Wandsworth proposed contra-flow cycle measures

Closed 31 Aug 2021

Opened 12 Mar 2021


With more people expected to return to our roads soon, we are introducing interim contra-flow cycle infrastructure measures along several roads in Wandsworth over the next few months.  

These measures will provide more space for cyclists, encourage a shift to ‘active travel’ modes (e.g. cycling), and improve cycling safety as part of Wandsworth Council’s wider Covid-19 response.

The objective is to improve the flow on one way streets by providing a more direct route for cyclists to join existing cycle networks.

The required changes include:

  • New cycle signage and road markings to formalise two way cycle flow and to raise driver awareness of the presence of cyclists.
  • Convert existing single yellow lines to double yellow lines to protect access and visibility.
  • Some reduction to the existing parking arrangement will be required at key locations along the road to allow cyclists to safely pass on-coming traffic.

The measures will be delivered via an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO).

What is an Experimental Traffic Order?

  • ETOs are used to deliver immediate and short-term measures that require monitoring and further review giving the Council the opportunity to trial measures. The scheme could only be made permanent via a Permanent Traffic Order following a formal decision by the Council’s Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
  • Whilst there is no requirement for formal consultation in advance of introducing the temporary measures, there is a statutory 6-month period following implementation whereby anyone may comment in writing and all comments must be considered.
  • An ETO can be amended or withdrawn at any time. The Council will monitor the trial scheme and review the data collected. The Council then has the option to make amendments to the scheme during the trial period to improve its effectiveness.

What will happen at the end of the Experimental Traffic Order?

We aim to address any concerns arising from the temporary schemes, and we welcome suggestions for improvements.

Have your say

The Council is keen to hear the views of local residents and businesses throughout these temporary schemes. By clicking on the 'your comments' link below, you can comment on any or all of the proposed contra-flow cycle measures.

If you require a paper copy of the survey or a different language/format, please contact Mena Bhatia on 020 8487 5338.


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