Changes to bus lanes, parking and loading in Old Kent Road / New Cross Road between Murdock Street and Chesterfield Way

Closed 15 Jan 2017

Opened 5 Dec 2016

Results Updated 20 Mar 2017

In December 2016 and January 2017, we consulted on proposals for changes to bus lanes, parking and loading in Old Kent Road-New Cross Road between Murdock Street and Chesterfield Way.

We received 102 responses to this consultation: 65 strongly supported the proposals, 17 supported, 3 neither supported nor opposed, 1 opposed, 15 strongly opposed and 1 respondent did not answer the question.

We have summarised the issues raised in our Consultation Summary. In addition, we have responded to these issues and set out our next steps in our Response to Issues Raised.

Click here for a copy of our Consultation Summary (PDF)
Click here for a copy of our Responses to Issues Raised (PDF)

Having considered all the issues raised during consultation, we have decided to go ahead with the scheme without any significant changes.

We aim to complete construction during summer 2017. We will minimise disruption during the works, and will write to all affected properties before starting.

Overview

Why are we proposing these changes?

Buses play a vital role in our transport system, providing people with easy access to homes, workplaces, town centres and places of leisure. We want to maintain a reliable bus network, which is why we regularly assess bus routes to see if there are opportunities to redesign the roads in a way that would make bus journeys more efficient. These changes help maintain and shorten journey times for passengers.

We would like your feedback on proposed changes to Old Kent Road and New Cross Road between Murdock Street and Chesterfield Way. The changes are designed to reduce journey times and improve journey reliability for bus passengers.

The A2 Old Kent Road / New Cross Road is an important bus corridor, with around 33 buses per hour in the peak period, and carrying tens of thousands of people daily. Additional sections of bus lane would help buses to bypass general traffic, while changes to parking and loading would prevent stationary vehicles blocking buses.

What are we proposing?

We have described the proposed changes in detail below. Please also refer to the detailed drawings:

A map showing bus priority scheme on A2 Old Kent Road / New Cross Road between Murdock Street and Chesterfield Way

Please click here to view a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Extend westbound bus lanes on Old Kent Road
We would convert a westbound general traffic lane on Old Kent Road into a bus lane operating Monday to Saturday 7-10am and 4-7pm, starting west of Sylvan Grove and ending near Murdock Street. The lane would be open to buses, coaches, motorcycles and scooters, as well as cycles and taxis.

The new bus lane would be continuous, except at the junctions with Asylum Road and Commercial Way.

The pedestrian island by the junction with Devon Street would be reduced by 0.5 metres to enable widening of the general traffic and bus lanes. This would remove an existing pinch-point at this location, reducing delays to buses.

New left-turn only lane on Old Kent Road
The nearside westbound lane in Old Kent Road at the approach to the junction with Aslylum Road would become left-turn only except buses.

Move an on-carriageway loading and disabled parking bay into the footway
We would relocate the existing in-carriageway loading and disabled parking bay into the footway, approximately 8 metres west of its current location. To make space for the new bay, we would move an existing tree to the western corner of the junction of Old Kent Road and Commercial Way, and a post box to a location to be confirmed.

The new loading and disabled parking bay would be at footway level so the area could be used by pedestrians when not in use. We would extend the existing double red lines on Old Kent Road near Asylum Road by 6 metres.

Convert single red line to double red lines
We would introduce new parking restrictions on Old Kent Road between Gervase Street and Leo Street, with the single red line (no stopping, Monday to Saturday 7am-7pm) becoming double red lines (no stopping at any time).

We would introduce new parking restrictions 65 metres west of New Cross Road junction with Chesterfield Way, with the single red line (no stopping, Monday to Saturday 7am-7pm) becoming double red lines (no stopping at any time). The double red lines would continue from New Cross Road 12 metres into Chesterfield Way in order to keep this junction clear of parked vehicles.

Remove a loading and disabled parking bay on New Cross Road
We would remove an existing loading and disabled parking bay from the westbound bus lane in New Cross Road, under the railway bridge to the west of Chesterfield Way. Our surveys show this bay is not frequently used.

Partially inset loading and disabled parking bay on New Cross Road
We would partially inset into the footway the loading and disabled parking bay on the north side of Old Kent Road immediately to the west of White Post Street, at the same time moving it approximately 5 metres westwards.

Impact on journey times
As a result of the proposed changes, we expect a modest reduction in peak-hour journey times for buses. Considering the relatively minor interventions and the large number of bus passengers that would benefit, this scheme would be cost-effective.

The impact on general traffic is expected to be modest, with motor traffic journeys at peak times becoming slightly slower. The journey time reductions for bus passenger brought about by this scheme would complement the journey time reductions from other proposed schemes along the same bus corridor.

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 15 January 2017.

Alternatively, you can:

Areas

  • Southwark

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Buses
  • Roads
  • Parking bays
  • Loading bays