Schools start to go back next Wednesday. And the council is developing a temporary scheme to help with social distancing on the journeys to and from school.
The road outside selected schools will be closed for 1 hour 30 minutes – twice each school day. These timed road closures will be at the start and the end of the school day: 7.45am to 9.15am and 2.15pm to 3.45pm during school term time.
In Norwood the schools taking part in the scheme in September are:
Elm Wood SE27 9RR : Carnac St closed from Hamilton Rd to Clive Rd
Hitherfield SW16 2JQ: Hitherfield Rd closed from Mount Nod Rd to Leigham Vale.
Julian’s SE27 0JF : Wolfington Rd closed from Casewick Rd to Knights Hill St
Luke’s SE27 0DZ , Linton Grove closed between Basil Gardens and Elder Rd
More schools are expected to join the scheme in coming weeks.
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) 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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) !