle. However, we’re delighted that sense has now prevailed and that we’ll be able to continue to use these facilities.”
All WLS supporters welcome.
Please contact: Susie Morrow