Campaigners launch petition calling for new North Greenwich to Kidbrooke Village bus route

Campaigners in Blackheath are petitioning the Mayor of London for a new bus route to connect North Greenwich and Kidbrooke Village.

 

The move would free up capacity on crowded local bus routes such as the 108, 132 and 422 and reduce demand on overstretched Southeastern trains at Kidbrooke station, by providing residents of the new Kidbrooke Village with a direct connection to the Jubilee Line.

 

Campaigners argue that buses such as the 132 and 422, which run from North Greenwich to Blackheath and beyond, fill up from the first stop and the answer needs to be a new bus route designed to relieve the pressure. 

 

Thomas Turrell, who lives on Kidbrooke Park Road and previously successfully campaigned for an extra rush hour service on the 108 route, said "I use the train from either Blackheath or Kidbrooke to get into work, and the Tube and 132 to get home. Both routes are crammed, and there is clearly isn’t the capacity to meet the demand. Trains are full by the time they reach Blackheath, and the problem will only get worse after Kidbrooke Village is complete. We can address this issue now by providing an alternative route to central London”. 

“Three years ago I was able to convince TfL that the 108 route was under served and now I want to repeat that success but with a bigger impact”. 

 

The campaign is being run by local Conservatives in Blackheath Westcombe ward.

 

Councillor Geoff Brighty (Blackheath Westcombe) said "There is not enough capacity on buses connecting North Greenwich and our area, Blackheath Westcombe loses out from being sat in the middle. If you are a Blackheath commuter on Southeastern then you cannot find a seat on the train, and if you want to get the jubilee line then the 108, 132 and 422 are full before they reach your stop. 

"A new short range bus route to connect North Greenwich and Kidbrooke Village will provide relief on our already stretched transport system”. 

 

The campaign has the support of Chairman of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Keith Prince AM, who commented "Kidbrooke Village is going to see a huge population increase in an underserved area. The petition being run by Tom, Geoff and the team in Blackheath Westcombe will flag this issue on TfL’s radar. Kidbrooke Village needs a connection to North Greenwich and residents should sign this petition to make their voices heard. As we have seen across London, if enough residents sign the petition then Transport for London will have to listen”. 

 

People can sign the petition online on the ipetitions website at ipetitions.com/petition/NG2KVBus