Proposed changes to Lambeth Bridge north and south - Lambeth Bridge south

Closed 20 Aug 2017

Opened 26 Jun 2017


Our proposals for Lambeth Bridge south are shown in Drawing 4 below:

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Changes to the road layout at Lambeth Bridge south

The existing roundabout would be removed and replaced with a crossroad junction, controlled by traffic signals on all arms. New signalised pedestrian crossings would improve pedestrian accessibility.

Whilst the removal of the roundabout would require the removal of seven trees, further planting would take place to reinstate and add to the greenery.

Pedestrian underpasses

There are existing pedestrian underpasses that connect the western and eastern sides of Albert Embankment and Albert Embankment to Lambeth Palace Road under Lambeth Bridge (part of the Thames Path). Under these proposals pedestrian access would be maintained. We welcome views on a longer-term solution for the underpasses.

Access to Lambeth Palace

Currently there are two access points into Lambeth Palace from Lambeth Bridge south. The first of these is in close proximity to the junction, with vehicles accessing the Palace by finding natural gaps in traffic flow as the traffic lights change. The second is located on Lambeth Palace Road.

Our proposals include extensive kerb changes, introduction of signalised pedestrian crossings and creation of a cycle bypass at footway level from Lambeth Palace Road to Lambeth Road. These changes would require removal of the access directly from the junction; however access for emergency vehicles could be retained.

The second access on Lambeth Palace Road, closer to the Palace itself, would be retained and new ‘keep clear’ road markings would be provided. This would create road space for vehicles requiring access to and from the forecourt at a safer location, where visibility for all road users is improved.

Changes to the movement of traffic at Lambeth Bridge south

To facilitate the removal of conflicts between vehicles and cyclists, and allow the junction to operate more efficiently, we would change the way general traffic is able to move through the junction. We propose:

  • A banned left-turn for all road users from Lambeth Palace Road onto Lambeth Road. Cyclists would turn left via the cycle bypass
  • A banned right-turn from Lambeth Road onto Lambeth Palace Road. Removing the ability to turn-right would allow the junction to operate more efficiently with one less stage in the traffic light sequence, possible due to the  low-volume of general traffic making this movement

Design features at Lambeth Bridge south

To improve safety and conditions for cyclists and pedestrians our proposals include the following design features, as shown in the following computer generated artists impression (CGI).

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For cyclists

  • Two-stage right-turn facilities for all right-turning cyclist movements
  • Segregated cycle lanes and separate cycle signals on the northbound approach from Albert Embankment to Lambeth Bridge, and the southbound approach from Lambeth Palace Road
  • Continuous left-turn cycle bypasses on three junction arms to allow cyclists to avoid the junction
  • A 7.5 metre advanced stop line and early release facility for cyclists exiting from Lambeth Bridge, and from Lambeth Road heading into the southern junction [hyperlink to]
  • A re-profiled junction gradient would improve the current levels across the junction
  • Potential to introduce a Cycle Hire docking station on the widened area between Lambeth Road and Albert Embankment

For pedestrians

  • New traffic signals and turning restrictions would maximise the time pedestrians receive to cross the road
  • The pedestrian crossings would be realigned and converted to two-stage staggered crossings
  • Pedestrians would be able to continue using the Albert Embankment/Lambeth Bridge pedestrian underpass and the Thames Path that runs under Lambeth Bridge
  • The surface area of the public realm would increase by approximately 1,790 square metres
  • Changes to the road layout would create much more space for pedestrians, creating the opportunity for more greenery and other urban realm improvements such as new sign-posts, seating and greenery


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  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders
  • Transport for London - staff
  • Train operators


  • Junction Improvements