Providing safer crossing at station and better pavements
Work is now complete on the first phase of a major improvement scheme in Old York Road that aims to smarten up the area, improve pedestrian access, provide better facilities for cyclists and deliver a safer crossing outside Wandsworth Town Station.
The busy pedestrian crossing outside The Alma pub has been widened to make it less crowded, and the carriageway has been raised to make it easier for pedestrians and those with prams or wheelchairs to use.
The raised carriageway tables reinforces Old York Road's existing 20mph speed limit and makes the road safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
This work has been completed ahead of schedule and means that the road closure near the entrance to the Homebase store has been lifted and the road reopened to traffic.
Phase two of the works, which will begin next week, will involve the construction of a raised table at the junction of Ferrier Street to help pedestrians cross the road, and is especially useful to parents with prams and wheelchair users. It will also reduce the speed of vehicles approaching this junction.
The final phase of the works, which will commence once the Ferrier Street improvements are completed, will see new granite paving laid outside the station entrance and unnecessary street furniture like bollards, signposts and guardrails removed to improve pedestrian flows.
The station forecourt will be extended by removing the defunct brick planters that stand near the entrance, which have been unused for some years and act as magnets for litter.
New cycle racks will also be installed at several locations to help cyclists use rail services at Wandsworth Town. These will be positioned where they do not pose an obstacle to pedestrians.
Seating will also be provided around some of the trees near the station entrance to improve the environment for pedestrians and those relaxing in the area.
And street traders near the station entrance will also be provided with better facilities.
July 15, 2013