Quietway 5 (Waterloo to Croydon) Balham Hill / Cathles Road / Malwood Road

Closed 3 Feb 2016

Opened 10 Dec 2015

Results Updated 16 Sep 2016

Between 10 December 2015 and 3 February 2016, we consulted on proposals for a road improvement scheme at the junction of Balham Hill / Cathles Road / Malwood Road scheme as part of the Quietway 5 route between Waterloo and Croydon.

We received 86 responses to consultation, of which 23 supported or partially supported our proposals for the junction and 44 did not support them. The main issues that respondents raised in response to consultation were concerns about the potential impact on motor traffic, particularly as a result of the proposed traffic restrictions.

Having considered the responses to this consultation, we intend to proceed with the scheme with the following changes:

  • Allow straight ahead movement for motor traffic out of Malwood Road and Cathles Road. Left turns would be allowed as proposed. This means only the right turn would be banned for motor traffic
  • Car club bay on Cathles Road will no longer be moved. Allowing motor vehicles to travel straight ahead from Cathles Road means this change is not needed
  • No changes to residential permit holders’ parking will be made. Allowing motor vehicles to travel straight ahead from Cathles Road means parking changes are not needed
     

Subject to the formal Traffic Order process and approval from the London Borough of Wandsworth, we plan to carry out the construction work later in 2016 with completion early next year. Construction will be coordinated with other works in the area,. We will contact residents, businesses and property occupiers with relevant information before the start of any construction work in their area.

Please click here for a copy of our consultation summary report (PDF)

Overview

As part of Quietway 5, a route is planned connecting Waterloo and Croydon, which crosses the Transport for London Road Network at the junction of A24 Balham Hill with Malwood Road and Cathles Road.

We have developed proposals to provide a safer and more attractive cycle connection across Balham Hill. The design would provide a more direct route for cyclists. Quietways are part of the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling. To learn more about Quietways, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/quietways

What we proposed

The numbered descriptions below correspond with the numbered labels on the drawing. At construction stage, the junction would also be resurfaced.

Balham Hill

  1. New signalised junction with pedestrian crossings on all arms at the Balham Hill junction with Malwood Road and Cathles Road. Our traffic modelling shows that there would be no significant impact on journey times for road users if the proposed changes are implemented. Vehicle green times would be optimised along the A24 corridor based on traffic flows.
  2. Existing signalised crossing removed due to proximity to new junction.
  3. New 10 metre long, short-term parking bay to cater for demand from
    local businesses.
  4. Existing cycle stands relocated to accommodate new short-term parking bay.
  5. New two-stage right turn for cyclists to make it safer and easier to turn right into Malwood Road or Cathles Road. Instead of having to cross lanes of moving traffic and then wait in the centre of the junction, cyclists can wait in the designated area and proceed with the green signal to complete their right turn in two easier stages. You can find an instructional video here.
     

Cathles Road

  1. Existing on-street parking removed to create sufficient room for vehicles at the junction. The current parking bays are 32 metres long in total.
  2. Existing Car Club bay relocated to create sufficient room for vehicles at
    the junction.
  3. Left turn only for motorised vehicles to avoid potential conflicts with cyclists turning at the junction and to minimise the impact on journey times for road users at the junction. Motorists exiting Cathles Road would not be able to go straight over onto Malwood Road or turn right onto Balham Hill. Cyclists would continue to be permitted make all movements. Currently, up to 61 motorised vehicles per hour turn right out of Cathles Road and 42 go straight on. Our traffic modelling indicates that these changes can be implemented without significant journey time impacts. Alternative routes are available for motorists nearby.
  4. Existing raised area lowered to carriageway level to provide the new
    pedestrian crossing.
     

Malwood Road

  1. Existing raised area lowered to carriageway level to provide the new pedestrian crossing.
  2. Existing on-street parking removed to create sufficient room for vehicles at the junction. The current parking bays are 31 metres long in total.
  3. Left turn only for motorised vehicles to avoid potential conflicts with cyclists and to minimise the impact on journey times for road users at the junction. Cyclists would continue to be permitted make all movements. Currently, up to 12 motorised vehicles an hour turn right out of Malwood Road and 36 go straight on. Our traffic modelling indicates that these changes could be implemented without significant journey time impacts.
     

Bus Stop on Balham Hill

  1. Existing bus stop (Cathles Road – Stop SR) relocated approximately 55 metres south to accommodate new signalised junction.
  2. Proposed new location for bus stop (Cathles Road -Stop SR) near Hillgate Place

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

Please click here for a drawing of the proposed Quietway 5 route between Waterloo and Croydon showing the location of the Balham Hill and Nightingale walk consultations.

Why we proposed this?

As part of the overall Quietway 5 design, these proposals aimed to improve safety for cyclists and accommodate the predicted increase of cyclists along this route. The design would provide a more direct route for cyclists and pedestrians. Quietways are part of the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling. To learn more about Quietways, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/quietways

Construction work

Subject to the outcome of consultation, we planned to start construction in summer 2016.

Related consultations

Wandsworth Council will consult shortly on nearby sections of Quietway 5. More details are available at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/cycling

As part of the overall Quietway 5 route, we also consulted on proposals at the junction of A205 The Avenue and Nightingale Walk.

Areas

  • Lambeth
  • 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