Have your say on transforming Wandsworth Town Centre

Closed 17 Jan 2016

Opened 24 Nov 2015

Results Updated 21 Nov 2017

We are currently discussing a range of statutory processes with affected stakeholders to enable us to move forward with the scheme as highlighted during consultation. As a consequence of these discussions, we now currently expect to start work on site in late 2020.

We will provide a further update should this position change significantly.

Update ends

Update from June 2016 below

Following the publication of our consultation report in March we outlined a number of areas that we would continue to investigate ahead of the scheme progressing. We are now able to update you on these.

We have now agreed that we no longer need the short section of westbound bus lane along Wandsworth High Street from Wandsworth Town Hall to Garrett Lane.

This will mean that local traffic will continue to be able to make the left turn from Wandsworth High Street into Garret Lane.

Following discussions about how best to operate Barchard Street, we have agreed that by closing the western end of Barchard Street onto Ram Street with full access being permitted from Fairfield Street, will mean that residents still have access, and  rat running will be discouraged.

We have also agreed that Black Cabs will have access to the bus and cycle only section of Wandsworth High Street.

We will continue to consider the detailed operational aspects such as loading, parking, taxi exemptions as part of the ongoing design.

Update - 18 March 2016

Following our initial consultation about high level proposals in 2014, we undertook a further consultation on the more detailed aspects of the scheme. This consultation ran from 24 November 2015 until 17 January 2016.

We received 849 responses to the latest consultation. The overall responses show:

  • 57 per cent were generally positive towards the proposals
  • 8 per cent were neither negative nor positive towards the proposals
  • 35 per cent were generally negative towards the proposals
     

We also asked respondents to comment on each aspect of the scheme as defined by mode. The main issues raised have been highlighted in our report.

Supportive comments included suggestions that the proposals would bring about improvements to the High Street area in terms of public realm and that bus users would benefit from faster journeys. Negative comments included concerns about increased rat running on local roads, increased traffic congestion and lack of segregated cycling. There were also positive and negative comments relating to pedestrian crossing arrangements.

Our response to issues raised is set out in Appendix A of our report.

Click here to view a copy of our consultation report (PDF)

Conclusion and next steps:

Following the generally favourable outcome of this consultation, we will be progressing with the scheme largely as outlined in the consultation.

As a result of the careful consideration of the comments and issues raised, the following changes will be incorporated into the proposals we consulted on (subject to further local consultation), along with an ongoing review of the proposals in general:

  • Closing Barchard Street at the western end. This came following a number of residents expressing concern about potential rat running. Following  comments received at the consultation events from local residents additional parking bays have been included in the proposals for the western end of East Hill
  • We will continue to consider the potential benefit and likely impact of removing the short section of westbound bus lane on Wandsworth High Street in order to allow traffic to turn left into Garret Lane. 
  • We will consider the detailed operational aspects such as loading, parking, taxi exemptions as part of the ongoing design
     

Work to introduce the scheme to Wandsworth town centre is likely to start in  2018, subject to ongoing discussions with directly-affected landowners and securing all necessary permissions and approvals. We will continue to engage with stakeholders throughout Wandsworth in the build up to this, and will keep residents and road users informed of progress.

Overview

An artist's impression of Wandsworth High Street - outside shopping centre

Background

We proposed a number of transformational changes to Wandsworth Town Centre. Working closely with the London Borough of Wandsworth, we proposed major changes to the town centre to reduce traffic dominance along the high street and return the road network to two way operation.

 The objectives of the project are:

  • To reduce traffic volumes through the town centre, leaving it free for buses, cyclists and local access traffic
  • To make it easier to get around the town centre whilst reducing traffic-generated noise, pollution and visual intrusion
  • To rationalise bus services and bus stops in the town centre
  • Create a more cycle-friendly environment for Cycle Superhighway Route 8
  • Better public spaces to improve conditions for people living working or traveling through the area
  • Facilitate regeneration of the town centre
     

An artist's impression of East Hill, Huguenot Place at Book House

We have listened to comments made as part of our 2014 consultation on our high level proposals. We were told that the removal of the gyratory would improve how people travel through Wandsworth, but that there were concerns that the changes might introduce some rat running on local roads. We are now inviting you to give your views on our detailed design proposals.

Since the initial consultation, we have since carried out more detailed traffic modelling to ensure that the proposed changes do not have an adverse impact on the wider road network. We have revised how some of the junctions would operate and we have done further design work on how the areas surrounding the road network and high street can be renewed to make it a more pleasant environment.

What we proposed?

The changes we proposed to make included:

  • Rerouting traffic away from the town centre by making Armoury Way two-way. Through traffic would bypass Wandsworth High Street by using Putney Bridge Road, Armoury Way, Swandon Way and Trinity Road
  • Making the High Street a more pleasant environment by allowing only buses and cyclists to use the section between Buckhold Road and Garrett lane, and restricting the rest of it to local traffic only
  • Providing better pedestrian crossings at:
    • Ram Street / Garrett Lane / Wandsworth High Street
    • Ram Street / Armoury Way
    • Putney Bridge Road / Armoury Way
    • Huguenot Place / East Hill
    • Wandsworth Bridge Roundabout
    • Wandsworth High Street / Wandsworth Plain / Buckhold Road
    • Wandsworth High Street / Putney Bridge Road
    • Wandsworth High Street / Fairfield St
  • Extending Cycle Superhighway Route 8 to run along Wandsworth High Street
  • Making Wandsworth Plain two-way
     

Why did we propose this?

Reducing traffic dominance in the Town Centre

  • The current gyratory creates an environment heavily dominated by motor vehicles. The wide road encourages high speeds, especially outside peak periods. The gyratory can be difficult to navigate, and the one-way arrangement means that vehicles often follow indirect routes
  • The current arrangements for bus stops in the town centre can be confusing. The proposals would give the opportunity to simplify the bus stop locations and improve access and interchange in the town centre as well as improving journey time reliability
     

Lack of facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

  • Large numbers of pedestrians pass through Wandsworth Town Centre each day.  However, the existing crossing provision is disconnected and does not always follow the most direct or popular routes, which can lead to pedestrians crossing roads away from the crossings
  • Cycle Superhighway 8 has improved conditions for cycling, but would benefit from better links to surrounding routes and the High Street.
     

Supporting the transformation of Wandsworth

The proposals look to enhance the strong characteristics of Wandsworth and support the additional jobs, houses and opportunities coming to the area, in particular as part of the Ram Quarter Development.

Our proposals in detail

Maps of current and proposed road layout

Detailed junction layouts, loading and parking arrangements

Changes to journey times

Cyclists

Bus routes

Environment and open spaces

Your journey

Drop-in sessions
 

An artist's impression of Wandsworth High Street looking east

The maps below show the existing layout and how the new road layout would work

Map of the existing traffic flow in Wandsworth

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

Map of the proposed traffic flow in Wandsworth

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

Detailed junction layouts, loading and parking arrangements

Below are links to the plans showing key junctions where there are proposed changes to the highway network. These plans also take into account changes to the location of some existing and new loading bays.

Map of proposed layout of Wandsworth Gyratory

Please click here for a larger version of the Wandsworth Gyratory Map (PDF)

The links to the maps below are of the key junctions in the scheme where changes are proposed. They show what the improved road and surrounding environment could look like. They have been designed taking into account how we expect residents, businesses, pedestrians and road users would use the new layout, based on the impacts seen through our traffic modelling.

Please click on the individual maps below to see each area.

1. Overview of Wandsworth Town Centre Map 1 (PDF)

2. Overview of Wandsworth Town Centre Map 2 (PDF)

3. Wandsworth High Street/Armoury Way (PDF)

4. Wandsworth High Street/Ram Street/Fairfield Street (PDF)

5. East Hill/Huguenot Place Map 1 (PDF)

6. East Hill/Huguenot Place Map 2 (PDF)

7. Armoury Way (PDF)

8. Swandon Way and Wandsworth Bridge Roundabout (PDF)

Changes to journey times

Our proposals would mean changes to journey times for road users. In the local area these changes would see some bus and road journeys getting shorter and some getting longer. Please follow the links below to see how different journey times may be affected.

Please click here for a a table of journey time impacts (PDF)

Please click here for an explanatory note on journey time impacts (PDF)

Cycle infrastructure

The map below shows where new or improved cycling infrastructure would be included as part of this scheme. As part of these improvements, Cycle Superhighway Route 8 (CS8) would be extended to allow cyclists better access to Wandsworth High Street.

Please click here for a larger version of the proposed cycle network map (PDF)

Bus routes

Returning the roads to two-way working would see a change to the way buses travel through Wandsworth Town Centre. The following maps show the existing and proposed new routes. Our proposals would mean most bus routes would follow the same roads in both directions and make bus stops easier to find

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

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

Environment and open spaces

The proposals provide wider pavements, tree planting, and new public spaces which would establish a greener, cleaner environment and create a sense of place in the town centre, at the junction of Fairfield Street and Old York Road and in the vicinity of Book House on East Hill and at Huguenot Place.

Please click on the individual maps below to see each area.

1. Overview of Wandsworth Town Centre Map 1 (PDF)

2. Overview of Wandsworth Town Centre Map 2 (PDF)

3. Wandsworth High Street/Armoury Way (PDF)

4. Wandsworth High Street/Ram Street/Fairfield Street (PDF)

5. East Hill/Huguenot Place Map 1 (PDF)

6. East Hill/Huguenot Place Map 2 (PDF)

7. Armoury Way (PDF)

8. Swandon Way and Wandsworth Bridge Roundabout (PDF)

How these changes could affect your journey through Wandsworth Town Centre

The proposed changes would affect how you travel through the town centre and reach various destinations. We have produced a number of maps showing routes from various roads to destinations in and around the town centre.

Please click on the links below to see maps showing these routes

1. How to get from Garratt Lane to St John's Hill (PDF) *Updated 27 Nov 2015*

2. How to get from Trinity Road to West Hill (PDF)

3. How to get from Upper Richmond Road to Garratt Lane (PDF)

4. How to get from York Road to Buckhold Road (PDF)

5. How to get from Wandsworth Common North Side to West Hill

Drop-in sessions

We held three drop-in sessions where anyone had the opportunity to find out more about these proposals. The sessions took place at:

  • Friday 4 December 2015: 11:00 – 16:00 at

Wandsworth Town Library, 11 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4AQ

  • Wednesday 9 December: 18:00- 20:00 at

Civic Centre Robing Room, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU

  • Saturday 12 December: 11:00 – 15:00 at

         Wandsworth Town Library, 11 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4AQ

 

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

  • Wandsworth Town Centre
  • TfL's Road Modernisation Plan