More cycle contraflow schemes to be unveiled this month

Published: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

More bike contraflow systems are being set up in residential one-way streets across Wandsworth to offer cyclists shorter and safer routes through the borough.

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Six new contraflows are being introduced under experimental traffic orders which means the schemes can be set up alongside a parallel public consultation. This will allow the initiatives to be carefully monitored while in operation and any changes can be made swiftly as the needs arise.

The schemes will incorporate clear new signage and road markings, including double yellow lines on corners, to enhance safety and improve visibility

The contraflow schemes will apply in:

• Bullen Street, Battersea – between Battersea Park Road and Shuttleworth Road.
• Cloudesdale Road, Balham – between Elmfield Road and Ritherdon Road.
• Keble Street, Tooting – between Garratt Lane and Wimbledon Road.
• North Passage, Putney – between Sudlow Road and Adelaide Road.
• Tonsley Hill, Wandsworth – between Tonsley Street and Tonsley Place.
• Rockland Road, Esmond Street and Winthrope Road, Putney between the junctions with Oxford Road.

These pilot schemes are scheduled to commence from August 13 onwards.

Transport spokesman Cllr John Locker said: “These experimental contraflow schemes are designed to make it easier and safer for cyclists as they will allow them to avoid some busy junctions. One of our aims is to encourage more people to take up two wheeled travel.

“Introducing convenient short-cuts for cyclists on quieter roads with low traffic volumes as pilot schemes is just one of the ways we are trying to encourage higher levels of bike travel in the borough.

“And persuading people to get out of their cars and switch to cycling is one of the ways we can help meet our climate emergency targets and reduce carbon emissions.”

Feedback on the validity and value of the schemes will be considered over the next six months with residents and businesses encouraged to have their say.

The changes could only be made permanent via a Permanent Traffic Order following a formal decision by the council’s strategic planning and transportation overview and scrutiny committee.

To submit comments and feedback once the schemes are in operation from August 13 onwards please visit

For more information about support for cycling in Wandsworth visit

To find out more about the council’s plans to tackle climate change, visit