December 18, 2020
From Monday 4 January, things have started to look a little different on Thessaly Road.
It’s all part of a big project by Wandsworth Council to make the Nine Elms area a safer and greener place to live.
In 2019, public improvement works began with the opening of Yinka Ilori’s colourful Happy Streets Thessaly Road Bridge, making the underpass a brighter space.
In September 2020, the council introduced a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) to prioritise on-street parking for residents and local businesses as the demand on Thessaly Road is expected to increase with the opening of the Northern Line Extension in Autumn 2021.
Following a public consultation, 77 per cent of survey respondents were supportive of the council’s proposed scheme to improve the street.
The current road works in 2021 will ensure that Thessaly Road will be more accessible and safer for everyone.
What’s going to change?
Thessaly Road will be made more accessible by levelling footways, creating new crossing points, introducing new protected cycle ways and traffic control measures with a speed limit of 20mph.
The junction of Thessaly Road with Battersea Park Road will remain closed to traffic and the introduction of a new pedestrian and cycle zone is intended to stop any motorised vehicles travelling between Thessaly Road and Battersea Park Road.
This will make it safer, whether you’re popping out to the shops, commuting to work or doing the school run.
To make the road more visually appealing, the council will provide new trees and plants, new seating, new cycle parking and new footways using high quality materials as well as a new road surface on completion.
Not only will these improvements be safer for the community, it will also help make Thessaly Road a greener place to live by cutting down traffic and making it better for walkers and cyclists.
The roadworks will be no more disruptive than usual with the standard working hours between 7.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If there is a necessity to work Saturdays these works will be completed by 1pm.
There will be safe, signposted pathways during the works and access will be maintained at all times. If there is a need to close a stretch of the road at any time to facilitate works, the council will contact you in advance.
The works are scheduled to be finished in September 2021.
The improvement scheme is part of a package of infrastructure investments across Nine Elms being carried out by Wandsworth Council using funding from developer contributions. The infrastructure improvements support the new development in the area and the opening of two new Northern Line Tube stations in 2021.