Oval Triangle - Consultation on potential measures to reduce through traffic on local roads

Closed 19 Jan 2015

Opened 27 Nov 2014

Results Updated 6 Apr 2016

Thank you to all those who responded to our consultation. We received 196 responses, of which 66% of respondents said they supported Option 2 - the closure of Ravensdon Street at its junction with Kennington Park Road.

Having considered the issues raised in consultation, we have decided to implement the proposals outlined in Option 2 by closing Ravensdon Street at its junction with Kennington Park Road.

Click here to download a summary of the consultation and our response to issues commonly raised

Changes will be implemented in parallel with the overall scheme including the banned turn from Kennington Road, subject to London Borough of Lambeth traffic regulations. TfL will then monitor the area and meet with elected representatives again to determine if any adjustments should be considered, or if other options should be explored. We plan to start work on the overall scheme in March 2015, with works to close Ravensdon Street due to start in April 2015.

Construction will cause some disruption, although we will work to minimise the impact as much as possible. We will keep residents and road users potentially impacted by the construction activity informed of our plans and progress, including writing to local residents and businesses before undertaking work in their area.

Overview


Update - March 2015

Thank you to all those who responded to our consultation. We received 196 responses, of which 66% of respondents said they supported Option 2 - the closure of Ravensdon Street at its junction with Kennington Park Road.

Having considered the issues raised in consultation, we have decided to implement the proposals outlined in Option 2 by closing Ravensdon Street at its junction with Kennington Park Road.

Click here to download a summary of the consultation and our response to issues commonly raised

Changes will be implemented in parallel with the overall scheme including the banned turn from Kennington Road, subject to London Borough of Lambeth traffic regulations. TfL will then monitor the area and meet with elected representatives again to determine if any adjustments should be considered, or if other options should be explored. We plan to start work on the overall scheme in March 2015, with works to close Ravensdon Street due to start in April 2015.

Construction will cause some disruption, although we will work to minimise the impact as much as possible. We will keep residents and road users potentially impacted by the construction activity informed of our plans and progress, including writing to local residents and businesses before undertaking work in their area.

The details of the original consultation can be found below.

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Background
Following this summer’s consultation on the improvements at Oval Triangle, Transport for London (TfL) has decided to proceed with the scheme. This includes plans to substantially change the layout and operation of the junction of Kennington Road/Kennington Park Road, including banning the left turn from Kennington Road.

The proposals for this junction are a vital part of the scheme. Work to prepare the junction and divert utility cables is planned to start in December 2014, ahead of the start of the main construction works in spring 2015. The scheduled completion date is March 2016.

The recent consultation on the wider Oval scheme was a valuable exercise that helped us understand specific concerns expressed by the local community. TfL takes these concerns seriously, and has met with elected representatives and Resident’s Associations to fully understand them and explore potential mitigation measures. 

After careful consideration, we are now seeking your views on separate proposals to mitigate the potential of increased traffic on local roads. The proposals have been developed in close consultation with the London Borough of Lambeth, which is the highway authority for these local roads.


Why the changes at Kennington Road are needed
The Oval Triangle junction proposals have been primarily designed to improve safety for cyclists, who are not well catered for by the current layout. There were 54 collisions involving injury to cyclists in the 36 months from January 2011 to January 2014, which accounts for half of all collisions in the scheme area.

This corridor is also one of the busiest for cycling in London, with the junctions at Oval highlighted as a key barrier for cyclists due to the number of conflicting movements between motorists and cyclists. As levels of cycling are predicted to increase along here, it is important that we introduce measures that will improve safety.

Banning the left turn from Kennington Road is one element of a number of changes that will be implemented as part of the Oval Triangle scheme. It eliminates a direct point of conflict between left-turning traffic and cyclists, and creates the space needed for improved cycle facilities across the junction. Retaining the left-turn at this junction would require the implementation of an additional traffic light phase, resulting in queues and longer waiting times for all users of the junction including pedestrians. Retaining the turn would also mean that current safety concerns raised between left turning motorists and cyclists would not be addressed.

We acknowledge that the banned turn could be inconvenient for some motorists. This has been considered against the significant safety benefits that will be gained for cyclists. Traffic counts at this junction indicate that a small proportion of motorists would be impacted, with the most recent counts showing that 46 motorists in the morning rush hour turn left from Kennington Road and 50 in the evening rush hour.


Proposals to mitigate the impact of banning the turn at Kennington Road
TfL has worked closely with Lambeth Council, elected representatives and Resident’s Associations to explore how to address local concerns of traffic being potentially displaced into nearby residential streets. While TfL’s traffic modelling of the scheme suggests that most left turning motorists would re-route to Kennington Lane, we would like your views on the following options:

Option 1
TfL will undertake ‘before and after’ traffic monitoring surveys to determine what impact the banned turn might have on traffic attempting to access Kennington Park Road. These will be undertaken at the junctions of Kennington Road/ Stannary Street and Stannary Street/Ravensdon Street/ Radcot Street. Safety data for the wider area will also be monitored. The monitoring period following the introduction of the ban will take place over a period of six months, which would allow traffic to normalise and motorists to establish new travel patterns. Should there be any significant adverse impacts, we would work with Lambeth Council and the local community to understand what targeted measures could be considered to address these.

Option 2
This option would involve the closure of Ravensdon Street at its junction with Kennington Park Road. One of the primary concerns of local residents was that displaced traffic might access Kennington Park Road via Stannary Street and Ravensdon Street. This could be directly counteracted by closing Ravensdon Street at its junction with Kennington Park Road. Changes would be implemented in parallel with the banned turn subject to London Borough of Lambeth traffic regulations. TfL would then monitor the area for the following six months and meet with the local community again to determine if any adjustments should be considered or if other options should be explored.

Oval local roads options (PDF version)

 

 

Areas

  • Lambeth

Audiences

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

Interests

  • Roads
  • TfL's Road Modernisation Plan