Transport Group

Background to Streatham Action’s Transport group

Streatham Action created a Transport sub-group at its November 2014 AGM. 

This came about on the back of the following two sizeable transport infrastructure proposals that would have involved south London as part of their proposals: 

•    On the back of a public meeting that the Green Party had convened in the summer of 2014, specifically to discuss a first Crossrail 2 consultation phase, it was decided that all further meetings relating to transport infrastructure improvements relating to Streatham would best be co-ordinated by Streatham Action. Such a way forward would thereby nurture a cross-party and non-party political approach to such discussions, so as to allow for the very most effective approaches then to be made to the relevant authorities for such improvements.  

•    TfL went to consultation on a proposed Bakerloo Line extension to the south east at the end of September 2014.  

Streatham Action Transport Group (SAT Group) 

The group initially comprised 7 members of the Streatham Action committee and 4 other members who had attended the SA AGM and had expressed a keen interest to be involved in this transport group.  

 

Over the subsequent 7 years to date, membership has continued to be drawn from a combination of both Streatham Action committee members and other interested individuals who are keen to see transport infrastructure improvements for Streatham.

 

Neil Salt has chaired this transport sub-group since its inception, alongside the hugely valuable assistance of Pete Johnson – a professional transport specialist – as Vice Chair since February 2019.  Over the course of that time, membership has thrived and with numbers attending the bi-monthly meetings often extending to 12-15 members, alongside other interested individuals relating to the specific aspects under discussion from meeting to meeting. 

Bigger picture transport infrastructure improvements for Streatham

The group has been motivated in particular by responding to consultations in a pro-active way and thereby promoting the need for Streatham transport infrastructure improvements: 

•    Crossrail 2 has been a great example of this, where SAT Group lobbied its management at the point when the project was out for consultation relating to its route to the south of Victoria.  At this point, it was open to debate as to whether the route map should travel through Tooting Broadway, or alternatively Balham, on its way to Wimbledon. (See map below)


•    SAT Group’s proactivity became even more ambitious when it sought to promote the idea of a Crossrail 2 spur line coming off the main route from Victoria, via Clapham Junction, Streatham and Croydon, on the way to Gatwick. 

•    In a similar way to proposals made on Crossrail 2 above, during the very first consultation response, with regard to TfL consulting upon the Bakerloo Line extension, SAT Group gave its support to a dog-leg route option via Camberwell and Peckham Rye.  The thinking behind this was that this would then bode well for Streatham subsequently to make a strong case of its own for a “Herne Hill and Streatham loop” extension to the Victoria Line.  This had first been mooted 8 years previously. 
 
Turning South London Orange (TSLO) 

When it became clear that the Crossrail 2 project would not see the light of day, at least for the time being, SAT Group focussed its attentions more closely upon possible smaller wins for transport infrastructure improvements.  Such an opportunity came about as part of the proposal put forward for “Turning South London Orange” (TSLO) by the Centre for London think tank.   The suggestions that were discussed at that time were to seek a high frequency overground train service (6 tph+) for our part of South London that had already been implemented across other orange lines across London by TfL.  Such a strategy would then have been assisted further by a Streatham Interchange being created, in order to improve connectivity between the three Streatham stations.  

SAT Group has not lost sight of the huge improvements that such a Streatham Interchange would bring about for leading to such an increase in train numbers and will refocus its attentions on this as an area for pro-activity in the months ahead.  

Smaller wins achieved for Streatham 

•    SAT Group has also held discussions with Network Rail in order to try to bring forward the date when Streatham station’s long-awaited accessibility project – ie for one or more lifts to be installed at the station – would be progressed as a direct result of lobbying by both SAT Group and the Green Party in particular.  It has recently been confirmed that work on constructing two lifts at Streatham station will now be taking place in to 2022. 

•    SAT Group has for long worked alongside the impressively determined Safer A23 Group to lobby TfL to prioritise a c.£9.2m reconfiguration of the A23 between Streatham Hill station and the South Circular.  Subject only to sufficient monies being agreed upon in TfL’s upcoming negotiation round with the government in December this year, this reconfiguration work will then likely receive the final go ahead in to the autumn of next year and beyond. 

Streatham Passenger Benefit Fund
SAT Group played a leading role in bringing together all interested parties in Streatham who are regular users of the trains at any one or more of our three train stations to check as to key improvements to the stations that they would like to see effected, with monies assigned by GTR specifically to make improvements at our three Streatham stations for the benefit of passengers.  £90k was assigned to Streatham Station and £30k to each of Streatham Common and Streatham Hill stations. All of the works have recently been completed and have included aspects such as improved lighting, repainting and renovating of waiting rooms, the provision of additional seating on platforms and improvements to the appearance of the overbridges at each of Streatham and Streatham Common stations. 

SAT Group continues to be at its most effective by not only working on a cross-party and non-party basis, but also by being seen to be the “go-to” civic transport group for Streatham.  As a consequence of this, the group benefits from regular attendance at our meetings by TfL and LBL representatives and also, from time-to-time, GTR and Network Rail.

Over the past 7 years to date SAT Group has arranged many public meetings covering aspects surrounding:

•    Crossrail 2 and our proactivity on promoting Streatham to become a CR2 station on the route map;  
•    A public meeting with senior GTR representatives at the height of the disruption to train services following on from a major timetable change in the summer of 2016.  This was to lead to Streatham station being granted the highest level of Passenger Benefit Fund monies available to London stations. 

Public meetings have been very well attended, not only as a result of the areas of focus chosen by SAT Group for transport improvements being seen to be important to many local people, but also on the back of the quality of the panels secured for those meetings. 

SAT Group’s future

Streatham Passenger Group was established on the back of SAT Group having received a very large number of responses to its request for local residents’ to provide their wish lists for improvements to be made at our 3 train stations utilising Passenger Benefit Fund monies.  A small group of representatives – 3 for each of the 3 stations - has been established as the Streatham Passenger Group.

 

With more of us now working from our offices once again – for at least part of each week – and with numbers consequently noticeably growing on the transport network, this Streatham Passenger Group will soon start to meet on a quarterly basis with the GTR Station Manager responsible for the 3 Streatham stations and beyond.  Our Vice Chair, Pete Johnson, will oversee this group’s development. 

Please get involved with us

If you have a passion for seeing further improvements being made to Streatham’s transport infrastructure then please contact Neil Salt for further information on how to join our SAT Group and have influence over our areas of focus for lobbying the relevant authorities in the future.  Please contact Neil at: vicechair@streathamaction.org.uk 

 
 

Latest Transport Group Updates and Information

18th December 2021

Dear All, 

Thank you to all colleagues who responded during the course of yesterday, (19th December 2021) up until 8pm, with your feedback on the proposed way forward that I was suggesting for our response to LBL’s Stage 2 consultation process on the Streatham Hill LTN. 

I am pleased to say that the majority opinion of views that I received was that you were happy with the stance that I proposed for us to take in that response. 

Having said that, however, there were one or two responses that I received in to the early evening period requesting that the response should be slightly nuanced from what I had proposed.  

In the end, when it came to trying to make our submission, the consultation format was unhelpfully restrictive - it would seem that the survey was simply wanting yes or no answers to a set of basic questions and with little ability to expand upon the answers. There was only one opportunity provided, in response to one of the questions, where I was able to expand on our requested next steps with regard to the SH LTN.  

Given that scenario, I shall send a follow-up, and more detailed, email to Simon Phillips, LBL’s transport manager, tomorrow. This will then expand upon the points that I raised in our submission response late last night. The wording of that submission is attached with this email for your further information. I shall send a follow-up email either tomorrow, or alternatively on Wednesday, with the wording of the additional information that I shall email to Simon Phillips. 

Whilst I appreciate that not all of you may agree with every word of our attached submission response, it was the best that I was able to put together as a reasonable coming together of the views expressed yesterday by members of our group, on the back of the very short turnaround period that we have had to work around, subsequent to late receipt of the TfL data that Pete and I had requested. 

Kind regards,

Neil

 

Neil Salt

Chair, Streatham Action Transport Group

 

 

  Relevant Papers

  Click on links below for full details:

  Streatham Action Transport group response to Streatham Hill LTN consultation, 19.12.21

  Summary of traffic count data supplied by TfL

  LBL's LTN monitoring strategy document.pdf

  LBL Slides re: Streatham Wells and Streatham Hill LTN  (powerpoint document)

Minutes

Meetings

 
 
 

Meeting - 7th December 2021

I write to confirm that our next Streatham Action Transport Group meeting will take place on Zoom this coming Tuesday, 7th December, between 7 and 9pm.

 

1. As you may recall from our prior meeting held on 16th November, we were unable to receive a presentation at that meeting from TfL in relation to seeing concept design plans for the reconfigured A23 scheme between Streatham Hill station and the South Circular. I am pleased to say that Kieran Hutley of TfL will be able to talk us through these concept designs on our Zoom call on Tuesday evening.

 

2. We shall also receive an update from Claire Alleguen of TfL on a proposed repositioning of a pedestrian crossing further down Streatham High Road.

 

3. You may also recall that I had requested just prior to our November meeting that TfL provide us with some traffic level monitoring data on two comparative dates in September 2019 and September 2021. Jenny Melbourne of TfL, who attended our 28th September meeting and who is TfL’s Network Performance and Planning Manager, should hopefully be in attendance at our meeting on Tuesday to talk us through what that data may have shown up.

 

TfL have requested to attend the first 45 minutes to one hour of our meeting, so they will join us at 7:05pm and with a hard stop on TfL issues by 7.50pm.

 

4. With regard to the latest updates on the Streatham Hill LTN consultation process and Streatham Wells LTN engagement process, Cllr Dr Mahamed Hashi, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air will hopefully be able to be with us between 7.50 and 8.20pm.

 

On Monday evening, I shall send you a further email with the Zoom link for the meeting, alongside the agenda.

 

It would be good to have a large attendance once again on Tuesday evening as we receive this long-awaited news on the latest plans for the A23 reconfiguration work.

 

Kind regards,

Neil

 

Neil Salt

Chair, Streatham Action Transport Group

 

IF YOU NEED A ZOOM LINK, CONTACT NEIL at vicechair@streathamaction.org.uk  or chair@streathamaction.org.uk

Thanks to the very many who attended our last Streatham Action Transport group meeting on Tuesday 16 November.

On account of the fact that TfL representatives were unable to attend that meeting - sign-off by then not yet having been secured for concept design stages on the A23 reconfiguration scheme - we had tentatively scheduled for a follow-up meeting to take place before Christmas on this Wednesday, 1 December.

On the basis that TfL’s Kieran Hutley will unfortunately not now be available on Wednesday evening - he is the best person to talk us through the concept design - and that the additional data that we have requested from TfL will not now also be available until later this week, it makes best sense all round for us to reschedule the meeting:

Our next SAT group meeting will now take place as follows:

Tuesday 7 December on Zoom between 7 and 9pm.

I apologise for any inconvenience that this change of date may cause.

I shall email a copy of the agenda and the draft minutes of the prior 2 meetings to all of us over the next 7 days.

Kind regards,

Neil

Neil Salt

Chair, Streatham Action Transport Group

IF YOU NEED A ZOOM LINK, CONTACT NEIL at vicechair@streathamaction.org.uk  or chair@streathamaction.org.uk