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Buses Leave Loughborough Junction stranded


Loughborough Junction residents and businesses are requesting an immediate solution to the lack of bus provision in the area as a result of the emergency closure of Coldharbour Lane for Gas main repairs. The 35, 45, 345 and N35 have been diverted via Herne Hill leaving those in the vicinity of Loughborough Junction with only buses on routes P4 (Diverted) and P5. There is no provision for the mile journey to Camberwell, and inadequate provision to Brixton (just over a mile away). Many elderly and disabled are unable to walk that far and many others unable to carry shopping such distances.

Val Shawcross (AM) said “I appreciateĀ  the urgency and seriousness of the situation and I would encourage members of the public to write to the Mayor as Chair of TfL”

Though of course it must be noted that the closure is not resulting from transport for London’s actions, who have responded to an unscheduled emergency gas repair.

Has the closed road and lack of transport affected you?


Author: loughboroughjunction

The Loughborough Junction Forum is a grassroots organisation set up by local people to provide all members of the community with a way to improve the Loughborough Junction area. It is intended that it provides eyes, ears and a collective voice for the community. All participants are invited to provide accounts of what they see happening within the area and to share their concerns and ideas with the forum so that they can be collated and channelled to the relevant authorities.

7 thoughts on “Buses Leave Loughborough Junction stranded

  1. I’m lucky in that I don’t rely on the buses every day but this is certainly inconvenient and it was a shock to find out that all local buses are diverted for 6 weeks! I feel sorry for those who are dependent on the buses.

    On the bus stops it says it’s due to emergency gas works – does anyone know any more about what the emergency is? And will it really last 6 weeks?

  2. TfL could at least put notices in the bus stops and leaflet the surrounding area.

  3. also, at least one of the buses could just divert around the actual works….up Hinton Road and back down Herne Hill road? Another signal of the contempt that transport authorities hold this area in. Come on Lambeth Council and London Assembly…lobby on our behalf.

  4. There is a petition about this but I cant help but feel, this shouldn’t need a petition, it should just be dealt with and sorted out with buses on diversion. I am staggered that tfl can just stop servicing a route that is used by thousands of local residents, while Lambeth council apparently do nothing to resolve the situation.

  5. Boris Johnson
    Mayor of London
    Greater London Authority
    City Hall
    The Queen’s Walk
    More London
    London SE1 2AA

    Dear Boris Johnson

    As a neighbourhood we are truly shocked at the lack of a contingency plan to provide the Loughborough Junction area with a bus service. It is understandable that no notice can be given of road closures for an emergency gas main replacement, but to find 3 days later still no bus provision along Coldharbour Lane beggars belief.

    The 345, 35, N35 and 45 are being diverted via Herne Hill, and not even stopping at the top of Herne Hill which would at least be some compensation to those who live south of the Loughborough Junction stops. These services normally provide a combined frequency using double deckers of at least every 3-4 minutes along Coldharbour Lane.

    There is no provision to Camberwell which is the nearest shopping centre to Loughborough Junction and at least 3/4 mile away. The provision to Brixton is provided by two existing routes with separate stops, already more than 1/4 mile towards Brixton. These services are of low frequency (12-15 mins). These are small single deckers, and are often full in normal circumstances.

    The works are anticipated to last until 28 March.

    Elderly, families with young children, visitors to the nearby hospitals and shift workers are particularly inconvenienced. There are safety issues late at night. There is no minicab facility in the area, and few families have cars. The rail service (generally closed at weekends for the Thameslink upgrade) is a poor substitute as it goes North /South. The bus services go East/West.

    There is currently a petition to request the running of a shuttle service of single decker buses between Brixton and Camberwell (there are routes which single deckers can access under low rail bridges that would enable all the existing Bus Stops to be served along Coldharbour Lane.)

    Nearly 300 signatures were collected over part of the weekend and have already been sent to Val Shawcross many more are being collected this week.

    As Chair of London Transport we would appreciate your earliest intervention into this and trust a suitable substitute bus service can be made available forthwith.

    Yours sincerely

    Tim Gaymer



    Loughborough Junction Action Group

  6. To Loughborough Junction Action Group

    for your info or your website

    Rebecca Thackray
    Green Cllr, Herne Hill Ward

    Dear Cllr Thackray,

    Thank you for your email.

    I have been following developments on this and am aware of the level of concern it has caused to local residents affected by this disruption particularly amongst the elderly, disabled and those with small children.

    I have made enquiries and have now written to the Mayor on this matter, as the Chair of London Transport, requesting his urgent intervention and review of this situation.

    With best wishes,

    Tessa Jowell MP

  7. I was pleased to see a white shuttle bus running tonight, hopefully that will go some way to reducing the overall inconvenience of the gas works and their knock on effect on the area.

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