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/
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.
At this week’s Dulwich Community Council (DCC) the meeting chair read out the following statement regarding Quietway 7.
“The cabinet member requested officers, following feedback at the last community council meeting, to reconsider various aspects of the design and related issues. In particular officers were asked to conclude the Foundation Schools Coach service study (working in partnership with the Foundation schools) and this work has now been completed and an action plan around the high priority issues has been developed. It is expected that this will lead to significant improvements in the impact of the service on the local community, including the removal of 10 of 11 coaches from Calton Avenue each morning and significantly less coach congestion on Townley Road in the afternoon.
He has also secured a commitment from Transport for London (TfL) to attend a stakeholder meeting in Dulwich in the coming weeks, and if the Quietway proposals are to proceed, the cabinet member is committed to continued working with TfL and the community on a holistic study of traffic issues in the Dulwich area over the next year.”
Our worries about speeding vehicles in our roads is shared across the borough. Nationally dangerous driving is a big problem and has led to the introduction of the 20mph limit on local roads.
However drivers are having difficulties understanding the issue and continue to drive at higher speeds. Even in our roads, with their multiplicity of schools and nurseries and the many children and older residents, vehicles travel at dangerous speeds.
Southwark Police’s Safer Transport team has been running the Community Roadwatch speed monitoring campaign across the borough. Since launching the scheme at the beginning of this year there has been a lot of roads identified with speeding problems. For the team to cover the roads with speeding problems it needs volunteers to attend the events.
A recent operation carried out on East Dulwich Grove recorded 80 vehicles travelling at speeds over 26mph with one travelling at 71mph. Warning letters were issued to the drivers. A very mild sanction for dangerous driving!
The Roadwatch team needs volunteers for monitoring in Village ward (our ward), where a speeding problem has been identified. Anyone who could volunteer should contact Southwark’s ST team. The contact details are: STT.Southwark@met.police.uk.
Our Village Ward councillors wrote on Monday 23rd May to the new Mayor, new GLA Transport Committee Chair and the new Southwark Cabinet Member responsible for cycling requesting pause and reconsideration of the Quietway 7 route.
From: Lyons, Jane
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 12:34 PM
To: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’; ‘email@example.com’; Wingfield, Ian
Subject: Reconsider Quietway 7 route through Dulwich Village
We are writing as ward councillors for Village Ward in Southwark as you are new in post and with responsibility for transport.
As you may be aware Village Ward is currently targeted as part of the Quietways 7 route from the Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace, running along Calton Avenue, through Dulwich Village junction, and then down through Turney Road.
This section has caused an outcry amongst residents and businesses alike. The route was visited upon us with no prior consultation or option to change it; and £000s have been spent in consulting at speed with an unwilling but engaged community in an attempt, so far failed, to make the proposed route an acceptable one.
Key points of objection from within the community are the ineffectiveness of consultation, loss of parking spaces, and the unnecessary redesign of the main junction in the village, with no apparent or evidenced gains or improvements for cyclists – just a worse deal for everyone else.
As you are new to post we are writing now to ask that Village Ward section of the route of Quietways 7 be reconsidered. You will have this opportunity to reconsider because we currently await an outstanding traffic survey of the impact of coaches on a key part of the route and the potential impact of the proposed arbitrary introduction of double yellow lines on every junction in Dulwich.
Finally our understanding is that £600,000 has been allocated specifically for the Quietway route through the ward. We believe that this money could be much better spent developing an holistic overview and solution to the traffic demands in Dulwich which would be of benefit to all road users including pedestrians.
Cllr Michael Mitchell, Group Leader, Southwark Conservative Group, Ward Councillor, Village Ward
Cllr Jane Lyons, Deputy Group Leader, Southwark Conservative Group, Ward Councillor, Village Ward
19th March 2016
This is the final reminder about the Southwark and Lambeth Consultations on Quietway 7. If you haven’t already responded to the consultation there is still time to respond to this important local consultation.
The closing dates and times are:
Southwark – TOMORROW Sunday 20th March 2016 Midnight
Lambeth – TOMORROW Sunday 20th March 2016 11pm.
The consultations are available online at Southwark Turney Road Quietway Consultation
Looking at how the decisions were made on the first Quietway in Southwark, individual responses are critical so please encourage all members of your family and local friends to respond. It is very important that you make a clear YES/NO answer. A qualified YES or NO with a list of comments will simply be counted as FULL agreement or as a FULL objection in the final stats of numbers of supporters or objectors. The comments will be listed separately with a narrative response.
Plea from Lambeth resident Dawn on behalf of the Dalmore Road Safety Group who have created a petition requesting Lambeth to consult fully through an open meeting and not to proceed with the Quietway 7 route without taking steps to reduce traffic speed and volume on adjacent roads. Her petition is open till 27 April 2016. Dalmore Road Safety Group Petition (Technically, the petition is for those who live, work & study in Lambeth but it has been accepting signatures from Southwark residents. Ignore the live/work/study in Lambeth question if that is not the case & the signature is still accepted.)
An interim consultation report was published at the Southwark Dulwich Community Council last Tuesday InterimQuietwayupdate15Mar16001
We have opened up a page of local responses to the Quietway on our web site: Local Quietway Responses
Many thanks to all those who have already responded.
Turney Road Residents’ Association