WEST CROYDON BUS STATION CLOSED UNTIL 2016 – important information on bus stops / £3 BILLION BAKERLOO LINE EXTENSION FOR SOUTH LONDON
WEST CROYDON BUS STATION CLOSED UNTIL 2016 – important information on bus stops
Major works to completely transform the site of West Croydon bus station begin on Saturday (4 October) as part of what Transport for London say is a continuing £50m investment to improve the town’s public realm and transport infrastructure.
Bus passengers travelling through or near the bus station will see changes to their bus routes from Saturday 4 October as the works get underway.
Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and the works will affect local bus routes as follows: No buses will serve the bus station itself during the closure;The last bus stop for buses that currently terminate at the bus station will be on St Michael’s Road – a two minute walk away. (Routes 154, 166, 194, 367, 403, 405, 412, 450, 689, T33);
Buses that normally stop at the bus station will pick up from the next available stop on line of route during the closure;Buses that currently serve the bus station from Tamworth Road will be diverted by Poplar Walk and resume normal line of routing. Routes 264, 407, and 410 will pick up and drop passengers at Poplar Walk. Routes 157 and 455 will stop at Wellesley Road.
TfL say it has worked closely with Croydon council to develop the plans, which are fully integrated with the ‘Connected Croydon’ urban realm development programme.
“Supported by an £18m investment by the Mayor of London, ‘Connected Croydon’ is a £50m programme of high street, public space and transport improvements to transform the town centre by creating a more attractive environment to live, work, socialise and do business.
“Around eight million passengers use West Croydon bus station each year and the improvement plans, which include better lighting and a more spacious environment with better customer information systems, have been developed specifically with them in mind.
“The works are scheduled to end in early 2016 after which bus passengers will benefit from a number of other improved facilities, such as fully accessible bus stops and modern CCTV coverage for continued passenger safety.
“The bus station, built in 1983, is used by 150 buses per hour and is a popular interchange between Croydon Tramlink, London Overground and buses.
“The new design will also enable it to manage a 20 pc increase in passenger footfall, anticipated as a result of town centre improvements by the London borough of Croydon. ”
Additional staff will be at the bus station prior to, and after the closure, to help passengers plan their journey. Details of stopping arrangements and route changes during the works will also be available at local bus stops and on the Transport for London (TfL) website – www.tfl.gov.uk/west-croydon-buses (Source: TfL press release)
£3 BILLION BAKERLOO LINE EXTENSION FOR SOUTH LONDON?
The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have launched a public consultation to seek views on the extension of London Underground’s Bakerloo line, which could run from Elephant & Castle towards New Cross, Lewisham, Bromley and Hayes.
With the capital’s population expected to reach 10m by 2030, the Mayor believes the extension is vital to help support anticipated growth in south London by providing improved transport infrastructure and enabling regeneration in a number of the Mayor’s key opportunity areas, says a Transport for London statement.
“As well as providing quicker, more direct journeys into central London, extending the Bakerloo line would also release capacity on the national rail network, enabling more services to operate from other destinations and helping to reduce overcrowding on National Rail services into London Bridge.
“As outlined in the Mayor’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan, the extension would also play a key role in helping to deliver much-needed and wider improvements in south London, including new frequent and high-quality ‘metro’ style services that the Mayor wants to see operating in all parts of the capital.
“The route options for the extension have been identified as they improve connections to areas less well served by public transport, while supporting economic growth and prosperity. “The proposed extension would run through a tunnelled section from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham.”
Two routes for this have been identified, say TfL. One is via the Old Kent Road to support major development plans for this area. The other route option being consulted on would go via Camberwell and Peckham.
Beyond Lewisham, the line could then link onto the existing Network Rail line using the South Eastern rail line to Beckenham Junction and Hayes via Ladywell and Catford. Finally, there is also an option to extend the line further on to Bromley town centre.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: `An extension of the Bakerloo line is one of my top priorities and I have asked TfL to bring forward these plans at pace.
“It would provide a vital new transport link for the people of south London and help to spur jobs, new homes and regeneration in this part of the capital. It has huge potential to breathe a new lease of life into a swathe of London’s opportunity areas, as well as freeing up capacity on national rail lines.
“As London’s population continues to rise it is essential that we expand the transport network in this way if we are to meet Londoners’ needs and ensure our city’s continued competitiveness and success.”
The cost of the extension is estimated at up to £3bn. TfL would work with the Boroughs along the route of the extension to explore opportunities for generating funding for the extension from new development.
The public consultation will run from 30 September until 7 December 2014. Further information about the consultation and the questionnaire can be found atwww.tfl.gov.uk/bakerloo-extension.
A report on the findings of this consultation will be presented to the Mayor of London in spring 2015 and made publicly available on the consultation website. Further, more detailed consultations would then follow.
It is estimated that once the relevant permissions are received, and necessary funding secured, that construction would commence by 2023 and be completed during 2030s.
Further information on the Bakerloo line extension consultation can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/bakerloo-extension TfL say that at this early stage they do not know precisely where the new stations for the proposed tunnelled section will be. (Source: TfL press release)