Transport for London have launched a major consultation on the bus lanes along Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road, that aims to improve bus times and reliability but will involve narrowing some of the pavements, putting loading bays onto pavements and potential changes for cyclists.
The full details are below and we urge residents to respond. We will make representations that any changes should enhance cyclists’ safety, not endanger pedestrians and tie into much-needed junction and crossing improvements.
Comments can be made on the online survey here and you can also email London Assembly Member and Brixton Hill councillor, Florence Eshalomi AM.
Proposed changes on Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road
TfL are proposing to make changes on Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road in order to improve bus journey times and reliability.
Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road are busy roads served by eight/six bus routes during the day and four/three bus routes at night respectively. Approximately 3,500 bus passengers per hour use northbound bus routes on Brixton Hill during peak periods.
TfL proposals include:
- Widening the carriageway along significant stretches of Brixton Hill to provide wider bus and general traffic lanes. TfL would make space by narrowing some sections of the footway by up to 1 metre. However, the remaining footway would be at least 2.6 metres wide (and in most cases wider), which TfL consider to be sufficient for the numbers of people using it and is within design guidelines
- Providing a central bus lane on St Matthew’s Road to improve the movement of buses onto Brixton Hill. This would require the reduction of right turn general traffic lanes from two to one as well as the removal of a cycle feeder lane which currently leads cyclists into the traffic island when the lights are green. Cyclists would be able to use the new bus lane
- Narrowing a section of the wide footway on Brixton Hill at the junction with Baytree Road to provide a continuous northbound bus lane along Brixton Hill. The bus lane currently stops before the junction and restarts after the junction, resulting in long delays for bus passengers when there is queueing in the general traffic lanes. The remaining footway at this junction would still be at least 3.5 metres wide
- Extending the northbound bus lane on Brixton Hill from south of the junction with Lambert Road to south of the junction with Trent Road. This would reduce the number of general traffic lanes from two to one on this section of road. On the northbound approach to the junction with Trent Road, the nearside lane would only be available for use by vehicles turning left and bus lane users
- Relocating the parking/loading bays on the southbound carriageway of Brixton Hill between the junctions with Josephine Avenue and Arodene Road into the footway as inset bays
- Moving the parking/loading bays on the northbound side of Brixton Hill between the junctions with St Saviours Road and Blenheim Gardens so that they are no longer on the main carriageway but are changed to on footway bays. This will mean that pedestrians would be able to use these spaces when they are not in use as loading/parking bays
- On the northbound approach to the junction with New Park Road, the nearside lane would only be available for use by vehicles turning left and bus lane users
- Providing a new northbound bus lane from the junction with Streatham Place to the junction with New Park Road. This would be achieved through widening the carriageway and would not result in a decrease in the number of general traffic lanes
- Slightly relocating cycle parking (16metres south) and a bus stop (10metres north) on the northbound carriageway of Brixton Hill between the junctions with St Saviours Road and Blenheim Gardens
TfL suggest the proposals would reduce journey times and improve the reliability for bus passengers on Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road. Cyclists would also benefit from the improved continuity of bus lanes and consistency of lane widths. For northbound general traffic there would also be slight reductions in journey times, although there could be slight increases south and westbound at busy times.
Note, there is also another consultation taking place on proposals to change bus lanes in Streatham Hill. This consultation is also open until 14 September 2016.
Have your say
Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by 14 September 2016
Alternatively, you can:
- Email us at email@example.com,
- or write to us at FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS
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