Have your say on proposed changes to the road layout along Balham High Road

Closed 15 Nov 2015

Opened 30 Sep 2015

Results Updated 8 Sep 2016

Between 30 September and 15 November 2015, we consulted on improvements to Balham High Road as part of an upgrade to Cycle Superhighway 7.

We received 286 responses to the consultation, with 68 per cent saying they supported or partially supported our proposals, while 26 per cent did not support the scheme, with the rest not sure or not answering.

After considering all responses, we plan to proceed with the scheme as proposed. This scheme has been designed to provide an immediate improvement to safety at three junctions on CS7. Having reviewed the comments received, we remain of the view that the scheme would deliver the intended safety benefits.

However, we acknowledge that some respondents called for more far-reaching changes to the cycling provision at this location and elsewhere along CS7. We will therefore continue to monitor the route, and plan to undertake a wider review of CS7 as part of our ongoing programme of cycling improvements.

We expect to start construction in October 2016, and will write to local residents and affected properties before works start.

Please click here to view our Consultation Report, including our response to issues commonly raised (PDF)

Overview

Update - 8 September 2016

Between 30 September and 15 November 2015, we consulted on improvements to Balham High Road as part of an upgrade to Cycle Superhighway 7.

We received 286 responses to the consultation, with 68 per cent saying they supported or partially supported our proposals, while 26 per cent did not support the scheme, with the rest not sure or not answering.

After considering all responses, we plan to proceed with the scheme as proposed. This scheme has been designed to provide an immediate improvement to safety at three junctions on CS7. Having reviewed the comments received, we remain of the view that the scheme would deliver the intended safety benefits.

However, we acknowledge that some respondents called for more far-reaching changes to the cycling provision at this location and elsewhere along CS7. We will therefore continue to monitor the route, and plan to undertake a wider review of CS7 as part of our ongoing programme of cycling improvements.

We expect to start construction in October 2016, and will write to local residents and affected properties before works start.

Please click here to view our Consultation Report, including our response to issues commonly raised (PDF)

Update ends

 

What were proposing?

We developed proposals to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities along Balham High Road. In particular, the proposals had been designed to improve conditions for cyclists along the Cycle Superhighway Route 7 (CS7). Please see the text below and the accompanying image for further details.

The new proposals included

  • A new cycle lane to replace one of the southbound traffic lanes on the approach to the junction with Ritherdon Road to minimise the risk of conflict between left-turning vehicles and cyclists
  • Building out the kerb to fully inset the parking and loading bay on Balham High Road
  • Introducing ‘early release’ traffic signals for CS7 cyclists travelling southbound on Balham High Road at the junction with Ritherdon Road
  • Widening all the pedestrian crossings at the junction with Ritherdon Road
  • Deeper 7.5 metre advanced stop lines (ASL) on Balham High Road to allow more cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic
  • New 2 metre cycle lanes in both directions along Balham High Road between Trinity Crescent and Ritherdon Road. It is not possible to provide a segregated cycle lane here due to access to residential properties being required
  • Moving the start of the bus lane to the southwest of Streathbourne Road to make the cycle lane more prominent when directly adjacent to general traffic
  • Realigning the junction with Trinity Crescent to highlight the presence of cyclists to vehicles emerging from the junction

 

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Traffic impact of these proposals

Our traffic network impact analysis shows that the completed scheme was predicted to have no significant impact on journey times for motorists and bus passengers travelling along  Balham High Road.

Areas

  • Wandsworth

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Roads