Transport for London is making changes to a number of bus routes in order to cut the air pollution in Oxford Street. Many bus routes go through the centre of London and are creating hazardous conditions for shoppers and shop staff.
With the support of retailers and others in the West End, buses are being re-routed away from Oxford Circus. Our own No3 bus running from crystal palace is one of these.
TfL proposes to reroute the No 3 service to Russell Square serving Charing Cross Road and Great Russell Street. Buses would no longer run between Regent Street and Trafalgar Square.
The proposals would create new passenger links between Millbank, the British Museum and the Russell Square area on route 3.
They would also create new links between Millbank and Tottenham Court Road station for easy access to Tube and Elizabeth line services.
There would be no change to frequencies. At the moment buses run between Crystal Palace bus station and Regent Street (Conduit Street) serving West Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton, Kennington and Westminster. Buses run every eight minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every ten minutes during the day on Sundays.
TfL is consulting on this and other bus route changes and you can contribute at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/bus-routes-3-137-and-n3/
The Thameslink consultation closes on Thursday at 5pm. This proposes to remove the service via Sydenham Hill and West Dulwich into Blackfriars and City Thameslink. This will probably have an impact on anyone in the Dulwich area who uses trains (as there will be increased over crowding on the remaining services). Anyone affected should respond to the survey. It is not the easiest survey to complete, but the service is worth protecting. The service is part of the tl4 Kent route.
London Air has issued the following urgent health warning for HIGH levels of pollution along main roads and locations such as Dulwich Village:
An area of high pressure over the UK is resulting in calm, settled and cold conditions and poor dispersal of local pollutants.
Thursday is forecast to be slightly less cold with winds picking up a little which should lead to the currently elevated pollution levels clearing during the day. However, another cold night tonight with light winds is likely to result in further ‘moderate’ nitrogen dioxide at busy London roadsides on Thursday morning before conditions start to improve. There is also a chance of further ‘high’ and ‘moderate’ PM10 and PM2.5 if pollution is slow to clear.
Friday, early mist and fog will slowly clear to leave a mainly cloudy day with the possibility of patchy light rain in the east later. Even lighter winds than of late, and the early mist will likely cause another day of pollution build-up, escalated by the already elevated pollution levels. Consequently, ‘Moderate’ levels of nitrogen dioxide are expected to occur close to busy road locations.
Furthermore, air will begin to arrive from the North-East later in the day and may import some polluted air as it passes near to industrialized areas of Western Europe. This incoming air will add to London’s local pollution burden and is likely to result in ‘Moderate’ levels of PM10 and PM2.5 particulates.