Update on 24 December 2015
In response to a number of queries that have been raised, we have provided a comprehensive design review of an alternative proposal for Vauxhall, developed by members of the public, titled ‘Our Vauxhall’.
Please click here for a copy of our assessment (PDF)
Update on 24 November 2015
Following our initial consultation in 2014 on our high-level proposals, we are now inviting your views on our detailed design proposals. Please click on the link below for more details and to have your say:
Have your say on transforming Vauxhall Cross (2015)
Update on 5 November 2015
We held an initial public consultation on proposals to transform Vauxhall Cross, which ran from 10 November 2014 until 2 January 2015. Shortly after this consultation, two alternative arrangements were submitted to us by members of the public.
In the consultation report released in March 2015, we committed to meeting the two individuals and reviewing the alternative proposals for their technical feasibility and alignment with the project objectives. The meeting took place on 26 March 2015.
Summary of Alternative Proposals
Both of the alternative proposals seek to enhance the public realm and district centre opportunities on South Lambeth Road by closing the eastern arm of the Vauxhall Cross gyratory to general traffic. As a result, all general traffic travelling through Vauxhall Cross would have to use the other three arms; Parry Street, Wandsworth Road and Kennington Lane.
Through our review of the alternative arrangements submitted it has become clear that closing South Lambeth Road to through traffic would lead to a significant loss of road capacity, resulting in delays and congestion to the local and wider area, including a significant increase in journey times for buses. Additionally, whilst removing traffic may help to improve the environment for pedestrians on South Lambeth Road between Kennington Lane and Parry Street, it would have the opposite effect on Wandsworth Road, Kennington Lane and Parry Street, which would have to be widened to accommodate the vehicles that would have been using South Lambeth Road.
From an outcome perspective the alternative proposals would increase vehicular traffic volume on the west side of the viaduct, which is where the public transport interchange and the highest- and growing- level of pedestrian activity is located. This would also weaken links to the river and the massive volume of development to the south and west.
Finally with the significant new residential and employment opportunities coming forward it is vitally important the final scheme seeks to integrate both the new and existing communities towards a neighbourhood that enjoys good connections throughout – east, west, north and south.
For the reasons set out above, and due to the high level of support (65%) at initial consultation for converting the gyratory to two way operation on all four arms, we will not pursue the alternative proposals as suggested. However the proposals have proved to be a valuable source of information and have helped to stimulate discussion. As a result we are placing a much stronger design emphasis on the eastern side of the viaduct, including significant enhancement to South Lambeth Road with lane reduction, footway widening, new crossings, and greening.
A second public consultation on the full details, benefits and impacts of our proposals at Vauxhall Cross is scheduled to take place in late November 2015. This will build on the principles established following initial consultation. We will review comments submitted in response to this detailed consultation and, where beneficial, will look to incorporate them into the final design.
Update on 27 March 2015
We recently consulted on proposals to transform Vauxhall. The consultation ran from 10 November 2014 until 2 January 2015. Thank you to all who took part in our consultation. A report on the results of the consultation is available below.
Click here to download the Vauxhall Response to Consultation report
We received 2,181 comments expressing a variety of views that provide important and insightful information that will help to inform the next stage of the design of the scheme at Vauxhall.
The responses have been positive with broad support demonstrated. For example,
77% of respondents indicated that they either support or strongly support the overall aim of creating a thriving centre in Vauxhall
65% supported the conversion of the gyratory to two-way.
63% supported our proposals around the bus station.
The next stage of consultation on the more detailed aspects of the design will be carried out later this year.
Details of the original consultation are included below.
Vauxhall is at the centre of Nine Elms on the Southbank, one of Europe’s major areas of regeneration and a vital part of the Mayor of London’s plan to deliver jobs and homes for London’s growing population.
The Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea development will bring 25,000 new jobs and 18,000 new homes to the area. Yet Vauxhall’s potential to flourish is held back because it is dominated by traffic.
We want Vauxhall to continue to benefit from this regeneration. We are working with the London Borough of Lambeth on ambitious plans to create a thriving centre for Vauxhall, to make it a better, safer, more vibrant place for everyone who lives, works and travels through it.
The proposals included removing the one-way traffic system around Vauxhall Cross and returning the streets to two-way working, and making improvements to the rail, bus and tube interchange. This will create a safer environment for the growing number of pedestrians and cyclists in the area.
The plans are still at an early stage and we would like to hear your views to help shape the designs we take forward during the next year.
A second consultation in late 2015 will provide more detailed information on the benefits and impacts of any proposed changes.
An artist's impression of Bondway
Changes are underway at Vauxhall bringing opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors – thousands more jobs and homes and more commercial and retail space opening in the railway arches and in new buildings.
At Vauxhall’s heart is one of London’s major transport interchanges serving 30 million rail, tube and bus passengers a year. The roads around Vauxhall are a vital part of London’s strategic road network. Yet:
Vauxhall is dominated by traffic and a one-way road system.
The Vauxhall gyratory has some of the highest numbers of collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists in London.
During peak hours, public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians account for 90% of all journeys, with motorised vehicles accounting for only 10%. However the current layout means that vehicles dominate making it intimidating for pedestrians and cyclists.
Connections to the river, open spaces and the surrounding areas are poor
Please see below for a map which shows the current layout at Vauxhall Cross:
The current layout of Vauxhall gyratory
For a larger version of this map click here
Vauxhall in the future: what you've told us
In 2012, Lambeth consulted extensively on its Supplementary Planning Document for Vauxhall which you can read more about here.
Since then, TfL and Lambeth have been listening to your views.
You’ve told us:
You value and want to retain and improve the features of the main public transport interchange.
You want a real centre for Vauxhall – a more attractive, safer place, better connected to the river and surrounding green spaces.
You want bus stops kept together.
You want more shops, services and restaurants and cafes.
You want to celebrate and support Vauxhall’s existing character, culture, communities and businesses.
Our proposals included:
Two-way working on the roads immediately surrounding the transport interchange – Wandsworth Road, Parry Street, Kennington Lane, South Lambeth Road – to make routes through the area simpler and safer. This removes westbound traffic on the Inner Ring Road from South Lambeth Road, Parry Street and Wandsworth Road.
Reversal of the one-way system at Harleyford Road, Durham Street, Kennington Lane.
Maintaining and improving the rail, tube and bus interchange: Changes would be required to the current bus station (including removing the existing bus canopy), but buses would continue to run through the centre of the area to retain the benefits of short walking distances between rail, tube and bus stops; bus stops would still be kept together, with weather-cover, good travel information and other facilities.
New and improved public spaces: By changing the road layout we will be able to provide new public spaces including more places to eat, shop and spend time in the centre of Vauxhall and along Albert Embankment. This will bring opportunities for existing local businesses and new ones. These public spaces will be linked by safer, larger and less cluttered footways throughout the centre and improved connections to the river.
Please see the below map which shows the proposed layout at Vauxhall Cross:
The proposed layout of Vauxhall gyratory
For a larger version of this map click here
New wide pedestrian crossings with signals for safe crossing between the public transport interchange, the river, Albert Embankment and the local Vauxhall and Nine Elms areas.
The proposed scheme would provide a wide pedestrian crossing across Kennington Lane, which may reduce the need for the existing footbridge in the future.
An open, traffic free pedestrian-friendly area would be created between the rail, underground and bus stops. A new crossing would be introduced on Wandsworth Road providing a better connection to the river. There will also be a new pedestrian crossing at Durham Street and Kennington Lane. Existing crossings will be upgraded and realigned to provide more direct walking routes, improving links to Nine Elms, Albert Embankment and areas to the east.
Dedicated cycle-only routes separated from the road throughout the majority of the new road layout. The new cycle facilities will be fully integrated with the proposed Cycle Superhighway 5 route and wider cycle improvements for the area.
Existing off carriageway facilities such as the one on Wandsworth Road will be upgraded in order to provide cyclists with a high level of segregated and connected cycle routes throughout Vauxhall Cross.
Proposals are still in early stages with further development required particularly at Wandsworth Rd/Parry Street and Kennington Lane/Durham Street locations. The CS5 designers have been working closely with those on the Vauxhall Cross project to ensure the schemes complement each other. The vast majority of CS5 is proposed to remain unchanged in the Vauxhall Cross scheme, although there may need to be some change to the Harleyford Road / Kennington Lane junction. The exact configuration of this junction will be reviewed following consultation on the key principles of the Vauxhall Cross scheme, which commences on 10 November.
CS5 is planned for delivery at least three years before the gyratory could be removed as part of the Vauxhall Cross scheme. However, the gyratory is a barrier to cycling now, and we have concluded that the benefits CS5 offers to cyclists are needed in advance of the longer term project, and that deferring construction of CS5 would delay tackling the existing safety issues.
For more details about CS5 click here.
For bus passengers
Keeping a centralised bus station to maintain effective interchange with other bus routes, the tube and rail stations and improving where possible existing facilities such as shelter, waiting areas and travel information.
Converting the gyratory to two-way traffic will simplify the routes which most buses take. Bus stops will remain centralised and grouped by common destinations.
However, the specific stop locations and the current form of the bus station will need to change to accommodate two-way working.
The new plans will maintain the features that people currently value. We will seek to provide comparable, if not improved facilities.
An artist's impression of the terminus interchange
By converting the main Vauxhall gyratory to two-way roads, driving through the area will be simpler and safer with more direct routes through Vauxhall. Two-way traffic will help reduce traffic speeds and improve lane discipline.
An artist's impression of Wandsworth Road
Preliminary traffic modelling results have shown that traffic movement around the local area would change. This would mean changes to traffic levels in different locations around the scheme, and could result in either an increase or decrease in journey times on various routes during the peak hours.
Following the initial stage of the public consultation, and taking into account comments received, further traffic modelling will be carried out to understand the detailed impact of the proposals and how we would need to improve the roads and junctions to manage this change in traffic levels. This work will be shared in the second stage of public consultation in late 2015.
Vauxhall could be transformed by creating a thriving centre. This will include wider footways and pedestrianised areas, new and better public spaces, and room for large and small businesses. There will be more shops, restaurants and cafes, and better more logical connections across the area and to the river. Investment in the area will bring opportunities for businesses and jobs for local people, supporting Vauxhall’s growing economy.
3,500 new homes and 8,000 jobs will be created in Vauxhall. See the Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document here for more detail. We want to realise that potential by working with local people to celebrate the character of Vauxhall and the qualities that make it such a unique place.
Create a sustainable mix of new jobs and homes that will benefit local people and the wider London economy.
Encourage people to stop – hundreds of thousands of people go through Vauxhall everyday. If it’s more attractive for them to shop, eat, and enjoy the area, it will bring millions of pounds to the local economy.
Rediscover the railway arches – these could be brought to life, providing space for new business, community and cultural uses.
Reconnect Vauxhall to the river - reconnect all of Vauxhall’s neighbourhoods to the river, whilst improving access to the river for all.
A place of quality – making sure all new buildings, streets and spaces are of high quality. New developments will help fund vital infrastructure for local people like schools, health centres and leisure facilities.
For a detailed map of the Urban Realm proposals click here
Lambeth's current District Centre boundary
Lambeth's proposed District Centre boundary
We held three events where anyone could view the proposals in detail and speak to representatives of TfL and Lambeth Council.
When: 22 November 11am – 4pm
Where: St Peters Church, 310 Kennington Lane
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When: 26 November 6pm – 9pm
Where: Wheatsheaf Hall
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When: 9 December 10am – 6pm
Where: Carmelita Centre (Vauxhall Gardens Estate)
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The results of this initial consultation will help us shape the evolving proposals so that we can come back later in 2015 with more detail and answers to your questions.