-« 64 bus route, New Addington Services and 130 bus route
The Chair reported that the ward councillors who had reported to this Panel had not noticed any improvement to services and that a letter was due to be sent to TfL describing problems experienced in New Addington and proposed solutions. It was suggested that the only quick way to resolve the problem and serve Kestrel Way was to divert the 130 bus to run clockwise instead of anti-clockwise, and to implement this solution as soon as possible.
The TfL representative urged officers to put forward any proposals for improvements to bus services at the yearly strategic meeting with TfL.
Council officers stated that they had requested separate meetings to examine bus services in the north, then in the south of the borough. They were also hoping to meet with TfL to focus on bus services in central Croydon in the light of significant forthcoming developments in the area.
-« Temporary bus stops
The TfL representative reported that work to install temporary bus stops had been costed at approximately £1600 each. He added that no further work would be done by TfL on these in view of the high costs. Panel members remarked that the absence of bus stops during road works and other disruptions sometimes meant that people had to walk a mile to the next stop.
-« South Norwood bus services and gaps in bus services
Council officers reported that these services had been raised at recent meetings with TfL but would be discussed in greater depth at future meetings
-« Bus services to Tollers Lane, Coulsdon
Panel members reported that it was proposed to build 40 new homes in the area, and that 20 units had been constructed two years ago. They stressed the increasingly urgent need for bus services in the area. They added that there had been plans to build a new wide road in the area but that the money allocated to this work had never been used, as a result of which it is currently not safe for large vehicles to turn left on the existing road. The nearest bus stop is over one kilometre away, which presents a challenge for the local residents, many of whom are elderly and on a low income, and rely on public transport. Panel members stressed the need to improve the local highways and bring in bus services. They hoped that funding could be secured through section 106 or Community Infrastructure Levy (C.I.L.) contributions secured through conditions in the planning applications for the 40 new units.
-« Terminal arrangements in Purley for the 412 bus route
Panel members were advised that a route test had been conducted and had failed. TfL officers were now considering rerouting the bus past Christchurch Road. Panel members asked for the bus to run in-service so that passengers could remain on board through Purley and alight at the hospital, to avoid crossing a number of very busy roads. Officers stated that this would be discussed at the forthcoming meeting on bus services in the south of the borough.
-« Proposed changes to routes 289 and 455 (Purley Way)
The Chair reported that there had been an unfavourable reaction to proposals to change these two routes at the Waddon Community Forum two weeks previously and panel members felt that these proposals needed to be reconsidered by TfL. they added that the 289 bus stop was the only one linking buses with trams and should not be removed. Doing so would force people to cross busy roads with heavy shopping to access the closest remaining bus stop. The TfL representative urged all concerned to respond to the consultation by its deadline of 7 March.
-« Lack of crossing at West Croydon bus station
Panel members were reminded that many requests for a crossing had been made since the reopening of West Croydon station.
The TfL representative stated that there was a fortnightly operational meeting with signal crossing staff, also attended by council officers Sue Ritchie and Mike Barton. He suggested that these officers be contacted to explore the possibility of a signalised crossing from West Croydon station. Council officers also announced that they were exploring the possibility of creating a walk-in to the bus station through the forthcoming St Michael development.
Panel members stressed the importance of interconnectivity between bus, tram and overground services.
-« Clarity and font size of bus service information at bus stops
The TfL representative stated that officers had confirmed the display met the industry standard despite complaints about the small print size. He suggested that this issue might be raised at the 2 March Mobility Forum meeting but stated that he could make no promised about any future changes.
-« Absence of information at West Croydon bus station on various bus routes running through Croydon but not through the bus station
It was remarked that there was no information at West Croydon bus station about all bus services running through the centre of Croydon and it was suggested that a map be displayed showing all services and their destinations, as was the case at many other stations. The TfL representative undertook to explore the possibility of displaying such a map at West Croydon bus station.
-« Capacity on the 166 bus route on summer Saturday and Sunday afternoons to Oaks Park lavender fields
It was reported that the lavender fields were very popular with Chinese tourists in the summer time, leading to overcrowding on the 166 bus on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in summer time. Officers undertook to discuss this at the 6 April meeting on bus services in the south of the borough.
-« Overcrowding on the 466 (by Coulsdon College) and 410 (by Crystal Palace)
Cllr Chris Wright reported that overcrowding was becoming worse every day as both the school and Coulsdon College had grown significantly and the College was due to grow further in the not so distant future. It was suggested that the frequency of the 404 and 60 bus routes might be increased in the afternoon to address this significant rise in demand.
-« Need for bus stop humps by bus stops on London Road
Council officers reported that the accessibility programme was progressing very well, but that any improvements needed on London Road may have been delayed due to the extensive public realm works in the area. Council officers undertook to find out whether the bus stops concerned had been assessed for accessibility.