Further development and transport information, and conclusion

Future development plans already in place aside from Crossrail 2:

  1. Lambeth Council will - between January and May 2016 - begin work on the Long-Term Transport Strategy for the borough as a whole.

  2. Streatham has a thriving Business Improvement District (BID) in operation, which has particularly close links established with The Community Engagement Manager for Gatwick, which also helps to open up Streatham’s links with Croydon.

  3. Streatham’s MP, Chuka Umunna, is at the forefront of a campaign to devolve the Southern Rail franchise to TfL at the earliest opportunity, on the grounds in particular of Southern’s inadequate performance levels.

  4. Any increase in frequency of trains on the Southern route lines, however, will only be viable if and when new moving block signaling is installed on Streatham’s lines. The fact that Streatham’s lines are not high on the priority list for Network Rail at present means that this major signaling improvement work is only projected to take place in approximately 10 years’ time.

  5. constant key crowding problems at all three Streatham stations in peak hours would be alleviated somewhat by increasing the carriage length of trains from 8-car trains to 10-car trains. Until or unless Network Rail may extend the station platform length at Streatham’s busiest station – Streatham Common Station – carriage lengths are already at, or very close to, capacity. Even without the significant potential growth accompanying the economic regeneration developments possible in tandem with a CR2 station at Streatham, continuing population growth along the lines envisaged in recent years will likely mean that even increased train carriage length capacity will not meet Streatham’s population demands on these Streatham lines.

 

Use of public transport by Streatham’s already very economically active population:

  1. According to the 2011 UK population census, Streatham is the 3rd most “economically active” of the country’s 650 constituencies from the perspective of residents between the ages of 16 and 74.
  2. During the period between 2010 and 2015, 2,000 jobs have been created in the Streatham constituency.
  3. Unemployment levels in Streatham have reduced by 47% over the same time period.
  4. 49.6% of our residents of working age use the train to travel to work, making Streatham the 9th busiest constituency in Britain out of 650 in that regard according to the UK Census 2011.

Requirement for substantive improvements to be made to Streatham High Road in conjunction with a CR2 station being built at Streatham station:

 

  1. Streatham High Road (A23) has for long been considered anecdotally as being one of the longest high roads in Europe. Alongside that, however, it also contains one of the worst rush hour pinch-point congestion areas in the whole of London in the form of the St Leonard’s Junction, located just up from Streatham station. TfL is currently assessing the A23 for improvements at the St Leonard’s junction in particular.
  2. If CR2 implements further detailed investigations that lead to a decision being taken to build a CR2 station at Streatham, then this will likely precipitate further ideas for alleviating congestion issues on the A23, not least by TfL redesigning key pinchpoints along the A23 corridor through Streatham. Such measures would thereby bring about not only more effective traffic flow on this major arterial route, but also provide much safer use of the thoroughfare by pedestrians.
  3. Streatham has for too long been woefully short of parking facilities. Even Streatham’s early stage of regeneration has not incorporated, as part of it, any increase in the amount of non-retail store managed parking facilities for the benefit of shoppers and commuters alike in Streatham. This aspect will clearly need to be addressed at a very early stage when further regeneration sites are being considered.

Conclusion

Following on from the business case made within this consultation submission report by Streatham Action for a CR2 station to be built at Streatham Station, we and the attached 2,250 signatories call upon senior management at CR2 to commence detailed analysis as soon as possible in to a route for CR2 that will incorporate Streatham.

Members of Streatham Action’s transport group would like, at the earliest opportunity, to meet with Michele Dix and other senior members of CR2 to discuss further the information contained both within this document and the accompanying supporting documentation.

Lee Alley 
Chair, Streatham Action

Neil Salt
Chair, Streatham Action Transport Group