Experimental cycle contraflow schemes set to be unveiled

Published: Friday, March 12, 2021

A series of 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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Four 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.

These experimental contraflows will be in place at the following locations:

• St Ann’s Crescent, Wandsworth – between St Ann’s Hill and Dault Road.

• Buttermere Drive, Putney - between Keswick Road and Portinscale Road.

• Cairns Road and Auckland Road, Battersea – between Northcote Road and Battersea Rise.

• Byrne Road, Balham – between Bedford Hill and Cornford Grove.

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

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.”

Work to implement the contraflows will get underway in the next few days and over the course of the next six months residents and businesses will be able to comment on the changes as part of the public consultation, and can be accessed at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/consultations. These will get underway once the contraflows are in place. 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.

For more information about support for cycling in Wandsworth visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/cycling

To find out more about the council’s plans to tackle climate change, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/climatechange.