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?