Bus services in Southampton Way/North Peckham

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2792
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

As you know, colleagues and I have been working with a group of residents in Southampton Way regarding the poor transport links in the area. I thought it would be useful to pass on one resident's comments on your answer to my question number 60/2012 and ask for your further comments and plans to improve travel options specifically in the Southampton Way area:

'The response to question 60/2012 is clearly an attempt to fob Val off with information which is irrelevant. Although Val's question referred to Southampton Way, the Mayor lists the following improvements in 'Peckham':

• 12 converted to double deck at increased frequencies - this fails to acknowledge a significant cut in capacity (between 10% and 30% at all times except late evening and weekend nights)! Note also that the 12 serves neither Southampton Way nor North Peckham

• 63 increased evening and Sunday frequencies in November 2009 - all well and good, but this does nothing whatsoever to address the ongoing overcrowding in the rush hours, which has previously been drawn to the Mayor's attention! 63 doesn't serve Southampton Way either.

• 436 converted to double deck at increased frequencies - as with the 12, the Mayor fails to acknowledge that capacity was cut! Note also that the 436 serves neither Southampton Way nor North Peckham

• P13 rerouted via Queens Road - of absolutely no help nor relevance to Southampton Way or North Peckham

• N63 increased on weekend nights in Nov 2009 - all well and good, but that isn't going to tackle the rush hour crowding problem. N63 doesn't serve Southampton Way

• N89 increased on weekend nights in Sept 2010 - all well and good, but doesn't help with the rush hour capacity problems, and doesn't serve Southampton Way or North Peckham!'

Answer

Answer for Bus services in Southampton Way/North Peckham

Answer for Bus services in Southampton Way/North Peckham

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MQ0060 /2012 requested an update on work to improve travel in the Peckham/Southampton Way area and the points quoted above address this.

The answer also specifically mentioned route 343 which serves Southampton Way saying: "This route had a frequency increase in February 2011 and now runs every six minutes, with extra journeys at the busiest times. For much of 2011, the service was affected by roadworks, at Borough and in Peckham. Extra buses and drivers were used to help protect the quality of service during this period.

TfL has also looked at providing an additional service in Southampton Way. However, route 343 gives direct, high-frequency links, with interchange to numerous other rail or bus services possible at Elephant and London Bridge and therefore, an additional service was not able to pass the required business case tests.

TfL will be carrying out further surveys on route 343 to check capacity, and reliability will also continue to be monitored".

These surveys showed that there was sufficient capacity to meet the demand as long as the service was reliable.  Further surveys will be organised in the autumn to see if this is still the situation.