Our news of moves to establish a Friends of Vauxhall Bus Station to stop Lambeth demolishing the station and scattering the bus stops has got people signing up at vauxhallcs@gmail.
Critical mass is building quite nicely, so if you would like to hop aboard, just email your name, address and phone number.
Issues to be aired at a forthcoming inaugural meeting of the Friends include:
- Bus station brings all stops together under cover and next to train stations: 100% success?
- Moving stops away takes us back to where we were?
- Plonking a ‘civic square’ in the middle of what is now the bus station is all wrong: too much pollution, too much delay for commuters = a planning disaster?
- Criminally wasteful to demolish a successful £4 million building only eight years old at any time: is it not doubly reprehensible in this economic climate, and when there is nothing but downside to the idea?
- Demolition would cause years of disruption and chaos in addition to the chaos from adjoining building sites.
- Leaving the bus station alone gives us a functioning centre to start from – ahead of the redevelopment game.
- Lambeth’s consultation has been totally inadequate consultation, especially of the commuters (all 45,000 a day of them)
- None of the above is to suggest that ground level around the bus station could not be smartened up (cleaning would be a start). More shops on the east side of Bondway would be good. Possibly booths on the bus station island?
- The circuitous approach routes of some buses could probably be improved.
- Cycle access could be better.
- Should there be a drop-off point for all the stations, as well as a cab rank?
- Is pedestrian access as difficult or dangerous as Lambeth like to make out?
Friends of Vauxhall Bus Station, to sign up: