Transport for London’s decision in 2020 to relocate all the bus stops serving Tulse Hill from the centre of Brixton to the edges of the town centre (as part of COVID measures to increase space for social distancing) has resulted in difficulties for many residents in getting home using public transport. The new bus stops are hundreds of meters from the town centre – making the walk a challenge for the elderly, those with heavy shopping and families with young children; there is confusion for some not familiar with the new locations over where the right bus stops are; and narrower pavements make it more dangerous when high numbers of people queuing for the buses.
One local resident from Brockwell Gate told us “Having our bus stop close to Brixton Station cancelled means I now have to walk to the next bus stop at the end of Effra Road. This may not look too bad on a map, especially if you are fit and its a fine day. But it’s a long slog if you are carrying shopping and are a bit lame, as I have been in recent months due to a foot injury.” Other residents have complained that it is only the bus routes from Brixton to West Norwood which serve Tulse Hill or Herne Hill that were moved out of the town centre, with buses to Streatham largely unaffected.
Local councillors have been calling for greater clarity over TfL’s temporary changes and for confirmation about when they will relocate the bus stops serving Tulse Hill back in to the town centre. Our local London Assembly Member has added her concerns and we’ve raised the Leader and Cabinet Member for Transport at Lambeth Council as well as formally at Lambeth Council meetings. We’ve now launched a petition with local residents calling for TfL to remember that these changes were only meant to be temporary and to set a timetable to return the bus stops to central Brixton. Please add your signature to this petition and share with your neighbours to help us get TfL to ensure the people of Tulse Hill have accessible public transport.