On Friday 4th September Caroline visited Forest Hill with local Lib Dem Councillors John Russell and Alex Feakes to look at a number of transport issues.
Talking to local residents and members of the Forest Hill Society, Caroline heard about several key transport issues, several of which Caroline has tabled questions to the Mayor about:
1. The proposed reduction in train services from Forest Hill at peak times and in evenings and weekends to Charing Cross;
2. The dangerous junction of Forest Hill Road and Sydenham Rise;
3. The virtually invisible bus stops on Sydenham Rise due to overgrown trees, bushes and no dedicated bus space to pull in by the kerb; and
4. Issues of visitor traffic around the Horniman Museum, congesting local streets.
“I was concerned to witness first-hand speeding vehicles on Forest Hill Road, turning at great speed into Sydenham Rise, only a day after yet another accident at this junction. TfL must review this junction urgently” commented Caroline Pidgeon.
“I have written to Transport for London and the Train Operating Companies about the other transport issues in this area, as well as taking them up with the Mayor of London. Parts of South East London, such as Forest Hill, often feel they get a raw deal in terms of public transport. We need to ensure that everything is done to improve transport provision in this area” added Caroline Pidgeon AM.