Oh, dear. Could someone have shot Lambeth Council and Transport for London’s fox? The Save Vauxhall Bus Station community campaign is brandishing a new plan for the redevelopment of the Vauxhall Cross one-way gyratory. Martin Worthington’s plan, campaigners say, would deliver the two-way traffic system the powers-that-be have set their hearts upon. But it would also be cheaper than the Lambeth/TfL proposals, not least because there’d be no reason to do away with Vauxhall Bus Station. Indeed the bus station could be extended to handle even more bus routes. The Worthington Plan would shift to South Lambeth Road the ‘town centre’ ludicrously planned by Lambeth/TfL to replace the ten-year-old bus station. The Save Vauxhall Bus Station campaigners also say the Worthington Plan would mean much less noise, mess and disruption during building work, and much more simplified junctions, better and safer routes for cyclists, as well as green and pedestrian space.
Martin Worthington tells The Vauxhall Society:
‘This plan is based on my thoughts alone and based on the lack of any significant movement between each version of the TfL proposals. I was worried something would get implemented (and a lot of money spent) without it being perfect.
‘My personal interest is I work on Bondway, and use the bus station and cycle regularly through the Gyratory. I have been a witness to one accident and many near misses, and want to help ensure changes are made before more people are killed.
‘I tried to meet the objectives set out by TfL and then add on the other issues raised, such as retaining the bus station centrally, and loading busses from a single central island.’
‘Oh do stop messing about’, transport writer Christian Wolmar tells Lambeth councillors: www.wolmarforlondon.co.uk