DATA Newsletter Six 2012

DATA Newsletter number 6, December 2012.

The DATA Group is an umbrella organisation covering many residents associations in the
VNEB area. A number of residents associations share our aim of ensuring that an appropriate transport strategy is adopted for the VNEB development area.

Please contact DATA via your residents association by email at: vneb.datagroup@gmail.com

1 VNEB: Development and Transport Action Group
Newsletter Number Six: 3 December 2012
Reminder: Public Meeting
Northern Line Extension ¡VRamboll Reports
When: 6pm-9pm Tuesday 4 December
Where: South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP

Lambeth Council has organised this meeting to follow up the successful public meeting
on 10th September Chaired by Val Shawcross. It is to give an update on the work done by
their consultant, Ramboll, and for residents to give further views.

DATA has sent its concerns to Ramboll: summary: pages two and three.

Full details are on DATA¡¦s on line resources pages under Public Documents,
entitled NLE proposal – technical and environmental problems 30 Nov 2012.pdf: click on:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B16OnlNfaSaWcTExdVFmQXdKYW8/edit

We hope these comments will provide ideas for discussion on 4 December

There is a new Petition against the NLE proposal: Please sign up. It
takes two minutes to do: http://www.bettertransportinlambeth.co.uk

TfL Consultation Now Closes on 30th December: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/nle

Tell TfL that you want an independent strategic transport needs analysis and
integrated transport recommendation that covers all modes of transport. Tell them
that you want them to put the NLE proposal on hold till this is done.

DATA¡¦s on line resource page contains a template of what one resident has written on
the TFL consultation. Please feel free to download the comments and copy and paste
them into your responses to TfL if you wish to do so. The template is called: A resident’s
response to the TfL consultation.pdf. See DATA’s on line resource pages:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B16OnlNfaSaWcTExdVFmQXdKYW8/edit

Main concerns are environmental impact (noise and vibration), congestion and
overcrowding at Kennington station, how will it cope with the increased traffic without a
major upgrade, and how would this be paid for; TfL¡¦s passenger route predictions;
impact of ventilation shafts and of the new stations themselves and costs, which seem to
be spiralling out of control. Full details are on DATA¡¦s on line resource pages (link
above).

DATA
The DATA Group is an umbrella organisation covering many residents associations in the
VNEB area. A number of residents associations share our aim of ensuring that an
appropriate transport strategy is adopted for the VNEB development area. Please contact
DATA via your residents association by email at: vneb.datagroup@gmail.com

2 Northern Line Extension ¡V DATA¡¦s submission to Ramboll
The full report to Ramboll is on DATA¡¦s public resources page entitled NLE proposal –
technical and environmental problems 30 Nov 2012.pdf. Click on:
https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B16OnlNfaSaWcTExdVFmQXdKYW8/edit

We hope these main points will stimulate discussion at the 4th December meeting:
Costs:

Before any firm commitment is given to the NLE there needs to be absolute certainty on its actual costs, what we will get for this money (and the environmental impact mitigation this will include ¡V see below) and how it is to be paid for without detriment to the needs of Lambeth taxpayers.

Noise and Vibration
For the whole length of the proposed extension and the loop line, as well as the areas of the existing Northern Line where traffic is likely to increase, the maximum continuous noise impact should not exceed the WHO recommended limit of 25 decibels.

Similarly, for the whole length of the proposed extension and the loop line, as well as the areas of the existing Northern Line where traffic is likely to increase, the maximum level of precautions and technology should be availed to ensure that vibration is reduced to the absolute minimum.

There should be continuous checks in place during and subsequent to the completion of the project (if it goes ahead) over a 25 year period to ensure that no damage is being done to buildings above and immediately adjacent to the proposed NLE extension route and the loop line due to vibration, subsidence or other cause associated with, or likely to be associated with this project. There should be an independent trust fund established to pay for any necessary remedial works and compensation.

Ventilation, Access and Other Shafts
No shafts, temporary or permanent, should be sited where they will disturb residents, impact on the few areas of natural or historic beauty in the area or impede/detract from amenities in this already congested Borough.

Any shaft that is constructed, temporary or permanent, should blend in with the environment and be as small as possible. If it is to make any noise at all, this should be capped at the WHO noise limit of 25 decibels.

3 Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Any excavations, removal of soil or removal of amenity of sub-ground use of a property, or interference with amenity, light or view must be paid for through purchase and compensation at full commercial rates to any freeholder affected by the proposed NLE in the case of the purchase, and to any person affected by nonfreeholder rights and amenities.

Kennington Station
There needs to be a better analysis of commuter movements at Kennington before any conclusions can be drawn on whether the Northern Line can absorb the predicted passenger loads and how this might affect transfers between platforms at Kennington and at Stockwell. There should also be consideration of the impact of large numbers of commuters possibly joining the Victoria Line at Stockwell.

When a reliable calculation of passenger numbers and their direction of travel at Kennington has been established, there needs to be an analysis of how Kennington Station can be upgraded so that it can safely and effectively absorb the existing commuter numbers plus the predicted new commuters from Nine Elms and Battersea. This may require a complete modernisation and re-build of Kennington Station. This needs to be priced and factored into the cost of the NLE. It needs to be done at the same time as the NLE project, if it goes ahead.

Nine Elms Station
There needs to be a transport, pedestrian access and environmental impact assessment of siting a new Tube station at Nine Elms. There needs to be particular consideration for the noise, litter, amenity impact and wellbeing of adjacent residents. Increased pedestrian access will cause overspill of commuter movements, particularly as short-cuts are established, through the Estates due to the roads being so narrow. This has implications for quality of life, security and access. There needs also to be consideration of how such increased traffic flows will impact on the gyratory and on already over-full bus services along the Wandsworth Road.

There needs to be an assessment of the benefits of building a Northern Line Tube Station at Nine Elms to cover these points.

DATA invites readers to add to this list. Please send information about new areas of concern or to update/enhance existing areas of concern to: vneb.datagroup@gmail.com

DATA believes that there should be a new independent and comprehensive transport needs analysis of transport needs across the area to identify solutions that will benefit all members of the community and which will integrate all modes of transport. If you agree, tell Lambeth Council: transportplanning@lambeth.gov.uk and TfL at:nle@tfl.gov.uk and SMBNLE@tfl.gov.uk

DATA 6 2012

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