Monday, 13 February 2017

167 Update: Answers to Questions

Green Member of the Greater London Assembly Caroline Russell. Has asked 6 questions of the Mayor of Greater London, Sadiq Khan regarding the service. Here is the responses:

Caroline Russell (18-Jan-2017)
What modelling has Transport for London (TfL) carried out into the potential increased use of the hopper ticket as a result of the proposed truncation of the 167 bus route? Please provide me with the results.

The Mayor (18-Jan-2017)
There was no specific modelling of Hopper usage. However, TfL did analyse passenger journeys.  The route truncation affects approximately 830 journeys per day which can be currently made on a direct route 167 bus and would in future require a change.  4,587 journeys would continue to be possible by using direct TfL bus services. Some of the passengers whose journeys are affected will already be using a multi-journey ticket such as a bus pass, a Travelcard, or a Freedom Pass, or travelling on a concession and those using pay as you go would be able to take advantage of the Hopper fare.
TfL's response to the issues raised during consultation on this scheme is available on their website: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/167/.



Caroline Russell (18-Jan-2017)
What modelling has Transport for London (TfL) carried out into the potential increased use of the hopper ticket as a result of the proposed truncation of the 167 bus route? Please provide me with the results.

The Mayor (18-Jan-2017)
There was no specific modelling of Hopper usage. However, TfL did analyse passenger journeys.  The route truncation affects approximately 830 journeys per day which can be currently made on a direct route 167 bus and would in future require a change.  4,587 journeys would continue to be possible by using direct TfL bus services. Some of the passengers whose journeys are affected will already be using a multi-journey ticket such as a bus pass, a Travelcard, or a Freedom Pass, or travelling on a concession and those using pay as you go would be able to take advantage of the Hopper fare.
TfL's response to the issues raised during consultation on this scheme is available on their website: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/167/.



Caroline Russell (18-Jan-2017)
Eighty-one per cent of respondents to the consultation on the future of the 167 bus service said that truncating this route will make their journeys longer. Has Transport for London (TfL) assessed the likelihood that local residents may decide to switch to making their trip by car instead of bus as a result of the changes it is proposing? If so, will you provide me with the results?

The Mayor (18-Jan-2017)
No specific modelling was carried out on mode shift.  However Transport for London (TfL) route 20 will continue to serve nearly all of the section in Essex no longer served by route 167. 

Caroline Russell (18-Jan-2017)
What would be the annual cost to Transport for London (TfL) of continuing to run the 167 bus route between Loughton station and Debden station?

The Mayor (18-Jan-2017)
Debden and Loughton in Essex are currently linked to North East London by Transport for London (TfL) bus routes 20, 167, 397 and 549. Essex County Council provided funding towards the operation of routes 20 and 167, however this stopped in April last year. Given that these services are now entirely subsidised by London, TfL has had to develop proposals to restructure route 167.
The additional annual extra cost to TfL would be over £0.5m a year to retain the route between Loughton station and Debden station. Modelling shows that revenue would cover less than 40 per cent of this cost, leaving a shortfall of at least £225,000 a year to operate this section.


Caroline Russell (18-Jan-2017)
Essex County Council has asked Transport for London (TfL) to consider actively encouraging alternative methods of service provision on the 167 route, such as encouraging commercial operation with a permit for operation in London, and has offered to cooperate with TfL in this regard. Will you ask TfL to work with Essex County Council and with local residents to explore the feasibility of such a solution?

The Mayor (18-Jan-2017)
I have asked Transport for London to ensure Essex County Council is briefed on the mechanisms that exist to facilitate a commercial operator wishing to operate services inside the GLA boundary.
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Caroline Russell (18-Jan-2017)
Davenant Foundation School and Debden Park High School are concerned that students could be deterred from attending after-school revision sessions or extra-curricular activities as the proposed new timings for the 677 bus service are unsuitable. Were these schools involved in discussion with Transport for London (TfL) on the timings for this route?

The Mayor (18-Jan-2017)
Both Davenant Foundation School and Debden Park High School were contacted before the route 167 consultation went live and were encouraged to respond.  Both schools provided submissions.
The schedule for route 677 is yet to be confirmed.
TfL will contact all schools involved, also including Roding Valley High School, to find out the best timings for the service to operate. Route 20 will also continue to serve the section between Loughton station and Debden Station, with buses every 15 minutes, providing access to both schools.



Sunday, 4 December 2016

Local Plan update




·       The draft local plan has been published. It states policies and sites that do will deliver 11,400 new homes to Epping Forest. The plan that runs from 2011 to 2033 has already had 4000 of its homes built that form part of the plan. A site in Palmerston Road and one in Station Way have already received planning permission and are being built in Buckhurst Hill. There are three future sites that are listed in the plan in Buckhurst Hill: St Just’s in Powell Road where 33 homes approximately could be built, 44 homes could be built on the car park at the bottom of Queens Road (we have been told extra parking provision will result), and 11 approximately where the shops are at the top of Lower Queens Road. St Just's is have its green belt status removed. The issues of congestion  and parking provision are problems for the car at bottom of Queens Road, and rehousing residents and shops as well as parking are issues for Lower Queens Road. The recent public meeting showed a strong strength of feeling against each proposed site,
    Buckhurst Hill is the most densely populated part of Epping Forest and local Greens have argued that the three sites listed are inappropriate, and considering we have already had some development built and considering the restrictions in the area no more should be built and we taken our fair share. We also feel there is not enough detail on how present and future infrastructure is going to be met with these new developments. You can take part in the consultation from 31st October to 12th December 2016. You can do this by going online: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/planningourfuture, or go to the Parish Council Office at Buckhurst Hill Library.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Draft Local Plan out

The Draft Local Plans is out:

The proposed sites in Buckhurst Hill for development are:

St Just, Powell Road, 30 homes.
Car Park, bottom Queens Road 44 homes.
Stores, Lower Queens Road 11 homes.
For more details click on item 7 and go to page 239 for Buckhurst Hill: http://rds.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=295&MId=8649

Friday, 12 August 2016

Neighbourhood Plan

As you may know Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is beginning the early stages consultation on the Buckhurst Hill Neighbourhood Plan. This will set planning policy in Buckhurst Hill until 2033. We are asking for your initial views on what you would like to see in the plan. We are planning further consultations on specific areas of planning policy later on that will go deeper into the issues involved in the area. Please complete the consultation via this link: http://www.buckhursthillpc.gov.uk/survey/ or by the paper copy you should have had through your door with the parish magazine

If you have any questions please attend one of the following workshops:

Wednesday, August 31, Roding Valley Hall, 7 – 9 PM.
Friday, September 16, Buckhurst Hill library, 7 PM – 9 PM.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

167: How you can help.

Residents have asked what they can do about the threat to cut  by Transport for London the167 in the section from Loughton Station to Debden Station. It will impact residents of Debden and those who need to get to Debden. This will especially affect people who don’t have cars and who depend on public transport including school children, elderly people, people with mobility issues and parents with young children.
To stop these proposals, you can:
1. Sign this petition set up by  Debden Resident Heidi Chung: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitio…/save-the-167-bus-route
2. Respond to the Tf...L consultation: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/167/consult_view
3. Write to Eleanor Laing MP: http://www.eleanorlaing.com/contact
4. Contact Transport Portfolio Holder Eddie Johnson: http://cmis.essexcc.gov.uk/essexcmis5/Councillors/tabid/62/ctl/ViewCMIS_Person/mid/480/id/73/ScreenMode/Ward/Default.aspx
4. Write to your County Councillor Valerie Metclafe: http://rds.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/mgMemberIndexMRP.aspx
5. Complain to the EFDC transport portfolio holder, Cllr Gary Waller.
Phone: 01279 739345
Email: gary.waller@which.net

Monday, 13 June 2016

167 update: Consultation to change of route and introduction of new School Bus Route.

Today Transport for London have revealed  a consultation on a change to the 167 Bus Route. They plan in future to run it along the same route except stop at Loughton instead of Debden. They also plan a new school bus route from Ilford to Debden the 677. Please take part in the consultation: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/167

There are no planned changes to the Number 20 Bus Route.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

A Big Thank you from Simon and Steven: Your Green Team


The results are in: Simon Heap was elected onto the District Council,  as our 2nd District Councillor, and Steven Neville onto the Parish Council.

District Result

Simon Heap, Green Party, 656 votes Elected.

Neville Wright, Conservative, 593 votes not elected.

Simon Hearn,  UKIP, 201 votes, not elected.

 

Parish Result:

Steven Neville, Green, 931 votes Elected

Neville Wright, Con, 661 votes Elected

Sam Clark, Con, 531 votes Elected

Smruti Patel, Con, 502 votes Elected

Jane Forker Clark, Con, 477 votes Elected

Halle Wheeler, Con, 408 votes not elected

A big thank you to all those residents who voted for Simon. Also thanks to all the 931 residents who gave me one of their five votes. I am more than grateful and together we hope to be good public servants and campaigners for the people of Buckhurst Hill East. We now form a group on District Council.
 
Finally a special mention to Ellie Furlong who came within 96 votes of being Parish Councillor in Buckhurst Hill West but was a distant second in the District result.