If you have strong views on the Vauxhall Gyratory or the impending demolition of Vauxhall Bus Station, or want to know more, get along to a public meeting on Tuesday 9 December.
The meeting is to discuss if or how Vauxhall people want the traffic gyratory changed at Vauxhall Bridge, and the Kennington Oval and Vauxhall Forum (of community associations) has called it in the face of widespread public disquiet that TfL and Lambeth Council are rigging the current ‘consultation’.
There’s also a lot going on behind the scenes at KOVF, whose board is wavering as vast public resources are poured into spinning the current ‘consultation’ Transport for London (TfL) and Lambeth Council’s way.
TfL/Lambeth want a two-way instead of a one-way gyratory and say that Vauxhall Bus Station must go to make way for the associated property development TfL/Lambeth seek. The TfL/Lambeth ‘consultation’ at every stage claims that Vauxhall people agree.
Until the recent KOVF elections, the KOVF board preferred a central covered bus station to remain. Now the new board’s wobbling. Some members are wavering, flattered by the attentions of TfL and Lambeth. Other, new, members represent local business and political interests and are out-and-out opponents of the bus station. One such is former Labour councillor and PR man Mark Harrison.
KOVF Chairwoman Helen Monger has invited Vauxhall Labour MP Kate Hoey to chair the meeting because the gyratory/bus station issue affects the whole constituency and beyond. Mark Harrison opposes the invitation, Lambeth Labour Party seeing their MP as straying from the party line on this issue.
The Vauxhall Society (TVS) is unconvinced on the one- or two-way gyratory question, local opinion being divided and TfL having yet to produce any evidence that two-way working will be any better than one. TVS supports the Save Vauxhall Bus Station community campaign, whose online petition is at change.org
Kate Hoey MP and Vauxhall Bus Station:
The public meeting is on Tuesday 9 December at the Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5JT. Registration is from 6.30 pm for a 7pm start. Between 10am and 6pm, same day, same place, there is an exhibition of TfL and Lambeth’s proposals.