Public’s views sought on Quietway cycle routes

Published: 4 November 2016

Members of the public are being asked for their views on the latest plans for new ‘Quietway’ cycle routes through Wandsworth.

The consultation is to consider sections of the routes through the borough which have been amended following earlier rounds of public engagement.

Quietways are being developed across the capital by Transport for London as high-quality routes on low-traffic backstreets and other less busy routes allowing cyclists to choose the best routes for them.

They are primarily aimed at encouraging inexperienced and less confident riders to make more journeys by bike.

There are two routes being proposed that affect the borough. One runs from Clapham Common to Wimbledon (Quietway 4) and the other from Waterloo to Norbury (Quietway 5).

In Wandsworth Quietway 4 would run from Trewint Street in Earlsfield to Clapham Common West Side via Summerley Street, Garratt Lane, Magdalen Road, Alma Terrace, Dorlcote Road, Wandsworth Common, Bolingbroke Grove, Blenkarne Road, Thurleigh Road, Wroughton Road, Roseneath Road and Walsingham Place.

This route has been amended following the earlier consultation and no longer includes a proposal to introduce a signalised crossing in Garratt Lane at the junction with Trewint Street and Waynflete Street. Instead it would divert along Summerley Street and pass through the junction of Garratt Lane with Magdalen Road. Views are now sought on this proposed new section of route.

Quietway 5 would enter the borough from neighbouring Lambeth at Windmill Drive on Clapham Common before heading south via Nightingale Walk, Nightingale Lane, Alderbrook Road, Malwood Road, Cathles Road, Cavendish Road,  Bedford Hill and via the existing cycle route on Tooting Bec Common.

Following the earlier consultation TfL has agreed that the tarmac/asphalt surface of the existing cycle route on Tooting Bec Common could be replaced with Breedon gravel, which is considered a more suitable surface for the common that should also act to modify cyclists’ behaviour and so reduce the likelihood of conflict between cyclists and other commons users.

Views are also being sought on further modifications to the route across the common which are now proposed following the previous consultation.

These include re-routing the Quietway on to the diagonal path that runs from Bedford Hill to the lido car park. This would require the consent of the secretary of state, but if approved TfL has said this surface could also be replaced with Breedon gravel.

This route would mean that the existing horse ride, which is popular with runners and joggers would be left unchanged and that the area outside the playground on Chestnut Avenue would also no longer form part of this Quietway.

Wandsworth’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “These latest proposals have been subject to change following earlier feedback, so it is important that people study these new plans carefully and tell us what they think.

“We certainly support the concept of Quietways and want to play our part in encouraging more people to take up sustainable modes of transport.  Encouraging people to cycle more is good for the environment and good for people’s health.”

“However it’s vitally important to ensure these routes are as well designed as possible and do not have an adverse impact on other road users, pedestrians and visitors to our commons and open spaces.”

To find out more about the proposals, view maps of the proposed routes and register your views as part of the consultation visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/quietways. This consultation will conclude on December 18.