Proposed improvements to Trafalgar Avenue junction with A2 Old Kent Road

Closed 12 Aug 2019

Opened 1 Jul 2019

Results Updated 16 Dec 2019

We recently consulted on proposals to improve the junction of A2 Old Kent Road with Trafalgar Avenue (Southwark). The consultation ran between 1 July and 12 August 2019. We received 255 responses - 248 from the public and seven from key stakeholders.

The top five comments were:

  1. My journey will take longer
  2. I will feel safer
  3. I will need to find an alternative left turn route
  4. I will find it easier to cross the road
  5. My journey will be quicker

The top concerns about the scheme were: 

  1. My journey will take longer
  2. Roads will be less safe
  3. Roads will suffer more pollution, congestion and/or rat-running
  4. Oppose banning the left turn, or think it’s unnecessary

Next steps 

After considering feedback, we plan to deliver the scheme with three minor changes: 

  1. Instead of a normal round green traffic light, traffic lights on Old Kent Road westbound will show a ‘straight ahead arrow’ green light 
  2. ‘Ahead Only’ markings will be added to the westbound carriageway
  3. Remove hatched areas at bus stops so inside lanes are wider and it’s easier for cyclists and motorcycles to pass 

Subject to obtaining the necessary traffic orders and works permits, we will start works in early 2020.

Our consultation report can be found below.

Trafalgar Avenue/Old Kent Road consultation report (PDF 890KB)


We are proposing to improve the junction of Trafalgar Avenue and A2 Old Kent Road.

These changes would provide safer, better facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers. These benefits support the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and Vision Zero.

It is the Mayor’s Vision Zero ambition that no one is killed or seriously injured on London’s streets by 2041. The Vision Zero approach is based on the fundamental conviction that loss of life and serious injuries are neither acceptable nor inevitable.  

Our proposals also form part of the Mayor’s plan for Healthy Streets - a long-term vision to enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport by making London’s streets healthier, safer and more welcoming.

What are we proposing? 

The main benefits of this scheme would be:

  • Safer and easier crossing at Trafalgar Avenue using a new ‘green man’ crossing 
  • Quicker, more reliable bus trips using a new extended westbound bus lane

To achieve this, we would need to ban the left turn into Trafalgar Avenue from A2 Old Kent Road westbound towards the Bricklayers Arms. Our traffic counts indicate up to 44 vehicles per hour could be affected.  

Full details include:

  • Introducing a ‘green man’ crossing at Trafalgar Avenue
  • Banning  the left turn into Trafalgar Avenue from A2 Old Kent Road westbound
  • Building out the pavement to support the banned left turn and pedestrian crossing
  • Extending the westbound bus lane from the Trafalgar Avenue bus stop (WJ) to the junction stop line
  • Providing a new Advanced Stop Line to help protect cyclists on Trafalgar Avenue
  • Widening the existing Advance Stop Line on A2 Old Kent Road across two traffic lanes instead of one

Please see the map below for further information.

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Trafalgar Avenue/Old Kent Road proposals (PDF 898KB)

Healthy Streets

The changes proposed in this scheme are part of our commitment to deliver the Healthy Streets Approach. We are taking this approach to create a vibrant, successful city where the streets are welcoming to all and everyone can live active, healthy lives. The streets within this scheme and the proposed changes have been assessed by our designers against ten Healthy Streets Indicators using our Healthy Streets Check for Designers tool. This tool assesses the layout of streets against thirty one measures which produce an overall Healthy Streets Check score out of 100. We use infographics to show the current score for the streets within this scheme and potential scores based on our proposed changes. The Healthy Streets results can be seen in the diagram below.

Traflagar Avenue/Old Kent Road Healthy Streets results (PDF 176KB)

Equality Impact Assessment

We have carried out an EqIA on the proposals and, as part of our consultation, we would like to hear your views about any impacts on those with protected characteristics and how any negative impacts could be addressed. The EqIA can be found below.

Trafalgar Avenue/Old Kent Road Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 247KB)

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 Monday 12 August 2019.

Alternatively, you can:

You can also use these contact details to request paper copies of the consultation materials, copies in Braille, large text or another language, and a response form.


  • Southwark


  • Anyone from any background


  • Junction Improvements
  • Roads