Call for tram depot review

This week there are three letters in the South London Press about the tram crossing the river. One suggests also extending the tram to Streatham, and one urges that in the excitement about the tram route, the proposed site for the tram depot in Peckham must not be forgotten. TfL have still not done the  comprehensive review of all possible depot sites, and this needs to be done “to allow the centre of Peckham to be developed in a way that enhances the area as opposed to closing it off for a depot.”

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Cross-River Tram not to run to Camden

On 23rd September, London Mayor Ken Livingstone announced that the Cross-river Tram will not continue north to Camden, but cease at Waterloo. This has been due to fierce opposition from North London councils. London SE1, a community site, discusses this in further detail in their article and also their forum.

Simon Hughes MP has said

“Can we at least have the money to allow us to have what is not a cross-river tram if it stops south of the river, having started south of the river? We want the tram to go from Brixton and Peckham to Waterloo, and at least over to Aldwych.”

Ken Livingstone, London Mayor said:

“We will proceed to build the Cross River Tram south of the river. Once that is complete and has demonstrated that it works we will move on to the second phase. The phase that runs north of the river most probably [will be built] around 2020 at the earliest.”

Tory London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden Brian Coleman said:

“Let’s hope that this is the nail in the coffin to this whole sorry project. I certainly won’t be losing any sleep over it now. There is no demand north of the river. We don’t want the blasted thing anywhere. It would split Somers Town in half and they would have us digging up Bloomsbury – one of the few unspoilt areas of south Camden – at a cost of £600 million.”

Read the full article here.

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Cross-river Tram

Tram Working Group goes walkabout

Several residents and council officers assembled outside Oliver Goldsmith’s School on Southampton Way at 3pm Thursday 14 June for the walk along the route of the tram as it might enter Peckham town centre. We traced the route along Peckham Road in front of St James’s school and along Jocelyn St to the town square, Peckham Pulse and Peckham Library, across Peckham Hill St and Peckham High St through Morrison’s car park, along Cerise Rd to the multi-storey car park area, which is TfL’s terminus option 2.

We walked under the railway bridge past 133 Rye Lane the entrance to the Peckham Business Park which would be decimated by the depot, along Bournemouth Rd, to Copeland Rd, past the bus garage depot, around the back of BuildBase along Brayard’s Rd, past St Mary Magdalene primary school, and back along Consort Rd to the railway bridge, where one tram would enter or exit the depot every two minutes, stopping the main flow of north/south road traffic. From 133 Rye Lane to the railway bridge we had walked the boundary of site 63P/71P, designated for the tram depot. Most there were surprised at how very large the area is that would be closed off for the depot, even though they had seen the maps.

Afterwards we adjourned to the Peckham Programme office to review our findings. We put together a very useful detailed list of all the issues and questions raised by the options we had explored on the ground, including several not mentioned by TfL. We compiled a good list of points to take to the next Tram Working Group meeting on Monday 16th July 6.30pm. For further information on this meeting contact Liza on liza.morshead@southwark.gov.uk.

Tram Working Group makes good progress

In spite of the failure of TfL to turn up to two meetings of the Tram Working Group since it began in January, residents and councillors are forging ahead together to examine the detailed issues of the tram route options in Peckham. There has been a visit to the Croydon depot, which confirmed how it bears no comparison with the plan for a depot in Peckham. In Croydon the depot is on the edge of the city, on a site which had been empty, and is surrounded by large sprawling sheds and warehouses. Inside the depot there is a huge maintenance shed and the stabling yards are a flat empty space for the trams to be parked. In Peckham, behind some high security facades a wide expanse of the town centre would in effect be empty space. There is much more work for the Group to do to examine the effects of this on the future of Peckham town centre.

The Working Group is also examining the details of the route options coming through north Peckham into Peckham town centre and across town to the proposed depot site. Several issues were flagged at the meeting on June 5th and include risks to children outside three primary schools, effects on residents in Kelly Ave and Jocelyn Street, effects on the Town Square, impact on traffic flows in the central High St and Hill St, and the widespread effects of congestion at the Consort Rd railway bridge as a result of the turn into the proposed depot site. These will be the subject of a walkabout on Thursday 14th June. If you want details contact info@peckhamvision.org.