It has been nearly two years in the making, but major works to redevelop Putney High Street will soon begin.
Back in February of 2018, Wandsworth Council announced plans for the "radical" revamp and have now confirmed that construction work is due to begin at the end of this month, starting outside Putney station.
This phase of the improvement project is expected to last about a year.
Here is a list of what work will take place
- Widening and repaving the eastern side of the pavement between Disraeli Road and Putney Bridge Road where possible
- Improving the High Street’s junction with side roads, including constructing granite ‘raised tables’
- Repaving the area outside the railway station
- Constructing a loading bay outside Tesco to prevent delivery vehicles blocking the road
- Introducing a 20mph speed limit
- Upgrading and modernising street lights
- Providing more parking for cycles, including two-tier stands on Disraeli Road
- Planting new street trees
- Decluttering, such as removing unnecessary signs, and modernising street furniture such as benches
The High Street will remain open during the works although there will be some road narrowing. The footway will be closed and reconstructed in sections to maintain pedestrian access to shop fronts and homes at all times.
The High Street end of some side roads will need to be closed while they are being reconstructed.
Cabinet member for strategic planning and transport Cllr Paul Ellis said: “We have a commitment to making Putney High Street safer and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists and to improve the flow of traffic. These works starting shortly will benefit local people, boost the town’s economy and help us meet our pledge to tackle climate change.
“In addition, we will continue to work with Putney residents and businesses to draw up long-term plans on how we can use our share of the Future High Streets Fund to future-proof Putney against the downturn in the retail sector and create a town centre that the people of Putney deserve.”
Photo: Putney High Street