Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A fresh approach in Lambeth

At last night's Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall Forum there was an introduction to Lambeth's new approach to traffic improvements. Rather than approach one street at a time they're taking a wider area and looking at a range of linked improvements to be made across it.

The first of these, if I read the map correctly, is centred on Stockwell, going up to Kennington Oval  and Camberwell New Road. It will be a two year project, starting initially with invitation to the local community to identify changes they'd like to see.

To kickstart the process a model/map of the area had been taken to Stockwell Festival and was at the meeting with a range of tags (eg Make 20mph Zone) you could pin to the map. Others could stick pins into the tag showing support or opposition.

Over the coming months there'll be a number of events and ways to feed in ideas, with detailed planning following then the work being undertaken by the end of the second year.

Encouragingly 20mph zones, cycle parking, cycle routes and tree planting were the sorts of things that were being dotted all over the map. Let's hope it stays this way.

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