Little escapes the beady eye of Martin Stanley, scribe of the Fentiman Road and Richborne Terrace Residents Association, and certainly not the following gem concerning a certain bus station. ‘It was great to hear,’ reports Martin, ‘that Transport for London have been persuaded of the importance of covered bus stations as part of major transport hubs’. He quotes TfL as saying “Around eight million passengers pass through the bus station each year. We want to improve the bus station, making it more accessible, better able to cope with current and future demand and more pleasant for customers. New buildings and a canopy will be constructed that are: light and airy, more spacious, equipped with modern CCTV coverage, and able to offer better passenger information.”
Unfortunately, Martin also reports, ‘TfL are not yet writing about Vauxhall… [but] about a new bus station in Croydon, connecting to Croydon Tramlink, London Overground and mainline train services’. Tfl and Lambeth Council are ‘consulting’ on Lambeth’s wish to demolish Vauxhall Bus Station and scatter the bus stops (and bus travellers) around the Vauxhall Gyratory to make way for a property development. Meanwhile, check out the petition at change.org (http://chn.ge/12gTw5k) to see how many signatures there are on the ‘Save Vauxhall Bus Station community campaign, and if you haven’t done so already, sign now?