Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake pledges to fight against smoking in bus shelters

Tom Brake MP

Tom Brake MP

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An MP has vowed to continue his fight to improve bus services - and get smoking banned in bus shelters.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake held a meeting with Transport for London (TfL) bosses where he called on them to extend the 154 service to make it run 24-hours-a-day and reinstate the X24 bus stop at The Plough in Beddington.

He also asked them to consider enforcing smoking band in bus shelters.

Mr Brake said: "This was a meeting I was very keen to have. Speaking to local residents and as a regular user of public transport myself, I completely understand their demands for improved 154 and X26 services.

"TfL assured me that nothing has been ruled out on the 154 and that they will be looking into the possibility of extending its hours of operation.

"Nothing is over, we will continue to fight for safer, convenient and more reliable local transport."

During the meeting, TfL announced that it will increase the frequency of the S1 service to four an hour from Monday to Saturday and three an hour on Sundays.

Mr Brake told TfL as 50 per cent of bus shelters are enclosed TfL should be able to enforce a smoking ban and put signs up.

He added: "They argue it’s too complicated, but TfL must consider what action they can take to reduce the devastating impact of second-hand smoke."

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8:49am Fri 25 Apr 14

Keysie64 says...

How long has he been fighting for the X26. It must be election time to bring this up again. The people of Beddington are far more worried by the Lib Dem approved incinerator. What has Mr Brake done about the incinerator.
How long has he been fighting for the X26. It must be election time to bring this up again. The people of Beddington are far more worried by the Lib Dem approved incinerator. What has Mr Brake done about the incinerator. Keysie64
  • Score: 13

9:31am Fri 25 Apr 14

Andrew Behan says...

The frequency of the S1 bus was increased to four an hour in November 2013. The meeting Tom Brake held with TfL must have been at least six months ago. Hardly "breaking news".
The frequency of the S1 bus was increased to four an hour in November 2013. The meeting Tom Brake held with TfL must have been at least six months ago. Hardly "breaking news". Andrew Behan
  • Score: 10

9:36am Fri 25 Apr 14

Mashy1983 says...

Chief reporter? Seriously, sort out basic errors. It is ‘bans’ not ‘band’ and it is the X26 bus, not the X24 bus.
Chief reporter? Seriously, sort out basic errors. It is ‘bans’ not ‘band’ and it is the X26 bus, not the X24 bus. Mashy1983
  • Score: 11

9:56am Fri 25 Apr 14

Giles C says...

Hasnt he got anything better to do?
Hasnt he got anything better to do? Giles C
  • Score: 8

11:17am Fri 25 Apr 14

theavengers says...

How about banning cigarette pollution and litter in front of school gates. Some "mothers" puff away in others faces...like having someone spit on you. Sick smell. Shouldn't be anywhere on or near hospitals and schools.
How about banning cigarette pollution and litter in front of school gates. Some "mothers" puff away in others faces...like having someone spit on you. Sick smell. Shouldn't be anywhere on or near hospitals and schools. theavengers
  • Score: -1

11:38am Fri 25 Apr 14

smogbad says...

Today the relative risk atlas for lung cancer was made publicly available.An associated one would include infant mortality or low birthweight...I have not found them yet,but here is a link to the map with two Sutton wards highlighted.WEST SUTTON and THE WRYTHE both have higher than average risks.THE HIGHEST.
http://www.theguardi
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/ng-interactive/2014
/apr/25/disease-and-
environmental-factor
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-wales-mapped?INTCMP
=ILCNETTXT3487
Where is public health here?how dare Tom Brake,"the scientist"support the incinerator?
It has been a massive lobbying scam from start to finish:
Boris cartoon;
pic.twitter.com/XcHN
qom6nZ
Today the relative risk atlas for lung cancer was made publicly available.An associated one would include infant mortality or low birthweight...I have not found them yet,but here is a link to the map with two Sutton wards highlighted.WEST SUTTON and THE WRYTHE both have higher than average risks.THE HIGHEST. http://www.theguardi an.com/news/datablog /ng-interactive/2014 /apr/25/disease-and- environmental-factor s-across-england-and -wales-mapped?INTCMP =ILCNETTXT3487 Where is public health here?how dare Tom Brake,"the scientist"support the incinerator? It has been a massive lobbying scam from start to finish: Boris cartoon; pic.twitter.com/XcHN qom6nZ smogbad
  • Score: 3

12:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

theavengers wrote:
How about banning cigarette pollution and litter in front of school gates. Some "mothers" puff away in others faces...like having someone spit on you. Sick smell. Shouldn't be anywhere on or near hospitals and schools.
A good point any other time, but not pre elections. Outside schools, especially in his area might be too specific. He doesn't want to risk upsetting possible local voters, yet. Bus shelters, however, are more vague, although it would be totally impossible to enforce, & he knows it. Just another Brake soundbite. As to claiming some credit for something that was done ages ago, well if he can't claim it at election time, when can he. Most politicians do the same.
[quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: How about banning cigarette pollution and litter in front of school gates. Some "mothers" puff away in others faces...like having someone spit on you. Sick smell. Shouldn't be anywhere on or near hospitals and schools.[/p][/quote]A good point any other time, but not pre elections. Outside schools, especially in his area might be too specific. He doesn't want to risk upsetting possible local voters, yet. Bus shelters, however, are more vague, although it would be totally impossible to enforce, & he knows it. Just another Brake soundbite. As to claiming some credit for something that was done ages ago, well if he can't claim it at election time, when can he. Most politicians do the same. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Fri 25 Apr 14

LiberalsOut says...

Giles C wrote:
Hasnt he got anything better to do?
Not really he is a Lib Dem - totally pointless party
[quote][p][bold]Giles C[/bold] wrote: Hasnt he got anything better to do?[/p][/quote]Not really he is a Lib Dem - totally pointless party LiberalsOut
  • Score: 4

5:17pm Fri 25 Apr 14

edstar says...

Mashy1983 wrote:
Chief reporter? Seriously, sort out basic errors. It is ‘bans’ not ‘band’ and it is the X26 bus, not the X24 bus.
Chief reporter for the Guardian is an oxymoron. Look at how they let a convicted paedophile comment twice on stories they published twice about his crimes including one on his previous comment!
[quote][p][bold]Mashy1983[/bold] wrote: Chief reporter? Seriously, sort out basic errors. It is ‘bans’ not ‘band’ and it is the X26 bus, not the X24 bus.[/p][/quote]Chief reporter for the Guardian is an oxymoron. Look at how they let a convicted paedophile comment twice on stories they published twice about his crimes including one on his previous comment! edstar
  • Score: 3

5:17pm Fri 25 Apr 14

edstar says...

Mashy1983 wrote:
Chief reporter? Seriously, sort out basic errors. It is ‘bans’ not ‘band’ and it is the X26 bus, not the X24 bus.
Chief reporter for the Guardian is an oxymoron. Look at how they let a convicted paedophile comment twice on stories they published twice about his crimes including one on his previous comment!
[quote][p][bold]Mashy1983[/bold] wrote: Chief reporter? Seriously, sort out basic errors. It is ‘bans’ not ‘band’ and it is the X26 bus, not the X24 bus.[/p][/quote]Chief reporter for the Guardian is an oxymoron. Look at how they let a convicted paedophile comment twice on stories they published twice about his crimes including one on his previous comment! edstar
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Fri 25 Apr 14

alroutemaster says...

I think you will find it is already an offence to smoke in bus shelters. Most of those round my way have signs stating that........
I think you will find it is already an offence to smoke in bus shelters. Most of those round my way have signs stating that........ alroutemaster
  • Score: -3

6:16pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Andrew Behan wrote:
The frequency of the S1 bus was increased to four an hour in November 2013. The meeting Tom Brake held with TfL must have been at least six months ago. Hardly "breaking news".
Cancer patients attending Sutton Marsden Hospital are taken into the hospital and delivered to the entrance by buses on S3 and S4 but the similarly local route S1 bypasses the hospital keeping and exhausting walk away
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Behan[/bold] wrote: The frequency of the S1 bus was increased to four an hour in November 2013. The meeting Tom Brake held with TfL must have been at least six months ago. Hardly "breaking news".[/p][/quote]Cancer patients attending Sutton Marsden Hospital are taken into the hospital and delivered to the entrance by buses on S3 and S4 but the similarly local route S1 bypasses the hospital keeping and exhausting walk away Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 6

9:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

kebabking says...

"the devastating impact of second-hand smoke"

At a bus stop in the open air - any science for that, Tom? With diesel-pumping buses and emissions-chugging cars passing by? Is this guy for real? The incinerator just down the road is fine and dandy for Tom though, isn't it.

Then they wonder why politicians are considered a joke.
"the devastating impact of second-hand smoke" At a bus stop in the open air - any science for that, Tom? With diesel-pumping buses and emissions-chugging cars passing by? Is this guy for real? The incinerator just down the road is fine and dandy for Tom though, isn't it. Then they wonder why politicians are considered a joke. kebabking
  • Score: 8

12:58pm Sat 26 Apr 14

coach77cfc says...

also while we are on banning smoking in bus shelters how about banning smoking right outside pub doorways you have to walk through their second hand smoke to enter the pub its horrible, most of the pubs have smoking areas and its away from the front or side doors but smokers continue to smoke where others enter the pub
also while we are on banning smoking in bus shelters how about banning smoking right outside pub doorways you have to walk through their second hand smoke to enter the pub its horrible, most of the pubs have smoking areas and its away from the front or side doors but smokers continue to smoke where others enter the pub coach77cfc
  • Score: -4

2:00pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Parmenion says...

Second hand smoke 'dangers' were invented by the anti-smoking movement to force through iniquitous bans and legislation.
The Relative Risk of second hand smoke is 1.17, which means an increase in risk of 17%. To put this into some sort of perspective, you've more chance of getting cancer from drinking water (RR 1.25), whole milk (RR 2.14), bacon (RR 3.00), and even keeping pet birds! (RR 6.00)
Would any sane person believe that a persons health can be seriously harmed by a glass of water? Of course not.

Robert E Madden,
Practicing chest surgeon, teacher and a former cancer researcher. Past president of the NY Cancer Society. USA

"To me the most offensive element of the smoking bans is the resort to science as "proving that environmental smoke, second hand smoke, causes lung cancer". Not only is this unproven but there is abundant and substantial evidence to the contrary. It is frustrating, even insulting, for a scientist like myself to hear the bloated statistics put out by the American Cancer Society (of which I am a member) and the American Lung Association used to justify what is best described as a political agenda."
Second hand smoke 'dangers' were invented by the anti-smoking movement to force through iniquitous bans and legislation. The Relative Risk of second hand smoke is 1.17, which means an increase in risk of 17%. To put this into some sort of perspective, you've more chance of getting cancer from drinking water (RR 1.25), whole milk (RR 2.14), bacon (RR 3.00), and even keeping pet birds! (RR 6.00) Would any sane person believe that a persons health can be seriously harmed by a glass of water? Of course not. Robert E Madden, Practicing chest surgeon, teacher and a former cancer researcher. Past president of the NY Cancer Society. USA "To me the most offensive element of the smoking bans is the resort to science as "proving that environmental smoke, second hand smoke, causes lung cancer". Not only is this unproven but there is abundant and substantial evidence to the contrary. It is frustrating, even insulting, for a scientist like myself to hear the bloated statistics put out by the American Cancer Society (of which I am a member) and the American Lung Association used to justify what is best described as a political agenda." Parmenion
  • Score: 4

12:15am Sun 27 Apr 14

leapy says...

Number of deaths in Sutton from "passive smoking" = zero.
Number of deaths from pollution in Sutton = 95.
Pollution in London exceeds EU levels = fines.
Increase in pollution in London from new incerator = more/increased fines and possible EU action against councillors and officers for "deliberate criminal actions".
Number of deaths in Sutton from "passive smoking" = zero. Number of deaths from pollution in Sutton = 95. Pollution in London exceeds EU levels = fines. Increase in pollution in London from new incerator = more/increased fines and possible EU action against councillors and officers for "deliberate criminal actions". leapy
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Hugh Dunnit says...

Tom Brake addressing the big issues of the day as usual......
Tom Brake addressing the big issues of the day as usual...... Hugh Dunnit
  • Score: 0

1:48am Wed 30 Apr 14

chelseagirl1 says...

Cracks me up I've not seen him on any bus's lately . Nor am I likely to , picking what u think the people will be impressed by again . Only place I'd like stick you is under the bus wheels . 1 because u never signed a pettician I sent in about medication and side affects saying u wasn't allowed . Then wasting money on another smoking campaign no ones gonna take notice of . If i thought passive smoking would hurt u I'd tie u too bus stop . Should put the money to speed humps that go across my road were my daughter was involved in hit and run . .
Cracks me up I've not seen him on any bus's lately . Nor am I likely to , picking what u think the people will be impressed by again . Only place I'd like stick you is under the bus wheels . 1 because u never signed a pettician I sent in about medication and side affects saying u wasn't allowed . Then wasting money on another smoking campaign no ones gonna take notice of . If i thought passive smoking would hurt u I'd tie u too bus stop . Should put the money to speed humps that go across my road were my daughter was involved in hit and run . . chelseagirl1
  • Score: 6

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