Further work announced on one way redesign proposal but council repeats earlier calls for scheme to get underway

Published: Thursday 11th October 18

Town hall transport chiefs have given a cautious welcome to the news that further work will begin this month on the long-awaited and much-needed redesign of the Wandsworth one-way system.

Councillors say they welcome the announcement by Transport for London that it will be carrying out detailed surveys of drainage systems in the town centre as part of the groundwork required for a radical overhaul of the one way system.

But councillors, who have pledged £27m towards the scheme from town hall budgets, remain concerned that the TfL timetable for the project has slipped again with work on the main aspect of the scheme not now expected to commence until late 2021 – some four years later than originally planned.

The current set of proposals

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “Redesigning the one way system and removing the traffic that has such a negative effect on the town centre has been a key aim of the council for many years.

“Whilst we welcome the fact that some further works are now scheduled to begin later this month, there is a strong argument for saying that these preliminary checks really should have been done some time ago.

“This crucial scheme has the potential to really transform and revitalise the town centre’s fortunes. It really should have got underway in earnest by now, so we do need TfL and the Mayor to roll their sleeves up and get things moving.

“We have £27m sitting in our bank account that is earmarked for this scheme so the funding is there from our side. Now we need TfL and Mayor to fulfil their part of the deal.”

The current proposed scheme, which was first outlined almost a decade ago, would see cars and lorries diverted away from the main shopping and commercial parts of Wandsworth town centre and the area made much more cycle and pedestrian friendly.

Under the proposals drawn up by TfL’s highway engineers, traffic would be re-routed away from Wandsworth High Street onto Armoury Way, which would become two-way.

The changes would result in a significant reduction in traffic between Fairfield Street and Putney Bridge Road and provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists, while still allowing buses to service the area. 

The aim is to end the dominance of cars and lorries in the town centre, leaving it free for buses, bicycles and pedestrians. Many footpaths could be widened substantially and be improved through extensive tree planting and landscaping, along with other environmental improvements.

The works would represent a major boost to local businesses and the local economy with the town centre transformed into a much more attractive and vibrant shopping and leisure destination.

Removing through traffic from the gyratory has been a long term strategic aim of the council, although the works can only be approved and carried out by TfL.

The £27m ring-fenced by the council to help pay for the scheme has been levied from housing developers in the area via the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The lion’s share of this cash came from the developers of the Ram Brewery site.

For more information on the redesign proposals visit www.tfl.gov.uk/wandsworth-town-centre

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Recent comments

I'm sure there's a serious flaw with the proposal as shown on the plan. Could someone else check my thinking and comment? The flaw is: currently the south circular route is a major road of heavy traffic which can't be significantly messed about with. If you currently know the area well , image you are travelling from east to west on the map along the south circular. You go down east hill, through Wandsworth centre and continue towards Putney. There doesn't seem to be a viable new route with these proposals. Where does the traffic go, other than through awkward narrow junctions? It seems madness!
A

15 October 2018

Bad for freedom in SW London and a waste of money. It will increase pollution due to slower speeds and increased/concentrated emissions. The A3 will divert into half the current capacity saturating it. This scheme cuts capacity on the main crossing point of the northern Wandle valley by 50%. Movement E. to W. will be restricted, raising traffic on Earlsfield Road, Kimber/Penwith, Trinity Roads. The consultation in 2016 had 849 responses, saw only 484, 57% in favour vs the millions who will be inconvenienced, including residents of roads that will see 2x the traffic volume. TFL+WBC show no evidence on traffic flow, CO2 + NOX emissions for the roads which will see higher traffic, slower speeds. The impact should be challenged in court.
Howard

15 October 2018

Bit late with this. As having lived in London all my life - I tried the other day to get to the A3 Richmond Golf Park - from Battersea opposite Chelsea Harbour - without using the congested One Way System. Wandsworth Bridge Roundabout, Trinity Road, Earlsfield Road, Swaffield Rd, Kimber Rd, Standen Rd through to Wimbledon Park Road. Wimbledon Park Road closed towards the AELTC near Southfields underground - then got hopelessly lost going up Augustus Road to get to Tibbets Roundabout - because I don't use that route frequently. So sorry I would rather use the Wandsworth One Way system - it takes me half the time - am timing journeys currently.
Liz

15 October 2018

Bit late with this. As having lived in London all my life - I tried the other day to get to the A3 Richmond Golf Park - from Battersea opposite Chelsea Harbour - without using the congested One Way System. Wandsworth Bridge Roundabout, Trinity Road, Earlsfield Road, Swaffield Rd, Kimber Rd, Standen Rd through to Wimbledon Park Road. Wimbledon Park Road closed towards the AELTC near Southfields underground - then got hopelessly lost going up Augustus Road to get to Tibbets Roundabout - because I don't use that route frequently. So sorry I would rather use the Wandsworth One Way system - it takes me half the time - am timing journeys currently.
Liz

15 October 2018

Bit late with this. As having lived in London all my life - I tried the other day to get to the A3 Richmond Golf Park - from Battersea opposite Chelsea Harbour - without using the congested One Way System. Wandsworth Bridge Roundabout, Trinity Road, Earlsfield Road, Swaffield Rd, Kimber Rd, Standen Rd through to Wimbledon Park Road. Wimbledon Park Road closed towards the AELTC near Southfields underground - then got hopelessly lost going up Augustus Road to get to Tibbets Roundabout - because I don't use that route frequently. So sorry I would rather use the Wandsworth One Way system - it takes me half the time - am timing journeys currently.
Liz

15 October 2018

Absolute ludicrous decision. Get these numpties out!
Adam Reid

15 October 2018

I'm sure the proposed scheme has its merits, but it really makes my blood boil to see the council sitting on a pot of £72 million, while local people go to the food bank, have their NHS operations cancelled and lose out on social care. Priorities, please!
Alison

13 October 2018

Usual incompetence from TFL. Mr Hill won't even reply to me concerning the Nine Elms Lane redevelopment plans despite holding the office of Local Communities liaison officer.....!?! This is what happens when nobody is accountable to the public. This is how harebrained schemes are installed were lights stop traffic EXITING roundabouts, creating congestion where there never was any at Queens Circus.....
David Spring

13 October 2018

The latest map on the TfL website suggests that it will no longer be possible to access Smugglers Way except via Wandsworth Bridge Road / Jews Walk. The version attached to your consultation retains the access opposite Old York Road. Unless there is a mistake in the TfL version, this is likely to be a major problem for those in the new developments. Taking out a section of the South Circular Road - what a stroke of genius (not). You really should learn how to spell "Garratt Lane" consistently.
Deborah Phelan

12 October 2018

Yet more inconvenience for the long suffering PAYING motorist. Instead of building more housing and increasing the Wandsworth population work could be done increasing road capacity. One small example - The Central London Golf Club has been closed and reclaimed by the NHS to build yet more houses - so the next nearest Golf site is on the A3 by Asda - meaning I have to drive the Wandsworth one way system to get there. Have no intention of carrying heavy golf clubs on public transport at my age - but then there isn't any public transport I could use from my home to get there. I hope cyclists will be charged for their new roads.
Liz

12 October 2018