News and updates, 16 March 2019

Here are the items of news from around our area:

TfL abandons plans for coach station at Royal Oak

TfL have informed local campaigning groups that they have decided not to pursue their plans for a coach station at Royal Oak. Here is an extract from their letter:

One possible location we had been looking at for a partial replacement to VCS is a site at Royal Oak, as part of a mixed-use development. This location was considered worthy of further consideration due to its direct connections to the A40 – one of London’s primary coach corridors – which would mean significantly reduced coach movements through the heart of Westminster.

On further investigation, the site at Royal Oak presented significant challenges, relating to the day to day operation of the site and viability. We have therefore decided not to take forward plans for a coach station at Royal Oak. We will instead develop alternative mixed-use proposals for the site, which do not include a coach facility. Any future plans will of course be subject to extensive community consultation and engagement.

Thank you to all who signed the petitions and thank you to our Councillors, in Hyde Park Ward and beyond, for their support.

Reminder of pub evening Tuesday 19 March at 6.15pm
Don’t forget our pub evening which will be held at the Victoria pub on Strathearn Place, from 6.15pm on Tuesday 19 March. The topic is local security and we welcome speakers from Hunter Protection, a private security firm.

Closure of Edgware Road overnight on 25 and 26 March
Edgware Road will be closed northbound on Monday 25 March and southbound on Tuesday 26 March, for resurfacing works at the junction with Burwood Place. Traffic diversions will be in place. This means that the changes to the junction are nearly completed!

Financial scam awareness – Monday 25 March, 2-4pm
AgeUK Westminster are hosting a session run by the Financial Conduct Authority, which aims to inform older residents about financial risks (internet and otherwise). The event is free but they ask you to register by calling 07969 302517 or emailing The venue is the Beethoven Centre on Third Avenue, W10. See the attached flyer below.

Consultation on reducing the maximum taxi operating age
As part of the continuing work to improve air quality in London, TfL are consulting about making some reductions to the maximum taxi operating age (currently 15-16 years). You can read more about this issue, and how to respond to the consultation, at this link
The consultation ends on Friday 26 April.

Chairman’s Christmas newsletter 2018

Our Chairman Dr Allen Zimbler has prepared his Christmas newsletter and you can read or download it from the link below.

We have sent the newsletter out to our email circulation list – if you don’t currently receive our emails, please contact to arrange to sign up.

We wish all of our members and friends a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Chairman’s Christmas NEWSLETTER 2018

New ambassador service this summer on Edgware Road

Members may be interested to read of the new ambassador service being launched by Marble Arch London (this is the newly formed Marble Arch BID, equivalent to the Paddington BID which has been active in the Paddington area for some years).

The ambassadors will be provided by Marble Arch London and will work with the police, TfL and Westminster City Council to report environmental issues, assist with way-finding, support homeless people off the streets and manage back anti-social behaviour such as aggressive, organised begging.

You can read more about this and other Marble Arch London initiatives at their website here.