Life after Southeastern could look a lot brighter now for passengers on the Hayes Line, with more frequent services and longer trains.
Some readers will have been aware of the new proposals for Transport for London (TfL) to take on responsibility for suburban rail services within Greater London.
Overall, the new partnership between the Department for Transport and TfL has three main aims:
– More frequent services, better interchanges and increased capacity
• Greater reliability for all passengers
• High standards of customer service
With the South-Eastern franchise being re-tendered soon (the new contract starts in 2018), TfL will now take the leading role in selecting the new operator.
TfL wants to see all stations served by at least four trains per hour, but as this may require infrastructure improvements this is has been billed a ‘medium term’ goal, with a target of 80% of stations running these more frequent services. It’s not clear yet whether the Hayes line would be among that 80%, what works would be required (if any) and the effect on residents near the line. However, this is positive move and we’ll be lobbying to ensure that the Hayes line can benefit with minimal disruption to residents – be they regular rail travellers or not.
There are also suggested improvements to station staffing and a long term aim for all services to run 12 carriages as the norm. There is also a passing mention of more night-time services on suburban routes, an idea which will have to be balanced against the concerns of those living near the line.
The plans promise to deliver the sort of improvements that were promised by TfL with the controversial extension of the Bakerloo line to Hayes (a plan that seems to have been shelved for now for the route past Lewisham). However it may do so at a lower cost and, crucially, without the loss of direct services to London Bridge and the City which the Bakerloo proposals would have entailed.
You can have your say in the consultation, available here, until 18th March 2016.
We know that around Christmas the paper recycling banks get very full (and then some). So, what is the council doing about it, and how can you help?
Firstly the contractor, Veolia, will be emptying as many of the banks this week as possible to try and make as much space available as they can ahead of the big day(s).
However, this year we are anticipating particular issues with Christmas Day and Boxing Day falling on a Friday and Saturday, thus delaying by another day the work to empty the bins.
Veolia will be back out again on Monday and Tuesday (28th/29th) to catch up. However, we are asking residents, where possible (we do understand some will have more space at home than others), to hold off taking used wrapping paper and packaging to the paper banks until after Tuesday 29th.
Not only will this help keep the appearance of the sites tidier, it will also improve the borough’s recycling rates, since anything left outside the recycling bins goes to landfill (because it is not practical or cost-effective to sort through random bags and boxes left in this way).
More generally, the council has also been looking closely at the various sites and collection routes, taking in account the amount of paper, cardboard and other material that gets left there at this and other times of year.
Finally, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Bromley Council is seeking residents’ feedback and comment as part of the 2016-17 budget setting process. This builds on the approach taken last year and will include an online survey as well as sessions with representatives from residents’ associations and a public meeting. The aim is to seek views on the main themes of ‘Building a Better Bromley’ and the future shape and direction of the Council, taking into consideration the resources to deliver these, given significant budget reductions.
The council wants to encourage as many people as possible who live in the borough to take part in the online survey and to attend the public meeting. The online survey and background information is available at: www.bromley.gov.uk/budgetviews
The first of the new houses at Hayes Place, by the green, are almost ready for occupation by their new owners, who are expected to start moving in this month (November).
Once the site is completed next year, it will be end of a long saga in which your councillors have been involved for many years. Following our intervention, the number of the units in the development was reduced to make the site less cramped, and a block of flats was included which will go a small way to replace the provision for senior residents that was on the site previously.
In answer to some queries that have been raised with us, there has also been a change of scaffolding contractor on the site, so residents may have noticed scaffolding being removed and replaced during this and last week.
Major road works are to take place along the Bromley end of Hayes Lane over the summer holiday period, as a gas main is replaced.
Southern Gas Networks (SGN) have agreed with the council for the works to be completed during the six week school holiday period when the roads are noticeably more quieter. The works are located between Masons Hill (The A21) and Hayes Road, Bromley and the first part of the project – lasting some two to three weeks – will see the works being managed under a ‘half road closure’.
This means that, during this first phase, traffic heading north towards the A21 will be unaffected, while traffic that would usually turn into Hayes Lane from the A21 (towards Hayes)* will have to follow the available diversion routes. There will be two diversions in place depending on which direction you are travelling from:
Diversion One (from the south-east): A21, Oakley Road, Croydon Road, Baston Road, Hayes Street, then arriving at Hayes Lane.
Diversion Two (from the north/north-west): A21, Masons Hill, Westmoreland Road, Hayes Road, then arriving at Hayes Lane
SGN are proposing to start works on Monday 03/08/2015. The council has authorised them to work extended hours (07:00-19:00) and also Saturdays to allow them to complete the works as quickly as possible. Once the road is re-opened (after the half road closure), there will be temporary traffic lights in place until the project is complete. The council has made it clear to SGN that they will not be allowed any extensions and that works must be complete before the start of September when the schools go back.
* Following engineering difficulties, the one-way working was replaced by a full closure of this stretch of Hayes Lane on 11/8/15, however, the original one-way working arragnement has now been restored.
Bromley Football Club, following their successful promotion to the Vanarama Conference Premier League, have unveiled plans for a new South stand, together with additional facilites.
We understand an upgrade of the stand is necessary under league rules, but the plans also include “a multi purpose facility with badminton, volleyball and indoor cricket facilities, a café and viewing boxes”. The proposals will undoubtedly garner a lot of interest, particularly among the club’s neighbours.
Trams will be running through to Wimbledon from Elmers End under new plans unveiled recently.
Transport for London (TfL) are building an new ‘loop’ into the network in Croydon. As a result of the increased capacity it will provide, TfL will be able to run six trams per hour each from Elmers End and Beckenham Junction, running all the way through Croydon to Wimbledon. A further two trams per hour will run from Elmers End to Croydon along the current route. Currently no trams from either station run further than Therapia Lane (with Beckenham trams only reaching Croydon town centre).
The ‘black box’ paper recycling collection service is changing to a fortnightly collection schedule from the end of this month (June).
In the next week or so, residents will receive letters from the Council notifying them of changes to their paper collection schedule. From Monday 29 June onwards, paper will then be collected every other week instead of weekly as it is currently. New collection calendars (also available on the Council website) are also being sent out.
A very small number of households will also see their collection days changed, but they will be notified of this seperately by post.
The changes will save half a million pounds per year, but are also being driven by the substantially reduced amount of paper being collected these days, compared to when the service was introduced around fifteen years ago.
Serving Hayes, Coney Hall, West Wickham Common and Hayesford Park