Residents in Charlton are complaining of packed buses heading towards north Greenwich station since St Mary Magdalene school opened last November.
The school will eventually total over 1,600 pupils ranging from nursery age to a sixth form alongside 200 staff. Currently around 400 students have moved to the site but even that seems enough to place pressure on local buses.
Charlton residents have asked the local authority what planning was undertaken and what measures will be taken. The council responded in early January by saying:
“We are in the process of releasing s106 funding to TfL towards the increase bus capacity on the peninsula. Officers will be working with TfL to determine the most effective way to address capacity issues on routes in the area, particularly those affecting the school.
As a more immediate response to the issues TfL officers reviewing what capacity enhancements can be made to route 422 which is the main bus serving the school. We should be able to report back to you in the next month on outcome of this review.”
Why Section 106 income was not released earlier is a mystery – especially with numerous cuts to buses serving the peninsula. The latest was the 486 in late February.
More students are due to move to the school in coming months and years. Have you noticed increased pressure on local buses?