Colliers Wood to Balham walking and cycling changes

Update 27 September 2023

We have today published an update on the temporary changes we made to Cycleway Superhighway 7 in the summer of 2020, as an emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read our update here (PDF 79KB)

We believe that the right way forward is:

  • In the coming weeks, we are introducing a new Traffic Order for the CS7 scheme
  • Early next year, we will begin to make some further improvements to the scheme. As much as possible, these have been designed to address issues raised by local people while also maintaining the benefits of the scheme to

Update 27 September 2023

We have today published an update on the temporary changes we made to Cycleway Superhighway 7 in the summer of 2020, as an emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read our update here (PDF 79KB)

We believe that the right way forward is:

  • In the coming weeks, we are introducing a new Traffic Order for the CS7 scheme
  • Early next year, we will begin to make some further improvements to the scheme. As much as possible, these have been designed to address issues raised by local people while also maintaining the benefits of the scheme to cyclists, pedestrians and bus passengers
  • Once these changes have been made, we will begin a second phase of work to make more extensive improvements
  • Once the second phase of changes are complete, we will hold a consultation with local people and other stakeholders. The purpose of the consultation would be to give you opportunity to tell us about your experiences of the scheme, and specifically if it causes issues for your day-to-day travel that we might address

Our update expands on this with more detail.

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Overview

In July and August 2020 we made changes to the Cycle Superhighway 7 (CS7) between Balham High Road and Colliers Wood in order to make it easier for people to cycle, walk and use the bus.

This page provides you with information on what has happened so far with the scheme, and our plans, including for engagement and consultation. You can respond to our Survey, ask us a Question and register for scheme updates.

Why we made these changes

In July and August 2020 we delivered several temporary changes to the scheme as part of our emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic. As London continues to recover from the pandemic it will be more important than ever to support and encourage everyone who can to be more active. Active travel can make people healthier and happier, and it plays a part in managing and reducing congestion as well as improving our environment.

These temporary improvements help reduce pressure on the Northern line and local bus services. There have also been a number of collisions involving cyclists along the A24, and these improvements help to protect cyclists and improve road safety.

The changes were made to keep people cycling safely: in the three years before the scheme was introduced 126 people cycling on the A24 were hurt in collisions; 19 people were seriously injured.

You can read the full details of changes we made in the Documents section.

What has happened so far

We have been monitoring the scheme since it was introduced. This includes the scheme’s effects on traffic flow, road safety and cycling and walking rates. We have also asked people for their views on the scheme. We are using this information to help inform what we do next.

We are now reviewing all the schemes we implemented as part of that programme, while also going back to schemes we intended to either consult on or build when the pandemic hit.

Listening to you

Although we are not currently undertaking a formal consultation on this scheme, we would like to know about your experiences of it. If you have any comments about the effects of our scheme, or suggestions for changes or improvements we might make, please let us know at by completing the Survey, emailing us at haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk or using the Questions tool below.

In August 2021 we wrote to people to explain the next steps with many of the schemes we introduced as part of our response to the pandemic. We are now reviewing the schemes to decide what we’d like to retain.

If we decide to introduce the permanent scheme as originally planned, or retain the existing temporary scheme, we will consult with you.

  • We are keen to hear from people’s experiences of the scheme we’ve introduced, and whether you think we should retain, change or remove it. Please complete this survey to share your views with us.  

    Your response will support our decision on what we do next, alongside the monitoring we are doing. 

    Please note responses to the survey may be made publicly available after the engagement exercise has closed, this would typically be in the form of a report on the results of the engagement exercise, but any personal information will be kept confidential. Your personal information will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of privacy and data protection legislation. For further information, please visit our privacy policy.

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Page last updated: 27 Sep 2023, 02:39 PM