I was concerned to learn this morning that community transmissions of Covid-19 have risen sharply this month following further easing of lockdown. I believe that the only way to keep us from experiencing a second wave of the virus, and potentially having another lockdown, is for everyone to be scrupulous in observing guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.

Please wear a mask whenever you are in an enclosed public space.

It is compulsory for shoppers to wear masks in stores, so please don’t leave home without your mask. If you have any sort of job where you are in physical contact with the public, I ask you to please wear a mask even if the law says you don’t have to. If you manage a retail business, please consider requiring all employees who can wear a mask to do so. This will help encourage compliance among customers too.
Frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance and avoiding touching surfaces all remain important habits too. We must not let the reopening of Britain make us complacent about infection control. Until we have a vaccine the virus remains active in our community.

Transport for London (TfL) has written to me to tell me that they have been working hard to get ready for the return of school children next month. They are encouraging parents to take or send children to school on foot or on two wheels if possible, and are working with the GLA to make the streets safer for them to do so.
Where children must travel by public transport, please remember that free travel for under-18s has been discontinued by the Government as part of their financial package for TfL.
Other key points:

  • If your child must use public transport to go to school, you can check how busy any station is on the TfL network at any time or day using their online tool or the TfL Go app. Those who can are advised to travel off-peak during the quiet times.
  • Adults and children over 11 must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose for their entire journey, unless they are exempt.
  • Please maintain social distancing from other passengers and allow extra time.
  • TfL will be running additional buses and dedicated school services.
  • TfL will be trialling 24 hour bus lanes on its own roads.
  • TfL has a free Cycle Skills course available here:

COMMUTERS PLEASE NOTE: TfL will be dedicating a number of buses for school travel only on high-frequency routes. During peak school journey time every second bus may be reserved for pupils only. These buses will be permitted to carry a larger number of passengers than the regular service, and will therefore not be available for non-pupil riders. Commuters are advised to leave extra time for their journeys as they may have to wait for a bus they can travel on. These services will be clearly signed, and information will be posted at bus stops and online.


A number of residents have written to me about continuous flight path use recently. I wrote to Heathrow Airport about it and have received this reply:

We announced last month that we would be closing the southern runway to carry out repairs in two phases. Phase 1 (requiring full closure of the southern runway) was completed on 2 August and we are now in Phase 2, requiring closure of the southern runway between 8pm – 7am Monday to Friday.
From Saturday 22 August we will be pausing the Phase 2 works to allow us to transition to the next stage of the works. This will mean from Saturday 22 August at 7am until Tuesday 1 September at 8pm closure of the southern runway will not take place. During this time we will operate as normal, following the usual runway alternation schedule during the day and night. This will provide more respite to those local communities affected by flights using the northern runway during this period.
From Tuesday 1 September at 8pm the repair works will resume and so we will revert to closing the southern runway between 8pm – 7am Monday to Friday. At this stage, the works are likely to be completed in early October. More information can be found here.

Richmond has three reviews and consultations on Controlled Parking Zones in the Kew area open for residents to comment on for just one more week. Please use the links below to let them know what you think about the proposed plans.


Sarah Olney MP

Earlier updates can be accessed here.