Third Heathrow runway thrown in to doubt

Following the case brought by environmental groups, councils (including Wandsworth) and the GLA, the court of appeal has ruled that the government’s decision to allow the expansion of Heathrow was unlawful because it did not take climate commitments into account. The judges said that in future, a third runway could go ahead, as long as it fits with the UK’s climate policy.

The airport owners have said that they will appeal against the decision.

Garratt Lane Environmental Improvements

Councillors have given their backing to a proposal reduce vehicle speeds, encourage cycling and improve conditions for pedestrians in Earlsfield.

The proposals, which will now be the subject of further detailed investigation, could lead to an investment of up to £5m in local transport infrastructure.

As well as new cycle lanes, more trees and the introduction of ‘parklets’ and other small green parcels at various locations, the blueprint calls for a 20mph zone along the whole length of Garratt Lane, plus the creation of four Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

Twenty is Plenty

Further to the successful boroughwide 20mph implementation on residential roads, Wandsworth Council is now considering a selection of classified roads that are suitable for a 20mph speed limit.  

Wandsworth are consulting residents and businesses for a 20mph speed limit on Northcote Road SW11, Bolingbroke Road SW11, Bellevue Road SW17, Rectory Lane SW17 and Silverthorne Road SW8. Wandsworth Council would like to know your views before deciding whether to proceed with implementing the proposal. Details on these consultations are available at

The closing date for the consultation is Friday 6 December

Wandsworth Bridge Repairs set to start in February

The bridge will undergo a £6m upgrade

£6 million pounds had been earmarked to give the bridge a makeover, with works due to start in February 2020 and to last about 10 months. The works will include a series of detailed structural repairs, carriageway resurfacing, waterproofing, painting and corrosion protection.

Low energy LED floodlights will be installed underneath its arches so they can be lit at night and existing street lamps will be replaced with Victoriana-style architectural lights.

Garratt Lane improvements proposed

A package of measures is being considered to make Garratt Lane safer and more attractive.

Garratt Lane at Earlsfield

The council is keen to slow down traffic, encourage cycling and improve conditions for pedestrians using Garratt lane which is used by 20,000 vehicles a day. Proposals include introducing a 20mph limit, changes to roads, pavements and kerbs and introducing new cycle lanes.

Engineers hope to report back to councillors later this year, prior to wider consultation