Transport & HS2 update Feb 17

This month I met with management from TfL buses to discuss their major proposals for route changes, especially around Oxford St. I am concerned about the impact, as part of these changes incudes route 13, which they have now confirmed will be cut despite the overwhelming opposition to their scheme in the consultation.

At MQT, I asked the Mayor to review the proposed minicab drivers’ English language test, which seems unduly bureaucratic and expensive.


At long last my campaign for an Oyster Card top-up machine at Brent Cross has succeeded!


The Camden Town Station Consultation: I went to the exhibition myself, and the plans are looking good, but it will still be a long haul to get the station capacity expanded with this ambitious c £500m scheme.


I have welcomed the Mayor’s Edgware Road Low Emissions Bus Zone, which goes along the A5 as far as Kilburn. I am pressing for it to go further north, but this will depend on rolling out more of the less polluting buses on the other routes which are used on the A5 further up


Promoting safer lorries through a new Direct Vision Standard was outlined in Sadiq Khan’s manifesto, as an important road safety issue, especially for cyclists and pedestrians. The Mayor is proposing that the most dangerous zero star-rated HGVs will be banned from London’s streets entirely by January 2020, and only HGVs meeting the new Direct Vision Standard of 3 stars or above will be allowed on London’s roads by 2024.The consultation on the proposals can be found here.


From Monday 27 February until late April TfL will be refurbishing the lifts at Edgware Tube station. This will temporarily impact step-free access journeys to the station. During this time passengers who are starting their journeys at Edgware will still be able to enter the station step-free, however they may experience slightly longer wait times during these works as only one platform will be accessible by lift. Those who require step-free access to get off at Edgware station will be provided with a free taxi from Hendon Central Tube station (which is step-free) to Edgware Tube station.


I have had a number of complaints about tube noise from those living near the lines, especially with the extension of the night tube. If this concerns you, please email me to let me know: include your address and the line or station that’s causing the problem.


Turning to HS2, the Government has agreed to delete the CPO regeneration power From the HS2 Bill.


Finally, my January MQT Transport Questions and answers.