Traffic Ban Trial Set to Begin

Published: 30/11/2023 By Allan Fuller

A new trial scheme to pedestrianise part of Putney Embankment is to be implemented later this month. The road will be closed to traffic between Thames Place and the entrance to the Thai Square restaurant at the Putney Bridge end. 

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.

Map showing the planned changes at Putney Embankment

“Given the positive feedback received about those temporary arrangements, we have drawn up proposals for a pilot scheme that would keep this part of the Embankment free from traffic.

“It’s important local people have their say which is why we are urging them to take part in the consultation. Their feedback will help determine whether or not this pilot scheme is kept as a permanent feature.”

Occasional vehicular access will be required to maintain the slip way, the Thames Tideway Foreshore Structure, Putney Pier and routine highway maintenance. 

If residents or businesses require access for loading or unloading then permission can be obtained in advance by emailing either TrafficAndEngineering@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk or

To find out more about the scheme email TrafficAndEngineering@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk and quote Putney Embankment.