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“Please help me persuade Transport for London to please TfL, object strongly to blocking of Richmond, Surrey bus lane ” – David Godfrey

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David Godfrey

Richmond Council believe that servicing the proposed 78 bed hotel on Paradise Road from the bus lane on the Richmond one way system is acceptable. The plan involves a 7.5 ton vehicle being parked in the bus lane 8 or 9 times per week for up to 45 minutes per visit Monday to Friday.
This means that for over one hour per day the Paradise Road part of the one way system is reduced to a single lane. Buses will be forced to swerve around the parked vehicle and threaten the traffic island at the bottom of Halford Road used by many mothers with children and old people to get to the shops.
This is planning to deliberately create traffic chaos and and threaten life and limb of pedestrians.
A simple layby / drop off point would remove the problem.

Problem History

  • 1 David Godfrey reported the issue on FixMyTransport. close 17:34 27 Jul 2012
  • 2 David Godfrey wrote to Transport for London close 17:34 27 Jul 2012

    Here is the letter that David Godfrey wrote.

    Use of bus lane to service proposed Travelodge, Paradise Road, Richmond upon Thames

    Richmond Council believe that servicing the proposed 78 bed hotel on Paradise Road from the bus lane on the Richmond one way system is acceptable. The plan involves a 7.5 ton vehicle being parked in the bus lane 8 or 9 times per week for up to 45 minutes per visit Monday to Friday.
    This means that for over one hour per day the Paradise Road part of the one way system is reduced to a single lane. Buses will be forced to swerve around the parked vehicle and threaten the traffic island at the bottom of Halford Road used by many mothers with children and old people to get to the shops.
    This is planning to deliberately create traffic chaos and and threaten life and limb of pedestrians.
    A simple layby / drop off point would remove the problem.

  • 3 Govinden Ruben responded to David Godfrey close 17:35 27 Jul 2012
     

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  • 4 [email address] responded to David Godfrey close 17:44 27 Jul 2012
    Thank you for your email. We can now confirm that this has been
    received.

    For further information about the Surface Transport Complaints
    and Feedback Policy including timescales, please see
    [1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tf...

    Problems with roadworks or other street faults? In support of
    the Mayor’s Streetworks Code of Conduct to help cut congestion,
    please report these issues by visiting
    [2]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportas...

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  • 5 [email address] responded to David Godfrey close 14:13 21 Aug 2012
    Our ref: 1011009934/kg

    Date: 21.08.2012

    Dear Mr Godfrey

    Re: Use of bus lane to service proposed Travelodge, Paradise
    Road, Richmond upon Thames
    Thank you for your email to Transport for London (TfL) regarding
    the above and please accept my sincere apology for the delay in
    responding to you on this occasion.

    As you may be aware, we are responsible for the management and
    maintenance of the capital’s Red Routes. These routes account
    for 5% of London’s Road and form the Transport for London Road
    Network (TLRN). The remaining roads, including Paradise Road
    in Richmond Upon Thames are managed by the various London
    Boroughs.

    I have however contacted my colleague who works in our London
    buses team with regards to the use of the bus lane to aid
    construction. I have been advised that we are not
    currently aware of a Travelodge construction plan proposed for
    Paradise Road. We have spoken to the Richmond upon Thames
    Highways team who have been unable to provide us with any
    further information.

    I have also conducted my own search and I have as yet been
    unable to find the plan which you refer to. I can see that 
    planning permission for a Travelodge on Paradise Road was
    refused in February this year. Can you please provide a weblink
    or direction to the plan which you are referring to? I can then
    investigate your concerns further.

    Thank you once again for taking the time to write to us on this
    matter. Should you have any further enquiries please do let me
    know.

    Yours sincerely

    Katherine Gotman
    Customer Services

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    Original Text

    From: [Please TfL, object strongly to blocking of Richmond, Surrey bus lane email]
    To: [Transport for London problem reporting email]
    <[email address]>
    CC: [email address] <[email address]>
    Sent: 27.07.12 17:35:03
    Subject: Use of bus lane to service proposed Travelodge,
    Paradise Road, Richmond upon Thames

    Dear Transport for London,

    Richmond Council believe that servicing the proposed 78 bed
    hotel
    on Paradise Road from the bus lane on the Richmond one way
    system
    is acceptable. The plan involves a 7.5 ton vehicle being parked
    in
    the bus lane 8 or 9 times per week for up to 45 minutes per
    visit
    Monday to Friday. This means that for over one hour per day the
    Paradise Road part of the one way system is reduced to a single
    lane. Buses will be forced to swerve around the parked vehicle
    and
    threaten the traffic island at the bottom of Halford Road used
    by
    many mothers with children and old people to get to the shops.
    This
    is planning to deliberately create traffic chaos and and
    threaten
    life and limb of pedestrians. A simple layby / drop off point
    would
    remove the problem.

    ------------------

    Here is some information from FixMyTransport about the location
    of
    this issue:

    Location name: Number 33 bus route

    Area: Between London and Fulwell

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    To view a map of the precise location of this problem, or to
    provide an update on the problem, please visit the following
    link:

    http://www.fixmytransport.com/campaigns/...

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    <http://www.fixmytransport.com/feedback>. This will help improve
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  • 6 Tom Hughes commented close 16:14 21 Aug 2012

    I imagine that http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASENO=11/3681/CAC is the planning application in question.

  • 7 Tom Hughes commented close 16:16 21 Aug 2012

    Actually that one is the conservation area consent. The planning application is http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASENO=11/3680/FUL but both were refused in February by the looks of it.

  • 8 David Godfrey wrote to [email address] close 14:10 23 Aug 2012

    Katherine,
    Thanks for your email.
    The planning application 12/1486/FUL.
    The link is on LBRUT website is: http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Planning_CaseNo.aspx?strCASENO=12/1486/FUL

    My concern is not about construction but about the use of the bus lane (which is in operation 0700-1900) for servicing the proposed hotel between the hours of 1000-16000. The developer says vehicles will use the bus lane for up to 45 minutes per visit, 8 or 9 times per week.

    The bus lane is used by 71 buses per hour.
    Regards.
    David
    -----Original Message-----

    Our ref: 1011009934/kg

    Date: 21.08.2012

    Dear Mr Godfrey

    Re: Use of bus lane to service proposed Travelodge, Paradise
    Road, Richmond upon Thames
    Thank you for your email to Transport for London (TfL) regarding
    the above and please accept my sincere apology for the delay in
    responding to you on this occasion.

    As you may be aware, we are responsible for the management and
    maintenance of the capital’s Red Routes. These routes account
    for 5% of London’s Road and form the Transport for London Road
    Network (TLRN). The remaining roads, including Paradise Road
    in Richmond Upon Thames are managed by the various London
    Boroughs.

    I have however contacted my colleague who works in our London
    buses team with regards to the use of the bus lane to aid
    construction. I have been advised that we are not
    currently aware of a Travelodge construction plan proposed for
    Paradise Road. We have spoken to the Richmond upon Thames
    Highways team who have been unable to provide us with any
    further information.

    I have also conducted my own search and I have as yet been
    unable to find the plan which you refer to. I can see that 
    planning permission for a Travelodge on Paradise Road was
    refused in February this year. Can you please provide a weblink
    or direction to the plan which you are referring to? I can then
    investigate your concerns further.

    Thank you once again for taking the time to write to us on this
    matter. Should you have any further enquiries please do let me
    know.

    Yours sincerely

    Katherine Gotman
    Customer Services

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    Original Text

    From: [Please TfL, object strongly to blocking of Richmond, Surrey bus lane email]
    To: [Transport for London problem reporting email]
    <[email address]>
    CC: [email address] <[email address]>
    Sent: 27.07.12 17:35:03
    Subject: Use of bus lane to service proposed Travelodge,
    Paradise Road, Richmond upon Thames

    Dear Transport for London,

    Richmond Council believe that servicing the proposed 78 bed
    hotel
    on Paradise Road from the bus lane on the Richmond one way
    system
    is acceptable. The plan involves a 7.5 ton vehicle being parked
    in
    the bus lane 8 or 9 times per week for up to 45 minutes per
    visit
    Monday to Friday. This means that for over one hour per day the
    Paradise Road part of the one way system is reduced to a single
    lane. Buses will be forced to swerve around the parked vehicle
    and
    threaten the traffic island at the bottom of Halford Road used
    by
    many mothers with children and old people to get to the shops.
    This
    is planning to deliberately create traffic chaos and and
    threaten
    life and limb of pedestrians. A simple layby / drop off point
    would
    remove the problem.

    ------------------

    Here is some information from FixMyTransport about the location
    of
    this issue:

    Location name: Number 33 bus route

    Area: Between London and Fulwell

    ----------

    To view a map of the precise location of this problem, or to
    provide an update on the problem, please visit the following
    link:

    http://www.fixmytransport.com/campaigns/2091

    [ PLEASE NOTE: Your replies to this problem report will be sent
    to
    David Godfrey and will be published online. This message was
    sent
    via FixMyTransport.com - a not-for-profit service dedicated to
    helping people get public transport problems resolved. If there
    is
    a more appropriate email address for messages about this type of
    problem, please let us know by visiting
    <http://www.fixmytransport.com/feedback>. This will help improve
    the service for people travelling. We also welcome any other
    feedback you may have. ]

  • 9 [email address] responded to David Godfrey close 14:17 23 Aug 2012
    Thank you for your email. We can now confirm that this has been
    received.

    For further information about the Surface Transport Complaints
    and Feedback Policy including timescales, please see
    [1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tf...

    Problems with roadworks or other street faults? In support of
    the Mayor’s Streetworks Code of Conduct to help cut congestion,
    please report these issues by visiting
    [2]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportas...

    show quoted sections

    References

    Visible links
    1. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tf...
    2. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportas...
  • 10 [email address] responded to David Godfrey close 16:03 20 Sep 2012
    Our Ref:         1011009934/EB

    Date:              20.09.2012

    [Please TfL, object strongly to blocking of Richmond, Surrey bus lane email]

    Dear Mr Godfrey 

    Thank you for your further correspondence and for clarifying the
    planning application details.

    As you are aware, Paradise Road is not part of the Transport for
    London Road network (TLRN).  As such, our London Buses team
    would usually only become involved once a planning application
    had been granted by the Borough.  However, in this case they may
    become involved earlier if there is a suggestion that the bus
    lane will be affected for a period of time.

    As the decision was due on 14 August we will contact the
    Richmond Highways team and this can be discussed with the
    planners.

    If you wish to discuss this further I would advise you to
    contact Richmond who are the Highways Authority for the road in
    question, contact details can be found on their website:

    [1]www.richmond.gov.uk

    Thank you again for taking the time to bring this to our
    attention and if you require any other assistance please feel
    free to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Emma Burn

    Customer Service Advisor

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    From: [Please TfL, object strongly to blocking of Richmond, Surrey bus lane email]
    To: [email address] <[email address]>
    CC:
    Sent: 23.08.12 14:10:02
    Subject: Re: RE: Use of bus lane to service proposed Travelodge,
    Paradise Road, Richmond upon Thames

    Katherine,
    Thanks for your email.
    The planning application 12/1486/FUL.
    The link is on LBRUT website is:
    http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/PlanData2/Pl...

    My concern is not about construction but about the use of the
    bus lane (which is in operation 0700-1900) for servicing the
    proposed hotel between the hours of 1000-16000. The developer
    says vehicles will use the bus lane for up to 45 minutes per
    visit, 8 or 9 times per week.

    The bus lane is used by 71 buses per hour.
    Regards.
    David

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