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Have your say on travel in Wallington - 17.11.09

People who live, work, shop or go to school in Wallington are urged to have their say and help shape a pilot project to transform travel in the town.

Sutton Council is studying how people travel in the area and what steps it could take to encourage more of them to walk, cycle or use public transport. It is urging people to share their views in a public consultation that closes on Friday 11 December.

The Wallington project continues the work of the award-winning Smarter Travel Sutton initiative, a three-year partnership between the council and Transport for London (TfL), to cut car use and promote greener travel. The council wants to make sure the initiative leaves a lasting legacy by carrying out a series of engineering schemes in major centres like Wallington, all paid for by TfL and developers.

Local people's views will be used to design a series of improvements, for example better pavements, more pedestrian crossings and better cycle parking. The aim is to make it easier and more convenient to walk, cycle or take the bus or train to and from Wallington.

The package of works will support other transport improvements already underway in Wallington. They include changes to the train station forecourt, the refurbishment of Woodcote Road under the rail bridge, and work to connect the traffic lights through the town centre to improve the flow of traffic. Pedestrian crossings are also being installed on the Stafford Road and Stanley Park Road approaches to the junction at Woodcote Road.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"The award-winning Smarter Travel Sutton initiative has led to real changes in the way people travel about the borough, with big increases in cycling and bus use over the last three years.

"It has done this by giving people the information and incentives they need to consider greener forms of transport and use their cars less.

"Now we want to take the project to the next level and work with local people to put in measures that make walking, cycling or public transport the preferred way to travel in the borough.

"Improvements may start with better signs for pedestrians and cyclists, improved crossings or more cycle parking. It's key that as many local people as possible tell us what they want to see and help shape the designs."

Residents can complete the questionnaire online at www.smartertravelsutton.org.uk or request a copy to be posted to them by calling 020 8770 5070.

The council plans to improve all of the borough's town and district centres over the next five to ten years. They are Worcester Park/North Cheam; Hackbridge; Rosehill and Cheam/Belmont.

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 November 2009

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