Half a Million Being Spent on Wandsworth's Riverside Walks

Upgraded pavements and new street lighting part of improvement scheme

Wandsworth Riverside. Picture: Google Streetview

Work is progressing on improvements to the riverside area in Wandsworth to make it smarter and safer for pedestrians.

The council says that the project has received £500,000 funding for river promenade upgrades

As part of the riverside improvements, new and better street lighting has already been installed in Smuggler’s Way, in the first phase of a more extensive lighting upgrade project there, while further lighting upgrades are planned for Battersea Bridge Square, bridges at Wandsworth Riverside Quarter and the footbridge near Battersea Heliport.

Other pedestrian safety enhancements include wall mirrors being installed on Thames Path blind corners. These will be installed at Jews Row and Vicarage Gardens.

In addition upgrades to paving, planting and public benches at various points along the promenade are promised.

According to the council this is a key element of its £5m public realm renewal project. Between November 2020 and the end of March this year the money will be invested in renewing pavements and road surfaces, upgrading footpaths in parks and commons, improving street lighting, cleaning up bridges, investing in high streets and shopping parades and removing unnecessary street clutter.

Transport spokesman Cllr John Locker said, “The Thames and its riverside path are hugely important and valuable to local people offering great walks and green spaces, bars and restaurants and iconic architecture on both sides of the river.

“It saw a big increase in visitor numbers during the pandemic and the council wants to ensure that these spaces can continue to be enjoyed by our residents, which is why we’ve unveiled this comprehensive package of improvements.

“It includes investment in improving lighting to enhance safety levels for visitors after dark.”

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March 15, 2022