Superloop update – X26 renumbered as route SL7

From Saturday 19 August, the X26 will become the SL7 with an increased frequency. Route SL7 will run an enhanced service every 15 minutes all day every day, instead of every 30 minutes on route X26. Around half of the buses will have dedicated luggage space for customers travelling to and from Heathrow airport.

Route SL7 will run an express bus service between West Croydon and Heathrow Central, serving all the same stops as route X26 except the last bus stop at West Croydon will move (about 175 metres) around the corner, into West Croydon bus station.

Some bus stops in Kingston, New Malden, North Cheam, Teddington and Wallintdon Green have been renamed to better reflect their location.

For more information on the upcoming changes you can visit TFL:

What is Superloop?

The main change to buses will be the introduction of the Superloop express buses around London:

As a result, the new route from Croydon to Bromley will become SL5 and the X68 will become the SL6. There wil be no change to existing toute 119 from Croydon to Bromley.

Further information is available on the TFL website.

Road closure and diversion of the A22 Godstone Road

The A22 Godstone Road Purley will be closed from the 22nd July for 9 weeks to allow SES water to install a new water main connecting Kenley water works with Woodmansterne waterworks. The section between Woodmansterne and Purley Tesco was completed last year.

This will affect the following bus routes 407, 412 and 434.

The 407 will run only between Sutton and Purley with a shuttle service between Caterham and the east side of Purley station. The 412 will also terminate on the east side of Purley station. GTR have agreed bus passengers can use the subway under Purley station. The 434 will be diverted via Old Lodge Lane and Higher Drive as this is a long diversion it will add too much running time for a 30minute frequency. A special timetable with a 40 minute frequency will be introduced for the period and is available on the Transport > Buses page.

Further information can be found here:

Update 28/8/2023: A22 Godstone Road has now been re-opened.

Update on Rail Ticket Office Closures

In our area all booking offices would be closed and replaced by a ticket assistant who would be based at the station. It is not clear if they would be able to sell all tickets including those that you can’t buy from the ticket machines such as Boundary zone, CIV Eurostar tickets, Plusbus tickets etc.

Would the ticket assistant take cash? Where would they be positioned? Special arrangements would be in place at large stations such as Victoria and East Croydon.

East Surrey Transport Committee have listed 24 questions/issues that need to be resolved before they could consider supporting the closures. These can be seen on the Transport page.

Please send you objection to . There is also an online petition which we are asking you to support

Public Consultation on Rail Ticket Office Closures

A public consultation has launched regarding moving station staff out from behind the counter (which would then close for good) and in theory, onto the station concourses making them more visible and accessible.

For full details of this consultation (including a comparison of current and proposed hours when ticketing assistance would be available), and details of how to have your say, please visit the Southern Railway Public Consultation website.

Further information regarding proposed closures can also be found on the Transport > Trains page.

2023 ECRA AGM – Tuesday June 13 7.30pm

The AGM is on Tuesday 13 June 2023, 7.30pm at The Old Coulsdon Congregational Church.

Come to our AGM and listen to our Guest Speaker, Sacha Bunatyan, who will be telling us more about the Ukranian community in Coulsdon and how we can help.

Click here to download the AGM Agenda June 2023 and ECRA Accounts April 2022 – March 2023.

Click here to view the nominations for the committee to be elected as part of the AGM.

Click here to view more information on how you can help our local Ukranian community with donation of goods.

Old Lodge Lane bridge refurbishment closures

To facilitate these works, there will be traffic management in place consisting of a full road closure and bus stop suspensions on Old Lodge Lane during the planned times. During the weekend only phase of the works, Old Lodge Lane will be closed from 2300 Friday to Monday 0500. During the mid-week night works, Old Lodge Lane will be closed from 2330 to 0500 each night from Monday to Friday.

Pedestrian will still be able to walk from one side of the structure to the other within a protected scaffold tunnel during closures. BAM will install additional signage to ensure customers know businesses are still open as usual. During the four weekend closures, there will be a shuttle bus service operating in substitute of the normal bus services.

Shuttle bus services will operate as follows:

  • Shuttle buses will operate on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm during the weekend closures.
  • The shuttle bus will travel up and down Old Lodge, stopping at each bus stop from Reedham Station to New Valley School.
  • A separate bus service will run from Old Lodge Lane at the bridge to Tesco Extra in Purely. This bus will also stop at the Grovesdale bus stop on the way to Tesco.
  • During mid-week night closures, the last bus service passing through Old Lodge Lane will be at 11:30 pm. The normal bus service will resume at 5:30 am.

Work will be carried out as follows (click to view larger):

Old Lodge Lane closure for bridge refurbishment timetable

One day paper Travelcard to be withdrawn?

The London Mayor and the government have now come to an agreement over funding of TfL. The Mayor will also obtain some additional funding from the GLA. However, in the agreement TfL still needs to raise additional Funds. One of the ways they are proposing to do this is to withdraw the One-day paper travelcard. The travelcard has been the main integrated ticket for travel on all forms of transport in London for the last 40 years.

TfL would seem to accept there is a need for an integrated ticket in the zones as they will keep the all-day capping on Oyster and bank cards. To travel in London, you will need either an Oyster card or a Bankcard. Otherwise you will need a separate ticket for each leg of the journey.

The main problem would seem to affect children and families taking a day out in London which could be become complex, financially expensive or even prohibitive.

This means to obtain off-peak child fares, children will have to have a child Zip Oyster photocard. This requires a £14.00 admin fee and a digital photo and can only be obtained online and can take up to 10 days to arrive. Most children in London who need to use public transport already have Zip Oyster photocards. It is those that do not use public transport and don’t have a Zip Oyster photocard and want to make the occasion journeys that will be negatively impacted by the proposed changes.

This will apply equally as the move to cashless bus fares, to those visitors from outside London. They will have to buy single tickets and will not be able to use the bus. You can engage with the consultation be visiting the TfL Have Your Say website: Engagement to withdraw Day Travelcards | Have Your Say Transport for London ( East Surrey Transport Committee have objected and are asking you to object and contact London TravelWatch .

Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) extension to all of London

Update 29/8/2023: ULEZ starts today and if your vehicle does not comply you will have to pay the ULEZ £12.50 charge to drive within Greater London each day you drive within the zone. When paying the charge please ensure you are on the TfL site and not one of the unofficial scam sites:

You can check to see if your vehicle is exempt by entering your registration on the TfL website:

Petrol vehicles after 20207 and diesel vehicles after 2015 normally comply. It is possible that some older vehicles can also be exempt if their engine complies with Euro 6 standard. These can be individually registered, but you will need confirmation from the manufacturer:

All foreign registered vehicles need to be individually registered:

The following Roads in Coulsdon are exempt:

  • Coulsdon Road from the borough boundary to Marlpit Lane
  • Marlpit Lane
  • Brighton Road from the borough boundary to Lion Green Road (but not the A23 Coulsdon Bypass)
  • Lion Green Road
  • Chipstead Valley Road from the borough boundary to Lion Green Road
  • A map is available on the ECRA website
  • This means from the south you can drive to and park in Lion Green car park, but you can’t drive into the town centre

There are ULEZ cameras on the following roads:

  • Sandown Road
  • Woodcote Grove Road (at the Post Office)
  • Brighton Road (at Lion Green Road and the Methodist Church)
  • Coulsdon Bypass
  • Marlpit Avenue
  • Stoneyfield Road
  • Cannons Hill
  • Keston Avenue
  • Waddington Avenue
  • Lacy Drive

It is possible additional cameras may be installed at a later date.

On Tuesday 29th August 2023 the London Mayor intends to extend the Ultra-Low Emission Zone scheme (ULEZ) to all of London, charging non-compliant vehicles £12.50 per day. Although this is proving controversial with many MPs opposing this, it is in line with Government policy which wants to move to road pricing. At present the implementation date is subject to a Judicial Review (JD) brought by 4 London Boroughs and Surrey County Council. This could allow it to go ahead, delay it or ask the Mayor to revise it.

Why is the Mayor doing this? One of the unforeseen results of the change to Diesel vehicles was that there has been an increase in emissions of nitrous oxides (NOx) and particulates at street level. These particulates are one of the major causes of poor air quality in London and are particularly harmful to children as they can get deep into their lungs. One child death in London has already been attributed by the Coroner to road pollution. A study carried out for the Mayor in 2017 showed that pollution in all of London was above World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. Some days even on Farthing Downs pollution was one level above WHO standards and in the Coulsdon town centre it was two levels above.

From 26th October 2020 the existing Low Emission Zone was extended to all of London including Coulsdon, but this only applied to all Lorries and vehicles over 3.5 tonnes which must comply throughout London from the borough boundary at Coulsdon.
From 25th October 2021 the ULEZ was extended from central London to the north and south circular roads. Vehicles with a registered disabled driver or disabled passengers will be exempt until 2025.
From 29th August 2023 all vehicles across all of London will have to comply with ULEZ or pay a £12.50 per day to drive in London. To comply and not be charged you will have to have a vehicle that complies with the following standards:

  • Motorcycles Euro 3.
  • Petrol cars, vans and minibuses Euro 4 – most cars manufactured after 2007.
  • Diesel cars, vans and minibuses Euro 6 – most cars manufactured after 2015.
  • Lorries, buses and coaches Euro 6.

You can check to see if your vehicle is compliant on the TfL web site:
There is a scrappage scheme to assist people to purchase compliant vehicles which has paid out £18m so far.
Failure to pay will result in a £160 to £1,000 fine. Enforcement is by Camera and most of these are already in position on the Coulsdon Bypass and the A23.

However, if you look at the map (click here to view) there are a number of roads in Coulsdon that are exempt. These are to provide what are called escape routes for HGVs so they do not have to U turn, but can drive out of the ULEZ.

These are the roads in Coulsdon: Coulsdon Road from the borough boundary to Marlpit Lane, Marlpit Lane, Brighton Road from the southern roundabout to Lion Green Road, Lion Green Road and Chipstead Valley Road and all roads in between. In Purely it is the Godstone Road from the GLA Boundary to Purley Cross, but no other roads. These exemptions still appear on the consultation map.
This would mean that if your vehicle doesn’t comply, from the south you could drive to Lion Green car park, but not to the town centre or along the bypass.

If you have European Visitors to avoid a fine it is important to register their car with TfL
London is not the only town introducing Low Emission Zones; Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Oxford, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Tyneside Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Check the Government web site to see what vehicles are included:

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Proposals to include Farthing Downs and Happy Valley

Areas of Natural Beauty represent some of England’s most treasured landscapes, whose unique qualities are safeguarded in the national interest. The present area stretches across along the North Downs from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east, also including the Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere and stretch east to Leith Hill, the highest point in

Natural England is also looking at bringing parts of Chipstead, Caterham Woods, Woldingham Valley, Limpsfield and Godstone Hills into the expanded Surrey Hills, This proposed expansion would include Farthing Downs and Happy Valley in Coulsdon and would bring in areas that are in London. It would not include Coulsdon Common or New Hill.

Please see the attached PDF for further information as well as details of the consultation which closes on June 13, 2023.