The Night Tube service will come to Bermondsey and Canada Water when a 24-hour weekend service is introduced on the Jubilee line from 7 October.

Sadiq Khan
All-night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines started on 19 August.

“I was determined to get the Night Tube up and running as soon as possible, and I’m delighted the Jubilee Line will now begin on 7 October,” said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

“There was huge excitement at the launch of the Central and Victoria Lines last Friday, and it’s already having a beneficial impact on our Night Time economy.

“Over 100,000 people used the Night Tube last weekend to get around London more quickly and safely.

“The launch of the Jubilee line will support thousands more workers like nurses, cleaners, and people who work in our bars and restaurants – many of whom currently take two night buses to get home. It will also serve some of our city’s key venues, with The O2, Wembley Stadium and Stratford on route.

“I will continue to work closely with British Transport Police, TfL staff and Londoners across our city to ensure the roll-out of the Night Tube continues to be a success, and we unlock the full potential of London’s exciting night time economy.”

The Night Tube operates on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bermondsey & Rotherhithe Community Council recently approved the launch of a statutory consultation on plans for a taxi rank  at Canada Water to operate when the Night Tube service is running.

Services on the East London line have been increased from two to four trains per hour between 22:00 and 23:30, on the following routes:

  • Dalston Junction to New Cross
  • Highbury & Islington to West Croydon
  • Highbury & Islington to Crystal Palace
  • Dalston Junction to Clapham Junction

 

Mike Stubbs, Director of London Overground, said: “This is great news for our customers. The East London line is becoming increasingly popular, particularly at night, with many enjoying what London has to offer. To meet this increase in demand we have boosted frequency by 50 per cent on some late night services, significantly increasing capacity.”

_SKMembers of the London Assembly have tabled questions to the new Labour mayor Sadiq Khan about his plans for transport in the Rotherhithe area.

Florence Eshalomi, newly elected as Labour’s London Assembly member for the Lambeth & Southwark constituency (in succession to Val Shawcross) has asked the mayor:

What steps will the Mayor take to improve transport at Canada Water, specifically will he support a new pedestrian and cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, the extension of the cycle hire, additional Jubilee Line services, the improvement of the local road network and approach to the Rotherhithe Tunnel, including removal of the Lower Road Gyratory and additional bus capacity?

Meanwhile Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon has asked Mr Khan the following question:

Will you re-examine the case for introducing a shuttle bus service running round the Rotherhithe peninsula to meet the growing transport needs of this area?

Answers from Mr Khan should be published soon after the Spring Bank Holiday – we’ll let you know what he says,

TfL has warned that Canada Water Station is likely to be (even) busier than usual.

 

Transport for London is to draw up a bus network plan for Rotherhithe by the summer of this year, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said.

Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon recently tabled this question to the mayor:

The population in Rotherhithe is increasing rapidly, with Surrey Docks ward projected to increase by 40% in the next four years alone. What plans do you have to improve bus services for the residents of Rotherhithe to meet the growing transport needs of the area?

The Mayor of London replied:

LB Southwark and TfL officers have held discussions on how best to meet the needs of this expanding area. TfL has agreed to develop a bus network plan for the area for the next few years by summer 2016. This will include necessary infrastructure provision, routeing of services to better serve the retail area and adequate service provision to serve Canada Water Station. As part of the plan, TfL will also consider other large scale developments in the area, including Convoys Wharf and Surrey Canal Road to ensure there is sufficient transport provision within the Rotherhithe area.

TfL is aware of the need to monitor existing provision in the area to ensure capacity and reliability for the existing bus services is adequate in the short term.

This motion was unanimously agreed by Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors in Southwark on Tuesday night:

Transport in Rotherhithe

  1. Council assembly recognises that there are significant traffic problems on the Rotherhithe peninsula, with the high demand for river crossings making the Rotherhithe area particularly susceptible to congestion from tunnel related traffic, which is detrimental to the local environment, particularly air quality, and can make local trips difficult.
  2. Council assembly further recognises that the significant growth planned in the Canada Water area, including an increase in new homes and job opportunities, will require a significant investment in transport infrastructure.
  3. Council assembly therefore calls on Transport for London and the Mayor of London to:
    • Upgrade the existing public transport network, including increasing capacity on the overground, tube and buses
    • Take action to tackle congestion on Jamaica Road
    • Enhance pedestrian and cycle links and bring forward plans for a pedestrian and cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf to alleviate congestion
    • Extend the cycle hire scheme to Rotherhithe
    • Explore means of integrating river transport into the network to make sure that residents in Rotherhithe get the full benefit from the river as a mode of transport
    • Address in a full and proper manner the concerns and recommendations raised by the council in relation to the proposals for the new Silvertown Tunnel, which will impact negatively on the quality of life of a vast number of people who live and work in the borough.

BT has been fined £2,620 and ordered to pay costs of £3,500 for a number of offences including carrying out roadworks in Jamaica Road without obtaining a permit from Transport for London.

News of the fine comes in a report to the TfL board from London transport commissioner Mike Brown.

Mr Brown writes:

On 20 January 2016, we successfully prosecuted British Telecom (BT) for streetworks offences committed at four separate locations on the TLRN between June and July 2015.

The offences are working without a permit in Devonshire Road, Lewisham and Jamaica Road, Southwark; working in breach of permit conditions in Bath Road, Hillingdon and failing to serve a statutory works notice in the course of executing works in Colnbrook Bypass, Hillingdon. BT also failed to pay the Fixed Penalty Notices initially issued by TfL in response to these offences.

BT pleaded guilty to all four offences at court and was fined £2,620 and ordered to pay TfL’s costs of £3,500.

TfL has prosecuted BT for 28 previous offences since 2010 and issued over 650 Fixed Penalty Notices of which 82 were issued in 2015.

 

The question of whether Bermondsey Underground Station should be in zone 2, zone 1 (or both) comes up from time to time.

The controversy has been revived by Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon who has tabled this question to Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Given the locations of the recent East London stations to be rezoned as zone 2/3 stations, will you look again at rezoning Bermondsey as a zone 1/2 station? It can not be right that Bermondsey is in the same zone as Stratford.

The Mayor’s response is due to be published on Monday night.

We’ll let you know what he says.

Last time the question was asked, he said that the change would result in “significant costs