TfL has set out ‘vital’ plans to improve road safety at Battersea Bridge, including a reduction in the speed limit to 20mph.
The proposed changes also include a new signalised pedestrian crossing on the north side of the bridge.
TfL will begin engagement with the local community in the coming weeks and work to deliver these ‘safety critical changes’ as quickly as possible.
It adds this work has been brought forward after a man was tragically killed on the bridge earlier this year following a collision with a vehicle.
Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “Making London’s streets safe for vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists is a top priority, and we have taken immediate action to bring forward our proposals for this area after a man was tragically killed on Battersea Bridge earlier this year.
“These changes will make a real difference to those walking and cycling on the bridge and form a key part of our Vision Zero ambition to eliminate death and serious injury on the road.”
TfL says it will continue to work closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on future plans to deliver two further pedestrian crossings on Cheyne Walk and Beaufort Street.
It will also be reducing the speed limit on Chelsea Embankment later this year from 30mph to 20mph.
Penny Rees, head of healthy streets delivery at TfL, said: ”Any death or serious injury on London’s streets is one too many and we are absolutely committed to making the capital’s roads safer for everyone.
Following the tragic death of a man on the bridge earlier this year, we’ve worked closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to bring forward our proposals to reduce danger at this busy junction as quickly as possible and believe our proposed changes will make a real difference to pedestrian safety.”
26 February 2021