Bus service proposal: Improving route 265 along Beverley Way

Closed 2 Sep 2011

Opened 8 Jul 2011

Results Updated 31 Jul 2012

Last year, Transport for London (TfL) consulted on a range of proposals to improve route 265 along Beverley Way. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond and provide us with their views.

After carefully considering all feedback, we have now reached a decision to proceed with our plans as set out in the consultation.  This includes rerouting southbound services along Beverley Way service road and introducing new stops to serve buses running in both directions.

The current arrangements for southbound buses do not offer passengers the most safe and accessible service.  Whilst we appreciate that our decision might prove to be unpopular with some residents, we believe that by implementing the improvements, bus passengers will benefit from a better bus service.  The route will offer improved access and interchange and passengers will not have to walk as far to access the bus network.  TfL is committed to providing the ability for people to access London’s transport network in the most safe, secure, accessible and cost effective way. 

We have addressed all feedback raised throughout the consultation in a report. Please click here to view the report.

We hope to start implementing these improvements from January 2013 and they will take approximately three months to complete.

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Overview

The London bus network is kept under regular review. As part of this, we develop proposals for changes to services.

Why we Consulted

We considered a number of improvements to route 265 in Beverley Way to enable passengers to better access and interchange between bus services.

Proposal 1: Southbound Junction Upgrade

At present, road traffic cannot directly enter Beverley Way service road from the Coombe Lane flyover end of the southbound carriageway of the A3.

We proposed to change the layout of the junction south of Coombe Lane flyover to allow all traffic, including buses, to make a direct transition from the main southbound carriageway into the service road.  The junction improvement will allow buses on route 265 to serve new bus stops on the service road, improving access to bus network for all residents.

The changes would allow general traffic to enter the service road from the main carriageway and enhance access to properties along Beverley Way for residents and visitors.  We would also be improving the pedestrian crossing environment by introducing tactile paving and lower kerb heights.

We also proposed to ban left turning traffic into the southern end of the southbound service road from the main A3 carriageway.

Proposal 2:  Two new bus stops to be located adjacent to Beverley Court and 31 - 41 Beverley Way

Route 265 currently serves bus stops on Robin Hood Way, north of the Coombe Lane flyover.  Buses using these stops are required to pull into small lay-bys to pick up and drop off passengers.

These bus stops are located away from the main residential area, and do not offer the most convenient choice for most passengers.  Their rural location is a deterrent of use for some.

The existing bus stop which serves buses going towards Tolworth is on the southbound off-slip road onto Coombe Lane flyover.  This location also presents difficulties for buses when re-joining the main A3 carriageway.

To ensure that the bus stops are positioned in locations better suited to the needs of bus passengers , we proposed  to remove the southbound bus stop on Robin Hood Way and introduce two new stops on Beverley Way service roads;  southbound by Beverley Court and northbound by 31- 41 Beverley Way.

These proposed locations would also provide improved interchange with other local bus services and destinations including Wimbledon and Kingston, shops in Coombe Lane and Queen Mary Hospital.

In addition, the walking distance between bus stops would be reduced from 800 meter to approximately 250 meters – benefiting passengers using this route in either direction.

We recognised that the area around the northbound stop is used by parked vehicles for most of the day.  The new bus stop will also create a space for vehicles to pass when buses are not using the stop.

Localised ‘no parking or stopping at any time’ restrictions would also be introduced within the area of the new bus stops to prevent other vehicles obstructing these spaces and to allow buses to fully service the stops.

To further improve accessibility onto the bus network, we also proposed to undertake localised footway upgrade work including resurfacing, introducing tactile paving and lowering kerb heights. 

Proposal 3:  Two new bus stops to be located adjacent to the subway

Passengers wishing to use route 265 in both directions from Beverley Way need to use either stops to the far north of Beverley Way on Robin Hood Way or ot the south close to Raynes Park Sports Ground.  There is currently a distance of approximately 800 meters between stops in both directions.

Interchange is poor for residents wishing to use bus services operating from the opposite side of the main carriageway, with long walking distances between stops.

We proposed to improve access and interchange by introducing new northbound and southbound bus stops on both Beverley Way service roads.  These would be adjacent to the entrances of the pedestrian subway on either side of the main A3 carriageway.  This would reduce the distance between stops to approximately 250 meters in both directions and would significantly reduce walking distances for passengers accessing route 265.

Localised ‘no parking or stopping at any time’ restrictions would also be introduced within the area of the new bus stops to prevent other vehicles obstructing these spaces and to allow buses to fully service the stops.

To further improve accessibility onto the bus network, we also proposed to undertake localised footway upgrade work including resurfacing, introducing tactile paving and lowering kerb heights. 

Proposal 4:  Accessibility improvements at the southbound access of Beverley Way

To enable the existing bus stop on the southbound A3 carriageway north of Raynes Park Sports Ground to be fully accessible, we proposed to undertake some minor modifications to the southern exit of Beverley Way.  These include:

  • Creating an informal pedestrian crossing across Beverley Way to a newly created hard standing area which will be on the grass verge which currently separates the service road from the main carriageway.
  • Creating an informal pedestrian crossing between the newly created hard standing area and across the entrance of the service road.
  • Introducing dropped kerbs in the areas of the informal pedestrian crossings
  • Introducing double red lines outside 120-122 Beverley Way and by the western side of the entrance into the service road to enable pedestrians to use both crossings at all times.

Areas

  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Merton

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders

Interests

  • Bus route 265