Do you use public transport to get to and from Streatham?
Are you happy with the state of the transport available in the area?
We know Streatham has missed out on a number of transport initiatives in recent years. That’s why we want to work together with residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders to get Streatham back on the transport map.
Most people will agree that Brixton, Clapham and North Lambeth have pretty good transport links, with access to tube, rail and bus links. The south of the borough is not as lucky. Streatham in particular has been overlooked in a number of transport initiatives in recent years. This means it has lost out on improved transport would have resulted in jobs and growth in a popular area with an ever-growing residential and business population.
What are we asking for?
We are in competition with every other London borough for transport investment so we need to be clear about what we want. You told us your top transport requests for Streatham via our public meeting and transport survey earlier this year. They are listed below in priority order (including percentage of people who listed as top priority).
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. Push for integration of Southern Rail’s greater London services into TfL-run overground network
- 2. Call upon Transport for London to make immediate improvements to the St Leonard’s Road junction
- 3. Secure a pledge from Southern and Thameslink that services via Streatham stations to and from central London stations will improve during and after building works at London Bridge, and these services will be retained once works are complete
- 4. Improve cycle lanes
- 5. Cleaner buses to improve air quality
- 6. Connect Streatham to the Croydon Tramlink system
- 7. Encourage Transport for London to increase east to west bus services e.g. West Norwood to Tooting
- 8. Urge rail companies to review their rail ticket refund schemes
- 9. Include parts of Streatham High Road in 20mph
- 10. Create more bays on Streatham high road to increase footfall to local businesses
1. Push for integration of Southern Rail’s greater London services into TfL-run overground network
Rail users have expressed frustration at the current service. Southern had the second-worst punctuality record in 2014/15 but charges some of the highest fares in the country.
At the public meeting held in January 2015, Streatham made clear their unhappiness with trains that are frequently late or cancelled at the last minute, the overcrowding in the carriages and poor customer service. Several complained about having to pay a £10 administration fee to claim
- A letter was sent from Cllr Jack Hopkins and Chuka Umunna to Claire Perry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, on Thursday 19 March 2015 about the Southern Rail Franchise. It called on her to investigate whether Southern Trains are in breach of the terms of their franchise as the current service is failing passengers.
- Cllr Hopkins and Chuka Umunna writing to London Mayor Boris Johnson on April 7, 2015 calling for the integration of South London Rail Services into London Overground.
- Lambeth Council has joined the Turning South London Orange campaign which is being put together by the Centre for London. The steering group for the project will be co-chaired by Steve Norris (former Conservative Minister for Transport) and Lord Adonis (Labour Shadow Minister for Infrastructure). Once funding is secured, transport experts, housing developers and representatives from TfL and South London boroughs will join in helping guide and develop the work.
- We are lobbying the London Mayoral candidates to endorse our campaign. Read Cllr Lib Peck’s letter to Labour and Conservative candidates setting out the case for Streatham’s rail lines to be integrated into the overground.
2. Call upon Transport for London to make immediate improvements to the St Leonard’s Road junction
- There have been a series of meetings with Transport for London on this issue. Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite has secured agreement from TfL to work on a solution. TfL officers had initially been reluctant to install a timed pedestrian crossing at St Leonard’s Junction, concerned that it would increase vehicle journey times and stationary traffic. However, after pressure by councillors, TfL officers have now agreed to model options for a new pedestrian crossing just south of the junction, adjacent with Streatham Green. The final modelling for these options will be presented on Saturday November 21 at a public exhibition at Streatham Library from 11am-4pm.
- A proposal to improve the Ambleside Avenue and Mitcham Lane junction – around 150 metres south of the St Leonard’s Road junction where the campaign had focused, has also been made.
- On June 8 this year it was proposed that as part of a junction review and because there have been fatal accidents TfL had planned safety improvements at this junction. Work is planned to start later this summer and be completed by this winter:
- The following work is planned to start later this summer and be completed by this winter:
- Modernised brighter street lighting to improve visibility
- New Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) for cyclists so they can get ahead of traffic
- New 1.5 metre wide cycle feeder lane on Ambleside Avenue, to access the ASL
- New trixi mirrors on the signal poles to increase visibility of cyclists
- Narrowed traffic lanes to slow down drivers approaching the junction
- Realigned and/or widened pedestrian crossings
- New tactile paving for people with a visual impairment
- Modernised traffic signals to reduce pedestrian waiting times
- New pedestrian countdown to tell people how long they have to cross
- New digital combined red light and speed camera to help with enforcement
- New textured and patterned imprinted high friction road surface at the junction to reduce vehicle speeds and stopping distances and increase driver awareness of the crossing
3. Secure a pledge from Southern and Thameslink that services via Streatham stations to and from central London stations will improve during and after building works at London Bridge, and these services will be retained once works are complete
- 27% backed this call as a high priority. Lambeth council joined lobbying efforts in 2012 that successfully sought this guarantee. That pledge was made three-years ago when there was a lot of pressure applied around this issue. By 2017 when London Bridge is completed and normal services resume, it will have been five years, and that pledge may have been dropped. We will monitor timetable details once published to ensure earlier guarantees are still being met.
- In August 2015, Cllr Jack Hopkins wrote a second letter to Southern Rail urging them to ensure that the frequency of services to and from Streatham stations returns to the same levels as before the London Bridge works began.
4. Improve cycle lanes
- TfL have announced that they are working in partnership with London boroughs to deliver seven Quietway routes by mid-2016, which includes the Waterloo to Greenwich quietway which will run through north to south through Lambeth, including the back streets of Streatham’s Hillside Road, Mount Nod Road and Becmead Avenue.
- Although Santander Cycles have been ruled out in Streatham owing to the very high cost of extending the scheme, we are pushing Southern Rail about the possible installation of Brompton bike docking stations at Streatham’s train stations
- The Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme, which is coming to Streatham soon, will ask residents to choose for themselves the improvements they want to see along their road. Amongst the options will be things like cycle-friendly speed humps and secure cycle hangars.
5. Cleaner buses to improve air quality
Gas guzzling London buses are the primary cause of the poor air quality which affects the lives of Lambeth residents. Public Health England has estimated that 112 deaths a year are connected to poor air quality in Lambeth. Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite has been leading the campaigning for TfL to introduce new, cleaner buses or retrofitted buses.
- Following a petition calling on TfL to use clean buses, the Mayor announced that cleaner buses would be introduced on routes 255, 319 and 333 on Streatham High Road. Read the Mayor's response.
- Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite’s letter to the Evening Standard, 8 June 2015
6. Connect Streatham to the Croydon Tramlink system
This was previously a priority for the GLA under former London Mayor Ken Livingstone. However the Streatham, Croydon link and plans for the Cross River Tram (CRT), linking Brixton and Peckham with King's Cross and Camden Town via Elephant & Castle and Waterloo, were dropped by Boris Johnson soon after he became London Mayor in 2008.
- The options will be re-examined in Lambeth council’s long term transport study which is currently being designed.
7. Encourage Transport for London to increase east to west bus services e.g. West Norwood to Tooting
North - south journeys are much better served than east - west. However, as the population has grown, so too has the demand for east – west journeys to destinations like Streatham Leisure Centre, West Norwood and Kings College Hospital.
- TfL are currently consulting on extending the east – west 315 bus route to Peabody Hill. The consultation provides a good opportunity to press them to improve the frequency of the service, which is currently affected by congestion on Valley Road. To have your say please visit the TfL consultation website. The consultation closes on 3 September.
- Lambeth council’s Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme is coming to Streatham and this may be an opportunity to work on route improvements.
8. Urge rail companies to review their rail ticket refund schemes
At the public meeting in January many commuters voiced their anger at the £10 administration fee Southern Rail charge customers to process a refund.
9. Include parts of Streatham High Road in 20mph
Improve the safety of the A23 by introducing improved signage and enforcing a 20mph zone in certain sections
- TfL have agreed to trial 20mph on 3 locations– at Brixton, Clapham and Waterloo. Lambeth is pressing TfL to extend this to Streatham too in order to reduce the number of road accidents in the town centre.
- The campaign group, Safer A23 have launched a petition calling for safety improvements to A23
10. Create more bays on Streatham high road to increase footfall to local businesses
This suggestion attracted little support with just 3% of Streatham residents ranking it as their top priority, and nearly half saying it is their lowest priority.
Calls for more parking bays have often been led by businesses seeking to boost trade. However there are ways of increasing footfall beyond just creating extra parking bays. Encouraging more people to visit the high street on foot or by bike would achieve the same effect, while also meeting the borough’s ambition to increase cycling and reduce pollution. Research also suggests that pedestrian and cycle visitors boost trade more than drivers.
A parking review of the whole borough will help determine exact need and get the balance right.