TfL travel advice to road users following helicopter crash in Vauxhall

16 January 2013

Following a helicopter crash in the Vauxhall area this morning there are several road closures and a number of bus routes in the area are on diversion. 

Some road closures are likely to last for several days and road users are therefore strongly advised to avoid the Vauxhall Cross and Kennington Park area and use alternative routes.

Although Vauxhall Bridge has now re-opened southbound it remains closed to northbound traffic and much of the Vauxhall Gyratory remains closed.

Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who cannot avoid the area are advised to follow the signed diversion routes.

Traffic heading clockwise towards the inner ring road will be diverted as follows:

  • From A3 at Elephant & Castle up St. George's Road A302
  • Up Lambeth Road A302
  • Across Lambeth Bridge
  • Left on to Millbank A3212

Traffic heading towards Vauxhall from the South West will be diverted as follows:

  • From A3 Kennington Park Road up Kennington Road A23
  • On to Lambeth Road A302
  • Across Lambeth Bridge
  • Left on to Millbank A3212

Congestion Charge
As a result of the incident TfL has designated these diversion routes, which require drivers to enter the Congestion Charge zone, as 'Charge Free Routes' for the duration of the diversions.

Drivers using these routes will not be required to pay the Congestion Charge. Any vehicle that does not use the signed diversion routes will be subject to the Congestion Charge.

Vauxhall bus stations remains closed and the following bus routes are remain on diversion: 77, 87, 88, 156, 196, 344, 360

In addition, routes 2, 36, 185 & 436 (southbound) are unable to serve the bus station so are serving a temporary stop on Bridgefoot (south side Vauxhall Bridge).

Tube and Rail
Vauxhall Tube and National Rail stations have now both re-opened and all services are running as normal.

River Services
St. George's Wharf pier remains closed.

Thames Clippers' Bankside to St George Wharf (Vauxhall) service is terminating at Millbank and not serving St George's Wharf.

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL said: `Our staff are working to minimise disruption to people travelling through the Vauxhall area following the terrible incident today, and are assisting the emergency services. Road users are advised to avoid the area and use alternatives routes, and up to the minute travel information is available on the TfL website or by following @tfltravelalerts, @tfltrafficnews and @tflbusalerts on Twitter.'