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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Bermondsey & Old Southwark Labour MP Neil Coyle was one of 120 parliamentarians to put his name to a letter to the Daily Telegraph last Saturday highlighting problems with broadband speeds and calling for the breakup of BT and BT Openreach. Read the letter in full.
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 Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Dr Shabir Bhatti of the Bermondsey Spa Medical Practice in Old Jamaica Road as inadequate and has placed the practice into special measures following an inspection in October 2015.
Placement into special measures means that the provider must now make necessary improvements or face action that could result in closure.
The Bermondsey Spa Medical Practice opened in 2011. Before then, it was known as the Parkers Row Family Practice and was based on the Dickens Estate north of Jamaica Road.
Under CQC’s programme of inspections, all primary medical services in England are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.
The full report has been published on the CQC website: http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-199743152
Patients told inspectors that they experienced long waiting times for appointments and that it was very difficult to get through the practice when phoning to make an appointment. Patients also told inspectors that they were long delays when waiting to be seen for their booked appointments
However, some patients were positive about their interactions with staff, although some patients did raise concerns about a lack of concern and rude attitudes from reception and clinical staff on occasions.
CQC inspectors found that appropriate recruitment checks for staff had not been undertaken prior to their employment, and that there were insufficient arrangements to safeguard people from abuse. Practice staff were not clear about reporting incidents, near misses and concerns and there was no evidence of learning and communication with staff.
Ursula Gallagher, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice, said:
When we are faced with a provider that is experiencing difficulties in providing adequate care for patients, our first instinct is to work with them to ensure that patient care improves.
We are confident that Dr Shabir Bhatti will take any necessary action to address the concerns we identified during our most recent inspection.
In particular, the provider must ensure that significant events are consistently recorded and discussed to share learning, and that appropriate staffing arrangements are put in place in order to improve patient access to appointments, reduce risks and improve patient safety.
We will re-inspect within six months to check whether sufficient improvements have been made. If sufficient improvements have not been made and there remains a rating of inadequate for any key question or overall, we will take further action which may include closure.
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“
Local resident Spencer Livermore – a former aide to Gordon Brown – took his seat in the House of Lords on Monday.
He has chosen ‘Baron Livermore, of Rotherhithe in the London Borough of Southwark’ as his full title.
His peerage was included in the Dissolution honours list published this summer.
Hollywood Bowl at the Surrey Quays Leisure Park has reopened after a £350,000 makeover.
The bowling centre has been refurbished despite plans for the redevelopment of the Surrey Quays Leisure Park as part of British Land’s masterplan for Canada Water.
The 28-lane centre now has six VIP lanes as well as a new diner and bar.
“This is a massively exciting time for our centre – we’re getting a makeover that befits our glamourous name and stylish London location,” said general manager Dan Martinez.
“We can’t wait for our customers to see the new-look centre.”
At last week’s Council Assembly, Southwark’s councillors of all parties unanimously endorsed the revised Canada Water Area Action Plan (CWAAP).
Listen to the speeches from Cllr Mark Williams, Cllr Lisa Rajan, Cllr Stephanie Cryan and Cllr David Hubber: