State of Affairs as of
Original scheme rejected
In 2011, the scheme which the Council had proposed since 2009 was
rejected by TfL as unworkable. This, after spending £250,000 trying
to progress it in a blinkered way.
Original scheme flawed
For two years, we warned the Council that their favoured
scheme had fundamental flaws and was unworkable and our petitions
sought to correct these. Local Councillors, past and present, from all
parties have said that this scheme was inappropriate and disagreed with it.
Early on, the Council was even warned by a member of its own Steering Group that it was
risky to proceed with the scheme without first establishing its viability. Sadly the Council
did not listen.
TfL have advised that
funding for the welcome improvements to Old Town
require that the bus service must maintained. The Council and TfL have agreed that to achieve this
buses have to remain in Old Town, where they are at present.
In 2011, TfL provided guidelines to the Council
for a regeneration scheme for Old Town. These were that the
existing bus service should be maintained or improved and any new arrangement of bus stands or stops should not be close to
residential accommodation in order to minimise disturbance to
By October 2011 the Council
had not come up with a suitable scheme so TfL
produced a concept plan with a bus layout with four live stands. In
the Council's current plan four
dead stands are proposed. This
means that two new bus stops have to be added outside Starbucks
and Sainsbury's Local in Old Town.
The Latest Scheme.
Sadly, we do not think the new Council concept is right.
You can see Lambeth's latest concept plan on the left. The
new concept will reduce the bus service to Old Town, does not
have sufficient capacity for the buses and has new bus stops and bus
stands in four new locations - as well as where they are currently
in Old Town.
All of this is detrimental to the bus service and Old Town and
will cause many residents in a number of new locations unwanted
This will be particularly relevant to the residential properties
located near the new proposed bus stops outside Starbucks and
Sainsbury's Local. These will be used by the 88 which is a 24
hour bus service.
We do hope that this time the Council will listen to these warnings - but so far they
Misinformation abounds about the
Clapham Gateway (now renamed the Clapham Old Town Regeneration
Project), so we hope our website will correct any
For those unfamiliar with our group and
why it was formed you can read our history by
clicking here. On the
separate page you can also see a list of our supporters and read
some of the many comments that have been sent to us, whilst we
campaigned to get the flaws in Lambeth's original scheme
would like to say a big
thank you to everyone who has given support for our cause in ensuring
the The Clapham Gateway Scheme is one that is done properly.
thanks too for the encouragement you have given us when signing our
campaigned for amendments to the scheme. In total, we obtained almost 2,500 signatures, the vast
majority of which came from those who live or work in the Old Town