Kingswood Estate

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0478
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

In September 2003 TfL said that London Buses was investigating the suggestion for a service to link the Kingswood estate to East Dulwich, Denmark Hill and Peckham. This deprived and geographically isolated council estate still lacks transport links and TfL have demonstrated that there is a gap in the bus network. Would TfL consider putting in either a new bus service or as a minimum provide a mobility bus link to link the estate to the hospitals serving this community?

Answer

Answer for Kingswood Estate

Answer for Kingswood Estate

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Kingswood Estate is served by route 450, which provides links to Crystal Palace, Croydon and Sydenham, the nearest local shopping centre. In September, the frequency was increased to every 12 minutes during the day. TfL also provided an additional pair of bus stops close to the estate entrance, reducing the distance residents need to walk.

The 931 mobility bus also serves Kingswood Estate, providing a weekly link to Lewisham. This service used to serve more local roads within the estate, but had to be re-routed to follow the 450 when the current vehicles were introduced. The new, accessible vehicles used on the 931 and 450 cannot operate over the speed humps in the estate. We could consider restoring a service to these roads if Southwark Council modified the speed humps.

At present, we have no plans for additional services to provide links to East Dulwich, Denmark Hill and Peckham. Passengers can reach these destinations using route 450 and changing onto routes 176 or 197 at Sydenham. We appreciate that less able passengers may find it difficult to change buses but unfortunately cannot provide a direct link to every destination passengers might require.