Following a review of the existing cycle lane layout it has been concluded that:
- The current cycle lane is too narrow.
- Parked cars encroach into the cycle lane.
- Conflict between cyclists and parked cars when drivers open their vehicles doors.
- Reported damage to wing mirrors of parked cars caused both by cyclists in contraflow lane and by wider vehicles travelling along the carriageway.
- Potential lack of pedestrian awareness when crossing the cycle lane.
To address the above issues, we are proposing to remove the existing cycle lane except for the section of the cycle lane from Arthur Road for a distance of 27 metres.
With the removal of some of the physical features, the residents will be gaining additional parking spaces. It is important to note that although the cycle lane is being removed the actual cycle contra flow will be maintained on Melrose Avenue and the appropriate signage and road markings will be installed to inform motorists. We are also proposing to introduce a speed table near its junction with Melrose Avenue/Ryfold Road. This will include a buildout to accommodate a 'No Entry" sign and a tree. A further buildout is also proposed adjacent to 151/153 Arthur Road although this will have no impact on parking.
The introduction of the speed table, the additional parking bays and the changes to the contra-flow cycle lane require a statutory consultation.
What happens next
A notice of the Councils intention to introduce these changes will be published in the local newspaper and posted on lamp columns in the vicinity. All comments must be in writing by emailing Traffic.AndHighways@merton.gov.uk or write to Environment & Regeneration Department, futureMerton, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden , Surrey, SM4 5DX. All comments must be received no later than 22/03/2019 quoting reference Melrose Avenue Cycle Lane.
To see an electronic copy of the statutory consultation newsletter please click the following link
Review of existing contra-flow cycle lane – Melrose Avenue