North Peckham Public Transport Provision

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-09-15
Session date: 
September 15, 2010
Reference: 
2010/2579
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Evolution Quarter Residents Association has received a copy of your letter of 11 May to the West Peckham Resident Groups' Forum.

They are deeply dissatisfied with your response which, in their opinion, fails to take seriously the needs of this area of London. They asked me to draw some key points to your attention.

1) In the North Peckham area, approximately 6,000 residents are more than a mile from any railway station.

2) Cross River Tram would have opened up new journey opportunities to and from North Peckham. That the scheme was developed at all, prior to your review in 2008, suggests that there was a strong business case for it. It therefore makes no sense that there is apparently no case for improving bus services (at far less cost than building the tram).

3) The residents of North Peckham are currently served either by bus routes 63, 343 and 363 - all of which suffer overcrowding - or, in many cases by route 343 alone.

4) Further large-scale home-building which is nearing completion will add to the population of this area, adding further pressure to the already inadequate public transport services.

5) The area has benefited from considerable urban regeneration work over recent years, nevertheless there remain pockets of deprivation.

6) Poor public transport provision means North Peckham residents suffer poor access to jobs, education and services, hampering efforts to tackle the deprivation which persists in this area.

What is your response to the well argued and well founded case put by this community for investment in their transport services?

Answer

Answer for North Peckham Public Transport Provision

Answer for North Peckham Public Transport Provision

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL continues to review bus services across London to ensure that services reflect changing travel requirements. This review includes the routes which serve the North Peckham area. In its last review of route 343, TfL increased the level of service on this route by around 10 per cent. It will continue to keep the network under review, along with all other areas of London, to ensure that an appropriate level of service is maintained. Meanwhile, TfL is considering longer term proposals such as the extension of the Bakerloo line and improvements to strategic interchanges such as Peckham Rye and Lewisham stations to help make journeys across the capital more accessible.

As stated in the 11 May letter, rail investment such as the Thameslink Programme and phase two of the London Overground extension between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction will improve services to the Peckham area.