Transport

The Blackheath Society Current Issues Transport

The Society monitors all transport issues affecting Blackheath and has successfully led a number of campaigns to improve our transport links and prevent threats materialising.

We led a campaign in 2017 against the suggestion that all North Kent and Bexleyheath line train services to and from Blackheath should only serve Cannon Street station. This was buried in the text of a Southeastern consultation document on the new rail franchise, to run from December 2018, with the rationale that it would reduce the crossover of trains at Lewisham and therefore improve service reliability

We printed 40,000 leaflets, encouraged people in affected residential areas to email the Department for Transport to oppose this and to join a Parliamentary petition, which gathered nearly 29,000 signatures. The threat was lifted.

We closely monitored the four-year rebuilding programme at London Bridge station and kept members informed of all developments.

A major and eventually successful campaign from 1962 to 1973 prevented a motorway being built through Blackheath. We followed transport issues surrounding the 2012 Olympics with the Blackheath Joint Working Party and helped to minimise disruption.

Others transport results include removing a bus lane in Montpelier Vale, creating a cycle quiet-way crossing the Heath and improvements in coach parking around the Greenwich Park gate. We also pressed for the introduction of the direct 386 bus route to Greenwich.

Pippa Stanton

Me And You Create, London, England, UK