Section 5 – Vauxhall gyratory

Closed 14 Sep 2014

Opened 9 Jul 2014

Overview

Please note revised proposals for Harleyford Road were developed following consultation on the below proposals

 

Proposals include:

Bridgefoot:

Segregated two-way cycle track replaces traffic lane

  • The cycle track would be between 3.9 and 5.1 metres wide
  • The cycle track would be at footway level. A small ridge would separate the cycle track from the footway. There would be a gap of at least 0.5 metres between the edge of the cycle track and the carriageway
  • Blue cycle surfacing would be used
  • There would be a reduction in footway space at the corner of Bridgefoot and Albert Embankment to make space for the cycle track. The footway would be widened in several other places in the area, and there would be an overall increase in footway area across the scheme as a whole.
  • The traffic signals would be arranged so that most cyclists are only stopped by red signals once if crossing directly northbound, eastbound and westbound around Albert Embankment and Bridgefoot.
  • Our scheme and network traffic impact analysis shows that the completed scheme would mean longer journeys at busy times for most motorists and bus passengers in the area. We would work to mitigate the impact as much as possible, including continuing to invest in our already-sophisticated traffic management systems, and looking to reduce delays to buses by improving journey times at other locations on the same routes.

 

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New cycle lanes on Albert Embankment

  • New northbound and southbound links would improve cycle access to and from CS5 by connecting to the existing bus lanes on Albert Embankment
  • The northbound cycle track would be 1.5 - 2 metres wide and at footway level. A small ridge would separate the cycle track from the footway.
  • The southbound mandatory cycle lane would be 1.5 - 2.5 metres wide and at carriageway level. It would replace the narrower existing footway level cycle track
  • The existing motorcycle parking on Albert Embankment would be inset to make space for the southbound cycle lane

 

Other proposals include:

  • New cycle crossing and shared area to link CS5 to existing two-way cycle track on Wandsworth Road, allowing cyclists to cross Bridgefoot in one movement without having to mix with motorists
  • Wider footway and relocated pedestrian crossings to better align with the subway entrance to Vauxhall Underground station

 

Kennington Lane rail tunnel

Segregated contraflow cycle lane replaces traffic lane through rail tunnel

  • Westbound cyclists would use a new segregated contraflow cycle lane, at least 1.5 metres wide
  • The cycle lane would be at carriageway level and separated from traffic lanes by a kerb at least 0.5 metres wide
  • Our scheme and network traffic impact analysis shows that the completed scheme would mean longer journeys at busy times for most motorists and bus passengers in the area. We would work to mitigate the impact as much as possible, including continuing to invest in our already-sophisticated traffic management systems, and looking to reduce delays to buses by improving journey times at other locations on the same routes.

 

Eastbound cyclists use existing cycle track in pedestrian/cycle subway

  • The existing cycle track would be converted to one-way operation in order to make it better-suited for use by the large numbers of cyclists expected to use CS5.
  • Blue cycle surfacing would be used
  • We would widen part of the cycle track by removing five of the existing Barclays Cycle Hire docking points. 31 docking points would remain
  • We are working with Network Rail to explore widening the existing arch at the eastern entrance to the subway. This would create more space for cyclists and pedestrians, and would improve visibility at the subway exit
  • The existing track is 1.3 - 2 metres wide. We propose to make it at least 2 metres wide throughout.
  • The northern staircase of the pedestrian footbridge would be realigned to remove obstructions from the cycle tracks and create space for  the signalised cycle crossing

 

Other proposals include:

  • The crossing from Vauxhall Bus Station to Albert Embankment would be widened from 4m to 6m to improve conditions for pedestrians  

 

Harleyford Road/Kennington Lane junction

Existing shared area and crossings widened

  • The shared footways and crossings would be widened to create a large open area for pedestrians and cycles to cross between Harleyford Road and Kennington Lane.
  • The shared area would also provide signed links to other local cycle routes, including those planned as part of the Central London Grid.
  • The pedestrian crossing on South Lambeth Road would no longer be shared with cyclists, thus providing more space for pedestrians around the station
  • We would look to plant some new trees here.

 

The picture below is an artist’s impression of the proposed cycle track and extended shared area and crossing at Vauxhall.

Artist’s impression of proposed cycle track and extended shared area and crossing at Vauxhall

 

Banned right turn from Harleyford Road onto Kennington Lane (except cycles)

  • Banning the turn would provide a larger shared area for pedestrians and cyclists and would remove the potential for conflict with motorists
  • Dropped kerbs would be provided to allow emergency access
  • Our latest traffic counts*** show up to 79 motor vehicles per hour making this turn in the morning rush hour, and up to 55 per hour making the turn in the evening rush hour.
  • Motorists wanting to access Kennington Lane from Harleyford Road would need to go around Vauxhall gyratory.

 

***traffic count data from May 2013

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