As you may have spotted on Brixton Hill’s bus stops, Sadiq Khan’s Low Emission Bus zone between Brixton and Streatham has come into force. It means only the cleanest types of buses will be used by Transport for London down Brixton Hill.
The zone is only the second in London and was brought in by Mayor Khan after Brixton Hill’s councillors campaigned about the quality of the air in the local area, which has seen rising pollution and unsafe amounts recorded at local schools. Almost 10,000 premature deaths in London each year are estimated to arise from air pollution.
Now that the clean bus corridor is in place, we will continue to campaign for other measures to reduce air pollution, including more tree planting, smarter logistics for delivery companies and the extension of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to the South Circular.
Transport for London have launched a major consultation on the bus lanes along Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road, that aims to improve bus times and reliability but will involve narrowing some of the pavements, putting loading bays onto pavements and potential changes for cyclists.
The full details are below and we urge residents to respond. We will make representations that any changes should enhance cyclists’ safety, not endanger pedestrians and tie into much-needed junction and crossing improvements.
Comments can be made on the online survey here and you can also email London Assembly Member and Brixton Hill councillor, Florence Eshalomi AM. Continue reading
A group of local residents have started a change.org petition calling on Transport for London to introduce a direct bus service along the South Circular between Tulse Hill and Clapham South. This would serve Brixton Hill residents near to Christchurch Road and Streatham Place.
Campaigners say that, currently, travellers (especially children going to school) need to take two buses via congested Brixton or Streatham, or walk along polluted main roads. Others choose to drive on what are relatively short journeys.
Over 100 people have already signed the petition and residents have put together a video about the campaign.
Transport for London are consulting on their plan to cut the 159 bus route short at its northern end, so that it will terminate at Marble Arch instead of Paddington. TfL say this measure would not affect bus frequency but would improve reliability, but there would no longer be a link all the way to Paddington Station by bus from Brixton Hill.
What do you think? TfL are asking for responses to their consultation or residents can contact Val Shawcross AM or councillors.