Streetspace for London

We are working with your borough to widen pavements at town centres and transport hubs, create temporary cycle routes on our transport network and create low traffic neighbourhoods.

We are also upgrading the existing cycle route from Merton to Elephant and Castle by creating sections of temporary segregation for example.

The Green Man Authority

We've updated traffic lights at pedestrian crossings so pedestrians will see a continuous green man signal unless a vehicle is approaching. In that case, the red man will appear.

This initiative, unique to the UK, is part of our wider Streetspace for London programme. 

The Green Man Authority technique has been installed in Merton at Kingston Road by Rothesay Avenue.

Latest changes to travel

There are temporary changes to travel in London while we work on supporting the restart of the Capital including:

Consultation on operating hours of bus lanes in London 

As part of London Streetspace programme, we're proposing to trial changes to the operating hours of more than 80 kilometres of bus lanes across London to make bus journeys faster and more reliable. 

We want to make sure that people choosing to travel on the bus network have the safest, quickest and most reliable journey at all times of the day. Proposals follow recent extensions to bus lane hours that have seen improvements to speeds and reliability.  

The trial of 24/7 bus lanes is planned to be in place for at least six months to ensure we have enough time to properly monitor the effectiveness of the trial and any impacts. Find out more and share your views at any time online or by emailing  

Funding for your borough

We provide funding to boroughs and local communities for transport improvements in your local area.

Local Implementation Plan (LIP)

The LIP is produced by the London Borough of Merton and agreed with us. It sets out the details on transport infrastructure changes in a three-year period to support the Mayor's Transport Strategy.

The LIP funding stream provided by TfL to help our partners in the boroughs and the City of London has been paused while we focus on measures to increase walking and cycling and to ensure social distancing on our network.

Find out more about LIP funding.

LIP targets for Merton

Each borough has set targets in their LIP against the Mayor's Transport Strategy outcomes - we track and report on progress against these targets in the LIP3 MTS outcomes borough data pack.

For example, the car ownership in the borough was 76,811 in 2017. The LIP target to reduce car ownership by 2021 is 73,800.

Residents in Merton made an average of 443,000 trips each day between 2015 and 2018 by:

  • Car and motorcycle: 43%
  • Tube/DLR: 8%
  • National Rail and London Overground: 8%
  • Bus/Tram: 11%
  • Taxi/Other: 1%
  • Cycle: 2%
  • Walking: 27%

We also work with boroughs to encourage more cycling. We recorded 8,352 daily cycle trips on average starting in Merton between 2015 and 2018.

More resident and visitor population figures are on the GLA website.

Vision Zero

We are working with boroughs to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from all road collisions to zero by 2041. They are responsible for enforcing safe speeds on their roads, as well as leading community programmes to encourage using roads safely. Find out more about Vision Zero.

In 2017 there were 60 individuals killed or seriously injured in Merton. Our target for 2022 is to reduce this number to 41.

Find out more about collisions in your borough.

What we're working on in Merton

Work now going on in your borough includes:

  • Sutton Link - we're looking at options for a new, direct and quicker transport link between Merton and Sutton. This would improve access to jobs and services, support new homes and improve connectivity between the two boroughs and to central London
  • A24 Jubilee Way - new controlled pedestrian crossings and better pedestrian and cyclist facilities at the A24 Morden Road junction with Jubilee Way will reduce danger for vulnerable road users
  • South Wimbledon Junction - proposed changes to right turns will improve safety for vulnerable road users

Bus network changes

From time to time - after consulting the public - we alter bus routes to reflect changing patterns in demand. We also make temporary changes, often because of road works. See the latest bus changes.

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

To improve air quality the ULEZ will extend to Merton from October 2021.

Our assets in Merton

Assets we maintain in your borough include:

  • Five Tube stations
  • Eight tram stops
  • Around 445 bus stops - see all 34 day bus routes in Merton
  • One coach stop
  • Cycle Superhighway 7 which runs from Merton to the City of London
  • Two taxi ranks
  • One car park
  • Around 180 traffic signals
  • Over 10 kilometres of red routes

See a map of our assets in London.

We maintain our assets until they need to be renewed or disposed of as set out in our asset management plan. We do this by:

  • Servicing them regularly to keep them operational
  • Repairing or replacing faulty assets

Report a problem on a London street with our Streetcare tool.

We do not maintain in Merton:

Report private hire vehicles (PHVs) parked on ranks or unattended taxis on ranks directly to us.

Dealing with severe weather

For documents relating to winter service in the boroughs, go to the Streets publications page.