So does our scheme close South Lambeth Road or not?

Any mention of road closures sets alarm bells ringing.  We would like to make it absolutely clear that Our Vauxhall’s proposal does NOT include any road closures.  In fact, our scheme has fewer overall banned movements than TfL’s scheme and no road is completely closed to traffic.  

Over the coming months we will be publishing a series of explanatory notes and videos to explain how our approach works. Please keep in mind that although we are volunteers we have access to a range of professional expertise including architects, urban design specialists, transport engineers and most importantly – local residents who know the area well. 

 

So does our scheme close South Lambeth Road or not?  Quick answer is NO. By allowing most vehicles to take the shortest practical route though Vauxhall, traffic flow naturally reduces along two roads to the point where shared use can be considered. These are:

  1. Durham Street – (Where the entrance to St Annes RC Primary School is)
    (Full 2 way working will reduce traffic flow past this school by about 20k vehicles per day)
  2. The section of South Lambeth Road between Parry Street and Kennington Lane

Here is how the current and proposed allowed/banned movements compare

Current gyratory arrangement for South Lambeth Road

  • Left turn from Harleyford Road into South Lambeth Road allowed
  • Right turn from Kennington Lane into South Lambeth Road allowed
  • Entry from Parry Street end NOT allowed

Our Vauxhall proposal

  • Left turn from Harleyford Road into South Lambeth Road allowed
  • Right turn from Kennington Lane into South Lambeth Road NOT allowed
  • Entry from Parry Street end  allowed

Does this sound like it is closed? No, because it isn’t.

So what happens with all that left turning traffic then?  As TfL does not allow a left turn into Wandsworth Road from Kennington Lane all traffic heading towards Nine Elms and Wandsworth Road travel the slightly longer route via South Lambeth Road. In contrast, Our Vauxhall allows a left turn from Kennington Lane into Wandsworth Road – a slightly shorter route incurring fewer overall left/right turns.  As a result traffic flow along South Lambeth Road will naturally reduce and, when the conditions are right, shared use can be considered.  In theory only about 2% of traffic from Kennington/Oval wants to travel via this section of South Lambeth Road but even that could be sent around the slightly longer way.

The key difference between Our Vauxhall and TfL proposal relates to North bound traffic flow.  Our Vauxhall allows access to this section of South Lambeth Road from Parry Street but does not allow North bound through traffic (as is currently the case due to the one way system).   In contrast, TfL’s solution does allow North bound traffic.  As a result, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) Junction plan becomes more complicated and relatively overloaded compared with Our Vauxhall’s solution.

TfL’s solution requires a minimum of four traffic light stages at the RVT Junction compared with three for Our Vauxhall’s approach. This means that vehicles in TfL’s solution face much shorter green times and therefore longer queues backing up away from the junction

 

IMPORTANT  
We listen and take stock of comments from all interested parties.  OUR scheme remains open to progressive improvements now and in the future. We believe our plan would beat TfL’s on a range of measures and challenge TfL to test it fairly and put it to the public.  

 

[Draft 12 Jan 2016]

Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.