A new street design for Atlantic Road
Written by Nicola Whyte
February 1, 2017
Categories: Brixton Central, Business and enterprise, Public spaces
Atlantic Road is an historic and important part of Brixton town centre for many shops, market traders and businesses that serve the local and wider community. It is used by delivery vehicles, shoppers, residents, visitors, Brixton railway station, the 322 bus route and cyclists.
Following the improvements to Electric Avenue, Lambeth Council is working with Brixton BID, Brixton Neighbourhood Forum, Brixton Society and Metropolitan Workshop – the architects for the Somerleyton Road development – on ideas for how to improve the layout of Atlantic Road for everyone who uses it.
The road can be congested with cars, vans, lorries, buses and cyclists, and the narrow pavements can be crowded. This can make it difficult for businesses, intimidating for pedestrians and cyclists, and confusing for visitors.
A new layout could improve loading and unloading for shops and businesses, widen the pavement for pedestrians, make it easier to wait for the bus, and improve conditions for cycling.
The Council, Brixton BID and the design team are visiting Atlantic Road to meet the shops and businesses and introduce the project. We have distributed leaflets, and held workshops and with an exhibition scheduled for April to give everyone the opportunity to share their experiences of using the street and how it could be improved. You can visit at www.lambeth.gov.uk/AtlanticRoad for more information.
During January the project team met with local businesses to introduce the project and learn about life on the street. The issues raised were used to develop thinking about what would be possible for a redesign of the street.
On the 14th and 15th of February public workshops were held at The Dogstar and International House. These were publicised widely and were attended by over 30 people. Participants responded to questions under three main headings of ‘pedestrians’, ‘traffic’ and ‘deliveries & loading’. Three scenarios for how the redesigned street could work were also presented. A range of feedback was gathered on these materials. It suggests that there is strong support for a switch for one way traffic and enthusiasm for improving the pedestrian environment though introducing measures like new crossing points and widening pavements. This feedback is now being used to develop an informed new design.
This proposal will be presented at an on-street exhibition during April. Further details will be posted soon and flyers will be released advertising it.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Council’s Project Manager, Saleem Patel, on 0207 926 9004 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the conversation on twitter @futurebrixton #Atlantic