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 QuaysCanada Water station is likely to be busier than usual on the southbound platform throughout peak periods.

Changes to the road layout on Jamaica Road are still a couple of years away.

Cllr Hamish McCallum (Lib Dem, Riverside Ward) What discussions have been had between Southwark council and Transport for London relating to congestion issues on Jamaica Road and, in particular, relating to the provision of a ‘box junction’ at the junction with Bevington Street?

Cllr Mark Williams (Labour cabinet member for transport) We have been working closely with Transport for London (TfL) in order to identify and promote improvements to Jamaica Road. Cycle Superhighway Route 4 (CS4) will run along this route and presents an opportunity to address a number of concerns as well as to provide a safer environment for cyclists. CS4 will result in a complete redesign of the Bevington Street junction. Changes at the Rotherhithe roundabout are also covered by CS4 and this is key to reducing congestion on Jamaica Road and adjacent local streets. We are disappointed that TfL have recently deferred delivery of CS4 until 2016 and will continue to press for these improvements to be brought forwards as soon as possible.

This question and answer from last week’s Southwark council assembly may be of interest.

Cllr David Hubber (Lib Dem Surrey Docks ward councillor) In view of the fact that a reversion to two-way working in Lower Road, Rotherhithe, appears still to be a long way off, will the cabinet member consider removing the restriction on vehicles emerging from Plough Way and crossing Lower Road to enter the gyratory system?

Cllr Mark Williams (Labour cabinet member for transport) Feasibility work for the reintroduction of two-way working in the Surrey Quays area is well advanced and I expect proposals to be brought to public consultation later this year. Traffic analysis shows that removing much of the one-way system is possible and this will open up more direct routes to the peninsula as well as creating opportunities to improve the local environment. Removing the current restrictions on traffic exiting Plough Way will be part of these proposals. Analysis shows, however, that this can only work when introduced in conjunction with the wider traffic scheme.

Cash machines which dispense euros as well as pounds have been installed at Bermondsey and Canada Water Undergound stations.

The two SE16 tube stations are among 70 across the capital where new Raphaels Bank dual-currency ATMs have been installed.

Euro withdrawals are commission free, with rates intended to be more favourable than the largest currency exchange providers.

“As part of our ongoing plans to improve the services on offer for our customers, we have worked with Raphaels Bank to install these cash points at stations across our network,” said Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at Transport for London.

“Millions of people use our network each year, including going to or from an airport, Eurostar and coach stations, and these machines have been installed to make it easier for people to access the currency they need.”

Transport for London commissioner Sir Peter Hendy recently revealed that since the first euro ATMs were installed at tube stations in November, €2.5 million has been dispensed across the network.

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??


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.