How do people travel in and around Beckenham?

In late 2021 Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association partnered with Bromley Living Streets to distribute a survey to better understand how Beckenham residents travel, what is currently working well, and the challenges faced for safe and sustainable travel. Flyers promoting the online survey were distributed to residents across Beckenham, and also shared via Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor. The majority of responses were received via the flyers, for residents across three local wards: Beckenham Town and Copers Cope, Clock House, and Kelsey and Eden Park.

The survey results gave a detailed picture of the how people travel in and around Beckenham. By providing a more in-depth picture of the diverse travel needs of Beckenham residents, we aim to improve the quality of debate and deliberation over local transport issues.

The survey results will be shared across multiple blog posts due to the amount of data collected. This first blog posts presents the results on how residents travel, what currently works well, and what challenges residents face with respect to local travel, streets and public spaces.

About the survey

What did we ask?
1. How do local residents travel for work, shopping and recreation?
2. What currently works well for residents, with respect to local travel, streets and public spaces?
3. What are the main challenges faced by residents, with respect to local travel, streets and public spaces?
4. What barriers to residents face to walking or cycling more?
5. Do residents use the Albemarle Road cycle lane?
6. How do residents travel to Beckenham High Street, and what do they use it for?
7. How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on residents’ work and travel patterns?

Who responded to the survey?
1,012 residents responded to the survey. As shown in the graph below, over-65s were strongly represented, with very few responses from residents aged under 25.

61% of respondents were in paid work and 25% of respondents worked on a fully- or partially-remote basis. 21% of responses came from families with school-age children, and 9% of respondents had health issues or disabilities which limited their mobility.

The map below shows the postcodes for which survey responses were submitted. These responses broadly spanned four wards: Penge & Cator, Clock House, Beckenham Town & Copers Cope, and Kelsey & Eden Park.

Locations of survey responses, by postcode. Each marker represents a postcode where one or more responses were completed.

How do residents travel to work, for shopping, and to visit friends and family?

There were big differences in travel habits: to commute to work, the most common ways to travel are by train or tram, working remotely, or walking. In contrast, shopping trips are mostly by walking, private car, ordering online and then by bus or tram. Trips to visit friends or family were the most likely to be taken by private car, followed by train, walking, or bus.

Retired residents are more likely to do the shopping on foot, by bus, or by private car, and less likely to go shopping by bicycle or using deliveries. Families with school-age children are more likely to use delivery services, or travel by bicycle. They are less likely to walk, drive, or travel by bus.

What currently works well for residents?

The results showed that a lot of residents were happy with the number and quality of parks and green spaces in and around Beckenham. The redevelopment of the High Street several years ago, and the temporary measures introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic were also appreciated. These included wider pavements, outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes, street trees and planters to close off on-street parking on the High Street. Parks and green spaces, as well as bus and rail services, were more important to retired residents. Families valued wider pavements and the quality of street cleaning and maintenance.

What are the main challenges faced by residents?

Overall, the main concerns were speeding, the amount of road traffic and the lack of community toilets. Retired residents are more likely to be concerned about the lack of community toilets, poorly maintained footpaths and roads, and the lack of public seating. Contrastingly, families with school-age children were more likely to be concerned about speeding, the amount of road traffic, air pollution and the lack of separated cycle lanes.

The next blog post will focus on the impacts of the reduced rail services to Beckenham since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Help Beckenham Green win £20,000 from the Platinum Jubilee Parks Fund

The Beckenham Green Friends are applying for £20,000 from the Platinum Jubilee Parks Fund to; replant the brick planters facing the High Street, create signs for the different plants and trees on the green, make a small woodland walk along the boundary with the church, and get storage and equipment for the Green Friends/community groups.

They need the support of 100 local people, find out more and pledge your support (no money, only support) at the link below.

https://daftjb5jlno.typeform.com/to/Z7LN7AV8

Road works at junction of Croydon Road and Elmers End Road 28 October

There will be road works between Langley Road and the traffic lights at the junction from from 9am on 28 October, for up to three days. The left hand lane up to the traffic lights will be closed.

The works appear to be in order to install gas and electricity to just one property on Croydon Rd.

Traffic towards Croydon will be diverted right at the traffic lights along Elmers End Rd and then Croydon Road A213, Penge Road A213, South Norwood High Street A213, Portland Road A215, Spring Lane A215, Long Lane A222, Croydon Road A222. There will also be a separate signed diversion in place for HGVs/high vehicles to avoid the low bridges in the area.

The diversion signs for the 367 bus towards Croydon appear to indicate that will turn right, then enter the bus interchange and from there will be able to rejoin its route by turning right at the junction.

Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars Service restored in 11 Dec 2022 timetable

Success for CCARA Chair and local Cllr Chloe-Jane Ross!

After 18 months of campaigning Southeastern have agreed to restore the Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars service that was cancelled during the pandemic.

Worried that Southeastern would quietly drop the Blackfriars service which it cancelled during the pandemic, Chloe-Jane started the campaign to save it some 18 months ago. She set up an on-line petition calling for the restoration of this service, it grew to over two thousand signatures and highlighted the overwhelming support for the restoration of this service. She has been meeting with Southeastern regularly to make the case for the service on behalf of local people.

After months of lobbying Southeastern, other Councillors, the local MP, London Assembly members and anyone that would listen, it’s brilliant to report that the new timetable from 11 Dec 2022 includes 5 trains in the morning from Beckenham Junction to Blackfriars and 2 back in the evening.

Chloe-Jane said: “Beckenham is an excellent transport hub, and this is one of the reasons that people choose to set up home here. I’m delighted to have been able to make a strong case to Southeastern (with a 2000+ petition, thank you) and they’ve listened to us. The return of this service will make a huge difference to many commuters.”

“I’ve had regular meetings with Southeastern and was presented with different statistics being used to assess use of the service. But what these stats didn’t show was the different choices commuters were making in the absence of the Blackfriars service. Southeastern’s data did not show the true demand for the service, and in the end the Head of Operations agreed with me on this.”

“This has been a brilliant community campaign, thank you to everyone that supported it”.

Health: Become an Engagement Assurance Committee Public Member

South East London (SEL) Integrated Care System are seeking to recruit public members to join the Engagement Assurance Committee to fill the a vacancy in Bromley. The individuals appointed will have an important role in contributing to provide assurance on engagement in projects and programmes which are carried out on behalf of the system across south east London. Find out more at: https://letstalkhealthandcareselondon.org/seleac

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – tribute, thanks and condolence

The Copers Cope Area Residents’ Association and West Beckenham Residents’ Association pays tribute and thanks to the remarkable life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We send our condolences to the those she loved and those that loved her.

Information about mourning arrangements, floral tributes and book of condolence can be found at https://www.royal.uk/mourning-and-condolence-arrangements-royal-residences

An online Book of Condolence for those who wish to leave messages is available on the Royal website: https://www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence.

Know Your Numbers! Blood Pressure Awareness Week 5-11 September 2022


Every day in the UK, 350 people have a stroke or heart attack that could have been prevented. 6 million people in the UK have high blood pressure and don’t know it. Could you help us find them? During Know Your Numbers week there will be free blood pressure checks across Bromley. Find your nearest one or visit a local pharmacy. For more information, visit www.bromley.gov.uk/bloodpressure

ROAD WORKS: Manor Road, closed for 3 nights from 2nd Aug 2022 for Thames Water works

Thames Water will be closing Manor Road, Beckenham for up to three consecutive nights from Tuesday 02/08 whilst they complete essential sewer lining and sewer cleaning works.

The road will be closed between 20:00-06:00 on each night. Manor Road will be closed between the junctions of Beckenham High Street and Bevington Road. Traffic will be diverted via High Street and Bromley Road in both directions.

Starts today 23 July: 9-day closure of line between London Victoria and Beckenham Junction – Plus industrial action

Industrial action: Wednesday 27 and Saturday 30 July

Industrial action is due to take place on our network by the RMT union on Wednesday 27 July, and ASLEF union on Saturday 30 July.

There will be a limited service running on the rail network on Wednesday 27 July and some routes will be closed. Please only travel by train if necessary. If you are travelling expect severe disruption and plan ahead.

There will be no services running across our network on Saturday 30 July. Please do not try to travel by train on this day.

If you travel by train on the day after industrial action, please expect disruption, plan ahead and allow extra time to make your journey.

You can find out more about how the industrial action on Wednesday 27 July and Saturday 30 July will affect our services here

23 – 31 July: London Victoria to Beckenham Junction/Shortlands line closure – service information

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July: There will be no trains between Shortlands and London Victoria via Herne Hill. Customers can travel to London Victoria from Bromley South via Denmark Hill. A replacement bus service will also run from Bromley South to Denmark Hill via Herne Hill, calling at all stations except Brixton.

Monday 25 – Friday 29 July: No trains between Beckenham Junction and London Victoria. There will be a twice-hourly shuttle train service between Beckenham Junction and Orpington. Customers can travel to Bromley South for trains to London Victoria via Denmark Hill. A replacement bus service will run between Beckenham Junction and Denmark Hill, via Herne Hill, calling at all stations except Brixton.

Service changes at Beckenham Junction due to industrial action

Tuesday 25 July: Due to the RMT industrial action on Wednesday 27 July, the Beckenham Junction to Orpington train service will stop at 22.00 and a replacement bus will run instead, calling at Beckenham Junction, Shortlands, Bromley South, Bickley, Petts Wood, and Orpington.

Wednesday 27 July: The replacement bus service for the line closure that runs between Beckenham Junction and Denmark Hill, via Herne Hill (except Brixton) will continue to run during the industrial action. There will also be a replacement bus service calling at Beckenham Junction, Shortlands, Bromley South, Bickley, Petts Wood and Orpington.

Thursday 28 July: Following the RMT industrial action, an early morning replacement bus service will run between Beckenham Junction and Orpington, calling at Shortlands, Bromley South, Bickley, Petts Wood and Orpington. The first shuttle train service between Beckenham Junction and Orpington will run after 08.30. Change at Bromley South for services to Victoria via Denmark Hill. A replacement bus service will also run from Beckenham Junction to Denmark Hill, via Herne Hill, calling at all stations except Brixton.

Friday 29 July: No trains between Beckenham Junction and London Victoria. There will be a twice-hourly shuttle train service between Beckenham Junction and Orpington. Customers can travel to Bromley South for trains to London Victoria via Denmark Hill. A replacement bus service will run between Beckenham Junction and Denmark Hill, via Herne Hill, calling at all stations except Brixton.

Saturday 30 July: Due to industrial action by the train drivers’ union, ASLEF, there will be no trains across the Southeastern network. The replacement bus service for the line closure will run from Bromley South to Denmark Hill, via Herne Hill, calling at all stations except Brixton.

Sunday 31 July: There will be no trains between Shortlands and London Victoria via Herne Hill. Customers can travel to London Victoria from Bromley South via Denmark Hill. A replacement bus service will also run from Bromley South to Denmark Hill via Herne Hill, calling at all stations except Brixton.

Replacement bus service summary:

Saturday to Sunday

  • Denmark Hill and Bromley South, calling at all stations between Herne Hill and Bromley South, except Brixton.

Monday to Friday

  • Denmark Hill and Beckenham Junction, calling at all stations between Herne Hill and Beckenham Junction, except Brixton.

Tuesday evening from 22.00, Wednesday all day and Thursday morning until 08.30

  • Beckenham Junction to Orpington, via Shortlands, Bromley South, Bickley, Petts Wood, and Orpington.

You can view bus times in the online journey planner.

Download the replacement bus station stops map

Ziggy Stardust Family Funday and High Street Trail tomorrow Sat 16 July 2022

Join us on Beckenham Green for a Ziggy Stardust inspired Market On The Green. Plus High Street Trail – find the Bowie Dolls in the High Street and win a prize. Ziggy Stardust, was David Bowies famous alter-ego he created when living in Beckenham 50 years ago.

  • When: 10am to 5pm on Saturday 16 July 2022
  • Where: Beckenham Green (next to St George’s Church, Beckenham High Street, BR3 5JG, near Beckenham Junction Station and Tram link)
  • What: live entertainment, fair rides with ferris wheel, spoken word tent, street food, market stalls, kids craft tent and much more. Check out the full schedule here
  • Get into the vibe: come along in the in style of the 1970s or 80s iconic decades. Prizes given for the best dressed.

Ziggy Stardust Dolls have popped up in the High Street

You may have spotted these fellows in some of the shop windows in Beckenham High Street ahead of the Ziggy Stardust High Street Trail which is part of the Ziggy Stardust Family Funday being held on Beckenham Green on 16 July.

You can join the free trail on Saturday 16 July. Pick up a playing card from organisers tent on Beckenham Green or participating shops on the day. If you find all the dolls you can claim a prize (while stocks last).

How to spot and avoid scams – WBRA AGM speaker Rob Vale

West Beckenham RA held its AGM on 4 July, at Christ Church Hall. The guest speaker, Rob Vale, gave an entertaining talk on the many new ways that criminals are always trying to get our bank details. Advice on how to spot rogue traders and scams and what to do if you are targetted can be found on the LB Bromley website at

https://www.bromley.gov.uk/trading-standards/rogue-traders-scams/1

 

If you suspect a neighbour or family member is being targetted, you can phone the Rapid Response number 07903 852090 and if possible the team will try to get an officer to attend while the perpetrator is still there. 

You can also sign up to receive scam alerts from the team. When LB Bromley see a new scam, they will send out this alert direct to you. 

https://www.bromley.gov.uk/ScamAlertSignUpForm

Rob also asked that anyone who is close to a vulnerable adult to complete the survey on “Safeguarding”. The Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board is responsible for making sure there are the right services in place to keep vulnerable adults safe from harm and abuse.   It is made up of health and social care professionals and the police. The Board also has representation from private, voluntary and independent organisations.   

https://bromleysafeguardingadults.org/p/how-we-can-help/how-you-can-help-1

 

Entertainment Line Up – Ziggy Stardust Family Funday, 10am to 5pm Sat 16 July on Beckenham Green

The line up for the live entertainment is taking shape…

  • 11.00am – The Pips, band from Harris Beckenham Secondary School
  • 12.00pm – Songstress Sarah Baker
  • 12.30pm – Anne Stewart performs a Bowie poem
  • 12.45pm – Beckenham Theatre Youth Group
  • 13.00pm – Songstress Sarah Baker
  • 13.45pm – Skylark Dance School performance
  • 14.15pm – Scott Fuller, David Bowie Tribute Act
  • 15.00pm – The Deleates, Band from Langley Park School for Boys
  • 16.00pm – Scott Fuller, David Bowie Tribute Act
  • 16:30pm – community sing-a-long

Street food, market stalls, free kids craft tent, spoken word tent, fair rides including a Ferris Wheel, and much more… check out the market page here.

Ziggy Stardust High Street Trail – Sat 16 July 2022

As part of the Ziggy Stardust Family Funday being held on Beckenham Green on 16 July, we have a free Ziggy Stardust Trail in the High Street.

Will you be able to find all the Ziggy Stardust Dolls in the shop windows? 

If you find them you can claim a prize (while stocks last). Pick up a playing card from organisers tent on Beckenham Green or participating shops on the day.

West Beckenham RA Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held at 8pm on Monday 4 July, at Christ Church Hall, Fairfield Road, Beckenham.

Guest Speaker will be Rob Vale, Head of Trading Standards LB Bromley, who will speak about scams and how to spot and avoid them.

CCARA members are welcome to attend, as are new members for either Association!