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]

Impact of TfL proposal on Wyvil Road

Wyvil Road links South Lambeth and Wandsworth Roads.  It is one of a number of local roads particularly vulnerable to ‘rat running’ as a result of traffic flows around Vauxhall.  Our Vauxhall has undertaken a preliminary Wyvil Road - Impacts of TfL proposals in Vauxhall - A4analysis of traffic flows around this area and has concluded that there will be an increase in rat running through Wyvil Road as a result of the TfL proposal.

Risk of rat running increases due to the distribution of banned movements used in the TfL plan. For example, the no left turn into Parry Street from Wandsworth Road.

The image opposite seeks to illustrate some of the flows that result ins rat running through Wyvil Road.

Click here for a PDF version of this image Wyvil Road – Impacts of TfL proposals in Vauxhall – A4

TO EVERY LONDON CABBIE – VAUXHALL NEEDS YOUR HELP

Aerial shot of Vauxhall 1938

1938 aerial shot of Vauxhall when gyratory was first created

Dear Cabbie

VAUXHALL NEEDS YOUR HELP

TfL are planning some major changes around Vauxhall – removing part of the gyratory, demolishing the bus station and replacing it with something else. Here is their ‘consultation’ page https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/vauxhall-cross

TfL plan to permanently remove road space and turn Vauxhall bus station into a building site for several years.  There will be no roll back.

If TfL get it wrong (many locals think they will), Vauxhall will be a mess for years to come

There is a much better solution known as ‘Our Vauxhall’. The plan has been developed by local architects, urban design specialists, transport engineers and local residents who know the area really well. Compared with TfL’s scheme, Our Vauxhall has;

  • Fewer traffic lights
  • Fewer overall left/right turns
  • Shorter overall distance to travel
  • Fewer banned movements (no left/no right turns)

It’s better for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and buses.  TfL think it won’t work.  We want your help to prove TfL wrong.

We’re looking for a few cabbies who know the area to go over Our Vauxhall and TfL’s plans and see who is right.
If you are interested, here are the contact details:

If you think Our Vauxhall deserves a fair hearing, please respond to TfL’s Vauxhall Cross ‘consultation’ and reject their proposal.  It is in everyone’s interest to get Vauxhall right.

Please get the message out and support Our Vauxhall

Thank you

Michael Keane
Londoner
On behalf of Our Vauxhall

 

Can we trust TfL? Make your own mind up

DRAFT Response to TfL’s Pre Christmas miscellany of misinformation on Our Vauxhall
(A more detailed technical response will be prepared once TfL provide requested evidence including the actual traffic model they are using.  TfL have already been referred to the Information Commissioner for failing to provide requested information)

We were bemused to read TfL’s supposedly comprehensive review of ‘Our Vauxhall’ proposal  which TfL  sneaked out just before Christmas. At no time have TfL officials contacted anyone from the Our Vauxhall group to ask any technical questions about the proposal.  If they had, they might have avoided (1)  a formal complaint to senior TfL management and (2) a request for an investigation into the conduct of staff involved in producing what is perhaps one of the most misleading documents you might ever read.  See what you think.  Here is a link to the official ‘TfL assessment of ‘Our Vauxhall’ proposal

And here is a preliminary response to some of the key points

  • ” Closure of South Lambeth Road…”
    Our Vauxhall does NOT involve closure of any roads. What it does do is regulate traffic flows in such a way that traffic along (1) Durham Street and (2)  the section of South Lambeth Road between Parry Street and Kennington Lane reduces to the point where shared use can be considered.
    TfL choose to highlight a particular number – 1,00o additional vehicles per hour in the PM peak along a section of Wandsworth Road but fail to mention the benefits of reduced traffic elsewhere in the network including the reduction of some 20,000 vehicles per day passing a local primary school.  TfL’s solution involves more overall left/right turns and further overall distance travelled.  Over the course of a year, Our Vauxhall will save some 1 million vehicle kilometres per year with resultant reductions in CO2 emissions and related pollutants.  In addition fewer vehicles kilometres and right/left turns should improve road safety
  • “Reassignment of traffic onto other roads [rat running]”
    TfL’s inference of increased rat running are false.  Local residents – us – already know the impact of rat running arising from existing TfL schemes. Our assessment is that TfL’s solution for Vauxhall will result in INCREASED risk of rat running through local streets in particular (1) Fentiman Road (2) Wyvil Road and (3) Vauxhall Grove.  In contrast, Our Vauxhall will reduce risk of rat running through these streets.  There is no magic to this just smoother traffic flow and in particular more favourable flow along Kennington Oval, Harleyford Road and Kennington Lane.  This won’t eliminate rat running but we are confident that it will be better than what TfL are proposing
    [Note We have asked TfL to back up their claims with some actual evidence but have yet to receive a response.]

  • “Longer queues on all approaches”
    TfL claims of longer queues on all approaches are blatantly false.
    Due to decreased turning movements, 4 of the 6 key Vauxhall junctions have trivially higher capacities than what TfL are proposing.  This automatically means shorter queues on 3 of the 7 main approaches.  TfL are planning to reduce the size of two main junctions thereby reducing capacity.  In contrast, Our Vauxhall retains existing size and optimises junction design for two way working.  Over a 24 hour period we suspect Our Vauxhall junctions will out perform TfL’s on all 6 junctions but we will have to wait for them to provide their traffic model to prove that one way or another.
  • …two way operation would have significant impact on capacity [RVT Junction]
    Compared with TfL’s solution, Our Vauxhall solution for Kennington Lane/Harleyford Road (RVT) junction has a higher capacity.  
    Although two lanes merge they have the benefit of a much longer green time.  This is because the junction does not have to accommodate a high number of turning movements (e.g. right turns from Kennington Lane into South Lambeth Road and right turns from South Lambeth into Kennington Lane etc.)  Our 3 stage arrangement allows 3 lanes to be kept open on two of the stages thereby increasing traffic capacity.

TfL go on to make a number of technical points which we consider easy to resolve.  TfL have had plenty of time to comment on these plans and make suggestions and we find it rather disingenuous to publish them just before Christmas.

We don’t claim to have all of the answers for Vauxhall and have always made clear that the plans are work in progress. We are all volunteers and don’t have access to £M of public money.  What we do is at our own expense and not a penny comes from the public purse .  We all want what is best for Vauxhall and believe that in a fair competition Our Vauxhall would out perform TfL’s solution on a range of measures.    

If you wish to make any comments please email us on info@OurVauxhall.com. If you wish to make your views known to TfL please write to

  • Mike Brown Transport Commissioner for London
    E-mail: MikeBrown@tfl.gov.uk
  • Leon Daniels, Head of Surface Transport
    E-mail: LeonDaniels@tfl.gov.uk

Let Londoner’s decide future of Vauxhall – petition

TfL continue to ignore the wishes of local residents, businesses, Kate Hoey MP for Vauxhall and many others.  They seem determined to rush through a flawed scheme for Vauxhall before the London Mayoral election.

  • Their plan fails to overall improve traffic flow through Vauxhall and will most likely result in increased congestion.
  • Their plan to demolish the existing Vauxhall Bus station and build a tower block of undeclared height will potentially cause traffic disruption particularly to bus passengers for years.

The outcome of a consultation can only be as good as the best option in it. We are confident that in a straight competition Our Vauxhall would beat TfL’s proposal and TfL know it.  Londoner’s should be allowed to decide.

If you want to help make sure the community’s voice is heard please sign up to our petition here