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Quietways are continuous and convenient cycle routes on less-busy backstreets across London.

Map of all proposed Cycle Quietways Schemes


New Malden to Raynes Park Quietway

Works are currently underway to install  a segregated walking and cycling path alongside the railway track between New Malden Railway Station and Raynes Park Recreational Ground. This involves working in partnership with the London Borough of Kingston  and works are expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. It is also proposed to introduce a segregated cycle lane between Camberley  Avenue and Coombe Lane with works expected to begin Spring 2019.


Colliers Wood to Sutton via Morden

This Quietway is planned to run alongside the Wandle Trail and through Morden Hall Park until it reaches Morden where it will then focus on quieter roads to reach its destination of Sutton Town Centre. Construction of the route is expected to commence  2019 following consultation and detailed design.

For further information please see the Councillor Briefing at the following web link

Councillor Scheme Briefing


Colliers Wood to Wimbledon Chase

Route alignment is currently being developed for this Quietway.


Clapham Common - Wimbledon Wandle Trail Section - Completed

During consultation with the Environment Agency the method of control was reviewed and it was concluded that a fixed dimming control system offered more ecological and user benefits over the sensor controlled system previously proposed.

The fixed dimming control system allows for minimum lighting levels (35%) between midnight and 4am when activity is at its lowest and at 50% between dusk and midnight and after 4am.

This method of control offers consistent low levels of lighting throughout the evening whilst satisfying human requirements.

There will be 15 minute ramp from 0% to 50%, activated once the ambient lighting level reaches 35lx (dusk). During this time, the ambient lighting level will continue to fall naturally until it reaches 5lx, at which point the artificial lighting will maintain the ambient lighting at that level. Front and/or back shields have been fitted to all column mounted luminaires to ensure that the lighting is directed 100% downward to avoid splay.

The lighting will be monitored during its first year of operation and changes to the profile can be made if required.


The design team's final design for street lighting layout, see the documents web links below.

The Clapham Common to Wimbledon alignment has been confirmed as final and is currently being implemented.


July 2016

Last August we sent out proposals to Wandle Trail Stakeholders outlining interventions to introduce a Cycle Quietway between Clapham Common and Wimbledon, part of which will be alongside the Wandle Trail.

The feedback was mixed and concerns were raised regarding the effect that 6m high lighting columns would have on the local environment and particularly the effect it would have on the local bat population.

As a result, a specialist lighting designer and an ecologist were commissioned to take these concerns into account and briefed to provide a lighting design that would have as minimal an impact as possible to the ecology of the Wandle Trail whilst meeting Quietway standards of a safe and secure route.

The proposals are summarised as follows:

  • 4 metre columns with motion sensors and timers. The lights will only be activated when human activity is present.
  • Lit Bollards with motion sensors will be proposed just north of Plough Lane and the Wandle Meadow Nature Reserve which are more exposed due to less vegetation.
  • Potential bat roosts have been identified and no potential bat roosts will be lit
  • The lighting splay will be minimal and directed straight to the ground.
  • All existing lighting along the scheme will be replaced using energy efficient LED luminaires. These luminaires will also be more ecologically sensitive, especially to bats.
  • Improved access at the gateway to the Wandle trail south of Plough Lane.
  • The width of the proposed path at the Wandle Meadow will be 2.5 metres. This has taken into account stakeholder concerns that the previous proposal of 3 metres was too wide and not keeping in character to the Wandle Trail. The path will be built over the existing concrete path to reduce excavation and damage to tree roots.
  • The proposed width of the Wandle replacement bridge will be 3 metres to comfortably accommodate 2-way cycle and pedestrian traffic.
  • The railway underpass just off the Wandle Meadow Nature Reserve will be lit using wall brackets.
  • Removal of the timber gate at the North/Eastern entry to the Wandle Meadow Nature Reserve. Existing access controls make it unnecessary.

The full details are outlined in the following links.

We would welcome your further feedback so that we can consider it at our next stage of detailed design. All feedback to the proposals should be submitted by 1st August 2016.

Works are planned to begin in January 2017.


August 2015

Cycle Quietways are a network of cycle routes throughout London which link key destinations. They follow direct back-street routes, through parks, waterways and tree lined streets. The routes overcome barriers to cycling targeting less confident cyclists who want to use low traffic routes, while also providing for existing cyclists who want to travel at a more gentle pace.

This is not a public consultation. The designs are to inform The Wandle Trail stakeholder groups and are available from 3 to 28 August 2015. Merton Council will establish their views before preparing the next the stage of design drawings. A public consultation will be held in due course. 

Proposals for Cycle Quietway along Merton Section of Wandle Trail

As part of the Mayor’s vision for cycling we will be implementing a cycling Quietway between Clapham Common and Wimbledon funded by Transport for London.

Part of the Clapham Common to Wimbledon route follows the Wandle Trail from Trewint Street to Wandle Meadow. The Wandle Trail has been chosen as it makes an ideal Cycle Quietway which avoids conflict with motor vehicles as well as encouraging cyclists of all experiences to explore the trail.

In order to satisfy the Quietway criteria it is essential for all sections of the route to be lit and a suitable surface provided. In order to achieve this interventions are required which aim to improve the route for pedestrians and cyclists whilst appreciating the biodiversity of the Trail and having as little environmental impact as possible. Ecological surveys have been undertaken and any advice offered from the findings has been followed.

For interventions please see Wandle trail interventions.

If you would like to provide feedback or have any queries regarding this scheme please contact the Traffic Management section on 020 8545 4869 or by email trafficandhighways@merton.gov.uk.