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Southern and Thameslink Train Operators this week announced plans to close the ticket offices at Tooting, Balham and Wandsworth Common stations and introduce “station hosts” instead. The station hosts would be available in Tooting station during weekdays and Saturdays from 0630-0015, and on Sundays from 0930 -2145. Station hosts would be available in Wandsworth Common Station during weekdays and Saturdays from 0600-2200 and on Sundays from 0700-2200. The hosts would cover Balham station during weekdays and Saturdays from 05:30-22:00 and on Sundays from 07:30-22:00.

If the planned changes go ahead, they will be introduced this summer.

 

Proposal to close ticket offices at Wandsworth Common, Balham and Tooting stations. Have your say

Southern and Thameslink Train Operators this week announced plans to close the ticket offices at Tooting, Balham and Wandsworth Common stations and introduce “station hosts” instead. The station hosts would... Read more

Balham or Tooting?

Until November last year TfL’s preferred option for a Crossrail 2 station was Tooting. This changed in November last year as a result of preliminary geological surveys carried out by TfL. In January, TfL announced the results of a massive consultation exercise which asked residents which station – Balham or Tooting – they would prefer for Crossrail 2.

Although the majority preferred Tooting, TfL’s preferred option remained Balham, due to the geological conditions found at both locations which would make Tooting more complicated and more expensive. Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, called on TfL not to exclude Tooting despite the cost and urged TfL to carry out an economic assessment of the impact of bringing Crossrail 2 to Tooting.

TfL has now confirmed that this economic impact assessment is underway and will be available next month. TfL has also confirmed that further, scheduled, geological surveys, involving drilling for samples, will soon be underway in Balham and will start in Tooting in six to eight weeks’ time.  

Sadiq Khan MP said: “Currently, the position is that Balham remains TfL’s preferred option. However, TfL concedes that Tooting has a stronger development case than Balham. Once the results of the economic assessment are known next month, TfL has agreed to share those with me and I will be sure to scrutinise them closely”.

A spokesperson for TfL told Sadiq Khan: “I can confirm that our preferred option of Balham has not changed and our position on Tooting Broadway has not changed. The development case is stronger for Tooting but the geological case is not. Only once the results of the geological surveys and the economic impact assessment have been analysed might our preferred option change”. The spokesperson added: “We are still considering all the options and no decision has been made.”

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The Council last night debated a proposal to accept a grant for the restoration of aspects of Tooting Common. The most controversial aspect of this grant is a proposal that the 77 chestnut trees that line Chestnut Avenue on Tooting Common should be felled and replaced by saplings. 

The debate was very well attended by the public and two petitions were presented, with almost 500 signatures, requesting that any proposals to cut down the 77 trees on Chestnut Avenue should be subject to public consultation before any decision to cut down the trees is reached.

Verbal "assurances" were offered during the debate that consultation would take place. However requests to include the pledge in the proposals were declined.

Sadiq Khan MP said: “Residents wanted a promise to consult on the future of these beautiful trees to be written into the paper in black and white. While I am very happy that public statements were made last night confirming that consultation will now go ahead, I am disappointed that the Council was not willing to embed this promise in the proposals themselves, as residents requested. What are they scared of? Without inserting this commitment to consult in the proposals, residents could be forgiven for leaving last night’s debate with the impression that consultation is still not guaranteed.”

He added: “Many of the other proposals included in the Council’s bid will enhance and regenerate the Common, including improvements to the Lido, so it is a shame that some residents has been left wondering if their views on Chestnut Avenue will really count”. 

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