Bus service lobbying continues
Getting to North Greenwich
Following a successful campaign two years ago, led by local Conservative activist Thomas Turrell, an additional rush hour bus was added to increase capacity on the 108 route.
Blackheath Westcombe Councillor Geoff Brighty says "While that campaign brought about an improvement in the service demand has continued to grow especially for those getting to and from North Greenwich station. A number of Blackheath Westcombe residents have told me about their experiences of overcrowding on the 108 which sometimes means just not being able to get on at all. I have taken these complaints up and I am pleased that TfL have readily acknowledged that growth in use, together with some gaps in the service, needs to be addressed further."
TfL have been looking at introducing longer single decker buses that can take up to 70 people as a possible solution. They have also been consulting on some possible route changes north of the river, which may lead to an improvement in reliability.
Getting to the new Sainsbury
Blackheath Westcombe residents who used just one bus to get to the Sainsbury store on the Peninsula (closed in preparation for the controversial IKEA development) now have to take two buses to reach the new store in the Riverside Retail Park.
Cllr Brighty said "I raised this when the proposals for the new development were put forward and have been continuing to lobby for an improvement in bus access from the Blackheath area"