Wandsworth Liberal Democrats are delighted that TfL are to review options for cycle facilities along Tooting Bec Road, following a petition the party submitted to City Hall. This will form part of the Quietway initiative linking Croydon to Waterloo.
According to a report on the Quietway published by Lambeth Council, the proposed route will pass along Tooting Bec Road. The report states that TfL is investigating options for the provision of cycle facilities to connect Tooting Bec Road to Riggindale Road as part of a wider scheme on Tooting Bec Road. This report is due to go to Wandsworth Council committee in September with updates on what is being proposed locally.
In June last year, Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member), presented a petition with over 500 signatures from the Wandsworth Liberal Democrats to the Mayor calling for improvements on this stretch of road.
Caroline says, "I am delighted that Transport for London are now investigating alternative options for the provision of cycle facilities to connect Tooting Bec Road to Riggindale Road as part of a wider scheme taking place on Tooting Bec Road." She added, “Credit should go to Jon Irwin and local Liberal Democrats for running an effective campaign which has helped persuaded TfL of the real need for better facilities for cyclists."
Jon Irwin who led the campaign said, "This is a significant step forward. I'm delighted that the other proposals have been put on hold to consider doing a wider scheme. I hope that TfL will be able to use their skills which have delivered improvements around Oval, Vauxhall and Blackfriars Bridge to deliver a similar improvements locally."
Eileen Riley Arms, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Tooting ward by-election, said, "This is a great example of the Lib Dem local team working hard to deliver real improvements to our area. Years of Conservative/Labour dominance at the council has failed to deliver real improvements for local people for too long. It's time for a fresh voice at our council."