Labour councillors at West Norwood station
To start off the new year 2017 train fares have gone up another 2.3% since last year. The total increase in rail ticket prices since 2010 is 27% – far in excess of the inflation rate & wage increases.
In West Norwood the train situation is made worse by very poor services from Southern rail causing ever more misery & stress to commuters reliant on trains to get to & from work. For example during an hour this last Tuesday morning’s rush hour commuters said one train was cancelled and another doubly overcrowded as it had only 5 carriages instead of the normal 10 carriages.
The Southern rail situation is exacerbated by the government’s Transport Secretary cancelling plans, at the last minute, to transfer responsibility for running London suburban train services to Transport for London (TfL) and the Labour London Mayor.
Our MP, Helen Hayes, is a founding member of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Southern rail and campaigning for the government to remove the failing Southern rail service from Govia’s contract. You can help the campaign by recording your recent experiences of using Southern Rail in this short survey .
Transport for London (TfL) is making Oxford Street more friendly for pedestrians and changes to bus routes.
Part of the plan means the No 3 bus will run between Trafalgar Square and Russell Square instead of going via Regent Street. The route between Crystal Palace and Trafalgar Square stays the same.
Similarly the N3 bus will no longer go to & from Oxford Circus but run between Russell Square & Trafalgar Square and then the usual N3 route to & from Bromley North.
For more details see: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/bus-routes-3-137-and-n3/
The deadline for comments on the plan is Sunday 29th January 2017.
Transport for London (TfL) have decided to drop the plans for a new route for 315 bus through West Norwood as there was little local support for the plans.
Last summer TfL consulted local people about extending the 315 bus to Peabody Hill & Trust Walk, a community of 250 homes, at the top of Birkbeck Hill SE21 . Of the 513 people who took part in the consultation only 22% supported the new route. 174 of those who replied used the 315 bus which links West Norwood with Balham.
TfL said “We will consider other ways of improving access to Peabody Hill. Any proposals will take account of the issues raised in this consultation and will be subject to further consultation.”
For more information on the consultation see: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/route-315
Transport for London (TfL) has set aside £7m to spend on modernising Norwood Road in West Norwood and the one-way system ( or gyratory) at Tulse Hill over a period of 5 years. See our earlier posts 19/1/16 and 3/6/15
There has been extensive consultation with the local community over the last few months.
The next set of community workshops are:
- Tues 9th Feb 6.30pm-8.30pm workshop on ideas for changing the Tulse Hill south circular one-way system at Tulse Hill HUB, 357 Norwood Road SE27 9BQ
- Thurs 11th Feb 6.30pm-8.30pm workshop on improving Norwood Road at All Nations Christian Centre 15 York Hill, SE27 0BU
- Tues 23rd Feb 6.30pm-8.30pm workshop on improving Norwood Road at St Martin’s Community Centre, Abbots Park SW2 3PW
- Tues 8th March 6.30pm to 8.30pm reviewing ideas on changing Tulse Hill one-way system to two way at Tulse Hill HUB, 357 Norwood Road SE27 9BQ
All welcome & refreshments available. Call Streetworks for details: 07496 601 970 http://www.streetworks.london @StreetworksN2T
Londoner’s new year public transport fare increases come in on Saturday 2nd January
Travel cards will go up and the one-day caps too.
London Transport pricing is complicated with a range of cards , caps and concessions . To check out how fare increases will affect you see:
https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/fares?intcmp=1648#on-this-page-1. A zone 1 -3 weekly travel card costs £38.
In the last seven years, tube and bus fares have increased by more than 40 per cent, while wages have failed to keep pace.That’s why Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, has pledged to freeze all tube, train and bus fares for the next four years.
Streetworks champion Anna Birley
The first StreetWorks workshop is in the evening on Tuesday 15th September. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help re-design your neighbourhood around Norwood Road. No experience necessary. Just come along at 6.30pm to the Salvation Army Hall at 246 Norwood Road SE27 9AW . More workshops on upgrading Norwood Road are planned for Tuesday evenings on 13th October, 10th November and 8th December – same place & time. The workshops are interactive & informal with refreshments.
StreetWorks is a community led £7 million project funded by Transport for London (TfL) to firstly improve the street around Norwood Road and then to change the one way system at Tulse Hill.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see https://www.facebook.com/pages/StreetWorks-Norwood2TulseHill/1667496666829795 or follow the project on twitter @streetworksN2T . Information will be posted regularly on the project web site: http://www.streetworks.london
A 20mph speed limit will be rolled out to all the roads in Lambeth, except for the red routes maintained by Transport for London (TfL) . TFL will fund the street signage and road markings. In neighbourhoods where, despite the signage, speed continues to be a problem the council will consider other calming measures such as humps in 2017/18.
Lower traffic speeds reduce accidents and encourage more people to walk or cycle helping to improve air quality.
For details of the Lambeth Scheme see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking-transport-and-streets/streets-and-roads/lambeth-goes-20mph-guide . Also check out the “20 is plenty for us” campaign at http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/
Cllr Jane Pickard at the York Hill stop
A proposal to extend the 315 bus route to Peabody estate ( near Tulse Hill station) means the 315 bus would no longer travel to Norwood High Street, Ernest Avenue and Knight’s Hill, including the stops for West Norwood Station and the present terminus at Cheviot Road.
The Mayor of London’s Transport for London (TfL) is now consulting on these proposed changes and there is a chance to see the plans and speak to TFL on Thursday 2nd July between 3pm and 8.30pm at Aspire Centre, 1 Park Hall Road SE21 8EH ( at end of Robson Road) and Thursday 16th July 3pm to 8.30pm at The Portico Gallery, 23c Knights Hill SE27 0HS.
More details and an online survey are at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/route-315
Monday 10th August is closing date for this formal consultation
Helen Hayes at the one way system
Following a campaign by local residents with Labour’s Assembly Member Val Shawcross, local councillors Anna Birley, Max Deckers-Dowber & Fred Cowell and former councillor Ann Kingsbury, Transport for London (TfL) has agreed to remove the one-way traffic system (gyratory) on the south circular road near Tulse Hill station. The project to return this junction to two-way traffic is at an early stage and will include extensive consultation with local businesses and residents in the coming months. TfL expect this project to take about 5 years and complete by 2020.
In the meantime the council has won £2million from the London Mayor to improve Norwood Road from Chestnut Road to Tulse Hill Station by 2017. The scheme will be designed through consultation and engagement with local people In 2015/16.
Helen Hayes says “I am pleased that local residents & businesses will be involved in re-designing this important junction which acts as a gate way to West Norwood.”
A number of gyratories are being removed across London eg Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall, Wandsworth, Aldgate, Swiss Cottage, Kings Cross and many more. Gyratories, introduced in the 1960s and 1970s, are being replaced to improve safety, cycling, improve traffic flow and create a healthier & more pleasant environment.
Look out for more information at the West Norwood Feast events (returning April 5th) !
All the public sector agencies have less money to spend and so are cutting down on the number of paid inspection staff.
Residents can help to get problems on our local streets fixed quickly by reporting problems to the responsible agency. The agencies usually locate each incident on a map before actioning so try to get the most precise address possible, preferably with post code!.
There are web sites like http://www.fixmystreet.com/
Or alternatively for:
Leaks – email Thames Water CustomerCentre24hrTeam@thameswater.co.uk
Traffic lights, bus stops, red routes etc – email Tfl email@example.com
Lambeth Living in West Norwood & Streatham area – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anything else in the Lambeth public realm eg rubbish, lights, trip hazards, potholes etc – email StreetCare@lambeth.gov.uk