ECRA petition – Protect Coulsdon South train services

Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 18.35.12East Coulsdon Residents’ Association (ECRA) are concerned that although over 400 people from Coulsdon complained to GTR about the loss of stops in the Reigate and Tonbridge service at Coulsdon South and the loss of the Tattenham Corner shuttles, changes will not be made. In addition, it appears that an additional peak hour train for Coulsdon South will not be provided, as promised.

East Surrey Transport Committee also conducted a survey of over 1000 offpeak passengers at Coulsdon South and undertook a number of surveys on the Tattenham Corner shuttle trains.  These showed an overwhelming demand for these trains to continue to stop at Coulsdon South and at least the first and last Shuttle trains to continue.

ECRA are asking people affected to protest about this treatment of Coulsdon,  the only area that ends up with worse services than now, by signing the petition below and emailing the completed petition to info@eastcoulsdon.co.uk

They advise people to also email:

GTR = CEO Charles.Horton@GTRailway.com

GTR – Chief Operating Officer Diane Crowther Dyan.Crowther@GTRailway.com

Chris Philp MP  chris.philp.mp@parliament.uk

Steve O’Connell – GLA member steve.oconnell@london.gov.uk

You can sign their petition by emailing your contact details to  info@eastcoulsdon.co.uk and they will co-ordinate the petition.

ECRA will not publish your details or pass them on to a third party.

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Download  a word version here: GTR petition 2 Sept 2015

There is also a copy of the petition on Change.org.

IT’S FREEDOM PASS RENEWAL TIME – Look out for your letter

If you are the holder of an older person’s Freedom Pass which expires on 31 March next year Croydon Council are urging you to ensure you renew your pass between November and December so that you can continue to enjoy free travel across the capital.

Any older person in Croydon whose Freedom Pass expires on 31 March next year will receive a letter in the coming weeks explaining how they can renew it. This may come as late as December and the letter will include all details of how to renew.

In addition to free cross-London travel on public transport, the Freedom Pass allows older adults to travel on local bus services throughout England, at certain times, and is Europe’s most comprehensive free travel scheme.

Pass holders are being encouraged to renew online, a straightforward process taking only a few minutes, and helping to reduce costs to the council, which contributes to funding for the Freedom Pass.

Library staff, and advisers with Age UK and Advice Services Croydon will support older residents who would like to renew online but do not have access to their own computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Library computers can be used, but holders should book in advance to be sure of availability. Additionally, the computer terminals in Access Croydon can be used, with no need to book in advance.

Anybody unable to renew online can return the form enclosed with their letter by post. Please note, Freedom Passes cannot be renewed at post office branches.

Once renewed, the new pass can be used straight away.

For more information, visit www.freedompass.org.

East Croydon

Proposed new bus route, inc Purley Downs Road

The following information was received from Cllr Yvette Hopley, immediately following our meeting in Sanderstead.  Cllr Hopley writes,

Proposed new bus route including Purley Downs Road

A number of residents have recently let us know that they have seen TfL engineers out marking up areas of Purley Downs Road for putting in new bus stops for a proposed new bus route. They wanted to know whether the local councillors were behind this scheme and, if not, who was?

I think it is fair to say that the ward team were as surprised as residents were when these road markings appeared – TfL did not see fit to consult ward councillors before they did it. Upon investigating the road marking issue we learned that TfL were now in the process of formally consulting on making the road a bus route, linking Purley with New Addington.

This is certainly not being driven by the ward councillors or the council. As a ward team we are acutely aware that many residents at the upper end of Purley Downs Road are strongly opposed to this on road safety and environmental grounds – although it is also true to say that some residents at the lower end are more supportive, because they currently have no nearby bus access.

There is a formal consultation shortly to take place and we would urge all Sanderstead residents who feel themselves affected to take part. We have asked our GLA Member, Steve O’Connell to make representation to TfL about a number of things:

1. That their application of potential bus shelter site markings gives the impression – whether correct or not – that this scheme is going ahead regardless of the outcome of the consultation.

2. That most residents are unaware of the consultation and this needs to be rectified – we ourselves don’t yet have the details of the scheme or the consultation process.

3. That the consultation should not just take place at the origin of the route (New Addington), but that there should be an event residents can go to learn about the scheme in Sanderstead or Purley.

TfL don’t have to take any notice of these requests, but clearly we hope that sense will prevail and they do take note.

Enquiries made by our GLA Member, Steve O’Connell, have revealed that consultation is due to commence shortly (next week is likely) and he will ensure we are kept informed. In the meantime, he has advised that two public New Addington bus consultation drop-in sessions have been arranged at Addington Community Association (ACA), Community Hall, Central Parade, New Addington, Croydon, CR0 0JB as follows:

5.00-8.00p.m., 29th October and 2.00-5.00p.m., 30th October

It is very important that local residents are consulted on the proposals and we will certainly keep residents posted of further news.

We are awaiting confirmation for a Sanderstead consultation venue which is hoped to take place on Thursday, 6 November.

It is very important that local residents are consulted on the proposals and we will certainly keep residents posted of further news.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Yvette Hopley
Sanderstead Ward

 

Sanderstead sign

For updated information and details of the consultation exercise please see:

TfL bus consultation open until 5 December 2014