3.8m pounds for Wandsworth transport upgrades

Published: Thursday 20th December 12

Wandsworth Council has secured a £3.8m grant from the Mayor of London to deliver a series of local transport improvements.

The funding will be targeted towards projects which aim to support local jobs and enhance a range of travel options including roads, cycling and walking.

Key projects in this year's investment programme include:

£100k towards an on-going scheme to improve Clapham Junction town centre and tackle traffic congestion. Works here include improving the road layout, renewing pavements and road surfaces, decluttering footways, planting new trees and upgrading lighting;

£260,000 to improve the look and feel of Old York Road between the railway bridge and Ferrier Street.  The station forecourt and adjacent street will be upgraded with granite paving and improved cycle parking. The pedestrian crossing will also be widened and the road surface raised level with the pavements.

£400,000 will go towards the extension of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme to Wandsworth in 2013. This contribution will be match funded by TfL and will see around 60 docking stations installed across parts of Putney, Wandsworth Town and Battersea.

£350,000 for street and transport improvements in Balham town Centre, including improvements to Bedford Hill and Hildreth Street. These upgrades will complement Balham's on-going Mayor's Outer London Fund investment programme.

Wandsworth Council's transport spokesman Cllr Russell King said:

"This money will be put to work improving transport facilities in our town centres and creating more attractive, pedestrian friendly shopping environments. Drivers, walkers and cyclists will all benefit from these works.

"Improving travel options is a key priority for this council and is vital to the health and vitality of our local economy."

Find out more about the council's Transport development plans at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/travelchoices

LIP funding is awarded to support projects in the London boroughs that will make cycling safer and easier, improve walking facilities, make roads safer, smooth traffic flow and breathe new life into town centres, public squares and local shopping areas to boost the local economy.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:  "This funding will benefit all of London and everyone living in, working in or visiting Wandsworth.  A world class city deserves a world class transport system and the borough will use this money to make significant improvements for local people."

London's Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy CBE said:  "We are working in partnership with Wandsworth and with all the London boroughs to bring real improvements to communities across the city.  The borough will be using this investment to fund hundreds of projects that will benefit all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.  Public squares and local shopping areas will be rejuvenated, attracting more people to the area to boost the local economy."

Last year in Wandsworth, LIP funded 290 cycle parking spaces, cycle training for 1,100 children and 320 adults, the removal of 650m of guardrail and street clutter, three new accessible bus stops, support for 70 schools participating in walking events and three new off-street electric vehicle charging points.


Notes to Editors:

Each borough produces a Local Implementation Plan (LIP) to demonstrate how they plan to implement the Mayor's Transport Strategy locally.  While Transport individual projects is the responsibility of each borough.

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Recent comments

How about using some of the money to improve Wandsworth's existing pavements, too many of which are dangerously uneven and broken?
Gillian Wightwick

20 December 2012