Multi-million pound road safety boost for Tooting
Published: Thursday 16th July 15
Wandsworth Council has welcomed news that the busy junction at Tooting Broadway will be the centre point for a major street improvement and pedestrian safety project.
Funding of between £2-5m is set to be invested here as part of a pilot pedestrian town centre improvement programme launched today by the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL). The aim is to help redesign junctions, streets and pavements to make them safer for pedestrians and raise awareness of safety issues among all road users.
Tooting Broadway yesterday with crowds enjoying the launch of a major new town centre arts programme.
The scheme will centre on the Tooting Broadway junction – making the cross roads more accessible, pleasant and safer for all.
TfL will work closely with Wandsworth Council to prepare the new designs and consultations with local residents and stakeholders are expected to begin later this year. The scheme could be completed by April 2018.
The Mayor's announcement comes just a day after the official launch of a new Tooting based arts and inward investment programme which has a focus on enhancing the town centre environment.
Wandsworth Council’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This is fantastic news for Tooting and will be warmly welcomed by local people. The town centre is a fantastic, vibrant place but there is plenty of room for improvement at this very busy junction.
“We will be working closely with our colleagues at TfL to develop the designs and will ensure they complement our long term plans for improving Mitcham Road. Developing a truly pedestrian friendly environment is key to the town’s centre’s health and to unlocking its full potential.”
Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring said: “Town centres are the heart of London’s communities, which is why they should be inviting and safe places for pedestrians to get around. These pilots will see targeted investment that is aimed squarely at improving conditions and safety for pedestrians in Tooting and Peckham. We look forward to learning from them to see how we can bring similar benefits to other town centres across London.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “London’s town centres are vital parts of our communities and the Capital’s economy, but are also where a large number of pedestrian injuries occur. Redesigning junctions in these two areas will help to improve safety for thousands of Londoners, and will make these town centres more inviting spaces for all.”
These planned improvements form part of TfL’s wider commitment to encourage more people to regularly walk around London. Research suggests that, alongside significant health benefits, reduced congestion and better air quality, walking is good for local economies - with those who walk to town centres spending more than other people arriving by different transport services.
For more information about how TfL is working to improve pedestrian safety across London, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/roadsafety.
Milestones for the project:
- Commence strategy development – autumn 2015
Report findings and action plans – end of 2015
Consultations and feasibility studies – late 2015 /early 2016
Project to be delivered by end of financial year – 2017/18
Tooting and Peckham town centres will be the first two areas to benefit.