Proposed bus route
15/10/2014 10:37:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
A number of residents have recently let us know that they have seen TfL engineers out marking up areas of Purley Downs Road for putting in new bus stops for a proposed new bus route. They wanted to know whether the local councillors were behind this scheme and, if not, who was?
I think it is fair to say that the ward team were as surprised as residents were when these road markings appeared - TfL did not see fit to consult ward councillors before they did it. Over the preceding weeks we had been out meeting local residents in Purley Downs Road and a couple of residents spontaneously referred in supportive terms to the concept of a bus route, but based on the fact that for much of the spring the buses were using Purley Downs Road as a cut through (and therefore they wondered why it couldn’t stop, if it was going to run along the road anyway). It was only a day or two later that we learned from residents that TfL were now in the process of formally consulting on making it a bus route and putting down these markings!
This is certainly not being driven by the ward councillors or the council. As a ward team we are acutely aware that residents at the upper end of Purley Downs Road are strongly opposed to this on road safety and environmental grounds - although it is also true to say that some residents at the lower end are quite supportive, because they currently have no nearby bus access.
There is a formal consultation shortly to take place and we would urge all Sanderstead residents who feel themselves affected to take part. We have asked our GLA Member, Steve O’Connell to make representation to TfL about a number of things:
1. That their application of potential bus shelter site markings gives the impression - whether correct or not - that this scheme is going ahead regardless of the outcome of the consultation.
2. That most residents are unaware of the consultation and this needs to be rectified - we ourselves don’t yet have the details of the scheme or the consultation process
3. That the consultation should not just take place at the origin of the route (New Addington), but that there should be an event residents can go to to learn about the scheme in Sanderstead or Purley.
TfL don’t have to take any notice of these requests, but clearly we hope that sense will prevail and they do take note.
I will keep updating our blog with details of the scheme as we receive them (I am still yet to receive anything at all from TfL), together with details of the consultation.