Lib Dem FOCUS Team Working for You and Carshalton All Year Round – Councillors Chris Williams, Jill Whitehead and Hamish Pollock. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CarshCentralLDs or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/carshcentrallds
Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: “Sutton Council will be advertising proposals for yellow line schemes at junctions as part of the on-going Environmental Improvement Programme. We’re advised that the Notice of Proposal will be advertised in the Sutton Guardian and London Gazette and will also be displayed in the relevant roads on Thursday 14th November 2013.”
The list of affected roads is below.
Fairview Road, Sutton
Croft Road, Corrib Road and Meadow Road, Sutton
Croft Road and Ringstead Road, Sutton
Harrow Road and Oxford Road, Carshalton
Please address any observations on this proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org the consultation ends Thursday 5th December 2013. The officer dealing with these schemes is Denise Thompson, Technical Support Officer, Highways, Transport and Smarter Travel, Environment and Neighbourhoods Directorate, London Borough of Sutton, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2JG. Her E-mail is:email@example.com
Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington met with the representatives of London TravelWatch, an independent consumer watchdog for London’s travelling public, to discuss the lack of night service provision in Carshalton and Wallington, and the possible extension of 154 bus hours.
Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports: “The 154 bus routes runs between Morden Tube Station and West Croydon London Overground/Train Station and passes through our area via Westmead Road, up Ringstead Road, along Carshalton Road, past “The Windsor Castle” and up Park Hill. It has been a very well used service for many decades.”
Commenting on the meeting, with Janet Cooke and Tim Bellenger, Tom Brake said:
“The removal of the N213 left us without a night bus in Carshalton and Wallington. Yet, we need a night service to help those who commute outside standard working hours, as well as to ensure the safety of anyone travelling home at night.”
“During the meeting with London TravelWatch I discussed a number of travel issues, but the main focus was the possibility of extending the operating times of the 154 route. This could at least partly compensate for the loss on N213.”
“With their help, I will continue to press TfL for a fair deal for Carshalton and Wallington travellers.”
A traditional bus emerges from Carshalton Garage in Westmead Road about 50 years ago….
Transport for London (TfL) axed the N213 route in 2009, arguing that it was underused. Despite over 5,000 signatures on the petition calling for reinstatement of a night bus between Sutton and Croydon, TfL has repeatedly refused to reintroduce it, maintaining that a night bus operating on this route would be “not worthwhile”.
Reducing the time between the last and first bus on the 154 route would provide Carshalton and Wallington residents with at least a partial night service. As the current gap is less than 4 hours, the additional service every 30 minutes would only require a few additional journeys. Additionally, timetabling the route to connect the N155 at Morden and N44 at Rosehill, would provide better connection for those travelling from at night to Carshalton and Wallington from Central London.
Jill, Alan and Hamish have recently raised concerns over the deteriorating road surface of Westmead Road between Kingsley Avenue/Ringstead Road crossroads (roughly at the middle) and Shorts Road (at the eastern end) by the railway bridge at Westmead Corner. This is of course an important local road skirting the south side of the Poets’ Estate.
We’re pleased to report that we’ve received a notification that the resurfacing (and consequent white lining etc.) of this part of Westmead Road will take place in week commencing Monday, 20th August 2012 and will take about 3 days.
We have received this response from Transport for London following our recent requests to have seating accommodation provided to bus stops in Carshalton Road and Ringstead Road. The letter is reproduced below:-
Dear Cllr Pollock
Thank you for your email regarding the seating accommodation at bus stops in Carshalton.
Having investigated, I must advise you that a shelter cannot be placed at Carshalton Road Bus Stop, as it could cause sightline issues with emerging traffic from Weihurst Gardens. As you can appreciate, this is something we wish to avoid.
I can inform you that providing a shelter for Ringstead Road Bus Stop may be more feasible, and we are keen to provide a safe waiting environment for our passengers. However, with the current restrictions on expenditure we are not able to meet the request at this time. Nevertheless, we shall review this site once funds become available.
I am sorry I could not provide a more favourable response on this occasion. I do appreciate the comments, and the points that have been raised, but I do hope you will appreciate our position in this matter.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. Should you require any further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me again.
Cllr Jill Whitehead says: “Local residents have asked your Lib Dem councillors to take up bus stop concerns with Sutton Council and Transport for London (TFL). The proposal requested by TFL to move the bus stops at the bottom of Ringstead Road has proved to be very controversial and was discussed at some length at the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee held on 18th October 2011” .
Local Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: We are pleased that all the local committee agreed with many local residents’ objections and completely rejected the proposals to move the bus stops in Ringstead Road near the junction of Westmead Road.
Cllr. Alan Salter adds: “With the new development of flats at 229-245 Carshalton Road, building work is impacting on residents in Shorts Road with a number of complaints made about works traffic impeding travel. These works have reduced the space at the bus stop on Carshalton Road for St Philomena’s School pupils. We have asked for the stop to be moved but we have been recently told that it is not feasible.”