Cycling and walking in Camberwell meeting this Saturday 30 January 2016

This Saturday, 30 January 2016, Camberwell Community Council will be discussing walking and cycling. Join the meeting at 1pm at the Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, SE5 8AF to help make Camberwelll better for walking and cycling.

Camberwell  straddles both Lambeth and Southwark and whilst Camberwell town centre is in Southwark around 25% of the SE5 area is in Lambeth and many of us visit or pass through Camberwell regularly  including many children who cycle through Camberwell en route to schools in Southwark.

Camberwell Community Council meeting 30 Jan 2016 flyerCurrently Camberwell town centre is cycle and pedestrian unfriendly with a six lane urban motorway running through the area, dangerous turnings such as that into Orpheus Street and a lack of dedicated cycle facilities. Crowded pavements and dangerous roads making walking hard too. It could be so much better and this meeting is a chance to help Southwark make Camberwell more people friendly.


  • Help redesign Camberwell town centre to make it more people friendly
  • Comment on the proposed route of Quietway 7 from Burgess Park to Champion Hill in Camberwell
  • Find out about the new Southwark Plan and what it means for Camberwell

For further information see the Camberwell CC section of the Southwark website Contact Fitzroy Lewis - 020 7525 3084 fitzroy.lewis@southwark.gov.uk





Sign up now for cycle maintenance classes at Harbour Cycles, Coldharbour Lane, SE5

Harbour Cycles on Coldharbour Lane, SE5 (near to Loughborough Junction station) will be running a three session cycle maintenance course on Monday evenings starting Monday 15 February 2016.

Sign up now for the classes which will cover wheels, brakes and gears over three two hour sessions. Participants will work on their own bikes in the bike workshop. The series of classes costs £45 - to sign up email harbourcycles@gmail.com or phone 020 7274 5008..

Further information on the Harbour Cycles website

Join us for the Lambeth Cyclists meeting Tuesday 19 January 2016 7:30pm Stockwell

We hope you can join us tomorrow, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 for our monthly meeting 7:30pm at the Stockwell Centre, Studley Road, Stockwell SW4.

2016 will be a big year for cycling in London with the election of the new Mayor of London in may. On the same day our local Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member will also be elected. Both of these people have an impact on cycling in Lambeth and across London. Come and find out about our plans for influencing policy makers, our campaigns, the latest consultations and proposals for cycling in Lambeth and the rides we have planned for the year.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 19 January 2016  7:30-9pm at the Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station: lots of cycle parking available) 

Vauxhall Cross information drop-in meeting this evening St Annes and All Saints Church, Miles Street SW8

Transport for London will be holding an information drop in meeting this evening, Thursday  7 January 2016,  4-8pm at St Anne's and All Saints Church, Miles Street, SW8 1RL (corner with South Lambeth Road). Find out more about the plans for Vauxhall Cross.

New Vauxhall Cross plans
In November 2015 Transport for London released plans for transforming Vauxhall Cross including removing the dangerous cycle-unfriendly one-way system.

Following on from the initial consultation, and years of campaigning by local groups such as Lambeth Cyclists, detailed plans have been produced.

These plans propose that current roads making up the one-way system (Parry Street, Wandsworth Road, Kennington Lane, South Lambeth Road) will be made two-way with fully segregated cycle lanes and improved cycle and pedestrian crossings.

A new public space will be created to give a sense of place and make it more than just a transport interchange. The current bus station is set to undergo changes as part of the roads configuration process.

These proposals come about as part of wider Vauxhall/ Nine Elams/ Battersea developments which over the next few years will see an additional 18,000 new homes being built as well as office developments which it is estimated will lead to 25,000 new jobs locally. TfL anticipate that the redesign will be in place by 2018.

See below for further details of what the proposals will mean for cyclists. TfL are carrying out a consultation on the scheme - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/vauxhall-cross - as well as running three local information drop-in meetings to find out more. The closing date for the consultation is 17 January 2016. We encourage everyone with an interest in the area to have their say.


Lambeth Cyclists welcome the proposals to make Vauxhall Cross roads two-way. We will be responding to the consultation and offering our comments on the proposals as well as offering our vision for the future of a cycle and people-friendly Vauxhall.

TfL Vauxhall Cross information drop-in meeting today at York Gardens Library, Lavender Road SW11

Transport for London will be holding an information drop in meeting this afternoon, Wednesday 6 January 2016,  3-7pm at York Gardens Library, 34 Lavender Road, London, SW11 2UG at which you can find out more about the plans for Vauxhall Cross.

New Vauxhall Cross plans
In November 2015 Transport for London released plans for transforming Vauxhall Cross including removing the dangerous cycle-unfriendly one-way system.

Following on from the initial consultation, and years of campaigning by local groups such as Lambeth Cyclists, detailed plans have been produced.

These plans propose that current roads making up the one-way system (Parry Street, Wandsworth Road, Kennington Lane, South Lambeth Road) will be made two-way with fully segregated cycle lanes and improved cycle and pedestrian crossings.

A new public space will be created to give a sense of place and make it more than just a transport interchange. The current bus station is set to undergo changes as part of the roads configuration process.

These proposals come about as part of wider Vauxhall/ Nine Elams/ Battersea developments which over the next few years will see an additional 18,000 new homes being built as well as office developments which it is estimated will lead to 25,000 new jobs locally. TfL anticipate that the redesign will be in place by 2018.

See below for further details of what the proposals will mean for cyclists. TfL are carrying out a consultation on the scheme - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/vauxhall-cross - as well as running three local information drop-in meetings to find out more. The closing date for the consultation is 17 January 2016. We encourage everyone with an interest in the area to have their say.


Lambeth Cyclists welcome the proposals to make Vauxhall Cross roads two-way. We will be responding to the consultation and offering our comments on the proposals as well as offering our vision for the future of a cycle and people-friendly Vauxhall.

Consultation launched on further proposals to make Estreham Road, SW16 more cycle friendly

A consultation has been launched on two further proposals to make Estreham Road near Streatham Common station safer for cycling as part of the Transport for London Quietways programme..

Artists impression of Estreham Road filtering
Source Lambeth Environment

Estreham Road forms part of Quietway 5 which will run from Waterloo to Croydon. Quietways aim to provide direct routes for cyclists along traffic calmed and quieter roads.

Although primarily a residential road Estreham Road suffers from a large volume of through traffic, much of it seeking to avoid  Streatham High Road and Greyhound Lane. Lambeth wants to remove this 'rat-running' traffic to make the road safer and more welcoming for cyclists.

Sustrans, working on behalf of Lambeth, launched a consultation on making the road more cycle friendly last year but following feedback from local residents and others a rethink has been carried out and now three options have been developed. They are now carrying out a consultation on the three options.

To find out more and respond to the consultation see: online survey: Estreham Road - Additional Designs The closing date for the consultation is 11 January 2016.

Additionally there are two drop-in sessions taking place on Thursday 7 January 2016 (5-6:30pm) and Sunday 10 January 2016 (1-3pm) at Streatham Scouts, 39 Estreham Road SW16 5PQ

Information on the proposals from Sustrans
This work is part of creating the Quietway cycle route from Waterloo to Croydon. Estreham Road will be part of this new route. Estreham is part of an existing cycle route though suffers from a high level of non-residential cut-through traffic (an average of 3,118 vehicles per day). The reduction in motor traffic is expected to make the area more pleasant to live in and support more people to walk, cycle or play. Quietways provide an opportunity for communities to benefit from Transport for London (TfL) investment that can make local streets more attractive for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions    
Q) What are Quietways?
Quietways are direct and easy to follow cycle routes in London on quiet roads, parks and waterways. They’ll make it easier for many local people who would like to try cycling, but would rather not cycle on main roads.

Q) Why Estreham?
Estreham road is a residential street and already part of an existing cycle route. Although it is not a perfect cycle route at the moment it is far more suitable for cycling than many of the surrounding streets. The proposed route alignment for the Quietway has been decided with feasibility studies from Transport for London and the borough.

Q) What studies have been carried out?
Traffic counts, origin and destination surveys and retail surveys. The parking study will take place with a borough wide review. All study results will be visible online together with the design information.

Q) How can a reduction in motor traffic improve the area?
Neighbourhoods are more likely to have better community links if there are low traffic levels. There are also examples to show that reducing through motor traffic reduces crime and makes neighbourhoods more attractive to live in and pass through.

Q) Will I still be able to drive to my home / place of interest during a proposed trial?
Yes, you would still be able to access everywhere on Estreham road by car with all three options, although you may have to take a slightly different route. Please see each option to understand how car routes may change slightly due to access restrictions.

Q) Why have a temporary trial?
The temporary trial would give us an opportunity to understand the impact of the changes in the real world that no traffic modelling could tell us. In some cases these changes reduce overall traffic levels. We would carefully review all the data from the trial after six months in order to make a decision about the next steps. We need at least this much time to allow for changes to traffic and behaviour to take place. It would need to go through a formal consultation process for the filter to ever to be made permanent.

Q) Will changes to Estreham Rd mean heavier motor traffic on surrounding roads?
People tend to use Estreham Road as a cut through to avoid using Greyhound Lane and Streatham High Road. Some of the traffic would stick to those A roads which are designed for heavier traffic. We would monitor traffic levels on the surrounding network to measure the impact during the six month trial. In other examples we see a permanent reduction in traffic as behaviour changes. This reduction in traffic is usually due to people either combining journeys or changing modes of transport all together.

Q) What is the consultation process?
We are communicating the details to local residents via posted letters, on street posters,  drop in sessions and mailing list email updates. Residents and non-residents are encouraged to fill out a pre-consultation survey, this is so we can fairly assess points of view on the three designs. Only then will a design go forward to formal consultation.

Lambeth Environment - Estreham Road-Have your say
Lambeth Environment - Quietways on Estreham Road