I was saddened to hear yesterday that there had been further anti-social behaviour incidents around Richmond Green and Riverside over the weekend.
I wrote to Sally Benatar, Metropolitan Police Commander for SW London, about my concerns on this again yesterday and I was reassured to hear the police were out making arrests in the area last night.
If you do experience any incidents moving forward, I urge you to contact the local police so they can monitor the local hot spots.
A change to the Business and Planning Bill has removed the ability for off licences and shops to sell alcohol after 11pm. We hope this will stem a potential increase in antisocial behaviour in Richmond and across the country.
CHANGES TO BUS BOARDING AND CAPACITY
As of last weekend, all London buses are now taking payments and capacity limits have increased.
Following the temporary changes made to protect drivers and customers from coronavirus, nearly all buses have returned to front door boarding. Customers are now required to touch in with Oyster, contactless and concessionary cards on all buses when they board.
The temporary bus capacity limits have now also been increased in line with the Government’s latest social distancing guidance. Double-decker buses can now carry 30 passengers, while single-deckers, depending on size, can carry either 11 or 14 passengers. Signs on buses clearly mark these new passenger limits, and drivers have the discretion to allow more customers on board if they are travelling in household groups. A one customer off, one customer on policy operates on buses at full capacity.
Customers are advised to sit individually in each pair of seats, apart from those travelling in household groups. Where possible, customers should sit next to and open windows for better ventilation, as well as space themselves out across the bus as much as possible, making use of the upper deck on double-decker buses.