Our vision is different to Transport for London’s, our vision is a transformation from this…
Vauxhall is a key strategic transport interchange where South West meets Central London. It is on the boundary of the congestion zone, a major transport interchange, a key part of London’s Strategic Road Network and home to tens of thousands of people. What happens in Vauxhall is important for all Londoners. Despite a mere 10 years passing since the last attempt at transforming the interchange – TfL and Lambeth are once again ‘Transforming Vauxhall.’ https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/vauxhall-cross Considering the amount of disruption this latest ‘Transformation’ of Vauxhall will bring we believe that we must challenge TfL and Lambeth to place people and cyclists at the fore of their plans and consider the future development of the area to ensure the best outcome possible for Vauxhall.
Our Vauxhall’s ambitious, yet completely viable, community-led scheme places people and cyclists to the fore, improving the interchange’s public realm, East-West connections and creating a major new public space for central London that links Battersea Park, along the Linear Park and our new Vauxhall Place, to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Considering the existing character of the area, its rich heritage, cultural significance and through speaking to those travelling through Vauxall daily, Our Vauxhall’s plans seek to positively address the scale of development being undertaken in Vauxhall. Developed with the support of Alan Baxter Associates and DSDHA Studio – Our Vauxhall’s proposals challenge Lambeth Council and Transport for London’s plans proposing an alternative transformation for Vauxhall. Causing significantly less disruption to road users whilst exceeding Lambeth’s current objectives for the area, Our Vauxhall’s proposals transform a traffic dominated interchange into a high quality new civic space and a busy road into a green oasis at the heart of Vauxhall, whilst also considering how the interchange will need to adapt to respond to the demands of future population growth.
The key elements of our vision which has been is designed to last are:
- A new public green space on South Lambeth Road – Vauxhall Place
This is possible because traffic to/from Stockwell uses the Parry Street viaduct crossing and traffic to/from Kennington/Oval uses the Kennington Lane viaduct crossing. This automatically regulates traffic flow in the area opening up multiple public realm and commercial opportunities.
- A new public shared use green space on Durham Street
Full two way working reduces traffic flow along Durham Street to point where shared use can be implemented.
- South Lambeth Place indoor market
Simplified bus station entrances/exits allows South Lambeth Place to be closed to through traffic and used for other purposes such as an indoor market.
- A safer and more efficient transport interchange
Our Vauxhall approach works with multiple bus station configurations including retention of the existing bus station canopy. It has two entrances/exits which simplifies bus flows making it safer for all.
The ‘BEFORE’ image below shows a simplified view of the existing main roads* through Vauxhall. The ‘AFTER’ image shows how the main roads would work in Our Vauxhall’s fully designed and engineered vision.
This offers significant benefits over and above a simple two way version of the existing gyratory and retention of the smaller gyratory (whether clock wise or anti-clockwise) as originally proposed by Transport for London. The additional benefits to Our Vauxhall’s plan include:
- Improvements to the public realm,
- Creation of a major new green spaces at the heart of Vauxhall,
- Reduction in journey times through Vauxhall,
- Smoother traffic flow through Vauxhall,
- More direct bus routes,
- Creation of jobs and opportunities for development,
- Creation of new high quality public space for people of all ages and backgrounds, going to and from all destinations to enjoy,
- Improved road safety,
- Improved levels of air and noise pollution,
- Reduction in traffic through out the area through the use of consolidation centres,
- Better connections to local businesses, destinations and new developments and attractions,
- More jobs in Vauxhall,
- More development opportunities,
- Future proofing Vauxhall to allow it to become a world class transport interchange.
[Note: This draft plan was produced by volunteers for illustrative purposes only. Our Vauxhall’s proposal retains the existing one way system in the Vauxhall Grove, Bonnington Square area. The directions are unchanged. Some directional arrows on this version of the draft plan are incorrect .]