Residents back plans for lorry ban in Magdalen Road

Published: Friday 5th April 19

Residents living in the Magdalen Road area of the borough have given their overwhelming backing to a scheme to ban lorries from driving past their front doors.

Local people living around Magdalen Road, which links Earlsfield with Wandsworth Common, were responding to an online consultation asking whether they supported a ban on Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) weighing more than 7.5 tonnes travelling down their street.

More than 160 households took part in the consultation. Those who lived in Magdalen Road were unanimous in supporting the ban while 94 per cent of those in surrounding streets also backed the scheme. Households from slightly further afield voted more than two to one in favour.

Based on this level of support, the ban is scheduled to come into force on May 10.

Magdalen Road is being included in a wider lorry ban area

It will apply 24 hours a day to all large lorries unless they have a legitimate reason to be there, such as making a genuine delivery to an address or a coach carrying pupils to and from one of the nearby schools. Refuse lorries and other essential vehicles like fire engines would obviously be permitted. 

Magdalen Road will now be included in a wider lorry ban area covering a swathe of quiet residential streets in the area, known locally as the Magdalen Road estate, which was approved following a similar public consultation held in the autumn.

This means that HGVs will be prevented from using streets bounded by Magdalen Road, Trinity Road, Burntwood Lane and Garratt Lane as a cut through.

Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Local residents have spoken very clearly in support of this initiative so the next move will be for us to implement it.

“There is no need for large lorries to be driving through these quiet residential roads unless they actually need to make a delivery there. Their drivers should certainly not be using them as a convenient short cut and it’s this behaviour we are looking to address.”