This work follows the tragic death of a cyclist at the junction in 2016.
Safety improvements at the point where Lavender Hill meets the A3220 Elspeth Road/Latchmere Road will reduce road danger and make it more pleasant to walk and cycle through the area.
Our plans are in line with the Mayor's Vision Zero target to prevent people being killed and seriously injured on London's road network by 2041.
What we're doing
- Segregate cycles on the eastern arm of Lavender Hill, with a two-stage right turn for cycles from the eastern arm of Lavender Hill into Latchmere Road
- Ban left turns (except cycles) from the eastern arm of Lavender Hill into Elspeth Road, replacing the dedicated left-turn lane with a footway build-out and green infrastructure and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) - this will shorten the two pedestrian crossings
- Reduce 'ahead' lanes from two to one in the eastern and western arms of Lavender Hill to remove merging on exit from the junction
- Widen all pedestrian crossings
- Create an early release signal priority for cycles on the eastern and southern arms of the junction.
- Relocate a loading bay to remove a pinch point for cyclists on the western arm of Lavender Hill
- Remove a parking bay on Latchmere Road
- Provide for a 20mph speed limit along Elspeth Road including the Lavender Hill/Latchmere Road/Elspeth Road junction
To minimise the impact of street works in the local area, we are coordinating with Wandsworth Council on two separate sets of street works - at the Lavender Hill/Elspeth Road/Latchmere Road junction and at St John's Hill Bridge. We're doing everything we can to minimise disruption.
Lavender Hill/Elspeth Road/Latchmere Road
We started construction on 28 June 2021 - the project will take up to 14 weeks to complete, weather and other conditions permitting.
Most works run 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00-13:00 Saturday, with some extended working hours and night works to minimise the impact on road traffic. Resurfacing works will take place for a week in mid-September 2021 - we will need to close parts of the junction for these works. (We will write to local residents and businesses nearer the time to confirm details of this closure.)
Right turns are banned during the works from Lavender Hill (eastern arm) to Latchmere Road and Lavender Hill (western arm) to Elspeth Road. Signs on site have more information.
We're aware that the Lavender Hill junction works (and associated traffic management measures) have caused concerns about traffic in the Shaftesbury Estate. Wandsworth Council officers have been regularly monitoring this on site and communicating with us as well as Ward Councillors.
At Wandsworth Council's request, on Monday 19 July 2021 we temporarily closed:
- Eland Road by Heathwall Street
- Grayshott Road at its junction with Elsley Road
These temporary closures will stay in place for the whole of the works. Water-filled barriers will be maintained by our contractor.
These measures will be monitored over the coming weeks - we hope they will help to address some of the most pressing issues identified so far. The measures may also be changed or even withdrawn depending on wider impacts within the Estate.
St John's Hill Bridge (closure)
Wandsworth Council's vital repairs and strengthening upgrades to this road bridge over the railway tracks will include waterproofing, carriageway resurfacing and re-laying footways. These works are essential to making sure the bridge stays structurally sound.
Construction started on 28 June 2021 - the project will take up to 10 weeks to complete, weather and other conditions permitting.
The Council has closed the bridge to vehicle traffic to do the work safely. Pedestrians are still able to get across the bridge while rail passengers can use the entrance to Clapham Junction station at Brighton Yard.
Cyclists can cross the bridge but will need to dismount. Diversions are in place for all other 'through traffic' to minimise disruption and congestion in the area.
The bus stops in St John's Hill between Falcon Road and Plough Road are closed during the works and buses are on diversion. Passengers are being directed to use nearby stops in roads where services will be diverted:
- Falcon Rd
- St John's Road
- Grant Road
- Plough Road
- Battersea Rise
The latest information on bus routes is on the Bus changes page.
The bridge works are being done by the Council's Contractor FM Conway. Contact the FM Conway Customer Care Team on 01732 600 700. In an emergency call 07748 632 963.
For more information contact Wandsworth's Traffic and Engineering team on 020 8487 5338 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and quote St John's Hill Bridge.
Maps of temporary traffic changes
Community engagement with residents and businesses and other stakeholders in the local area was done during November 2020. After this we did a statutory Traffic Order consultation over December 2020/January 2021.
Comments received during these exercises have been considered and we have agreed with Wandsworth Council to go ahead with the original proposal. See a redacted report of all comments received, and our responses: