Refurbishment plan to brighten up busy Battersea short cut

Published: 2 February 2018

A popular but dimly-lit pedestrian and cycling short-cut underneath railway arches near Battersea Park is to be given a major facelift as part of a council-led £30,000 improvement scheme.

Many local people use the underpass in Ravenet Street as a useful short cut linking Queenstown Road to the Doddington and Rollo estates and also further on towards Battersea Park.

Although convenient and well-used, some residents have said they would feel safer with better lighting and as a result plans have now been drawn up for a £30,000 refurbishment of this key pedestrian route.

As well as better lighting, the footpath will be resurfaced to remove any cracks and potholes while Network Rail, which owns the arches, has agreed to carry out a deep clean on their brickwork.

Vegetation that has started growing through the brickwork will be removed and drainage gullies cleared and repaired to prevent puddles and localised flooding.

And the existing guardrail at the northern entrance to the underpass is to be removed to improve cycling access while broken wooden bollards that prevent vehicle access at the southern end will be replaced.

The lion’s share of the funding for these improvements has been awarded from the Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF). This is a local levy on developers to fund neighbourhood improvements such as better roads, pavements or park renovations. The WLF has provided £20,000 to this scheme with a further £10,000 provided by Transport for London via the Central London Sub Regional Transport Partnership (CLSRTP).

The council’s transport and environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This is an important local short cut for many people and these improvements will make it a lot more welcoming and a lot safer."