Introduction of cycle lanes and road safety measures on Mitcham Lane

Closed 31 Oct 2023

Opened 17 Apr 2023


As part of the Council’s new walking and cycling strategy, and residents’ requests to 'make Mitcham Lane safe for all', we are introducing the following measures on Mitcham Lane on a trial basis, between the junctions with Southcroft Road and Blegborough Road, to improve cycle provision and road safety for all road users. 

Measures to be introduced

  • Mandatory cycle lanes in both directions to provide designated and safe space for cycling and encourage a shift to ‘active travel’ modes
  • Advisory cycle lanes in both directions between the junctions with Southcroft Road and Edencourt Road
  • Narrower traffic lanes to reduce vehicle speeds and make space for the mandatory cycle lanes
  • A raised table at the existing signalised pedestrian crossing outside St. James’ West Streatham Church to reduce vehicle speeds approaching the crossing
  • 20mph roundel road markings to remind drivers of the speed limit
  • Double yellow lines (no waiting at any time restriction) along the cycle lanes to maintain accessibility for cycles
  • Double yellow lines at the side road junctions to maintain visibility and improve road safety for vehicles and cycles entering and exiting the side roads
  • Loading bay and short stay parking bays (Mon - Sat 7am – 7pm 30 mins No return within 1 hour) outside the shops near the Southcroft Road junction

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The measures will be delivered by an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) so that all aspects of the scheme can be considered, including comments from residents and local businesses, before a decision is made on whether to make the measures permanent or amend as required.

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 the Council’s appropriate decision-making processes.

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An ETO can be amended or withdrawn at any time.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 scheme, and we welcome suggestions for improvements. All feedback will be considered before a decision is made on whether to make the measures permanent or amend as required.

Have your say

The Council is keen to hear the views of local residents and businesses throughout the trial scheme. Please submit your feedback regarding the measures by completing the online survey below.

If you have any queries or require a paper copy of the survey or a different language/format, please email or call 020 8487 5338.



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