Mayor of London Boris Johnson has rejected the suggestion that Bermondsey Station should be in zone 1 as well as zone 2.
London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon had asked the Mayor to consider, in the light of a re-zoning at Stratford, making Bermondsey Station a zone 1/2 station.
In a written answer, the Mayor said: “While we recognise re-zoning Bermondsey could give a positive boost to the regeneration of the area, it would similarly result in significant costs.” He said that the Stratford change is expected to cost £7m a year in lost revenue.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Transport for London commissioner Sir Peter Hendy will next week be asked to consider making Bermondsey Tube Station on the Jubilee line a zone 1/2 boundary station.
Since it opened 15 years ago, Bermondsey Station has been in zone 2.
Next week Boris Johnson and Peter Hendy will appear before the London Assembly to field questions on transport topics. Among the written questions submitted by assembly members is one from Liberal Democrat AM (and former Southwark councillor) Caroline Pidgeon:
Given you have authorised the rezoning of Stratford station to Zone 2/3, will you consider rezoning Bermondsey and Kennington to become Zone 1/2 stations?
In fact, plans are already in hand to rezone Kennington in connection with the proposed Battersea extension of the Northern line. Which just leaves the Bermondsey question unresolved.
Watch this space for the response from Johnson and Hendy when it is published later this month.
Passengers using London Overground trains at Canada Water and Surrey Quays have been warned to expect crowds and queues during next week’s nine-day part-closure of London Bridge station.
From Transport for London:
Passengers who travel via London Bridge mainline rail station, which is being rebuilt by Network Rail while remaining open, are being urged to plan ahead for the last nine days of August. This is because no First Capital Connect or Southern services will call at London Bridge mainline rail station and there will be no direct trains to Gatwick or Luton Airport stations.
London Bridge Underground station will remain open.
London Overground services will not operate to and from New Cross from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 August. A replacement bus service will run between New Cross, Surrey Quays and Canada Water. There will be four buses per hour all day during the closure. An enhanced London Overground service will operate between Crystal Palace and Canada Water during the peaks. There will be an additional 4 trains per hour at peak times, meaning that the average waiting time between trains is 5 minutes instead of 7- 8 minutes. An enhanced service will operate between Crystal Palace and Dalston Junction at all other times.
From Network Rail:
Crowding and queuing on platforms is expected at Sydenham, Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park, Brockley, New Cross Gate and Surrey Quays. Canada Water station is likely to be busier than usual on the southbound platform throughout peak periods.
Southwark Cyclists – part of the London Cycling Campaign – has called on candidates in next week’s elections to support a range of simple measures to make cycling safer and more attractive.
Check out the campaign’s requests for Surrey Docks and Rotherhithe wards.
From the latest diary of local funeral director Barry Albin-Dyer:
You may have observed that the roundabouts at the Rotherhithe Tunnel and at Crittals Corner have been signed as ‘The Albin Roundabout’ as we have sponsored them, and I have to say that it has already helped some people to find us much easier already – Look out on the news for ‘traffic approaching the Albins Roundabout’!! – Who knows??
Transport for London proposals to erect sponsorship boards on the Rotherhithe roundabout have been approved by Southwark Council planning officers despite objections from a number of local residents.
Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon tabled this question to the Mayor:
Canada Water is a major transport hub in an area which will see increasing development in the coming years. However there is still no countdown information at Canada Water bus station.
Will you explore the possibility of installing bus countdown information at Canada Water?
Boris Johnson replied:
TfL has been working with its suppliers to develop a means of displaying digital sign technology in a robust, secure and weather-proofed facility that is fit for purpose in exposed environments such as bus stations and interchanges.
Three trial locations have been selected for testing purposes and TfL plans to have test signs in situ during April 2014 to assess the suitability of the technology for these locations. Based on the outcome, a business decision will be made on how to proceed with a potential rollout across bus stations, including Canada Water.