Work to improve street scene in Bedford Hill about to begin
Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Work is due to get underway next week on a series of environmental improvements to the street scene along Balham’s Bedford Hill.
The project, which was shaped by a detailed public consultation carried out in 2018, will see a range of environmental upgrades between Balham Station Road and Balham Hill.
High quality granite paving will be installed along this stretch of Bedford Hill while pedestrian safety will be enhanced with the construction of traffic calming entry treatments at its junctions with Harberson Road, Shipka Road, Sistova Road and Rossiter Road.
These entry treatments – which raise the road surface up to the same level as the pavement - will help reduce vehicle speeds and make it easier for wheelchair users and parents with small children in buggies to cross at these junctions.
Bedford Hill will become part of the borough-wide 20 mph zone, additional cycle parking will be introduced, unnecessary street furniture and clutter removed and new trees and greenery planted.
Further investigations will be carried out to explore the possibility of introducing sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to better manage surface water after heavy downpours. Progress on this aspect of the scheme will depend on the location of underground utilities.
The £1m scheme is due to begin on Monday, January 27 and is expected to take six months to complete. A second phase of works, involving further upgrades at the traffic signal-controlled junction of Bedford Hill, Balham Station Road and Fernlea Road is also proposed - but subject to final approval from Transport for London.
Funding for the scheme is coming from the Wandsworth Local Fund – a levy on property developers that’s used to fund improvements to the local area’s infrastructure.
Transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “This scheme has been shaped and inspired by the views of local people and businesses in the area who took part in the public consultation.
“They told us they wanted the area smartened up to make it more attractive and boost local trade. We listened very carefully, secured the funding and are now days away from commencing the work. It will make a real difference to the look and feel of this important neighbourhood.”