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Public Transport

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Palmers Green station: how step-free access will be provided

18 October 2023

A planning application shows how Network Rail plan to make Palmers Green station step-free. Work is due to be completed in 2024.

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Walthamstow-Palmers Green-North Finchley 'Superloop' bus gets go-ahead

08 September 2023

The proposed 'Superloop' express bus linking Walthamstow to North Finchley via Palmers Green is to go ahead, with some new stops added. The frequency of the 34 bus in the evenings will not be reduced, as originally proposed.

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Assembly member calls for additional Superloop stops

26 July 2023

The Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey, Joanne McCartney, has called for additional stops along the proposed Superloop express bus service route which would pass through Palmers Green en route from Walthamstow to Finchley. She has also passed on constituents' requests to reinstate the weekend night service on the 34.

Superloop X34 express bus route: have your say

14 June 2023

Transport for London has launched a consultation about a proposed express bus service running through Palmers Green - part of its plan to create a 'Superloop' of fast bus services around the capital.

Drivers' strikes set to disrupt travel by bus

08 June 2023

Up to four days of strikes by drivers employed by Arriva London North are set to disrupt bus travel in Palmers Green and throughout north London this month. All main routes serving Palmers Green will be affected.

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Palmers Green station: Lifts installed by mid-2024?

24 May 2023

Dave Cockle from the Enfield Society has been assiduously attempting to winkle out information from Network Rail about the Palmers Green Access for All project to provide lifts at the station. Last week he eventually received some 'notes on general progress'.

Government rejects London Assembly call for devolution of suburban rail services

05 April 2023

A call for devolution of suburban rail services was supported by all London Assembly members except Conservatives but has been rejected by ministers. Enfield & Haringey AM Joanne McCartney called service levels on the Great Northern Metro 'not acceptable'.

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Healthwatch Enfield is recruiting volunteer communication assistants

10 October 2022

Healthwatch Enfield is recruiting volunteer communication assistants to help raise public awareness of its work. Volunteers should be able to commit to being available at least one day a week.

Adding an apostrophe for the sake of the environment

31 August 2022

Eagle-eyed readers who've gone past or into our local station since Monday will have noticed new signage over the door: 'Palmers Green' has become Palmer's with an apostrophe Green. Go down the stairs and onto the platform and more changes will be revealed, many incoporating the distinctive orange logo of the American company Palmer's, whose skincare products are mainly based on cocoa butter or coconut oil. So what's this all about? Will it make the train service run more smoothly?

London rail passengers less likely to use trains if services reduced. Are we being used as guinea pigs?

15 May 2022

The results of research into how passengers feel about train services in the capital show dissatisfaction with fare levels, crowding and other aspects of services. A significant finding is that two thirds of passengers say that cuts to services would mean that they would be less likely to use trains. Perhaps people travelling (or no longer travelling) on Great Northern Metro services through Palmers Green are being used as guinea pigs to test out what happens when services are reduced to pre-1970s frequencies?

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Improved peak hours rail service from Monday

18 February 2022

Timetable changes to Great Northern services from Saturday 21st February will introduce more Monday-to-Friday peak hours trains through Palmers Green, but off-peak frequency remains two an hour. The company's community engagement officer has said that future services will depend on what's affordable to run once we establish what the 'new world' of travel looks like.

How can we help deal with abuse and harrassment on public transport?

08 February 2022

This week is Sexual Abuse and Violence Awareness Week. London Travelwatch has issued advice on how other passengers can help if they see someone on a train or bus being harrassed.

Two new morning peak trains added this week

07 February 2022

Two new morning peak trains from Gordon Hill to Moorgate were introduced on Monday to ease overcrowding. A new timetable with an improved peak hours service comes into effect on 21st January.

Letting Govia go: Legal challenge to planned new Great Northern contract

31 January 2022

A crowdfunder has been launched to support the legal costs of a campaign to prevent the government awarding a new six-year contract to Govia Thameslink Railway to run Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern Rail services.

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Further cuts to Palmers Green rail services from today

04 January 2022

Starting today, Great Northern rail services through Palmers Green are being cut to two an hour at all times because so many staff are off sick with Covid-19.

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A Tale of Two Minutes

24 November 2021

Residents of some Enfield wards - I'm looking at you, Palmers Green councillors! - would be grateful if they had more than a few hours notice of upcoming ward forums, while minutes of previous meetings would be looked upon as a wholly unrealistic luxury, but the Winchmore Hill ward forum has always been exemplary in both respects. This week it has outdone itself by publishing not one, but two versions of the minutes of its most recent meeting, on 4th November.

Transport for London's financial crisis poses multiple threats to the capital and the wider country

10 November 2021

Transport for London's parlous financial situation, brought on by a pandemic-induced catastrophic fall off in fares revenue, not only threatens big cuts to tube and bus services . Unless an adequate long-term solution is found, in place of the grudgingly given six-month government gap-plugging deals, the outcome will be even worse congestion on the roads than we are already experiencing, and other impacts affecting not just London. Anyone interested in London's future should read this important article by the chief executive of the Centre for London thinktank.

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Plan to extend bus lane operating hours south of the A406

28 October 2021

Enfield Council is proposing to extend the operating hours of the northbound bus lane in Green Lanes just south of the North Circular Road so that it is in force from 7am to 7pm seven days of the week, rather than, as now, in the Monday to Friday evening peak only (4pm to 7pm). Only two parking spaces will be available (in the inset bay next to Zourtos butcher's shop), but the council say there is enough parking available on side streets to compensate.

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Don't cut the bus!

17 September 2021

A campaign against reductions in bus services in London has been launched by the London TravelWatch Bus Alliance, with as lead organisation London TravelWatch, the official watchdog organisation representing the interests of transport users in and around the capital.

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The way forward is public transport

22 August 2021

The Campaign for Better Transport has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing government support for improved public transport.