Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Streatham's message to Sadiq on A23 road deaths

Streatham mums and other members of the Safer A23 in Streatham campaign have sent a message to new mayor Sadiq Khan, asking him: "What will you do to end road deaths on the A23?"

With 41 deaths and life-changing injuries on Streatham Hill and Streatham High Road in the last five years, campaigners want lower, enforced speed limits and the road re-designed to prioritise the safety and environment for local people.

Green Councillor Scott Ainslie joined families on Streatham Hill on Tuesday, holding aloft banners and placards for passing motorists and pedestrians to see.

Streatham Hill Green Party member, Chris Holt, who organised the event, said:  "With a new mayor now in charge of Transport for London, responsible for the A23, we hope we'll see a change and transport planners will at last take action on the tragic death toll on the road divides our community.

"Sadiq lives nearby in Tooting, so we hope he'll make it a priority to turn the A23 from a dirty, dangerous blight on Streatham into a people-friendly road that serves the community it passes through."

A letter was sent to all the mayoral candidates in last week's London Elections asking them to support the Safer A23 Campaign.

In response the Green Party's Sian Berry wrote:  "I am very happy indeed to support all your calls. I know that Streatham Green Party has been at the forefront of campaigning to sort out what is one of the most dangerous and polluted roads in London, and has also been working with Green London Assembly members to do so, including the St Leonard's junction on the A23. I am also aware of the huge concern that the road causes both local people and local businesses.

"I know that Green Streatham councillor Scott Ainslie and Jonathan Bartley met with Lambeth Council before Christmas to encourage them to lobby TfL to get the High Road reclassified as a High Street, and as Mayor I would support that.

"I am also aware that they have carried out an air pollution monitoring project along the high road after the Labour Party on Lambeth Council voted against air pollution monitoring outside local schools. They found that air pollution levels were breaching EU limits along the A23 - something that I know is of huge concern to local parents in particular.

"Now that Greens have successfully got Lambeth Council to adopt a 20mph borough wide limit, I would want the A23 to also have a 20mph limit along it to smooth traffic flow and make it safer, and in the longer term would want a redesign, particularly of the St Leonard's junction, where traffic flow has been prioritised over people's lives. This is simply unacceptable.

"Streatham has also had to wait far too long for the third section of the High Road to have its central reservation sorted out, and would support the replacement by 2017, as well as more pedestrian crossings, greater time to cross, segregated cycle lanes (which I believe should have been introduced when the second stage of the central reservation work was carried out) and improvements to calm traffic. I would also support greater accessibility for shops along the High Road."

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Temporary one way on Drewstead Road from 25th April

We have just been informed that in order to enable Thames Water to carry out mains connection works safely, Lambeth Council intend to temporarily impose a one-way traffic system along Drewstead Road from 25th April.

The one way will go from No 33/35 Drewstead Road to De Monfort Road, in a north-westerly direction (towards De Monfort Road).

The alternative route for affected vehicles will be via De Monfort Road, Broadlands Avenue and Streatham High Road.

The one way is not expected to last more than two weeks, and end sooner if works are completed quickly.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Oppose ticket office closures at Streatham Stations

Hot on the heels of their proposals to remove guards/conductors from Southern services, Govia Thameslink Railways Ltd (GTR) are now proposing even more passenger misery through Station ticket office closures and reduced opening hours and services at others with the resultant loss of more jobs (see here for more on the consultation proposals)

Streatham Hill, Streatham, and Streatham Common stations (also Tulse Hill and West Norwood) will lose their ticket offices in the summer, under the current plans.

These damaging cuts on the Southern and Great Northern Thameslink services fly in the face of the fact that there is still a clear need for staffed ticket offices at stations. Indeed, research shows that many passengers prefer to buy from the ticket office rather than from a ticket machine. Replacing staffed ticket offices with ticket machines, or mobile staff expected to sell tickets on platforms, will undoubtedly limit the quality and range of services available to passengers.

Consultation on these changes is being rushed through and there is only limited time until midnight on the 13th March to register your objection with London Travel Watch.

We are joining RMT in urging everyone to let the watchdog know you oppose these changes and are concerned that passengers:

· would not be able to access all the tickets and services needed from a ticket machine;

· would find it harder to obtain advice on tickets and fares without a staffed office;

· would be concerned that there were insufficient numbers of ticket machines (due to them being in high demand or faulty);

· would experience more delays and concourse congestion;

· believe that vulnerable or less technically minded passengers, perhaps including the disabled, elderly or visitors may be less confident using a ticket machine and could end up overspending or being deterred from travel; and

· believe that a ticket office closure will adversely impact on security at the station and believe that a staffed ticket office is a valuable deterrent against crime.

These proposals are unacceptable at a time of rising fares and rail passenger numbers. There is no genuine economic case for reducing the services at many of these high growth stations and this is really about cutting costs and sweating the assets to make even bigger profits for shareholders.

Email: enquiries@londontravelwatch.org.uk with 'GTR ticket office changes' in the subject line to make your voice heard.

Campaign postcards can be provided on request to RMT head office,

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Our Streets (Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme) consultation tonight at Streatham Library!

Come and have your say tonight at Streatham Library on how you think £200,000 should be spent locally.

The Council has repackaged Section 106 money that was already coming to Streatham from the Streatham Hub development along with money from Transport for London into a Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme.  This has now been rebranded as an ‘Our Streets’ programme, and residents views are being sought as to how this money is spent.  (For more details on where the money has come from click here )

It’s really important you say how you would like to see this money spent, whether it be to address traffic issues such as safety, making the area greener, or tackling local grot spots.

What the money is spent on will depend on what residents prioritise. This is particularly important as local residents are also losing out while the programme is in operation. Not only has some of the money that was due to Streatham from the hub development been diverted elsewhere, but the council has also suspended its local road and pavement resurfacing programme while the project goes ahead, so local roads and pavements are not getting the attention they deserve.

The 'Our Streets' programme is expected to take 2 years. The first year will involve consultation and agreeing projects to take forward. Year 2 will be planning and implementation. Selected improvements should be completed by Summer 2017.

The drop in at Streatham Library takes place tonight (Wednesday 2nd December) from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.  Do come and have your say!   There is more information from the council about the programme here.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

St Leonard's Junction - have your say

Aftermath of tragedy at St Leonard's Junction
TfL's proposals for a new pedestrian crossing at St Leonard's junction will be open to public scrutiny at a one-day workshop to be held at Streatham Library on November 21.

The junction - where Streatham High Road meets Tooting Bec Gardens and Mitcham Lane outside St Leonard's Church - is notoriously dangerous for pedestrians, with currently no safe crossing place as it enters "the dip" down towards Streatham station.

After concerted campaigning by the Green Party and others, Transport for London's proposal is to put a new pedestrian crossing a little way down "the dip" near Streatham Green. At the workshop, which will be open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday November 21, various options for this crossing will be presented - and local people's views sought.

When senior TfL managers toured Streatham in September they ruled out an option of phasing crossing times to allow simultaneous Green Man crossing periods across the whole junction - something pedestrians say creates the greatest feeling of safety.

See BBC news report on St Leonard's Junction.

See also for the history at this junction:










Free Futsal course for 14-19-year-olds

Futsal - the fast-paced five-a-side football game that helped world-class players like Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar develop their game - comes to Streatham with a free 12-week course starting Saturday 14th Novemeber.

Futsal, which has 30 million players worldwide, is a non-stop, non-contact version of football, that rewards ball skills and supportive team play.

The 12-week Futsal course in Streatham is free to 14-19-year-old girls and boys.  It kicks off  4-5pm this Saturday, 14 November at Streatham Leisure Centre.

A fast-growing sport, usually played indoors, here are ten reasons to play Futsal.

For more information, contact Mark Wood of Streatham Youth and Community Trust: mark@syct.org.uk or call 020 8677 5252.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Trial road closure on Estreham Road

A number of residents have been in touch about a trial road closure which is being proposed on Estreham Road, and in particular expressed their concern about the lack of council consultation.

The Council (along with TfL and Sustrans) is proposing a trial traffic filter (a block in the road to prevent vehicles travelling along it) for three months.

Residents are now being asked whether they want the trial to go ahead.  The text of the letter is below, and this will be sent to residents in the next 48 hours setting out the details.  Please do respond using the online consultation.   There will also be a drop-in session on Saturday 17th of October 1pm-3pm , followed by Thursday 22nd of October 4-7pm at Streatham Scouts, 39 Estreham road, where you can ask questions and make your views known in person.

Dear Resident, 

Sustrans, Transport for London and Lambeth council are proposing a temporary trial traffic filter in order to reduce the volume of traffic cutting through the area. This temporary trial is likely to last for three months starting in December 2015. 

Residents and locals are encouraged to fill out the enclosed survey or the online version so we can gain an understanding of your views.

During the trial Estreham Road would be closed to through-traffic near Streatham Common Station using a traffic filter (position is marked on the map), which would allow us to understand the effects of the change to traffic flow.

A traffic filter is usually in the form of bollards, trees or planters which prevent motor vehicles cutting through.

Residents would still be able to access their homes and local businesses by car.

The formal consultation period would start once the trial was in place. The official consultation will be available at: www.lambeth.gov.uk.

This work is part of creating the Quietway cycle route from Waterloo to Croydon. Estreham Road is already part of an existing cycle route though suffers from a high level of non-residential cut-through traffic. The reduction in motor traffic is expected to make the area more pleasant to live in and support more people to walk, cycle or play.

You can respond to the online consultation here

The following Frequently Asked Questions are also being sent to residents.

Q) What are Quietways?

Quietways are direct and easy to follow cycle routes in London on quiet roads, parks and waterways. They’ll make it easier for many local people who would like to try cycling, but would rather not cycle on main roads. Quietways provide an opportunity for communities to benefit from Transport for London (TfL) investment that can make local streets more attractive for everyone.

Q) Why Estreham?

Estreham road is a residential street and already part of an existing cycle route. Although it is not a perfect cycle route at the moment it is far more suitable for cycling than many of the surrounding streets. The proposed route alignment for the Quietway has been decided with feasibility studies from Transport for London and the borough. 

Q) How will a reduction in motor traffic improve the area?

Neighbourhoods are more likely to have better community links if there are low traffic levels. There are also many examples to show that reducing through motor traffic reduces crime and makes neighbourhoods more attractive to live in and pass through. 

Q) Will I still be able to drive to my home / place of interest during the proposed trial?

Yes, you would still be able to access everywhere on Estreham road by car, although you may have to take a slightly different route. Please see above map to see where the traffic filter would be and how this may change your route.

Q) Why a traffic filter rather than traffic calming measures?

Traffic filters have been proven to reduce the volume of through motor traffic while at the same time creating a nicer environment for people to live, travel, play and shop. Residents would benefit from cleaner air and safer streets. 

Q) Why have a temporary trial?

The temporary trial would give us an opportunity to understand the impact of the changes in the real world that no traffic modelling could tell us. In some cases these changes reduce overall traffic levels. We would carefully review all the data from the trial after three months in order to make a decision about the next steps. We need at least this much time to allow for changes to traffic and behaviour to take place. It would need to go through a formal consultation process for the filter to ever to be made permanent.

 Q) Will this mean heavier motor traffic on surrounding roads? 

People tend to use Estreham Road as a cut through to avoid using Greyhound Lane and Streatham High Road. Some of the traffic would stick to those A roads which are designed for heavier traffic. We would monitor traffic levels on the surrounding network to measure the impact during the three month trial. In other examples we see a permanent reduction in traffic as behaviour changes. This reduction in traffic is usually due to people either combining journeys or changing modes of transport all together.

Q) Will this mean loss of parking?

No loss in parking at all.

Q) What is the consultation process?  

We are communicating the details to local residents via posted letters, leaflets, on street posters, local door knocking, drop in sessions and mailing list email updates. Residents and non-residents are encouraged to fill out a pre consultation survey (link below and paper copy included) this is so we can fairly assess points of view on the trial. The formal consultation would begin with the trial and consist of formal consultation forms and events for residents. Traffic on the wider network would be monitored to assess any impact.