UCRA response to TfL bus route proposals
With reference to our previous post concerning changes Transport for London (TfL) are proposing in our area , following full analysis of the proposals, Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association (UCRA) councillors have the following observations –
TfL are undertaking a consultation process to make changes to the 346, 347 and 497 bus routes in Harold Wood, Cranham and Upminster. They propose to extend the 497 route from Upminster and Harold Wood and the removal of the 346. They have not provided any detail on the continuation of the hail and ride service with the extension of the 497 that replaces the 346.
The extended service would require the widening of Waycross Road and the installation of driver’s toilets and would be a twice an hour service rather than four.
The proposals also include the removal of the 347 service which supports North & South Ockendon and the Cathedral Estate. The suggestion is that residents on the Cathedral Estate will have access to a service 600m away. Those living in Clay Tye Road will have no service to Upminster and beyond.
The consultation can be accessed via the website at haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/bus-routes-346-347-497 .
You can also comment via:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone – 020 3054 6037 (leave your name and contact number for a call back, quoting ‘Havering bus changes’ when leaving your message)
The Upminster and Cranham Residents Association are pleased to hear of the proposed direct route to Harold Wood providing direct access to the Elizabeth Line, but will respond to TfL with a list of concerns with the proposals, due to the reduction in service, the impact on residents, schools and businesses, and the perverse push to get more people into cars rather than encourage greater bus usage.
We would urge residents and businesses to also give their views, as the greater the response, the more likely that it is that TfL will listen to local opinions.
The consultation ends on Sunday 16 April 2023.