New Battersea Rise traffic scheme
Published: Thursday 22nd December 11
A consultation is now underway on new plans to improve the Battersea Rise/Northcote Road junction.
The changes are intended to ease traffic jams, reduce accidents and improve pedestrian safety.
They would also make it easier and faster to cross the junction on foot and improve the look of this part of the town centre.
Wandsworth Council has been lobbying for major improvements to the junction which is managed by Transport for London (TfL).
The main features of the project are:
- A new diagonal pedestrian crossing
- Green man pedestrian crossing facilities at all arms of the junction
- New cycle parking stands
- New pavements including tactile paving for partially sighted residents
- Anti-skid road surfacing
- Removal of unnecessary pedestrian guard railings
- Rephasing of traffic signals to improve traffic flow and prevent stationary traffic from blocking the junction
TfL is now writing to local households and businesses to ask for their views. Residents can also examine the plans online and leave a comment at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/streets/battersea-rise
Wandsworth Council's transport spokesman Cllr Russell King said:
"This junction has long suffered from rush hour grid lock and is a frustrating obstacle for pedestrians. We're pleased TfL has listened to our concerns and is now consulting on an upgrade package.
"The council is currently delivering improvement works to the St John's Hill / Lavender Hill junction at the other end of St John's Road. Assuming residents support TfL's scheme, when both projects are complete Clapham Junction will be much more pedestrian friendly place and the traffic situation will be much improved."
TfL's consultation closes on 11 January, 2012.
Construction works could begin in late February 2012 and would last for approximately 12 weeks.