Drivers

Pedestrians at RVT junction 01

[Updated 9 Jan 2016]

What’s in it for drivers?

  • Shorter overall journey times through Vauxhall
  • Fewer overall left/right turns
  • Shorter overall distance traveled
  • Reduced numbers of traffic lights (one possibly two replaced with pedestrian crossings)
  • Reduced need to ‘rat run’

 

Comment

Neither the Our Vauxhall or TfL approach will consign traffic congestion to the history books. What Our Vauxhall promises is that drivers on the most well used routes through Vauxhall will be better off most hours of the day on most days of the week.  It is all a question of priorities.  There is no magic, no sleight of hand. Our Vauxhall simply allows drivers on the most well used routes to take the shortest practical routes with fewer left/right turns.  On some routes traffic lights will be more favourable.  We estimate that it will work better for approximately 80% of journeys that don’t occur in the peak hours.  In contrast, TfL’s approach to Vauxhall seeks to maximise traffic flows at those peak times but that is at the cost of more left/right turns and less favourable traffic lights on some routes and increased risk of rat running notably through Wyvil Road, Fentiman Road and Black Prince Road

You will be forgiven from the artist impression and hype for thinking that our scheme involves closing off roads. Let’s be absolutely clear
Our Vauxhall proposal does NOT close off any roads.

Due to the way the approach regulates and smooths traffic flow, the volume of traffic passing through two roads reduces considerably:

  • South Lambeth Road (section between Parry St and Kennington Lane)
  • Durham Street

At a certain point, traffic reduces to such a level that shared use can be considered.    There are three key fea

 

 

Details

The main technical differences between Our Vauxhall and TfL approaches relate to;

  • Main Brunswick House and MI6 junctions and Wandsworth Road link between them
    TfL plan to reduce existing capacity of these junctions and link between them (6  to 5 lanes). Our Vauxhall maintains existing capacity and optimises design for two way working
  • Kennington Lane and Parry Street viaduct crossings
    TfL solution increases loading on Kennington Lane viaduct crossing relative to Parry Street viaduct crossing thereby increasing risk of queuing in that area. Our Vauxhall balances traffic flow between the viaduct crossings and reduces loading on RVT junction.  The proposed public green space autmatically regulates traffic flow.  Traffic to/from Stockwell will always use Parry Street viaduct crossing.  Traffic to from Kennington/Oval will always use Kennigton Lane viaduct crossing

TfL were originally planning a partial two way solution for Vauxhall but retaining the mini gyratory (Durham St/Kennington Lane/Harleyford Road) in either clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.

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