TfL consults on Clapham Common Quietway 5 proposals

Transport for London are continuing to progress with the implementation of Quietway 5. The Quietways programme aims to offer a series of quieter cycle routes travelling along traffic-free and traffic-calmed backstreets to link key destinations across London. Quietway 5 will run from Baylis Road, Waterloo SE1 through Lambeth to Croydon.

TfL are currently working with Lambeth on the section of the route that passes near to and over Clapham Common. See the Proposed changes to Quietway 5 cycle route - Waterloo to Croydon - Part 2 for more information on the scheme.

Tfl are currently carrying out a consultation on the proposals - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/lambeth-q5-2 for further information. The closing date for responses is 19 November 2015.

Lambeth Cyclists will be responding to the consultation, if you use the Common and surrounding streets please have a look at the proposals and respond.

See more about the proposed changes



In total Lambeth have proposed six changes to the road layout in the area to make the route more cycle-friendly:

1. Bromell’s Road/Clapham Common between The Pavement and Long Road
  • Permit contraflow cycling on Bromell’s Road and raise the carriageway level with the footpaths to create a shared space area similar to nearby Venn Street
  • Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common to create more space for people walking and people on bicycles 
  • Install cobbled rumble strips on the approach to the fountain to reduce speeds of people on bikes 

2. Clapham Common around Rookery Road 

  • Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common leading up to Rookery Road to create more space for people walking and people on bicycles 
  • Narrow the carriageway on Rookery Road and install a raised double zebra crossing to make it easier for those walking and on bikes to cross the road 
  • Realign and widen the existing shared used path by the pond to follow where people already walk and cycle 
3. Clapham Common Playground area 

  • Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common 
  • Move the existing playground access point from the west side of the playground to the north of the playground for safer access and install cycle parking at this new entrance 
4. Windmill Drive
  • Close the middle section of Windmill Drive so that it is no longer a through-road. 
  • Install bollards and landscaping to prevent motor vehicle access. 
  • Remove 13 parking spaces in the closure area and designate two parking bays as disabled bays to the east of the closure. 
  • Provide ten resident bays (eight new and two converted) and two new shared used bays to the east of the closure 
  • Widen existing footpaths into a three metre wide shared use path that will allow the creation of 350m2 of new green space 
5. Clapham Common Path southern section
  • Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common 
6. (A3) Long Road on Clapham Common 

  • A new shared use footway will be provided on both sides of Long Road so that cyclists can safely use the crossing without having to dismount 
  • A new signalised toucan crossing will be installed for users to cross Long Road; improving connections to Clapham Common 

Lambeth, TfL and Sustrans are currently undertaking a consultation on these proposals - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/lambeth-q5-2 for further details,  the closing date for consultation responses is 19 November 2015.
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