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Redcross Way

Disney Street planned design

Southwark Council commissioned LARK Landscape Design to run a community engagement programme and develop a streetscape improvement design for Redcross Way.

It was a great opportunity to link local open spaces, make the street safer for school children and more enjoyable for the community. The road was an unsafe and unfriendly place for pedestrians and we are turning that around.

Redcross Way Phase 2: work programmed

We have secured funding to complete the footways on Redcross Way between Marshalsea Road and Union Street.

Completion of the footways and possible resurfacing the carriage way on Redcross Way is programmed for June 2011 and will run for 8 weeks. Please view the plans for the phase 2 works.

View the Redcross Way northern section general layout.

View the Redcross Way southern section general layout.

We aim to keep disturbance to a minimum during the works however there will be some disruption. Please be patient while we improve Redcross Way. While access will remain available into the shops there will be a suspension to some of the parking bays to ensure a safe environment can be maintained. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Disney Street improvements

There have also been improvements to Disney Street funded through council's Cleaner, Greener Safer programme. The proposal for Disney Street was to improve the local area for people and ease traffic congestion complementing the Redcross Way scheme.  

Planting around Babington and Pattison House

Funding has been granted to plant around the estates and a few residents have asked to be involved. Let us know if you would like to help plant your estate. The plan is to create some low maintenance gardens and upgrade existing planting.

Phase 1: completed

The improved streetscape is a fantastic high quality place for the community, linking green and open space in the area and ultimately making a safer street. The first phase of works covered the central section of Redcross Way between Cathedral School and Redcross Gardens as highlighted in the phase 1 plan. Work in this phase was completed in March 2010.

During the work everyone's patience and consideration of others was greatly appreciated as there was some disruption to those living, working or visiting the street.

The design

We received a great level of input into the design options through our main consultation event, surveys and ongoing face to face discussions with local people and businesses. A presentation was also made to the Bankside Urban Forest team to get feedback on the design. 

There was a lot of support for pedestrianising Redcross Way and changing the feel of the street. Unfortunately these raised issues for traffic management which were not able to be adequately resolved. This discussion really brought out the complexity of use and users and the daily peaks of use in Redcross Way.

On that basis a proposal was presented to the community at the open meeting on 12 January 2009. It combined popular aspects from the scheme options and maintaining through traffic. There was more opportunity to comment on the proposed scheme and those in attendance were supportive of the outcome.

View the proposed plan

Redcross Way before Redcross Way after

Additional support information

We want the community's input

There are a number of different ways you can talk to us

  • email or phone us using the contact details on this page
  • visit this webpage for updates
  • Join us at the BOST event in Redcross Gardens. 3.30 to 6pm Friday 21 May 2010.

What has happened so far?

  • Traffic management discussions with key stakeholders
  • Display at Borough and Bankside Community Council meeting Tuesday 10 March 2009
  • Presentation to the Bankside Urban Forest Managers
  • Open meeting, 12 January 2009 at St George the Martyr
  • Questionnaires completed by the local community
  • Redcross Redesign consultation event in conjunction with BOST's Winter in the Park, 5 December 2008
  • Presentation to the new Babington House and Pattison House Tenants and Residents Association
  • Joint workshops with Cathedral School and St Josephs to create designs for the consultation event
  • Open meeting, 2 October 2008 at St George the Martyr, view the notes
  • Spaceshaper Workshop 8 September 2008, read the report
  • Project flyers delivered in September to residents, tenants, businesses and schools
  • Ongoing discussions with key stakeholders 
  • Traffic investigations and assesments.

We have set the following project objectives

We will:

  • Work with the local community and other users of Redcross Way.
  • Develop and deliver a robust, high quality design to create a greener street. 
  • Create a safe pedestrian environment and safe access to local schools.
  • Enhance and compliment the character of Redcross Gardens and improve the appearance of Redcross Way.
  • Improve the links and pedestrian circulation between open spaces in the Bankside area as outlined in the Bankside Urban Forest framework.

Redcross Way is a great little street with a rich history. Built in the 17th Century it runs parallel to Borough High Street. Today it is home to a diverse range of activities including, two primary schools, Redcross Gardens, Little Dorrit Park, council housing, Cross Bones Graveyard and several long established businesses. It is a quiet one-way street well used by people and well loved by its community. Help us make it an even better, safer, greener street.

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