Sustrans have appointed Studio Dekka to produce a feasibility study and subsequent concept lighting designs for the Wandle Trail in the London Borough of Merton.
The 2km Trail – running alongside the River Wandle and linking Garrett Park, Garfield Road Recreation Ground and the Wandle Meadow Nature Park – is on the preferred alignment of the Clapham Common to Wimbledon Quietway. A key element of the lighting design brief is to balance the ecological value of the route as a wildlife habitat with the safety and security of cyclists and pedestrians after dark.
Transport for London’s Quietways are a series of new dedicated routes aimed at overcoming barriers to cycling, targeting cyclists who want to use quieter, low-traffic backstreet routes, through parks, along waterways or tree-lined streets. The scheme is part of the The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, a 10-year plan to deliver cycling improvements with spending set to total £913m by 2022. Within this, more than £123m is expected to be allocated to Quietways. This network will complement other cycling initiatives such as the Central London Cycling Grid, Cycle Superhighways and Mini-Hollands.