Published on February 12, 2014 | by Henrique Cabral1
Vauxhall Bus Station demolition may cost 25 million pounds
A plan to demolish Vauxhall Bus Station to make space for a redeveloped town centre could cost 25 million pounds if it goes ahead. Lambeth Council and TfL want to build a new High Street and make the place more cyclist and pedestrian-friendly. But the residents association Vauxhall Society is campaigning against the refurbishment of the 10-year-old station.
A Lambeth council spokesman said “we know there is strong opinion in the local community, and we are clear that any new scheme has to work for buses”. Transport for London is testing two options to disperse the buses around the station.
The result of those tests are expected to be ready by the end of February. The council plans to make a public consultation in March.
David Reid uses the station often, and says “this is a place where so many buses come to, and there is so many people coming together. It’s gonna make it difficult if there’s not a central place”. But Christina Miller, who is also a regular commuter in Vauxhall bus station, agrees with the refurbishment. “I don’t like the bus station, actually. It’s drafty, cold, no shelter from the wind. I’ve never liked it, since it was opened. I prefer a regular bus stop”.