Waterloo’s transformation to start in early 2020
The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL), alongside Lambeth Council, have announced that work to transform the Waterloo area will start in early 2020.
The work will improve the area for walking, cycling and public transport users through what is currently an intimidating and dangerous junction that cuts through the local community.
The dramatic changes to be delivered at the junction will include:
- segregated cycle lanes
- cycle-specific traffic lights
- wider footpaths
- a full redesign of the intimidating junction
- vastly improved public spaces
Concerns over safety are frequently cited as one of the key reasons people do not cycle in the Waterloo area. Overhauling this notorious junction will help the Mayor reach his aim for all deaths and serious injuries from road collisions to be eliminated from London’s streets by 2041.
Word from the Cabinet
Cllr Matthew Bennett, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration & Jobs, said: “We are determined in Lambeth to make our streets safer, cleaner and easier for everyone to get around, particularly those who walk or cycle, so we’re pleased to be working with TfL on such a major project, investing to improve the area around Waterloo roundabout and along Waterloo Road.
“We want the area to be a more attractive place for people to spend time in, use local businesses and enjoy everything that is on offer. I’m glad so many people took part in the consultation and I’m confident these plans will make Waterloo a much better, healthier and safer place to live, work, and visit for years to come. We are also committed to continuing to work with local residents in the area to reduce rat running and congestion in neighbouring residential roads.”
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Waterloo roundabout is currently one of the most dangerous junctions in London, so it’s great news that we can progress with our plans to improve it. By creating people-friendly streets, we can encourage many more Londoners to walk, cycle and use public transport, improving our health and air quality.”
‘Vibrant cultural space’
Richard Shaw, BFI’s Director of Marketing, Communications & Audiences, said: “We enthusiastically welcome the bold and imaginative plans announced today designed to transform the Waterloo area. Not only will this plan massively improve safety and access, but also enhance one of the most important and vibrant cultural spaces in the world.”
The plans were developed after close engagement with the local community. Following public feedback, TfL is working to retain more trees, improving the links of the scheme to the surrounding cycle network, and will work with the council to reduce any rat-running.
TfL and Lambeth Council’s transformation of the Waterloo area will:
- Create a new large public square by closing the south west corner of the roundabout
- Return safer two-way traffic around Waterloo Imax
- Introduce safer segregated cycle lanes around the Imax
- Widen footways and improve a pedestrian crossing
- Improve the bus station on Waterloo Road
In addition to these changes, the area will be decluttered and there will be an overall increase in the area’s greenery.
More information can be found via the TfL webpages.