Merton Council has prepared an emergency transport response to the pandemic.

The plan is focused on making changes to roads and pavements to improve road safety, support social distancing and provide more space for walking and cycling.

Pavements will be extended into the road at some of the busiest parts of the borough such as town centres and local shopping parades.

The emergency changes will be followed by longer-term work to improve walking and cycling routes throughout the borough.

A spokesperson for Merton Council said: "Merton is fortunate to have good public transport accessibility; but with London’s public transport capacity potentially running at a fifth of pre-covid levels, thousands of journeys a day will need to be made by other means.

"If Merton residents switch only a fraction of these journeys to cars, our borough risks grinding to a halt, air quality will worsen, and road danger will increase.

"To respond to this situation, Merton Council will repurpose some of our borough’s streets and key locations to serve this unprecedented demand for walking and cycling in a major strategic shift to meet our long terms sustainability and active travel goals."

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