Residents gathered outside the Town Hall to protest about road closures in the ‘Mini Holland’ scheme
Residents protest ignored!
The recent protest by over 1,200 residents against the road closures in Walthamstow and Leyton showed that the Council’s Mini Holland plans, including closing local roads, does not have the support of all residents despite the Council saying that they had.
Protesters not against the scheme or cyclists, but against road closures
The protesters went out of their way to say that they were not against the scheme or cyclists, but against the road closures. The Council’s plans have succeeded in causing division and anger across the Borough. The closing of roads has forced vehicles onto the already congested main roads like Lea Bridge, Hoe Street, and Leyton High Road and has resulted in a massive slow down of traffic, increased congestion and increased pollution.
Congestion and pollution bad for all
All of this is detrimental to residents, cyclists, pedestrians and bus users. Focus Team member Bob Sullivan, who was in the Town Hall listening to the Mini Holland debate, was appalled by the Labour Council restricting residents from hearing the debate, as they only allowed 12 protesters in, although the chamber can hold over a hundred. He was shocked by the arrogant, illiberal attitude with which Labour Councillors treated residents’ concerns. They were not prepared to review the Mini Holland plans despite residents’ requests and their own Labour MP’s request.
Council continues to ignore residents
They are, in fact, going to ignore residents and continue to put in similar divisive plans across Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford!
The Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group has issued a press release, highlighting that full electrification and/or more carriages are at least another three years away.
You can see the full press release here: Barking – Gospel Oak PRESS RELEASE
Don’t forget to have your say on Transport for London’s proposed changes to ticket offices by 28 September
Transport for London has recently outlined its vision for the future of the tube which, amongst other things, proposes changes to ticket offices.
As the statutory consumer body representing the interests of passengers in and around London, London Travel Watch wants to ensure that any changes to the way that London Underground operates are in the best overall interests of consumers.
To ensure that this happens, they have been running a six-week consultation on their website to give passengers the opportunity to review TfL’s planned ticket office changes so that they can tell us what tickets they buy, any difficulties they foresee and the mitigation measures they would like to see implemented at their local stations.
London Travel Watch will then feed back the survey results to TfL to give them a chance to make any amendments before the changes are introduced.
The consultation will end on 28 September 2014 at:
In a financial statement to the Commons Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announced that funds for the electrification of the Barking – Gospel Oak Line had been allocated.
In common with the rest of the works announced implementation is set to be delayed until after the 2015 General Election.
Caroline Pigeon, the Liberal Democrat Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, is continuing to lead the campaign for electrification of the Barking – Gospel Oak Line which has seen passenger numbers increase dramatically since the introduction of the new diesel units.
Caroline Pigeon says:
“We were disappointed when confirmation of funding for the Gospel Oak-Barking line electrification failed to materialise in the Budget, but are hopeful that the Government will choose to sanction these line improvements as a priority when it reviews the plans in June. Electrification will deliver huge benefits to both the local area and London as a whole, including improvements to the rail network connectivity, and a reduced environmental impact.
“Full funding must be confirmed this year or, due to the impact of Crossrail’s construction, costs will rise far beyond the current estimates. Confirmation this year will mean this significant milestone for Britain’s rail infrastructure can go ahead without further delay or spiralling costs.”
The FOCUS Team will report any developments.