Over 100 people packed in to Streatham Tate Library to have their say about Streatham’s transport needs.
Labour’s councillor Jack Hopkins brought together transport operatives Southern, TfL and Network Rail with Val Shawcross AM, Neil Salt of Streatham Action and Streatham BID’s Richard Coltart, to start a conversation about how to make Streatham better connected. Streatham MP Chuka Umunna Chaired the meeting.
Cllr Hopkins said that improving the area’s transport links was important, not just to make it easier to get around, but to help unlock jobs, growth, a more vibrant high street and better quality of life for residents.
With the General Election taking place in May and the Mayoral election the year after, the meeting was organised to help ensure the community unites in its demands.
Comments from the floor covered a huge range of topics. Southern Trains received deserved criticism for the poor standard of its commuter service to London Bridge. Others talked about the improvements they wanted to see to the A23 – ranging from greener buses to more parking spaces, changes to bus routes and more cycle lanes. A number of people spoke in support of an extension of the TfL overground franchise to the South London rail network and the extension of the Cryodon Tramlink to Streatham.
Following the meeting Cllr Hopkins set out his action plan.
Proposed next steps:
• Press Transport for London on boosting east/west bus routes
• Encourage the whole community to contribute to Lambeth council’s new strategic transport plan
• Examine altering loading only bays in Streatham High Road to also offer short stop parking for drivers
• Follow-up on TfL’s pledge to re-examine the role of the Streatham High Road
• Follow-up on potential cycle hire scheme for Streatham/improve cycle lanes
• Continue push for cleaner buses to improve air quality
• Highlight issue around charging by Southern rail’s refund scheme after delays
• Secure post-London Bridge work service quality pledge from Southern
• Seek more information on supporting proposals to bring Southern rail services under TfL control and adding it to London Overground
• Re-examine options for tram services
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