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 The Sanderstead Blog
Cllr  Lynne  Hale
Cllr  Yvette  Hopley
Cllr  Tim  Pollard

East Surrey Transport Committee Meeting
20/11/2014 09:41:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley

There follows a report from one of the members of the East Surrey Transport Committee.  The report highlights some of the pressures on our busy rail service and some of the improvements that we can look forward to.


As requested by the ESTC Network Rail has cut back the growth from the embankment encroaching onto the pavement in Carlton Road.

A height barrier has been erected on the approach to the Sanderstead Station car-park from Mayfield Road.  This is to stop “Travellers” from setting up a camp in the car-park.

There are ongoing problems on the East Grinsted/Uckfield line.  They are varied so Southern and Network Rail are paying special attention to the problems.

Uckfield Line

A new Electrification RUS is due out in 2015 which is expected to increase the number of routes to be electrified. It is hoped that the Uckfield line will be included.

The platforms in the stations on the Uckfield line are being lengthened for longer diesel trains.  They will be longer than necessary so that they will be long enough for 12 coach electric trains.

Sussex Area Route Study

The guest speaker was Paul Best, Network Planning, Network Rail.  He came to talk about the Sussex Area Route Study.

The Sussex Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) published in 2010 described the improvements to the Southern Area in Control Period 5 (2014 t0 2019) to meet the expected demand on the railway. The improvements in Control Period 5 include an additional platform at Redhill that is due to be finished in 2017 and the rebuilding of London Bridge Station for the Thames Link Programme.

The Sussex Area Route Study is for the improvements required after 2019.  The study has forecast that 4 extra trains will be required on the Brighton Main line by 2023 and 6 more by 2043.  The Area Route Study identifies the improvements required during Control Period 6 (2019 to 2024) to achieve the additional capacity required.

The study also says that the time keeping on the Brighton Main Line is below the national average,  T%his is because there are too many flat junctions on the Southern.

The Study identifies 6 pinch points on the Brighton Main Line that limit capacity and cause delays:

·   Victoria Station

·   Clapham Junction

·   Windmill Bridge Junction (the junction between Selhurst, Norwood Junction, West Croydon and East Croydon.

·   East Croydon Station

·   Stoats Nest Junction

·   Keymer Junction (the junction where the line to Lewes leaves the Brighton Main Line between Wivelsfield and Burgess Hill

Victoria Station

There is a shortage of main line platforms at Victoria Station.  At the present time a few Southern trains use platform 8 but in order to do so, have to use Southeastern tracks which reduces the capacity of the Southeastern side of the station. It is intended to provide a direct connection from platform 8 to the Southern tracks bypassing the Southeastern tracks.  In order to do so 4 of the supports for the shopping centre above the station will have to be moved.

Clapham Junction

The delays at Clapham Junction are caused by extended dwell times in the peak period.  It is intended to connect Victoria end platforms 16 and 17 (the platforms for the West London Line) to the line to Victoria so giving additional platforms for the trains to and from Victoria.  It is intended that the fast trains will use platforms 12, 13 and 14 and the local trains platforms 15 and 16.  Platform 17 will be used for the West London Line.  There will have to be major engineering work at the East Croydon end of the station because the platforms will have to be lengthened under the houses at the southern end of the station.

Windmill Bridge Junction

This is the busiest junction on British Railways with over 1600 trains a day and can cause major delays.  It is intended to provide a grade separated junction between the Victoria and London Bridge lines.  This will be a flyover or fly-under.  Network Rails preference is for a flyover but this would have to pass over the present flyover.  The advantage of a flyover is that it would cause less disruption to services while it was being built.  Also the connection between the local lines from Victoria to the West Croydon line will be lengthened to allow 12 coach trains to wait for access to West Croydon without blocking the Victoria local lines.

In Control Period 7 it is hoped to rebuild West Croydon Station and it may be necessary to provide to provide 3 tracks between Windmill Bridge Junction and West Croydon Station.

East Croydon Station

East Croydon Station is working to maximum capacity and so it is intended to provide two extra platforms and decking over the station to provide more circulating space.  This will be achieved by moving platform 1 and 2 towards platform 3.  There used to be a 3rd track between platforms 2 and 3 so there is room to move platforms 1 and 2.  The new platforms will have to be to the north of the current platforms in order to make room for the connections to the new platforms without having to rebuild the road bridge.  The decking will provide access to the new platforms.

Stoats Nest Junction.

It is intended to provide a grade separated junction between the up fast and up slow lines to avoid conflicting movements which cause delays on the down fast line.

Keymer Junction.

It is intended to provide a grade separated junction here to eliminate conflicting movements and reduce delays.  Wivelsfield station will have to be rebuilt as well.


All these changes will be expensive.  However Windmill Bridge Junction is the busiest junction on the railway system and East Croydon is busier than either Reading or Birmingham New Street both of which are having multimillion pound makeovers at the present time.


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Selsdon Half Marathon in Aid of South East Cancer Help Centre
23/03/2019 11:01:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I was pleased to start the Selsdon Half Marathon this morning.  The event is organised by the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Selsdon and all the volunteers come from around the country to assist.  Hope everyone has a good run and I am particularly appreciative of the funds raised for the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley.

The centre is open to all who need supoort.



McCarthy & Stone Development - Atwood House
11/03/2019 12:33:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I was plesed to meet the new manager, Sue Todd and have a look around the new accommodation and facilities available for the residents.  I particularly liked the lounge where residents can meet and chat and have friends over for a coffee or enjoy the lovely garden.  The rooms are beautiful and well appointed with walk in shower rooms, which are so important in later years for those less able to get in and out of a bath. They have a new IT system in every room where residents can interconnect with their neighbours and set up a watch system with the manager so that she knows residents are safe without invading private space.  These apartments are so important for our elderly residents who know they can stay in the place they love whilst living in a secure environment.  Staying independent for longer is very important and I hope that we see more of these high quality apartments in the future for residents to enjoy.  Picture - Sue Todd and the new key pad IT system.



McCarthy & Stone Development Addington Road - Refuse
11/03/2019 12:30:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I visited the new McCarthy & Stone Development today to try to see what had happened in terms of waste collections at the fltas.  Unfortunately, since October of last year the manager has been unable to secure regular collections at the site.The bins are now over-flowing and residents in desperation have taken their waste to the recycling centre.  I am hoping that they won't have to suffer too much longer before regular collection are in place.



SGN works on Sanderstead Court Avenue
01/03/2019 15:20:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard

The SGN works at the corner of Limpsfield Road and Sanderstead Court Avenue have been causing chaos for a few days now, but unfortunately they are due to say another week due to 'unforseen complications'. They expect to be removing them on 8th March.



Crossways House - 209 Sanderstead Road
01/03/2019 15:05:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


Despite constant reporting of missed collections Crossways House on Sanderstead Road has not received regular collections of waste for months.  The cost of enlisting the services of a private waste disposal service and a cleansing company to clean up the dreadful mess is mounting.  I have contacted the director and the cabinet member asking when a normal service can be resumed.  It appears that despite contacting the council myself the waste still remains piled high.  It just isn't good enough.  Residents are extremely upset.



Ministerial Visit by Mims Davies to Croydon Carers Centre
01/03/2019 13:43:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I attended a meeting at Croydon Carer's Centre with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies MP and our prospective parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central, Mario Creatura.  We were also joined by my deputy Cllr Margaret Mead and Cllr Scott Roche.  The Minister was extremely interested in the good work of the centre and even joined in the Indian dancing session.  She was concerned about the number of elderly in the borough who are socially isolated and praised the many carers here in Croydon, many of which come to the Centre for support.  



David Lean Cinema - Dementia Screenings - All Welcome
20/02/2019 19:51:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


The Sanderstead Councillors have sponsored two Dementia Friendly Screenings at the David Lean Cinema.  The First one is on:

Date:                     5 March

Time:                     Tea/coffee available from 10.15am, film starts at 11am

Venue:                   David Lean Cinema , Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St,              Croydon CR9 1ET

Cost:                     Free (thanks to sponsors from the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance)

How to book:         Click here to reserve seats for VIVA LAS VEGAS

These Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible by providing a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment. The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they’d like to.  There is an interval for people to take a break and tea and coffee will be served before the film starts.



Food Waste Bins - Montana Close
11/02/2019 17:40:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The food waste bins at Montana Close have not been collected since 18 December.  They are so full and smelly that residents have reported this as an environmental issue to the council.  Repeated requests by residents and the management company are to no avail.  I have reported the missed bins on several occasions.  What has gone wrong nobody can explain.  The Director of service has promised that the bins will be collected tomorrow.  Let's wait and see!



Clinic - Rectory Park Sanderstead
30/01/2019 10:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

The local councillors received many emails from concerned resident about the possible closure of the clinic at Rectory Park.  I have received the following official statement which does give some assurance:


We continually review our estate to make the best use of all of our premises to provide the best, most accessible and most efficient service we can to our patients.  There are no agreed plans to close Sanderstead Clinic which is an important part of our estate and sees 4,500 patients a year.

Our ongoing review includes how we utilise some of the empty clinic space in Purley War Memorial Hospital which is 2 miles away from Sanderstead and provides a range of services including minor injuries and minor illnesses.  Early conversations have begun to see what additional services, like physiotherapy or speech & language therapy, could move in to Purley to make this a central part of our care for people in the south of the borough but this does not mean changes at Sanderstead would have to happen.

At this stage we are only looking at what is possible. No decisions have been made and there would be no movement of services without a clear explanation to local people.




Christmas Trees
23/01/2019 12:18:00.......Posted by Tim Pollard


I was a bit disappointed to see a large pile of Christmas trees uncollected this morning near Sanderstead Pond. I don't know whether these all came from the same source or whether one person dumped their tree there and lots of other people followed suit, but as there's a danger that the council teams who are supposed to be collecting trees will miss these, I have reported them. The council, on its web site, says it will only collect from 'kerbside properties' - i.e. houses they collect kerbside recycling from. This is not really a kerbside site location, so that's another good reason to report them. Hopefully the council will collect them before the service ends on Friday, but rest assured I will keep an eye on it!



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