I have been engaging with many of you over the last few weeks about recent trial changes on and around the A24. Bit of a long thread below, but I wanted to get in as much detail as I could.
These changes are a combination of an upgrade to Cycle Superhighway 7 by Transport for London (run by the Mayor) that runs between Balham and Colliers Wood and four ‘Low Traffic Neighborhoods’ (LTNs) introduced by the Council.
These have all been introduced in the wake of Covid-19 to encourage those who can, where they can, to walk or cycle. The ultimate aims are to reduce pollution, increase physical activity and reduce obesity and in the short term make it safer for people to get around London without using crowded tubes and buses. See graphic below.
Money for these came from central Government through to TFL and bids were quickly put together by councils across London for schemes that helped with these ambitions.
However, I am aware that many of you are experiencing issues as a result of these changes – not least the worry that this is having the opposite effect of increasing traffic, pollution and causing delays to emergency vehicles.
To reassure you – both the TFL and Council changes are a trial. The Council will be reviewing data of this trial regularly - meaning both traffic data and your comments. They can then assess all trial evidence and decided either to drop, amend, or continue with each scheme.
Normally Councils would have consulted before implementing schemes like this – but in this case have had to implement quickly or risk losing the money. I am sure you have seen this happening all around London – and not just in Wandsworth or Merton.
In Wandsworth all local ward Cllrs in effected areas were consulted before these were put in and had the chance to feedback on proposals. They can and should also be your first port of call for feeding back challenges.
The TFL changes are an 18 month trial, and I have been in touch with them on many of the issues raised to me around the new segregated cycle route, lost parking and newly banned turns, most urgently that emergency vehicles have been struggling to get around the traffic. I am yet to receive a response to my questions, but will put in an update as soon as I hear.
For TFL’s A24 changes details are here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/general/f2826d1b/
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For Wandsworth schemes - https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/…/have-your-say/consultations/
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