Experimental Loughborough Junction road closures to last 6 months

Written by on August 21, 2015 in Community, Council, News, Transport - 6 Comments
An artists impression of proposed changes to Loughborough Junction

An artist’s impression of proposed changes to Loughborough Junction

Lambeth council has announced that a number of roads around Loughborough Junction will be closed for 6 months.

The experimental scheme will begin on August 29 and will cost around £28,000.

Roads affected will be Loughborough Road, north of the junction with Ridgeway Road, Barrington Road, Calais Street, Padfield Road, Lilford Road and Garden Grove.

The council says the closures will reduce the amount of vehicles in the area, around 13,000 vehicles each week day, and will therefore change the way the space works “to benefit businesses, pedestrians and cyclists and create a space to hold outdoor events.”

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, the cabinet member with responsibility for the project, said:

“We anticipate starting to get a decent understanding of the trial’s impact after about 4 weeks; will hold an interim review at 3 months; and a final consultation and evaluation of the project’s effectiveness at 6 months.

“Stockwell Partnership, a Lambeth-based community charity, have been appointed to manage on-going consultation and engagement with local residents and businesses – dates, times and venues will be advertised as soon as possible….

“I do appreciate that this matter has not been without its share of controversy. However, the sole intention is to create a safer, cleaner, more pleasant place to live and work. I am confident that we can succeed but will of course ensure that all views are taken on board and that the evaluation process is objective and transparent.”

The council says it wants to hear residents views on the closures, which can be emailed to Barbara Poulter at the council at bpoulter@lambeth.gov.uk.

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6 Comments on "Experimental Loughborough Junction road closures to last 6 months"

  1. Marsha October 11, 2015 at 5:37 am ·

    When was this decided? I’m in total shock at the way the government are able to treat people.
    This is a major route that I use more than a few times a week.

    Looks like another way of telling the long standing residents of Brixton that they are not wanted and that they need to clear the way for luxury housing that they cannot afford.

  2. Paul Nolan September 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm ·

    I live nearby on Akerman road and am also a local CLP member. Rarely in my 42 years have I seen such animosity and disgust towards a scheme. I have canvassed opinions from fifty locals over a month period and only one was positive.

    This is a disaster and the resultant gridlock, fumes, congestion etc are causing mayhem.

    If the local Labour councillors want to stay in power then I suggest this is dropped immediately. If not then I can only see one outcome. You will be voted out!

  3. Robbie Ewing September 23, 2015 at 7:34 am ·

    Dear Brian

    Hope you don’t need the emergency services during rush hour and live on Coldharbour Lane. If you did last night 22nd Sept you would have had trouble as is was gridlock. Has been since this experiment started. I run a business and I need couriers and delivery trucks to get in and out easily. Also the amount pollution from cars sitting idling because the can’t move has probably increased and the buses have ground to halt. Complete disaster, poorly thought through plan.

  4. ian Warrener September 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm ·

    Does Mr Mann realise we need lorries to deliver our goods – roads were built for them after all, not for his children to play on.

    As for cyclists,surely they share with all other road users safely already!
    They dont shoot lights or cut across other traffic without warning do they?
    Will children really be safer in this proposed pedestrianised Utopia.
    and are there are enough pack mules to deliver our goods !

    We need to live with vehicles , not ban them.

  5. brian mann August 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm ·

    Sounds like a great idea, who wants 13,000 cars a day driving past where they live? Too much noise and pollution. I want roads for people where you can walk and cycle safely, and where my kids can play without the fear of being run over by speeding drivers and dangerous lorries.

    • Marsha October 11, 2015 at 5:52 am ·

      When was this decided? I’m in total shock at the way the government are able to treat people.
      This is a major route that I use more than a few times a week.

      Looks like another way of telling the long standing residents of Brixton that they are not wanted and that they need to clear the way for luxury housing that they cannot afford.

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