Christmas Shoppers (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
December 17, 2003
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

When we spoke last time about Brixton Tube I think there was some understanding about the potential impact of the closure of Brixton Tube during the Christmas period on the shops. It now seems apparent that the removal of asbestos works will take place from 21 December and those are actually quite important days from the shopping point of view for the local traders and in terms of the after Christmas sales.

I know TfL officers have met with Brixton businesses. Can you tell me what TfL plans to do to try and reduce the impact of the station closure on the local shops and let people know that Brixton is still open for business?

Supplementary To: 

Answer

Answer for Christmas Shoppers (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Christmas Shoppers (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

During the closure of Brixton Station, London Underground will run a frequent replacement bus service from Stockwell to Brixton. Additionally, tickets can be used on all bus routes that serve Brixton Station and South-East Train Services between Brixton, Herne Hill, Denmark Hill and Victoria; on Thameslink services between Loughborough Junction, Elephant & Castle and Blackfriars, and also on South Central Train Services between Clapham High Road and Victoria.

Representatives from London Underground met the Brixton Business Forum on 27 November to explain the situation and a contingency plan is being put in place. The dates of the closure were chosen to coincide with when the Victoria Line between Brixton and Stockwell was relatively lightly used and when road traffic was light and the replacement buses would flow easily. We are looking at the possibility of an article in the travel page of The Metro paper, which would accentuate the positives of Brixton, the station redevelopment shopping opportunities, and the diversity of nightlife and leisure activities etcetera. A decision on this will be made shortly.

We have chosen the quietest two weeks of the year and the start has been delayed until Sunday to protect the last Saturday before Christmas.