But Graham Road still set to be shut for many months while new hotel is built
"People power" has won a temporary reprieve over a controversial Wimbledon road closure following a protest by residents.
Graham Road, near Wimbledon town centre, was set to close for 18 months to enable the building of a new Travelodge in adjoining Hartfield Road.
But Graham Road residents, who say they were given no notice of the closure that will cause major disruption, staged a protest (see picture above) against the plans.
Following their protest, the road was re-opened temporarily. But they understand it will close again for a significant period of time from October 5.
The road had been used to store construction equipment and it is thought it will be shut from October 5 until the building's main frame is in place in around nine months.
Residents are still fighting the closure plans and have asked Merton Council to consider making the street available for residents' parking only, as well as a potential one-way option.
Hartfield Road hotel development site
Merton Council has been contacted for comment.
September 25, 2020