Purley Downs Road bus route to go ahead
25/06/2015 16:35:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Not to anyone involved's great surprise, TfL have decided to ignore the views of the hundreds of residents on Purley Downs Road who were opposed to the running of the 359 bus down their road, as the route is extended from Selsdon down to Purley.
It is fair to say that there are a number of residents in the roads and closes off Purley Downs Road who are generally supportive of the idea, but nearly all Purley Downs Road residents were either opposed or had serious reservations.
In spite of the outcome of the consultation, TfL has decided that the duty it has to provide bus services trumps residents' concerns and the route will go ahead.
TfL has agreed to talk to the council, ward councillors and residents about the location of bus stops (the initial controvery about this scheme was started when the rather cack-handedly started making out potential bus stps on the road before telling anyone they were even thinking about proposing the route). I hope they will honour that pledge and at least recognise residents' legitimate comncerns about the bus stop location.
I've pasted below the key points in TfL's response to the public feedback, and you can read the full report here.
Main issues raised and TfL's response
There was strong opposition to the proposal to extend route 359 to Purley via Purley Downs Road. Reasons for opposing the proposal include the following:
Increased pollution, litter, vandalism and traffic on Purley Downs Road;
Spoiling the character of the road;
Concerns regarding security and safety on Purley Downs Road.
We conform to the requirements to regulate bus services as set out in the GLA Act 1999. While the impact of bus services on the level of litter and vandalism is unclear, we work extensively with bus operators, local authorities, the police and other relevant agencies to ensure any issues of this nature are prevented and addressed.
Introduction of the service will add two additional vehicles along the road in either direction, between the hours of 0700 and 2000. It is not considered that this level of service will have an impact on traffic or pollution levels. We meet all UK and EU vehicle emission requirements, and in many cases exceeds these.
The scheme does not provide value for money;
The technical report published on the TfL website alongside the consultation demonstrated that the changes provide value for money. https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/new-addington/user_uploads/new- addington-review-v4-november-2014.pdf
There would be no one wanting to use the service;
The technical report estimated that approximately 260 passengers per day will start or finish their trips in the Purley Downs Road area.
The map included in the Consultation Report indicates that there was support for the changes from some residents on and around Purley Downs Road. There was also a petition from residents around Purley Downs Road supporting the service, which gained 208 signatures.
Send route 359 via existing 412 routeing to Purley, instead of via Purley Downs Road.
Operating route 359 via Rectory Park and Mitchley Avenue would duplicate a large proportion of route 412. Operating via Purley Downs Road serves an area currently remote from the bus network. Therefore the latter is estimated to have significantly greater benefits against a similar cost.