- There is a tension between different transport modes – buses, cabs, bikes, trains, tourist coaches and walking and it is difficult to balance these. A predicted growth in passenger numbers in Waterloo Station of 40% will exacerbate the situation. The need to balance the ‘place’ and ‘movement’ functions of the area is also important.
- Waterloo Station redevelopment is an opportunity to improve public realm and reduce the barriers to movement currently presented by the building.
- Streets are not adequately maintained and too often investment in high quality public realm is wasted through a lack of resource to monitor and maintain schemes.
POLICIES: Streetscape and Transport
|P15||The neighbourhood plan has identified a network of pedestrian routes (‘greenways’) through the neighbourhood area which are situated away from heavy traffic, air pollution and noise. The plan supports developments along these routes which:
i) Create an improved, pedestrian-friendly streetscape as set out in design guidance
ii) Contribute to an improvement in air quality and a reduction in noise levels
|P16||Developments which create new public realm of a scale which requires pedestrian way finding should implement the Legible London way finding system in accordance with the Highways Act and relevant Highways Authority guidance|
- Changes can be made which encourage a better use of existing space. This broadly encompasses:
- Focusing the use of particular streets for particular modes where possible
- Improving investment in streets and their ongoing maintenance
- Rationalising buses and bus stops
- Reducing through traffic
- Creating new walking routes through the area which separate pedestrians from motorised vehicles, including alongside railways viaducts, under the station and through back streets
- We support the strategic development of the following junctions and thoroughfares with the key objectives of:
- improving the environment for pedestrians
- enabling greater use of the space for events and animation
- increasing the level of green infrastructure and
- reducing the impact of motorised traffic
- Lambeth North junction
- Waterloo Road / Baylis Road Junction
- IMAX roundabout and subways
- Waterloo Rd between Old Vic and IMAX
- Addington Street Roundabout
- Westminster Bridge Road
- Blackfriars Road and St George’s Circus
- South Bank Spine Route (Upper Ground and Belvedere Road)
- We recommend that transport assessments relating to planning applications should consider the complexity of transport movements in the area and the impact the development may have on the safe movement of pedestrians and traffic, including:
- Uplifts in relation to the visitor economy (i.e. spikes in visitors associated with tourism, including school holidays)
- Major events within the Central Activity Zone
- Differences between weekday and weekend modal/movement patterns
- Developers normally only provide assessment of traffic movements during the working week. The area is subject to unique movement patterns which should be assessed throughout the whole week to give an accurate position of the likely impact of development on traffic
- The neighbourhood plan supports development in railway arches which follows the principles of the ‘Low Line’ project. The Low Line is an initiative to encourage industry sector clusters in redeveloped railway viaducts between London Bridge, Bankside, Waterloo and Vauxhall. Schemes which enable access to and development of railway arches to benefit the local economy and provide safe, car free walking and cycle routes.