Transport and HS2 update – October 2016

There are a couple of important local issues to report on first. The proposal from TfL to end the current 13 bus route is disingenuous.

I have been campaigning against the removal of the route, working with local residents and the local Labour Party.

See also:

Letter For Publication On 13 Bus Route

Joint Letter To Editors On 13 Bus

The Cycle Superhighway 11 ( CS11) scheme  is an important issue with strong views held on all sides. While I back CS11 in principle, I have raised a series of issues with TfL including displacement of traffic, the impact on bus services, the closure of the gates to the park, and the impact of HS2.  At Mayor’s Question time I challenged the Mayor over these and the need for further consultation.

Turning to HS2, I am pleased that Sadiq Khan came to the area for a tour round the affected parts of Euston and to meet local residents. I followed the visit up with questions to the Mayor.

Cllr Sarah Hayward, Andrew Dismore AM, Sadiq Khan

Cllr Sarah Hayward, Andrew Dismore AM, Sadiq Khan

From Friday 7 October, night tube services will run on Friday and Saturday nights on the full length of the Jubilee line from Stanmore to Stratford.  The launch date for the Northern Line and Piccadilly Line night tube services has not yet been confirmed, but is expected to be 18th November. I have been raising issues on behalf of tube line  resident ‘neighbours’  who may be adversely affected, especially noise.

TfL have reviewed all the consultation responses on proposed changes to the King’s Cross gyratory. The plans, developed by TfL and Islington and Camden councils, include new road layouts and better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, were supported by 70 per cent of respondents. TfL will now continue, to develop the scheme design, with a view to consulting on detailed proposals for the wider Kings Cross and Euston Road area in 2017. The consultation report is available online here.

TfL are beginning redevelopment works to provide a new building for West Hampstead London Overground station. The new building will have a wider footbridge with lifts to both platforms, providing step-free access throughout the station. The new station will also be larger than the existing building and accommodate the anticipated growth in passenger demand.

London Travelwatch are reviewing the closure of tube ticket offices. You may wish to fill in the survey.

TfL are planning improvements for pedestrians and cyclists along the A406 North Circular from Bridge Lane to Golders Green Road and at the A406 junction with Golders Green Road and Brent Street. The proposals included a new shared pedestrian/cyclist ‘toucan’ crossing and new and upgraded sections of shared use footway.  Implementation is expected to begin in August 2017.


Quite a few people have written to me about the growing scandal of the Garden Bridge. I am pleased the Mayor has appointed Margaret Hodge MP (formerly chair of the Public Accounts Committee) to investigate what has gone on.


TfL have published their response to the consultation on the detailed proposals for the North-South Cycle Superhighway (CS6) between Stonecutter Street and King’s Cross. They have incorporated several changes to the original proposals in the response.. A detailed design will now be developed and, subject to approval from Camden Council and Islington Council, construction will begin in spring 2017. Please click here to see details of the changes.

I have been campaigning over the need for an Oyster Card Top-Up Machine at Brent Cross, which TfL have dragged their feet over:

Finally, a full list of my Mayor’s questions and answers on transport