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Buckhurst Hill Station - Step-Free Access Open

 Step Free AccessAfter four months work, TfL re-opened the southern platform entrances on Friday 4th May, giving step-free access via the ramps at either side of the subway.
  • There is an Oyster Reader at each side, also taking Contactless Cards.
  • The ramps have been resurfaced and handrails installed.
However, several features from the Feasibility Report have not been implemented
  • There are no Control Gates, meaning the entrances are open and completely unrestricted
  • There are no ticket machines, and no sign of weather protection for installing any.
  • They have not built platforms over the disused stairs to provide more standing area, presumably as because without control gates there will be no queueing.
 See the News Article on the right for more information.
Photo : An Australian Tourist welcomes the new step-free access.
Genuine wheelchair access is of course still hampered by being unable to use the subway, and the official route from one platform to the other will have to be the very long distance via the road bridge on Palmerston Road.

Photographic Competition

A biennial event and a great opportunity for us to see some of the work of keen local photographers, BHRS is working alongside businesses in Queens Road to hold another Photographic Exhibition and Competition. See your photograph exhibited in a shop window in Queen's Road. For details see news article here.

Local Plan - Latest News

At a Council Meeting on 14th December 2017, Epping Forest District Council voted to submit a revised version of the Local Plan to a Government planning inspector for Approval.

Submission of the Plan to the next stage was inevitable once the government announced that if it was not submitted by March 2018, EFDC would lose control of planning process, and 20,000 houses would be built in the district instead of the 11,000 proposed in the Plan.

The revised version of the Plan was published on 18th December and was open for public comments until 29th January 2018. 


A copy of the Plan is available at Buckhurst Hill Library: it is a very large document, difficult to follow if reading online.

Representations at this stage had to refer to the 'soundness' and 'legal compliance' of the Plan, and not to the merits or otherwise of the included sites.

The Residents' Society strongly opposes the sites earmarked in the Plan for Buckhurst Hill and our original response has been on this website for a year now (see Newsbox on right). Our response to this amended revised version is as follows

Response to Submission version of Local Plan

We understand that the next step will be a Public Enquiry by a Planning Inspector, sometime after Autumn 2018, followed by further discussion by EFDC and a final vote to approve in 2019. Planning Applications for actual development may be submitted anytime during the life of the plan, up to fifteen years.

In March 2018 EFDC published all submitted comments and a number of technical documents on their website. To view the newly uploaded documents, go to EFDC Local Plan


18 Russell Road

EFDC Plans South have turned down the amended planning application. At their meeting on 18th April Councillors voted 18-0 to refuse permission. Details of the application can be found here.