The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) today announced the start of initial consultation on proposals to remove the Vauxhall gyratory, as well as their intention to proceed with Cycle Superhighway 5, a largely segregated route between Oval and Pimlico. TfL is also inviting comment on revised proposals for the section that runs along Harleyford Road in Vauxhall.
November 10, 2014
• Plans published today on proposals to remove the gyratory and return to two-way streets
• Gyratory removal would complement other enhancements to the area including £36m Vauxhall Tube station upgrade
• Further comments invited on revised proposals for a section of Cycle Superhighway 5
• Construction of Cycle Superhighway could begin in spring 2015
The proposed major overhaul to Vauxhall Cross, which would improve the area for hundreds of thousands of Londoners, took a step forward today as the initial consultation started on proposals to remove the gyratory. The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) also announced its intention to proceed with Cycle Superhighway 5, a largely segregated route between Oval and Pimlico. TfL is also inviting comments on revised proposals for the section that runs along Harleyford Road in Vauxhall. Work on Cycle Superhighway 5 could begin early next year.
The Vauxhall Cross gyratory plans, which are part of TfL’s £4bn Road Modernisation Plan, would involve removing the gyratory and returning local streets to two-way working – improving the lives of all road users. They also involve making improvements to the rail, bus and Tube interchange for public transport users and creating a safer environment for the growing number of pedestrians and cyclists in the area.
Vauxhall is at the centre of Nine Elms on the South Bank, 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 removal of the gyratory system would support current investment in the area, helping to create new retail, residential, employment and educational opportunities and attract further investment to the area. This is one of a number of major gyratories that TfL and London’s boroughs are looking at removing over the next ten years.
The Vauxhall Cross gyratory consultation, which will run until 19 December, will help to shape further design of the new highway layout throughout the area. A further consultation on the detailed plans will be carried out next year.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Vauxhall Cross has become one of the most hated junctions in the capital and for many cyclists travelling in from the south it is simply unavoidable. The redesign will not only make it safer for those on two-wheels, but also more pleasant for the hundreds of thousands of Londoners who live, work or travel through this area, supporting wider regeneration.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “As part of our continuing work to improve London’s roads for everyone, we have been working with Lambeth Council on the Nine Elms regeneration and particularly the area around Vauxhall Cross.
“These changes, which are part of the £4bn Road Modernisation Plan, will improve facilities for all road users by simplifying the road network through the area and returning the streets to two-way working. It will help to create far better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as new open spaces, which will provide a boost for local residents and businesses.”
Lambeth Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Growth and Jobs, said: “Vauxhall has so much exciting potential that’s not been realised because it’s dominated by traffic. I’d urge people to make sure this consultation reflects the widest possible views of those who live, work and travel in Vauxhall.”
TfL consulted on plans to create a Cycle Superhighway between Pimlico and Oval earlier this year. The overall response was extremely supportive, with 72 per cent of respondents fully or partially supporting the proposals. TfL now intends to proceed with the route, which would provide a continuous, largely segregated two-way cycle track between Oval and Pimlico, running through the Vauxhall area.
Further comments are now being invited on revised proposals on the section of Cycle Superhighway route along Harleyford Road and Kennington Oval in Vauxhall. The new designs would introduce a cycle track to the south side of Harleyford Road instead of the north side. The new proposals would also allow the right turn from Harleyford Road to Kennington Lane to be kept open to motorists and provide a new pedestrian crossing and cycle way on Durham Street. Comments on the revised proposals can be accepted until Wednesday 10 December 2014. Subject to these comments, construction of Cycle Superhighway 5 could begin in spring 2015.
The improvements to the Vauxhall area would complement the recent 25 per cent increase in capacity of the 185 bus route and the ongoing £36m Vauxhall Tube station upgrade, which will provide step-free access to the Victoria line and reduced congestion within the station. The overall improvements to the Vauxhall area have been supported by the Mayor’s growth fund.
Notes to editors:
• The proposed changes to Vauxhall Cross gyratory would form part of the wider work being carried out across London as part of TfL’s Road Modernisation Plan. With a budget of over £4 billion from now until 2020/21, this overarching plan represents the biggest investment in London’s roads in a generation, including hundreds of transformational projects within the existing road network. Using radical ideas and innovative designs, the plan will make London’s roads greener, safer and more attractive for the benefit of all road users.
• A wider traffic management plan for central and inner London is currently being developed to help reduce the traffic impacts of this scheme and others. This will include investing in advanced traffic signal technology to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time. Updated information will also be provided to satellite navigation companies so that devices can incorporate the changed routes through the area. Further traffic modelling will be carried out during 2015 and provided as part of the next stage of consultation.
• The consultation into the Vauxhall Cross gyratory proposals is open from 10 November until 19 December
• Drop in sessions for more information on the Vauxhall Cross gyratory proposals are being held at St Peters Church, 310 Kennington Lane on Saturday 22 November between 11.00 and 16.00, Wheatsheaf Hall on Wednesday 26 November between 18.00 and 21.00 and Carmelita Centre on Tuesday 9 December between 10.00 and 18.00. Visitors will also be able to speak to TfL staff about the new proposals for CS5 on Harleyford Road
• The Cycle Superhighway 5 Harleyford Road consultation is open from 10 November until 10 December. It can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/cs5-harleyford-road
• A report of the consultation for Cycle Superhighway 5 can be found here: www.tfl.gov.uk/cs5
• The section of CS5 between Pimlico and Belgravia is being developed in partnership with Westminster City Council and is proposed to run along Council-controlled roads. The recent consultation invited comments on three possible route options. The Council is considering the responses to consultation and will consult on detailed proposals for this section of route in the future.
• London’s roads account for 80 per cent of all journeys and 90 per cent of all goods moved in the capital. As the engine of the British economy, London’s population is set to grow by almost 2 million to 10 million by 2031 – equivalent to absorbing the population of both Birmingham and Leeds
• This is a continual challenge in a city with a road network that developed organically and was never designed for so much traffic. To meet the challenge, the Mayor and TfL are investing more than £4 billion in improving London’s roads, streets and urban realm for all road users, residents and businesses during the next decade.
• To help deliver this wider programme of work, TfL has already begun to expand its innovative SCOOT technology, which can change traffic signal timings based on traffic levels second by second, from half of all signals to three quarters of all signals. Hundreds of staff are already working 24/7 to monitor the network.
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