Road and cycle safety improvements on the way in Chestnut Grove

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Works are set to begin on a measure designed to improve road safety for cyclists and children attending schools in Chestnut Grove in Balham.

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New rules banning cars and lorries from parking in a cycle lane in Chestnut Grove to load and unload will be introduced before the end of the month.

The restriction will apply to the cycle lane that runs southbound along Chestnut Grove from just north of the junction with Boundaries Road to the junction with Balham High Road.

The prohibition will apply Mondays to Fridays between 7am and 10am and also between 3pm and 7pm – times of the day when many children and teenagers are walking to and from Chestnut Grove Academy and other nearby schools.

As well as enhancing safety on the roads for cyclists the changes will also significantly benefit pedestrians in this part of Balham by improving sight lines and removing obstructions.

The council’s transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “Chestnut Grove is a fairly narrow but busy route for cyclists and for young people attending local schools.

“Preventing vehicles, especially delivery lorries from parking across its cycle lane during the busiest times of the days will make it safer for people on bicycles and for pedestrians who are often forced to emerge onto the carriageway from behind parked vehicles, which can be very dangerous.”