Have your say on proposed junction improvements at Oval Triangle

Overview

Transport for London (TfL) is working closely with cycling, road user and community groups, London boroughs and the Police to review and improve cycling provision and safety at junctions. As part of this work, we developed proposals to substantially redesign four junctions around Oval station.

 

Results

Having considered the issues raised in consultation, TfL has decided to proceed with the scheme, incorporating proposals to mitigate the impact of the banned turns on adjoining streets. 79% of respondents to the consultation said they supported or partially supported the overall proposals to redesign the junctions.

TfL will work with Lambeth Council and the residents of Lambeth to ensure that local roads are not significantly affected in the long term as a result of the banned turns. We will work with the Council to develop mitigation measures, including closing the junction of Ravensdon Street and Kennington Park Road if this is supported by local residents (see separate consultation here). We will also monitor any changes in traffic flows on Vassall Road and Fentiman Road to understand if any further measures are required on these roads.

There are no other changes to the proposals we put out for public consultation.

Preparatory works at the junction of Kennington Road and Kennington Park Road are due to start in December 2014, including the diversion of utility cables. Work on the main scheme is planned to start in spring 2015. We will write to local residents and affected properties before work starts to provide a summary of this consultation, an overview of the updated proposals, and an outline of the construction programme.

As part of the main scheme, TfL will work with Lambeth Council to improve the triangular island just north of St Mark’s Church, with the Council working collaboratively with the local community to develop improvements to the island.  By April 2015, we envisage that plans for the island will be finalised and agreed by all parties, including the local community, Lambeth Council and TfL. If possible, these would then be introduced in the main delivery programme for completion by March 2016.

Please click here for a summary of the consultation and TfL's response to issues commonly raised.

 

 

Proposals included:

Banned left turn and removal of slip road from Kennington Road onto Kennington Park Road

  • Banning the turn and removing the slip road would resolve the conflict between left-turning traffic  and cyclists turning right onto Kennington Park Road (southbound)
  • Our traffic counts show that 46 vehicles make this left-turn in the morning rush hour, with 50 in the evening rush hour*
  • 14 cyclists turn right at this junction in the morning rush hour, with 382 in the evening rush hour*
  • Banning this turn will have the additional benefit of reducing the number of crossings for pedestrians crossing over Kennington Road and increasing the amount of footway space on the corner of this junction
  • Our pedestrian counts show that this will reduce the number of crossings for 345 pedestrians in the morning rush hour and 295 pedestrians in the evening rush hour**
  • From our modelling, we expect affected motorists to use alternative routes earlier on in their journey, including the Inner Ring Road, to reach their destination

* Source: TfL traffic counts, March 2013

** Source:  TfL pedestrian counts, February 2013

Separate traffic light phase for cyclists on Kennington Park Road northbound

  • Separate traffic light phases for straight-ahead cyclists and left-turning traffic would remove the need for these cyclists to move across lanes of fast-moving traffic to continue northbound on Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 7 (CS7)
  • Straight-ahead cyclists would be on a green signal at the same time as straight-ahead traffic, while left-turning traffic is held at a red signal
  • Straight-ahead cyclists would then be held at a red signal while traffic is turning left onto Kennington Road

 

Hybrid (stepped) track northbound on Kennington Park Road

  • The cycle track would be 4 metres wide approaching the junction to accommodate left-turning and straight-ahead cycle lanes, each 2 metres wide
  • The height of the cycle track would be between footway and carriageway level
  • Blue surfacing would be used (except on the left-turn cycle lane)
  • We would cut back sections of the footway around and near the junction to create space for the cycle track (see map for details). The remaining footway would be at least 2.5 metres wide

 

Deepened Advanced Stop Lines

  • Deeper 7.5 metre Advanced Stop Lines on Kennington Park Road southbound and Kennington Road would allow more cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic

 

Other proposals included:

  • We would extend the southbound bus lane on Kennington Road by 50 metres
  • The pedestrian crossings would be simplified so that pedestrians would need to make fewer crossing movements

 

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Proposals included:

Hybrid (stepped) tracks on Kennington Park Road

  • The cycle tracks would be 2.5 metres wide
  • The height of the cycle track would be between footway and carriageway level
  •  Blue surfacing would be used
  • We would cut back the footways to a minimum width of 2.5 metres to create space for the cycle track (see map for details)

 

Cycle bus stop bypass on Kennington Park Road northbound

  • Bus stop M would be converted to a cycle bus stop bypass, meaning cyclists would not have to move out into traffic to pass waiting buses
  • Cyclists would be directed behind the bus stop and along a hybrid (stepped) track. The height of the cycle track would be between footway and carriageway level
  • Bus passengers would cross the cycle track using a raised marked crossing point

 

Other proposals included:

  • The existing parking bay on Kennington Park Road northbound would be shortened by 11 metres. It would be separated from the northbound hybrid (stepped) cycle track by a 1.2 metre paved strip
  • The southbound bus lane would be shortened by 130 metres to create space for the revised lane and traffic signal layout at the junction of Kennington Park Road and Brixton Road (Junction 2)
  • New layout at the junction of Magee Street and Kennington Park Road to give pedestrians priority
  • We would remove the existing central reservation and guard railing

 

Proposals included:

Separate traffic light phase for cyclists on Kennington Road southbound

  • Separate traffic light phases for straight-ahead cyclists and left-turning traffic would remove the need for these cyclists to move across the bus lane and merge with fast-moving traffic to continue southbound on CS7
  • Straight-ahead cyclists would be on a green signal at the same time as straight-ahead traffic, while left-turning traffic is held at a red signal
  • Straight-ahead cyclists would then be held at a red signal while traffic is turning left onto Brixton Road
  • Cyclists turning left onto Brixton Road would bypass the traffic signals
  • The existing short length of southbound bus lane would be removed, and the entry to Brixton Road would be reduced to one lane to create space for the revised junction layout and signals

 

Other proposals included:

  • The Brixton Road southbound footway would be widened to discourage traffic turning left into Brixton Road from speeding

 

Proposals included:

Cycle bus stop bypass on Kennington Park Road southbound

  • Bus stop N would be converted to a cycle bus stop bypass, meaning cyclists would not have to move out into traffic to pass waiting buses
  • Cyclists would be directed behind the bus stop and along a cycle lane at carriageway level
  • Bus passengers would cross the cycle lane using a raised marked crossing point

 

Segregated cycle lane on Kennington Park Road northbound

  • The segregated cycle lane would be 2 metres wide
  • The cycle lane would be at carriageway level and separated from general traffic by a kerb at least 0.5 metres wide
  • Blue surfacing would be used

 

Proposals included:

Banned left turn from Clapham Road onto Harleyford Street (except for cyclists)

  • Banning the turn would resolve the conflict between left-turning traffic and cyclists continuing northbound on CS7
  • Our traffic counts show that 58 vehicles make this turn in the morning rush hour, with 34 in the evening rush hour*
  • 708 cyclists travel northbound through this junction in the morning rush hour, with 58 in the evening rush hour*
  • Cyclists would not be banned from making this turn
  • From our modelling, we expect affected motorists to use Kennington Park Road and turn left onto Kennington Road to reach their destination, or to use alternative routes earlier on in their journey

* Source: TfL traffic counts, March 2013

Redesigned pedestrian crossing on Harleyford Street:

  • The existing staggered pedestrian crossing on Harleyford Street would be replaced by a straight-across crossing
  • The guard rail would be removed
  • Our pedestrian counts show that 632 pedestrians use this crossing in the morning rush hour, and 531 in the evening rush hour*

* Source: TfL pedestrian counts, February 2013

Deepened Advanced Stop Lines on each approach to the junction

  • Deeper 7.5 metre Advanced Stop Lines on Clapham Road, Harleyford Street, Kennington Park Road and Camberwell New Road would allow more cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic

 

Other proposals included:

  • A northbound mandatory cycle lane would be provided on the Clapham Road approach to the junction
  • We would extend the northbound bus lane on Clapham Road by 30 metres

 

Proposals included:

Raised carriageway

  • The carriageway would be raised to provide a visual link to reconnect the historic Kennington Little Common (comprised of St. Mark’s Church and the triangle of land enclosed by Camberwell New Road, Kennington Park Road and Brixton Road)

 

Mandatory cycle lanes

  • The cycle lanes would be 2 metres wide
  • The cycle lanes would be at the level of the raised carriageway

 

Proposals included:

Hybrid (stepped) cycle tracks on Brixton Road

  • The cycle tracks would be 2 metres wide
  • The height of the cycle track would be between footway and carriageway level
  • We would cut back the footways to a minimum width of 2.5 metres to create space for the cycle track (see map for details)
  • We would adopt some of the triangle of land enclosed by Camberwell New Road, Kennington Park Road and  Brixton Road to create space for the cycle tracks (see map for details)

 

Proposals included:

Banned left turn and removal of slip road from Camberwell New Road westbound onto Brixton Road southbound

  • Banning the turn and removing the slip road would resolve the conflict between left-turning traffic and cyclists continuing westbound on Camberwell New Road
  • Our traffic counts show that 32 vehicles make this turn in the morning rush hour, with 55 in the evening rush hour*
  • 419 cyclists travel westbound through this junction in the morning rush hour, with 46 in the evening rush hour*
  • Banning this turn will have the additional benefit of reducing the number of crossings for pedestrians crossing over Brixton Road and increasing the amount of footway space on the corner of this junction
  • Our pedestrian counts show that this will reduce the number of crossings for 580 pedestrians in the morning rush hour and 742 pedestrians in the evening rush hour**
  • From our modelling, we expect affected motorists to use Vassall Road to reach destinations in the local area.  We expect an increase of approximately 30 vehicles per hour in the evening peak.

* Source: TfL traffic counts, March 2013

** Source: TfL pedestrian counts, February 2013

‘Early release’ signals for cyclists on Brixton Road southbound

  • We would install ‘early release’ signals to allow cyclists to enter the junction ahead of other traffic
  • The installation of ‘early release’ signals would be subject to Department for Transport approval

 

Two-stage right turns from Camberwell New Road onto Brixton Road in both directions

  • We would provide a two-stage right turn facility to allow less confident cyclists to make the more difficult right turns from Camberwell New Road onto Brixton Road in both directions
  • Right-turning cyclists would wait in a marked area on the road to the left of the cycle lane until they receive a green signal to cross the junction. This would remove the need for right-turning cyclists to move across lanes of fast-moving traffic
  • The installation of the two-stage right turn facility would be subject to Department for Transport approval

 

Separate traffic light phase for cyclists on Brixton Road northbound

  • Cyclists would be on a green signal at the same time as straight-ahead traffic while left-turning traffic is held at a red signal
  • Cyclists would then be held at a red signal while traffic is turning left onto Camberwell New Road
  • This would resolve the conflict between left-turning traffic and cyclists travelling straight ahead

 

Deepened Advanced Stop Lines

  • Deeper 7.5 metre Advanced Stop Lines on Camberwell New Road (both directions) and Brixton Road (southbound) would allow more cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic at these junctions

 

Removal of pedestrian crossing on Brixton Road

  • We would remove the northern pedestrian crossing on Brixton Road to create more space for the cycle tracks
  • Our pedestrian counts show that 101 pedestrians use this crossing in the morning rush hour, and 98 in the evening rush hour*

* Source: TfL pedestrian counts, February 2013

 

Shared space area on the corner of Camberwell New Road and Brixton Road

  • We would introduce a shared space area on the corner of this junction, where the left-turn slip road would be removed
  • This would enable cyclists to turn left from Camberwell New Road westbound into Brixton Road southbound

 

Other proposals included:

  • We would extend the westbound bus lane on Camberwell New Road by 18 metres, up to the deepened Advanced Stop Line

 

Traffic impact of proposals:

Our traffic network impact analysis showed that most journeys should not be significantly affected, with some improvements. However, there could be longer journeys at busy times on specific routes through the area.

We would work to mitigate the impact as much as possible, including continuing to invest in our already-sophisticated traffic management systems.

 

Improvements to the Oval Triangle green space

Alongside the proposed junction upgrades at Oval, TfL and Lambeth Council are working closely to deliver improvements to the Green Space north of St. Mark’s Church, Kennington. We would like to hear your views on how best to provide a high-quality, attractive public space that is accessible and safe for all. Please complete the online survey below or email consultations@tfl.gov.uk.

 

Public Exhibitions

We also held the following public exhibitions, where the designs could be viewed in detail and members of the project team were on hand to answer questions:

Montgomery Hall (joint consultation exhibition with Cycle Superhighway 5)

58 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SW

Thursday 17 July, 1500-1900

 

Oval Farmers’ Market

St. Mark's Church,

The Oval, SE11 4PW

Saturday 19 July, 1100-1500

 

Paper copies of plans and response forms were available

Please write to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS or call us on 0343 222 1234 (option 3, then option 1)

 

Construction work

We plan to start construction work this winter. Construction would cause some local disruption, although we would work to minimise the impact as much as possible. We would write to local residents before undertaking work in their area.

 

Proposals for a new Barclays Cycle Superhighway between Oval and Belgravia

TfL also consulted on new proposals for the section of Barclays Cycle Superhighway 5 between Oval and Belgravia, in conjunction with Westminster City Council.

Between Oval and Pimlico, TfL is proposing a continuous, largely segregated two-way cycle track, allowing cyclists and drivers to avoid each other, and offering major improvements in safety and comfort for cyclists. Between Pimlico and Belgravia, Westminster City Council is proposing on-street cycle routes on quieter but direct roads. A range of measures are being proposed to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, while reflecting the local surroundings and road conditions.

For more information on this consultation, please visit tfl.gov.uk/cs5

 

Results

For a full report on this consultation including our responses to issues raised click here

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Key Dates

Consultation is Closed

Ran from 9 Jul 2014 to 17 Aug 2014

Other Information

Areas:

All Areas

Audience:

  • Public,
  • Stakeholders,
  • Local residents,
  • Local businesses,
  • Schools,
  • London Boroughs,
  • Coach Operators,
  • Taxi trade,
  • Transport for London

Interests:

  • Junction Improvements,
  • Roads,
  • Urban realm improvements