Now council consults on ‘improved’ Atlantic Road

Image showing refurbished arch and shop fronts on Atlantic Road
Network Rail image showing refurbished arch and shop fronts on a pedestrianised Atlantic Road

As the blight caused by Network Rail’s closure of most of its properties on Atlantic Road continues, Lambeth council is looking at changes to “improve the layout” of the road.

It appointed a consultancy for this purpose last year and is now seeking the views of “everyone who uses Atlantic Road” at two public workshops.

Local shops, businesses and market traders will be consulted separately, the council says.

The two workshops will be on Tuesday 14 February at 4pm in the Dogstar and on Wednesday 15 February at 6.30pm at International House in Canterbury Crescent.

You can register online for the workshops.

The council says that information its gathers at the workshops will be used to develop a number of options for presentation at an exhibition.

Nicola Whyte, Lambeth council’s delivery co-ordinator, Brixton, investment and growth, says in a post on the Future Brixton website that the street can be congested and the pavements crowded, adding: “This can make it difficult for businesses, intimidating for pedestrians and cyclists, and confusing for visitors”

She says that a new layout “could improve loading and unloading for shops, market traders and businesses, widen the pavement for pedestrians, make it easier to wait for the bus, and improve conditions for cyclists”.

The council says it is is working on the project with the Brixton Business Improvement District (BID), Brixton Neighbourhood Forum, Brixton Society and Metropolitan Workshop, the architects for the Somerleyton Road development.

It is also seeking to start a Twitter thread via @futurebrixton #Atlantic.

Network Rail images depicting the new-look Atlantic Road that will emerge once it has managed to refurbish its arches on Atlantic Road have consistently shown it as pedestrianised.