Drawing together the transport and policy context, our evidence base and what you have told us about your priorities for transport in Lambeth, we have developed a range of responses which will shape the future of mobility, accessibility, public health and the environment in Lambeth and beyond over the next 20 years.

Our Strategy is comprised of three main elements: our Vision Statement, our Guiding Principles and our Outcomes and Actions Plan.

To complement the Transport Strategy, we have also prepared the Transport Strategy Implementation Plan (TSIP), providing more details of the projects and initiatives involved. The TSIP represents the practical implementation of the Transport Strategy and is a process rather than a fixed point, with regular updates planned to follow the first iteration. The TSIP will also provide a monitoring mechanism for the Strategy.

Our vision for Transport in Lambeth is that:

Our transport network is inclusive and has a positive impact on quality of life and the environment, helping us deliver more homes and jobs and ensuring long term sustainability.

We prioritise walking and cycling and a high-quality street environment and our transport network is safe and accessible to everyone. People want to live, work and invest here because we focus on people, not traffic, and create better places for all to enjoy.

In the sections below, view more information about our guiding principles, strategic outcomes and priority actions. Each principle has a comprehensive list of strategic outcomes and priority actions linked with it. These are the key areas we will be working on and the next steps we will be taking to make progress on them.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. Guiding principles

In order to deliver our vision for transport, we have identified five guiding principles which provide a framework for this Strategy.

Sustainable Growth

Support new homes, jobs and investment through improved transport infrastructure and services

Transport has a critical role to play in enabling the new homes we need and in ensuring that Lambeth continues to thrive with the creation of new jobs and investment in our borough. Without significant improvements to the transport network in Lambeth the growth we expect will exacerbate existing issues and we will not be able to realise our potential.

Inclusive and Accessible

Make our transport network accessible to all and ensure the benefits of improved transport provision are shared across the whole community

We are not prepared to accept that many members of our community, including disabled people, are excluded from the transport network because their needs are not met. We need to address all forms of exclusion: physical; social; economic and cultural, to provide a truly inclusive network. That entails promoting step free, safe and welcoming, affordable, intuitive and convenient transport options that are responsive to a range of different needs and accessible to the whole community. Our Strategy promotes the use of sustainable forms of transport and we need to ensure that the benefits of improved public realm and better conditions for walking and cycling are shared by everyone. We accept that cars and parking spaces are vital for many disabled people to move around.

Efficient and Connected

Make our transport network efficient, allowing people to make quick and reliable journeys, supported by digital connectivity, reducing pressure on the physical transport network

The choice to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport is not driven by any ideology, but rather grounded in pragmatism. It simply is not an effective use of a limited resource – space – to plan for a future where more than a minority of people with specific needs use private cars to get around our borough. This Strategy plans for a decline in car ownership that will allow us to re-purpose space on our streets to meet other needs. We are also already seeing lifestyles changing, with new forms of mobility, including digital mobility, that can reduce the pressure on our physical transport network.

Active and Safe

Focus on people rather than traffic and enable people to travel safely and live healthier, more enjoyable lives

Transport is both a cause and a potential solution to serious public health issues we face in our borough around inactive lifestyles and poor air quality. We also face a major challenge to make our roads safer and to improve community safety on our streets and the public transport network. The more we drive, the less exercise we get, whereas those who walk, cycle and use public transport are all able to incorporate varying degrees of exercise into their daily routines and this has a public health benefit. By discouraging through motor traffic on local streets we can create more liveable neighbourhoods and better, healthier places. A renewed focus on road danger reduction, working towards ‘Vision Zero’ for road traffic casualties, is required and we must also address issues of personal and public safety related to the transport network.

Clean Air and Carbon Neutral

Take bold action to clean up our air and avert climate catastrophe.

We face a major public health issue relating to poor air quality that is affecting many lives now. We also need to move swiftly towards carbon reduction to become carbon neutral by 2030 to respond to the climate emergency we face. Lambeth will lead in this area and encourage others to follow. Many of the policies and initiatives we need to achieve this in relation to transport are already in place, but we will need to do more, to go further, more quickly in order to achieve our objectives. This Strategy, the associated Implementation Plan, and the emerging Borough-wide carbon reduction strategy, set out the changes we will need to make to the transport network and to the way we organise our lives to ensure public health and environmental needs are met.

2. Outcomes and actions plan

Taking our guiding principles, we have set out the changes we want to see alongside the key actions required to make these happen in the tables in the following guide sections. Further engagement with our stakeholders will be needed as we bring forward these plans. In particular, our policy is developing to meet the challenges we face around carbon reduction and the outcomes and actions set out in this area will be developed and tested as part of our commitment to work with the community. More details of the measures will be included in the Transport Strategy Implementation Plan.

3. Sustainable growth

Strategic outcomes

Strategic outcomes Success criteria Where
A radical overhaul of rail services delivers a high frequency ‘metro’ style service at our rail stations. We have successfully campaigned for much more frequent train services so that people are confident to turn up at the station without needing to check a timetable. TfL’s South London Metro concept has been implemented, including new connections and improved interchange between services. Borough-wide
The vast majority of trips in the borough are made on foot, by cycle or using public transport and the impact of development related motor traffic is minimised. Growth in the borough embeds car free lifestyles, with decreased levels of car ownership and use across the borough. Construction and freight safety and mitigation measures minimise the impact of development. Extended kerbside controls promote non-car modes. Increased bus capacity and coverage. Only essential vehicular motor traffic in locations with high pedestrian demand and in growth areas such as Waterloo. Delivery of the Healthy Route Network, linking all our neighbourhoods and town centres. Borough-wide areas

Priority actions

Priority actions Success criteria Where
Lambeth’s major town centres and opportunity areas benefit from the highest quality public realm, driving investment and attracting business and visitors from all over the world. Investment in town centres/business districts, low vacancy rates, employment growth, increased commercial activity. Borough-wide
We will support the Mayor of London in lobbying for rail devolution while working with industry stakeholders to deliver service enhancements. Key objectives for ‘metroisation’ identified in the TSIP, with Lambeth playing an active role in developing the business case. Input to franchise process and route consultations e.g. promote additional services from existing stations, improved station facilities, including cycle parking to meet demand. Borough-wide
We will work with industry stakeholders and through the planning process to secure improvements to capacity, access and interchange at Waterloo, Vauxhall and Brixton stations. Station environment and access improvements at Waterloo, Vauxhall and Brixton secured through adjacent developments. Focus on growth areas
We will use our Planning Authority powers to secure car free development and improvements to the transport network. Revised car parking standards, with car-free the default. Public realm improvements, enhanced bus services, improvements for walking and cycling secured through development. Requirement for freight consolidation to reduce motor traffic impacts. Adoption of revised Local Plan in 2020. Borough-wide
We will require development to prioritise safety and environmental protection during construction and protect local streets from development related motor traffic. Development proposals consider construction impacts at an early stage and rigorous, well monitored management plans are implemented as part of a process that is transparent to affected communities.Traffic management during construction provides a safe and accessible environment for walking and cycling.Requirement to use the safest vehicles, including the Mayor’s Direct Vision Standard, during construction and in any council procurement. Focus on growth areas
We will work with TfL to deliver major improvements at Vauxhall Cross, Waterloo IMAX, Lambeth Bridge and Streatham Hill and identify and promote further improvements across Lambeth including at Tulse Hill gyratory and delivery of the Healthy Route Network. Delivery of schemes (start date): Vauxhall Cross 2020/21, Waterloo IMAX 2020/21, Lambeth Bridge 2021/22, Streatham Hill 2020/21, Updated project information to be published in the TSIP, including details of investment secured and prospective schemes. Borough-wide

4. Inclusive and accessible

Strategic outcomes

Strategic outcomes Success criteria Where
The transport network in Lambeth is accessible to all. Inequalities have been addressed through measures proven to improve physical access for disabled people and people with limited mobility, including step free access to stations parking for disabled people and highway improvements. Participation across transport modes is representative of our diverse community. Prioritise stations which will have greatest impact on gap between step free/full network travel times and areas of high footfall.
Pedestrians have genuine priority on our streets, with the whole street environment tailored to their needs. All arms of all junctions have a ‘green man’ phase with crossing times extended and wait times for pedestrians reduced. Crossings are on desire lines. Priority for pedestrians at side roads. Better access around transport hubs. We have delivered the agreed actions from the Equality Streets Commission. Borough-wide
In Lambeth we have One Public Realm, with seamless access to all our streets and public spaces, regardless of housing tenure or land ownership. Integration of private roads into the public highway network. People living on housing estates have better access to opportunity and services. Focus on areas with high deprivation

Priority actions

Priority actions Success criteria Where
We will proactively develop designs to deliver step free access at key stations and work with industry stakeholders to promote these. Work with stakeholders to submit priority schemes to the DfT’s Access for All programme. Prioritise stations which will have greatest impact on step free/full network gap and where funding is available.
We will create and deliver innovative schemes and training programmes to promote walking and cycling for the whole community and reach out to disabled people and disadvantaged groups. Training and education programmes to promote behaviour change to the whole community and focus on specific groups, including schools and under-represented groups. Borough-wide
We will publish streetscape design guidance setting out how we will design our streets and public realm with an emphasis on inclusive access. Publication of Lambeth Public Realm Design Guidance in 2020. We will review the ‘toolkit’ of options available to deliver better streets and ensure that accessibility is first and foremost in our designs. Borough-wide
We will co-ordinate highway improvement works, including our maintenance programme, with area enhancement schemes and ensure that all schemes deliver accessibility improvements. Delivery of small scale accessibility improvements, e.g. dropped kerbs, and de-cluttering as default in all schemes. Borough-wide
We will review the pedestrian environment adjacent to public transport hubs and deliver improvements. Improved access and quality of space around stations and stops. Borough-wide
We will work with TfL to increase priority for pedestrians at signalised crossing and junctions, including reviewing wait times. Review junctions without a 'green man' phase and cycle times at junctions and implement improvements. Borough-wide
We will lobby central government to support changes to highway legislation allowing people who rely on mobility scooters to use cycle lanes and tracks. Trial of ‘mobility lanes’ in Lambeth, subject to DfT approval. Borough-wide
We will identify and deliver measures to improve access to walking and cycling for our residents on housing estates. Delivery of bike hangars, training and skills initiatives and improved walking and cycling links to, from and through estates as part of our Healthy Route Network. Borough-wide

5. Active and safe

Strategic outcomes

Strategic outcomes Success criteria Where
Our transport network is safe and secure, people feel confident about using public transport and our public spaces are well designed and maintained, encouraging people to interact and spend time together. Few traffic collisions and reduced incidences of crime linked to the transport network, better enforcement of existing rules to reduce road danger, improved design and condition of streets and public spaces. Borough-wide
All of our neighbourhoods, schools and town centres are connected by 'healthy routes' that enable walking and cycling in a low/no motor traffic environment. Reduced motor traffic on residential streets. Increased levels of walking and cycling. Children from 12 years old making independent journeys by foot and cycle is normal. Borough-wide
We will remove barriers to active travel by investing in infrastructure and initiatives that make it easier to walk, cycle and access public transport. Increased share of trips by sustainable modes. Increased participation of under-represented groups. Borough-wide

Priority actions

Priority actions Success criteria Where
We will work to deliver Vision Zero, reducing road danger and KSIs (Killed and Seriously Injured) through targeted infrastructure improvements and work with the Police on enforcement campaigns. Reduction in KSIs and collision rates for vulnerable road users.20mph on TfL roads and compliance by all vehicles including buses.Delivery of collision reduction schemes at priority locations.Lobby for powers to enforce speed limits, the introduction of stricter liability laws and measures to protect vulnerable road users, such as British Cycling’s Turning the Corner campaign. Borough-wide
We will work with TfL, local police and communities to reduce the risk to young people and adults of violence on our transport network Measurable reduction in incidents related to the transport network.Identification and targeting of the highest risk areas in the transport system.Establishment of agreed safe areas for young people in those areas to be safer from violence.Support for transport staff to intervene where safe in an incident and de-escalate appropriately.Building out crime as part of wider regeneration plans and in the physical design of our transport hubs. Focus on priority areas
We will make every opportunity count across all of the council’s investment in streets to ensure that all changes deliver access and safety improvements for walking and cycling. Allocation of LIP funding and other investment secured. Targeted interventions to reduce road danger and improve walking environment. Incorporate road danger reduction focus into all programmes. Borough-wide
We will enable walking and cycling to school, particularly where car use is high, to reduce motor traffic, tackle health issues and improve air quality. Walking bus initiatives, cycling initiatives, school road closures and educational campaigns. Borough-wide
We will deliver Lambeth’s first Liveable Neighbourhood in Brixton and work with residents in other areas who wish to create low-traffic neighbourhoods. Scheme implementation by summer 2023, measurable increase in walk and cycle trips.Low-traffic neighbourhoods prioritising areas with high density of school pupils. Brixton and other neighbourhoods

6. Clean air and carbon neutral

Strategic outcomes

Strategic outcomes Success criteria Where
Transport related emissions have fallen significantly so that air quality across Lambeth is well within safe limits. Local air quality meets safe standards, motor traffic reduction, take up of electric vehicles, clean bus fleet. Mode shift to active travel. Borough-wide
Our transport network is carbon neutral. CO2 reduction to meet 2030 target. Car ownership has fallen significantly. Low/zero emissions zones cover the whole borough, with car free areas at key locations. Freight and serving are carried out by electric and alternative fuelled vehicles. Significant increase in tree coverage and street greening. Borough-wide
Our transport network is resilient to the impacts of climate change. Our transport infrastructure and services are designed and maintained to cope with the impacts of increased temperatures and extreme weather events. Borough-wide

Priority actions

Priority actions Outcomes and actions Success criteria
Enable a shift away from dependency on private vehicles while enabling a shift to low and zero emissions vehicles to meet remaining needs. Rollout of at least 200 EV charge points by 2022. Borough-wide
Lead by example through the council’s own fleet and travel policies. Review staff car use policy by 2020.Any remaining fleet vehicles to be low-emission, such as electric, by 2022.Significantly increase staff use of cycles, public transport and walking for work journeys, year on year. Borough-wide
We will set differential parking charges to incentivise the uptake of low and zero emissions vehicles. Publication of kerbside strategy. Implementation of variable parking charges. Borough-wide
We will promote an Ultra Low Emissions Zone covering the whole of Lambeth and London Implementation of the expanded ULEZ by 2021. Work with GLA/TfL on future coverage. Borough-wide
We will improve air quality and create more attractive places by greening our streets. Delivery of green infrastructure, such as pocket parks, green screens and 1,000 street trees by 2022. Borough-wide
We will develop and bring forward traffic corridor plans that respond to the need to reduce emissions through the allocation of modal priorities on these routes. Review of main road corridors based on need to reduce CO2 emissions. Focus on A23 corridor to trial this approach as part of Streatham to Oval Cycleway. Borough-wide
We will work with TfL and neighbouring boroughs to develop traffic demand management strategies to reduce through motor traffic. We will assess the potential for a Workplace Parking Levy and work with neighbouring boroughs to promote freight and construction consolidation across the sub region. Borough-wide

7. Metroisation case study

A number of issues affect rail services in Lambeth and south London generally:

  • Low frequencies
  • Slow line speeds and low acceleration trains
  • Many flat junctions and complicated operating patterns
  • Long dwell and turnaround times and
  • Contagious delays

The ‘Metroisation’ concept would deliver the following:

  • Identifiable “lines” which operate all day, with consistent stopping patterns and even intervals:
  • The ‘untangling’ of services by simplification of service pattern, reducing crossing moves, improving reliability
  • Better connections between services
  • Re-routing freight to allow service improvements

We believe that these improvements can best be delivered through the further devolution of rail services in London to the Mayor and that improvements to south London metro services should be a priority.