Cray Meadows Ward Councillors, Don Massey, Ross Downing and Cheryl Bacon, are delighted that after months of talks the one-way route of the B14 around the Royal Park Estate is being changed so that buses will go up the hill at Kimberley Drive rather than down.
Cllr Don Massey led the campaign after a number of elderly and vulnerable residents complained to him that getting up the hill to the railway station and shops at Albany Park was difficult for them. He commented “I am very pleased that I have convinced Transport for London (TFL) that the changes they made back in February 2006 did not take into account residents who have mobility problems. Everyone involved (Bexley Council, Metrobus, TFL and the Royal Park Residents Association) has worked very hard to come up with proposals that the local residents are overwhelmingly in favour of.”
Residents were consulted on the revised route via a formal process that involved letters to over 1,000 residents on the estate and a mini-exhibition at the local church. They made a number of suggestions on the parking restrictions proposed and positioning of hard standing paved areas that have been incorporated into the approved plans. Chairman of the Royal Park Residents Association Phil Gloster said “The Association is very pleased that the B14 route in the estate has been altered to the benefit of the community as a whole”.
The route change is planned to come into effect in early March.