Published: 30/11/2023 By Allan Fuller
The move follows the competition of the Thames Tideway super sewer project in the area. This had lead to regular closures of this section of the road over the last three years and it has been shut continuously since June.
This prompted the council to draw up plans for a pilot road safety scheme that would keep this part of the riverside traffic free.
Vehicles are already prevented from entering this section of the road from Thames Place.
The parking bays by the Star and Garter building and the restaurant are to be suspended.
During the trial, the area of Embankment between the Lower Richmond Road and Thames Place would be available only to cyclists and pedestrians.
The plans are subject to public consultation and local residents and businesses are being encouraged to have their say on the proposals. The council says that letters inviting comments on the scheme have been delivered to around 3,500 households in this part of Putney and there is an online consultation for people to register their views.
Jenny Yates, Wandsworth’s Cabinet Member for Transport said, “This part of the Embankment has essentially been closed to vehicles on and off for the past three years and local people have told us how much they enjoyed having a traffic free area next to the river.