Bus station proposals from Transport for London
It is necessary to reconfigure the bus station so that its works with a
two-way road layout. The existing bus station was designed as part of
the current one-way road system in Vauxhall – buses circulate around an
island and exit in different directions as required. The existing bus
station entrance/exit is within the Kennington Lane/Albert Embankment
junction. Under a revised two-way layout this existing access would not
be viable and would need to be altered to safely accommodate
improvements to cycle and pedestrian provision. Removing the section of
road used by buses would allow us to create a new pedestrianised square
outside the Network Rail and Tube station. A more welcoming and
pleasant public space would also mean a safer and easier interchange at
the centre of Vauxhall.
The proposals provide a new canopy and bus
station buildings that would be fully integrated with the new
pedestrianised square and two-way working arrangement. The proposals for
the new bus station would ensure that facilities such as weather cover,
public toilets, seating, information displays and maps, and an
information kiosk are provided.
Shelter from the weather would be provided in the main bus station
area by a new canopy. The stops at the Parry Street end of Bondway, on
the western end of Wandsworth Road, and on Kennington Lane would also
have weather protection, with a complementary look and feel to the bus
station canopy. There are also options for weather cover
between the Network Rail and London Underground stations.
There would be space for new retail units within the bus station and
transport interchange. The image above shows an artist’s impression of
how the new bus station could look, based on early designs. The bus
station and canopy would require planning permission and there would be a
separate consultation on detailed proposals for the bus station and
canopy in 2016 as part of this process.
Focus Transport comment:
It appears that these proposals would see the removal of the distinctive 'ski slope' canopy, which has been a prominent feature in the area.
The very busy Vauxhall Station can be seen close by in the background, which serves both London Underground's Victoria Line between Brixton & Walthamstow and Network Rail lines out to the south and south west London suburbs and beyond.