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New public space for Clapham Old Town

A new £2.6m public space around Clapham Old Town and Clapham Common tube station is officially unveiled today (FRIDAY JUNE 6).

The Clapham Old Town Regeneration Project – a joint venture between Lambeth Council and Transport for London, in collaboration with local residents – includes a new town square, wide step-free pavements with new zebra crossings, cycle paths and cycle stands, extensive landscaping with over 100 trees planted and new public seating.

Lambeth Council’s design champion and Clapham Town ward Councillor Nigel Haselden said: “We’re really excited about the new Clapham Old Town.

“The design has been shaped by Clapham residents, who have worked closely with the council and TfL to bring about a more attractive, user-friendly Clapham.

“New cycle lanes and bus stops, along with wider footways, improved crossings and a smoother flow of traffic, will make the area a lot safer for pedestrians and cyclists and the new public space will be a really pleasant place to spend time.

“A great deal of work has gone into this project and we’re delighted to officially launch the new Clapham Old Town at Friday’s event – hopefully the sun will be shining and we can all celebrate in style.”

The new spaces are designed to link Clapham’s homes, businesses and the green space of Clapham Common in a more user-friendly way.  It was funded through a core grant from TfL, together with Section 106 payments agreed by Lambeth Council with developers.  Extensive public consultations took place throughout 2011 and 2012 before work began.

Ben Plowden, Director of Planning, TfL Surface Transport, said: “We are delighted that our £1.85m support has helped transform Clapham Old Town. The works have resulted in a new public space, new cycle and bus facilities and widened footways as well as safer road crossings.

“The revamped Clapham Old Town provides significant benefits to all users and demonstrates what can be achieved through collaborative effort.  We remain committed to continued investment in the capital, working with local authorities to make our city inviting and to encourage economic growth.”

This afternoon’s launch event, which runs from 3.30pm to 5pm, involves live music, stilt walkers, spoken word, a musical dragon and many more surprises programmed by Omnibus – Clapham’s new arts centre, along with an appearance by actress and comedienne Doon Mackichan, cycle maintenance from Dr Bike, planting sessions, a treasure hunt, refreshments and giveaways.

Additional traffic calming and environmental work has been carried out in Clapham Town through Lambeth Council’s well-received Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme, which allows local residents to propose and prioritise improvements to their local area.

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