Information sessions being held to outline plans to improve road safety on Furzedown’s Mitcham Lane 

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2023

Residents living in Furzedown are being invited to attend information sessions next week and the week after where they can find out more about plans to improve road safety at a hazardous junction.

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The council want to keep people informed about plans to make changes at the junction of Mitcham Lane and Southcroft Road which has seen at least five collisions – and possibly more – in recent years.

The proposals also seek to improve the public realm in this part of Tooting by upgrading pavements outside the shops on both sides of Mitcham Lane between Fallsbrook Road and Edencourt Road – with the scheme boosting the appearance of the local shopping parade through the installation of better-quality paving.

Residents and local businesses owners can find out everything that’s being proposed and ask questions. Road safety engineers will be on hand to answer those questions at two information sessions being held between 4pm and 7pm on 2 and 9 October at nearby St James’s Church.

Jenny Yates, Wandsworth’s Cabinet Member for Transport said: “This location has a chequered history of collisions in recent years and we want to do something about it.

“We’ve looked at this junction in detail and have come up with a set of measures we believe will make it a lot safer.

“But it’s really important we find out what local people think so I would urge residents and business owners in this part of Tooting to attend these information sessions so they can find out more and give us their feedback.”  

The plans are to replace the existing mini-roundabout with a traffic signal-controlled junction – with new push button pedestrian crossings on each arm of the junction plus advance stop lines for cyclists to better protect pedestrians and cyclists.

It would mean some modest changes to parking bays at the junction – with new replacement short-term parking and loading bays provided on Edencourt Road, Kettering Street and Fallsbrook Road to cater to the needs of passing shoppers and businesses.

And due to the close proximity of Fallsbrook Road to the junction, the changes would also require a ban on vehicles turning right from Fallsbrook Road onto Mitcham Lane.

Some of the changes that could be introduced