Martin Stanley of TVS affiliate the Fentiman Road and Richborne Terrace Residents Association has come up with three questions worth Vauxhall people asking at the public meeting on the Vauxhall Nine Elms ‘regeneration’ and the Northern Line Extension that Lambeth is holding at 7pm on Wednesday 20 March at the Wheatsheaf Hall, Wheatsheaf Lane, SW8 2UP.
- Does Lambeth’s requirement that ‘all development proposals must demonstrate that they will have reduced or at the most a neutral traffic impact’ apply equally to the developments along the Nine Elms Lane, most of which are in Wandsworth? If not, then that will make it doubly difficult to deliver the reduction in traffic levels which may in turn persuade TfL to abandon the gyratory.
- What happens if TfL do not agree to get rid of the gyratory? What then happens to the bus station and all the other town centre plans?
- If the abandonment of the gyratory does lead to traffic delays on the approaches to Vauxhall Bridge, will not this increase traffic density on surrounding streets and roads, and a general increase in rat-running? Maybe Fentiman Road will become the new Harleyford Road, and Albert Square the new gyratory?
Martin’s questions arise from Lambeth’s evident assumption that
- All the new offices and homes being built at Vauxhall Cross (and 16,000 more homes on Nine Elms Lane) won’t generate any net new traffic whatsoever
- Other motor traffic will reduce by 6%, so allowing Transport for London to abandon the gyratory.
‘The story so far is that there is unstoppable political and practical commitment to much high-rise development around Vauxhall Cross and the infilling of the previously ugly area between Vauxhall Cross and the Battersea Power Station. But some concerns remain.
The first set of concerns are around Lambeth Council’s well-intentioned aspiration to create a ‘town centre’ within Vauxhall Cross, by persuading TfL to get rid of the gyratory and the bus station. The Council asserts (correctly, I guess) that local residents would love to get rid of the gyratory. But I suspect that what residents really want is to get rid of the traffic from the six main roads that converge on Vauxhall Cross.
Bearing this in mind, it is interesting to note that the Council is assuming that all the new offices and homes around Vauxhall Cross, and the 16,000 new homes in the VNEB, will not generate any net new traffic whatsoever, and that other motor traffic will reduce by 6%, thus allowing TfL to abandon the gyratory. Here is an extract from the Council’s Supplementary Planning Guidance (emphasis added):
‘Recent traffic modelling undertaken by TfL indicates that a reduction in current traffic levels will be required to realise the Council’s goal of removing the gyratory. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy proposes changes to mode share by 2031 including increases in cycling, walking and public transport and a consequent reduction of 6% in private motorised transport. … This proposed reduction in private motorized transport should be seen as an opportunity to test the viability of removing the gyratory and in order to achieve this all development proposals must demonstrate that they will have reduced or at the most a neutral traffic impact.’
Scrutiny committee meeting: