Proposed changes on Brixton Hill and St Matthew's Road

Closed 14 Sep 2016

Opened 21 Jul 2016

Results Updated 1 Feb 2017

Between 21 July and 14 September 2016, we consulted on proposals for introducing new sections of bus lane and other highway modifications in Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road as part of our London-wide Bus Priority Programme.

We received 227 responses to the consultation, with 70 per cent in favour of the proposals. The breakdown of responses was as follows: 44 per cent strongly supported, 26 per cent supported, 13 per cent strongly opposed and 4 per cent opposed the proposals. Furthermore 8 per cent said they neither supported nor opposed the proposals, and 5 per cent did not answer the question.

Having considered all responses to the consultation, we have decided to go ahead with the scheme with only minor changes. We are reviewing the scope of works at the top of Brixton Hill in the light of our review of the size and position of the trees and utility pipes and cables under the road surface.

We plan to start construction in summer 2017, and will write to affected properties before starting any works.

Please click here for our consultation report. This document also includes our responses to the issues raised during this consultation.

Other related consultations you may be interested in:

Today, we have also published our Consultation Report for another bus priority scheme for Streatham Hill. You can find out more about this at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/streatham-hill-bus-lanes.

Finally, you are invited to respond to another consultation taking place now on proposals to improve bus journey times in Streatham High Road. You can find more information and respond at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/streatham-high-road.

 

Overview


Proposed changes on Brixton Hill and St Matthew's Road

We are proposing to make changes on Brixton Hill and St Matthew's Road in order to improve bus journey times and reliability. 

Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road are busy roads served by eight/six bus routes during the day and four/three bus routes at night respectively. Approximately 3,500 bus passengers per hour use northbound bus routes on Brixton Hill during peak periods. 


Our proposals include: 

  • Widening the carriageway along significant stretches of Brixton Hill to provide wider bus and general traffic lanes. We would make space by narrowing some sections of the footway by up to 1 metre. However, the remaining footway would be at least 2.6 metres wide (and in most cases wider), which we consider to be sufficient for the numbers of people using it and is within design guidelines
     
  • Providing a central bus lane on St Matthew’s Road to improve the movement of buses onto Brixton Hill. This would require the reduction of right turn general traffic lanes from two to one as well as the removal of a cycle feeder lane which currently leads cyclists into the traffic island when the lights are green. Cyclists would be able to use the new bus lane
     
  • Narrowing a section of the wide footway on Brixton Hill at the junction with Baytree Road to provide a continuous northbound bus lane along Brixton Hill. The bus lane currently stops before the junction and restarts after the junction, resulting in long delays for bus passengers when there is queueing in the general traffic lanes. The remaining footway at this junction would still be at least 3.5 metres wide
     
  • Extending the northbound bus lane on Brixton Hill from south of the junction with Lambert Road to south of the junction with Trent Road. This would reduce the number of general traffic lanes from two to one on this section of road. On the northbound approach to the junction with Trent Road, the nearside lane would only be available for use by vehicles turning left and bus lane users
     
  • Relocating the parking/loading bays on the southbound carriageway of Brixton Hill between the junctions with Josephine Avenue and Arodene Road into the footway as inset bays
     
  • Moving the parking/loading bays on the northbound side of Brixton Hill between the junctions with St Saviours Road and Blenheim Gardens so that they are no longer on the main carriageway  but are changed to on footway bays. This will mean that pedestrians would be able to use these spaces when they are not in use as loading/parking bays
     
  • On the northbound approach to the junction with New Park Road, the nearside lane would only be available for use by vehicles turning left and bus lane users
     
  • Providing a new northbound bus lane from the junction with Streatham Place to the junction with New Park Road. This would be achieved through widening the carriageway and would not result in a decrease in the number of general traffic lanes
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  • Slightly relocating cycle parking (16metres south) and a bus stop (10metres north) on the northbound carriageway of Brixton Hill between the junctions with St Saviours Road and Blenheim Gardens
             

    Please click here to view larger version of the two maps below (PDF)
     

 


The proposals would reduce journey times and improve the reliability for bus passengers on Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road. Cyclists would also benefit from the improved continuity of bus lanes and consistency of lane widths. For northbound general traffic there would also be slight reductions in journey times, although there could be slight increases south and westbound at busy times.

Note, there is also another consultation taking place on proposals to change bus lanes in Streatham Hill. This consultation is also open until 14 September 2016.


Have your say

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by 14 September 2016

Alternatively, you can:

Areas

  • Lambeth

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Bus route 109
  • Bus route 118
  • Bus route 133
  • Bus route 250
  • Bus route 333
  • Bus route 45
  • Roads