The Vauxhall Society reports that, “Lambeth councillors have hired an extremely-expensive architectural practice, Farrells, to make up planners’ and councillors’ minds for them on whether Vauxhall Cross is to be a ‘centre’ (i.e. fit for people) or an ‘interchange’ (what we have now).”
Lambeth Council has already made up its mind – Lambeth’s Core Strategy, adopted this January, includes the following about Vauxhall:
“Overall, development will be supported to provide at least 3,500 new homes
and 8,000 jobs in the Vauxhall area and appropriate community and public
transport infrastructure improvements will be sought.
This will be achieved by:
(a) Active ground floor frontages being provided in development throughout
the Vauxhall area, with a mix of uses including Central London Activities
with local services and facilities serving the predominantly residential
areas to the east of the railway viaduct. A focus of new retail uses will be
promoted around the transport interchange to create a district centre.
(b) Developing an accessible, legible and permeable pedestrian and cycling
environment, including creating public spaces, promoting public art, with
key landmarks, quality streetscape, strong linkages to the River Thames,
between public spaces, and connections from east to west between Albert
Embankment and the primarily residential areas beyond the railway
viaduct and ensuring that a high quality riverside walk is maintained.
(c) Seeking substantial improvements in the quality, access and capacity of
public transport in the Opportunity Area as a whole and in particular
Vauxhall underground and rail stations, bus services, enhancement of the
quality of public transport interchange, highway improvements throughout
the Vauxhall area particularly seeking the removal of the one-way traffic
system and transport links to the wider area.”
I hope that Farrell’s have been appointed to show how this strategy, including the removal of the one-way traffic system, can be achieved.