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In response to serious concerns expressed by residents at proposals to close or restrict roads on and around Tooting Common, Sadiq Khan MP for Tooting and Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, have written a joint letter to Wandsworth Council requesting details of the Council's current proposed traffic management solutions as well as an extension of the consultation area.

The Council’s current plan is to close Dr Johnson Avenue, which crosses Tooting Common, and restrict entry into Elmbourne Road, which borders the Common.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting said “Few issues have solicited the number of emails and letters that this has. Residents are right to be concerned that they have not been properly consulted up to now and that the traffic implications of these proposals have not been properly thought through. Residents are worried that quiet residential roads will become rat runs and already congested roads will become even more congested”. 

Where will the traffic go? Residents raise concerns about planned road closures

In response to serious concerns expressed by residents at proposals to close or restrict roads on and around Tooting Common, Sadiq Khan MP for Tooting and Chuka Umunna, MP for... Read more

The Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday confirmed further development funding for Crossrail 2.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said:

“I welcome the announcement of further development funding for Crossrail 2 but it is at best an ‘amber light’ – not the ‘green light’ that we had hoped for. The £80 million pledged is well short of the £200 million that TfL had hoped for, and we still don’t have a single penny to put shovels in the ground.”

The funding announcement came on the same day as the release of the detailed responses to the Crossrail 2 consultation, which ended in January.

On Tooting Broadway as a station option, Sadiq Khan MP said: “It comes as no surprise that the consultation results show that residents wish to see Tooting Broadway considered instead of Balham. My position as local MP, one which I expressed very clearly to Crossrail 2 during the consultation, is that I stand with local residents, resolute that the cost and more challenging nature of building the Tooting Broadway site should not deter TfL from considering it as the more viable option.”

The consultation results also show that residents are concerned about locating an access shaft on Wandsworth Common. 

Funding for Crossrail 2 gets go ahead and consultation results confirm residents back Tooting

The Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday confirmed further development funding for Crossrail 2. Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “I welcome the announcement of further development funding for Crossrail 2... Read more

Several untaxed luxury cars, which had been parked long-term on a residential road in Furzedown, SW16, were recently removed following numerous complaints by residents culminating in intervention by the local MP, Sadiq Khan.

While it is not unusual for an MP to report untaxed cars to the DVLA in order to get them removed, what is unusual in this case is the length of time it took for the DVLA to remove them and what this revealed about what the MP came to suspect was an "unorthodox parking arrangement”.

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “Several calls were made both from residents and then from my office to the DVLA over several months urging action to remove these illegally parked cars, without success. On one occasion, the DVLA reported back that the enforcement company they use had attended but had found no illegally parked cars and on another occasion I was told that the enforcement company had found the cars on bricks which meant their tyres were not strictly touching the road and so they couldn’t be removed. There always seemed to be a reason why the cars had to remain. In the end, exasperated by the lack of enforcement, I contacted the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, to express the frustration of my constituents and urge that action be taken. Even that did not bear fruit and the cars stayed put”.

the road where the untaxed luxury cars had been taking up space for residents

People Power: untaxed luxury cars finally removed

Several untaxed luxury cars, which had been parked long-term on a residential road in Furzedown, SW16, were recently removed following numerous complaints by residents culminating in intervention by the local... Read more

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