A number of local residents (including us Councillors) have felt that the north-south double crossing on South Lambeth Road once you come out of Parry street is unsafe. The second set of traffic lights outside the Hub student block starts to go red just as you reach it and we’ve seen countless people running to make it across…into the oncoming cycle lane.
In Transport for London speak this is what they’ve told us:
I have been to look at the crossings and have looked up the staging diagram, so have a good appreciation of the issue that Councillor Hopkins has raised. As you can see from the attached staging diagram there are three stages in operation, two of which allow pedestrians to cross the single-lane crossing of South Lambeth Road (phase k). Stage one, phase j allows pedestrians to cross the four-lane section that continues to Parry Street as part of the gyratory. For your information, I timed the green man signals showing together for phases j and k of stage 1 at about 10 seconds. In the second stage the red man signals showed for both crossings j and k, which was followed in stage 3 by about 25 seconds of green man time for phase k. I have asked a colleague in our traffic signals team to comment on the effect of adding more green time to pedestrians crossing the single-lane of South Lambeth Road (k) after stage 1 or increasing the duration of stage one, and hope to be able to get back to you with a response soon.
We will be chasing the TfL engineers to come up with a phasing solution which stops encouraging people to try and beat the lights, putting themselves and others in harms way.
In time this will cease to be a problem when the gyratory is removed entirely and the traffic is two way. In the current TfL model which was consulted on earlier in 2016 the road layout has been reduced to 4 lanes with two crossings and a separated out cycle lane from the pedestrian foot path. The proposals for the gyratory should make Vauxhall a much better place for cyclists and pedestrians, cutting down speed, unnecessary journeys and the number of lanes for cars overall, including more segregated cycling on both the north and the south side which will link into Cycle Superhighway 5.
However, until that is done we hope that TfL will change the lights to make it that bit safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.