Brixton removes one-way system to benefit walkers and cyclists

Photo Wider bus lanes, more crossings, and two-way traffic should make Brixton more people-friendly

After over a decade of campaigning by Lambeth Cyclists (the local LCC group) and other organisations, traffic on Brixton Hill outside the town hall became two-way again on Sunday 15 November 2009.

The change came as part of ongoing works to improve the town centre for walkers and cyclists.

The plans, funded by Transport for London, include removing the gyratory system around St Matthew's church, a major renovation of Windrush Square, and improving pedestrian crossings across the whole areas. (More on Windrush Sq here and on the plans for Brixton town centre.)

Wider bus lanes will improve access to the town centre for those using public transport.

Better facilities for walkers and cyclists
On the A23, Brixton Road, between Stockwell Road and Coldharbour Lane, footways have also been widened and traffic density along Effra Road is being reduced.

Co-ordinator of Lambeth Cyclists Philip Loy said, "The Brixton Triangle report produced by Lambeth Cyclists in 1999 recommended the removal the gyratory road system.

"We're delighted that 10 years later the aspirations in that report have come into effect. It shows that campaigners need both patience and long-term vision."

The works in Brixton town centre are expected to be completed in Autumn 2010.