Proposed bus lane and cycle/pedestrian crossing improvements in Old Kent Road between Cooper’s Road and Malt Street, including motor traffic restrictions in the southern section of Mawbey Road

Closed 9 Oct 2016

Opened 15 Aug 2016

Results Updated 6 Feb 2017

Between 15 August and 9 October 2016, we consulted on proposals for changes to Old Kent Road to benefit cyclists, bus passengers, pedestrians and motorists. The proposals fell broadly into three types of intervention, and we asked respondents to indicate their level of support for each of these parts of the proposals separately.

There were 59 responses to the consultation, and the levels of support are shown below:

  • Closing the southern section of Mawbey Road to motor traffic (except emergency vehicles) to improve safety for north-south cycle traffic: 51 respondents supported these interventions with 1 expressing partial support. 4 respondents said they did not support the proposals, 1 said they were not sure, and 2 did not answer
  • Changes to benefit road safety at the junction of Ossory Road-Old Kent Road-Avondale Square and a new pedestrian crossing at the Mawbey Road-Glengall Road junction: 49 respondents supported these interventions with 4 expressing partial support. 2 respondents said they did not support the proposals and 4 did not answer
  • Changes to bus lanes, including removing two existing pedestrian refuges on Old Kent Road to accommodate wider bus lanes: 35 respondents supported these interventions with 14 expressing partial support. 2 respondents said they did not support the proposals, and 6 did not answer

Having considered all the responses to consultation, we have decided to go ahead with the scheme without any significant changes to the proposals we consulted on.

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

Please click here for a copy of our consultation report (PDF). This document also includes our responses to the issues raised during this consultation.

Overview

Have your say on proposed changes to Old Kent Road between Cooper’s Road and Malt Street that aim to benefit cyclists, bus passengers, pedestrians and motorists.

The proposals at the Mawbey Road / Glengall Road junction would form an important part of a proposed Quietway cycle route linking Honor Oak Park to the existing Quietway 1 cycle route in Bermondsey. The Quietways programme will provide a London-wide network of high-quality, well-signed cycle routes that usually follow back streets with lower motor traffic flows.
 

What are we proposing?

Proposed changes include banning movements between Mawbey Road and Old Kent Road for non-emergency motor vehicles. All properties in Mawbey Road (e.g. Kent House and Mawbey House) would be accessible by motor vehicle via Mawbey Place and the northern section of Mawbey Road.
 

Mawbey Road / Glengall Road junction
As part of our Quietways programme, we are proposing changes to the Glengall Road / Mawbey Road junction. This north-south route across Old Kent Road is already a popular cycle route, with cycles making up nearly two-thirds of traffic on Mawbey Road during peak times. Mawbey Road is not heavily used by motor vehicles. 

  • ‘Early release’ traffic lights for cyclists
    We would install low-level ‘early release’ cycle-specific traffic lights in Glengall Road and Mawbey Road. On Glengall Road we would give waiting northbound cyclists a few seconds head start over motor traffic. This would reduce the risk of turning vehicles colliding with straight-ahead cyclists and make it easier for cycles to cross Old Kent Road in both directions.
     
  • Non-emergency motor traffic banned from southern section of Mawbey Road
    We would install lockable bollards in the southern section of Mawbey Road to prevent motor traffic (except emergency vehicles) passing between Mawbey Road and Old Kent Road. Vehicles would still be able to access all properties in Mawbey Road via Mawbey Place, but would use alternative routes to access Old Kent Road. This would provide a safer and more attractive cycle connection across Old Kent Road and accommodate the predicted increase of cyclists along this route.
     
  • New pedestrian crossing with existing pedestrian crossings widened
    We would install a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Old Kent Road (western arm), and widen the three existing pedestrian crossings. The new signalised crossing would help people who live north of Old Kent Road access bus stop WJ on the southern side of Old Kent Road for buses heading into central London
     
  • New yellow box junction
    We would install a new yellow box at the junction to prevent east-west motor traffic blocking the junction for north-south traffic


Old Kent Road bus lanes
As part of our London-wide Bus Priority programme, designed to reduce journey times for bus passengers, we would widen bus lanes along the section of Old Kent Road between Cooper’s Road and Malt Street:

  • Wider bus lanes
    We would widen 120-metres of existing bus lane between Cooper’s Road and Malt Street. This would reduce the likelihood of buses being blocked by general traffic, improving journey times for bus passengers.

To achieve this, we would reduce the southern footway on Old Kent Road by 0.4 metres and remove two existing pedestrian refuge islands. New and widened signalised crossings would be a short distance away at the Mawbey Road / Glengall Road junction (see description above)

  • Bus stop markings moved
    We would move the on-carriageway bus stop markings 5 metres north-westwards away from the Old Kent Road / Mawbey Road junction, which would permit more vehicles to pass through for each green traffic light phase when buses are at the stop. This would improve journey times for all vehicles, including buses


Ossory Road / Old Kent Road / Avondale Square junction
This junction sees an above-average number of collisions involving vehicles, cyclists and motorcycles. Our proposed changes would improve safety for all road users:

  • Footway widened and junction raised
    Figures show an above-average number of turning collisions at the Ossory Road junction. To improve safety, we would build out the southern kerb and raise the Ossory Road carriageway where it meets Old Kent Road. This raised junction would slow motor traffic turning from Old Kent Road into Ossory Road, and would make it easier for pedestrians to cross Ossory Road because the road would be the same height as the footways either side
     
  • Bus stop moved
    We would move the existing bus stop 4 metres eastwards so that left-turning traffic would have better visibility of the junction
     
  • Yellow box junction reduced in size
    We would reduce the size of the existing yellow box junction on Old Kent Road because it only needs to cover eastbound lanes to fulfil its purpose of preventing motor traffic queuing across Avondale Square


Road resurfacing
We would resurface the A2 Old Kent Road between Coopers Road / Trafalgar Avenue and Malt Street. The approaches to Mawbey Road and Glengall Road would also be resurfaced.


Old Kent Road Area draft Action Plan consultation
Our scheme is designed to improve safety for walking and cycling, as well as increasing bus journey reliability. Subject to successful consultation, these improvements could be implemented within the current financial year. Our scheme's objectives align with those in the draft Old Kent Road Area Action Plan (AAP), on which Southwark Council is currently consulting. The AAP will set out a policy framework for the long-term development and regeneration of the area. Find out more about the draft AAP consultation.

 

Map of proposed changes to Old Kent Road

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by
Sunday 9 October 2016.

Alternatively, you can:

 

Areas

  • Southwark

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Buses
  • Cycling
  • Junction Improvements
  • Roads
  • Walking