TfL hits reverse gear on traffic lights

Published: 8 December 2010

Transport for London has dropped proposals to remove eight pedestrian crossings in Wandsworth following a successful lobbying campaign by the council.

Elected members and senior council officers put forward a strong case against the proposals, which would have seen the removal of eight traffic signal controlled crossings in busy parts of the borough.

The list of crossings earmarked for removal included pelican and toucan crossings outside Wandsworth Town rail station; near the Kimber Road adventure playground in Southfields; at Carslake Road, where residents from the Ashburton estate cross onto Putney Heath; and at two busy pedestrian routes onto Clapham Common near Windmill Drive and Nightingale Walk.

Following representations from the town hall, Transport for London (TfL) has now agreed to drop their proposals.

Wandsworth's transport spokesman Cllr Ravi Govindia said: "I am pleased that these crossings have been saved. This is a victory for common sense.

"We were somewhat dismayed when TfL announced that these crossings were to be removed without having first asked us or the local community for their views.

"These crossings are all very busy and well used by pedestrians, including families with children. It made no sense at all to us to consider removing them.   

"However, following a very effective lobbying campaign by councillors, local residents and other amenity groups, TfL has listened carefully and reversed their decision. They should be commended for doing so."      

Transport chiefs at TfL had announced the removal of 145 traffic signal controlled pedestrian across the capital under an initiative aimed at improving traffic flows.


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