TfL publishes proposed bus stop location on Purley Downs Road
30/07/2015 15:11:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Following its contorversial decision to press on with opening up a new bus route running down Purley Downs Road, in spite of concerted local resident opposition, TfL has now published the details of its proposals for bus stop locations. It suggests four pairs of stops, one pair at the top of the road near the junction with Sanderstead Hill, one pair by Merrin Hill/Downsway and one pair where Maywater and Tindale Closes meet. The final pair is in Purley ward, near 61 to 65 Purley Downs Road.
They have clearly tried to be sensitive to local opinion and avoid putting them outside peoples frontages wherever possible. However, I am sure that the residents nearest the stops will still not be very happy.
There is no detail in the emails we have received to indicate how residents will be consulted - if indeed this is TfL's intention. I have asked for clarification on this, but in the interim please email me on email@example.com with your thoughts.
TfL's email does say:
TfL Buses have confirmed that they would need to bus flags and kerbs raised to a minimum of 100mm prior to commencement of the new route.
The Bus stop clearways could be omitted at this stage and added later should obstructive parking become an issue. However, we observed almost no parking along Purley Downs Road.
On the route test we did agree positions for the stops, which would have minimal impact on residential properties. Only three proposed stops B, G & H front onto properties, and these three all have considerable foliage which would completely shield the stop.
Note that stops G and H are in Purley ward, between the railway line and Brighton Road. Stop B is the one closest to Sanderstead Hill on the northern side of the road.
You have to work quite hard to understand the plans TfL has prepared, so I have made a gallery of images here which includes my own overview shot - i.e. not prepared by TfL - I have done my best to represent their intention and to give you a sense of how far apart the stops are. Also included are TfL's own images showing exactly where the stops would be.