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Bexley council makes case to Transport for London for more investment

PUBLISHED: 09:44 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 16 June 2017

Transport for London and Bexley council leaders meet

Transport for London and Bexley council leaders meet

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Council leader Teresa O’Neill met with TfL transport commissioner Mike Brown yesterday, June 15

Representatives from Bexley council met with London’s transport chiefs to discuss travel issues affecting the borough and its residents, on June 15.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill, two of her cabinet colleagues, and senior council staff met with Transport for London (TfL) transport commissioner Mike Brown and his team.

TfL are responsible for a £35bn investment programme which aims to provide the delivery of better transport srevices across the capital.

The team from Bexley briefed Mr Brown on the borough’s plans for growth and the investment that will be needed to make it happen. They set out thier case for the Crossrail extension across north Bexley calling at Belevedere, Erith and Slade Green, and the new river crossings, which will be needed if they council want to meet their ambition to develop 31,000 new homes and 17,500 new jobs.

Cllr O’Neill, said: “The meeting was very positive and built on the excellent relationships we are developing with Mike and his team. Improving transport connections and services is a priority for our residents and businesses at the heart of our plans for the future.”

The council’s presentation stated the fact that Bexley is one of the lowest funding allocations from TfL, but also showed that investment is needed to improve transport links in and around Erith, as well as improvements to train services, bus services and the local cycle network.

The council stressed that many parts of the borough can reap advantaged from the new Crossrail service to Abbey Wood.

The presentation also covered the need for better bus services to local hospitals, the need for more capacity for schoolchildren at peak times, maintenance of the A2 and A20 and provision for electric cars.

A public consultation is still taking place, until July 14, on Bexley’s Growth Strategy, which was developed in partnership with TfL and the Mayor of London.

Strategy information events include: June 20, 3pm-7pm – Morrison’s superstore, Erith; June 22, 12 noon-4pm – Welling Library; June 24, 12 noon–4pm – Sidcup Library; June 28, 3pm-7pm – Crayford Library; June 29, 9am-9pm – Bexleyheath Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath; July 1, 9am-6pm – Bexleyheath Shopping Centre; July 3, 3pm-7pm – Sidcup Leisure Centre; and July 5, 12pm-4pm – Thamesmead Innovation Centre.

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