Last chance for your say on bus cuts
Residents are being urged to have their say on wide-ranging cuts to bus services in Hackney before it’s too late.Transport for London has launched a public consultation on its ‘bus modernisation’ programme. It closes on 9 November.
The proposals affect sixteen bus routes in the borough, involving cuts to routes and frequency. The most signficant proposal will see the entire withdrawal of Route 48 removing the link from Hackney to London Bridge.
Hackney Council wants to make sure affected residents are aware of the plans and don’t miss their opportunity to give their views to Transport for London and the Mayor of London.
Nearly half the 33 affected bus routes in these proposals are in Hackney, which is completely disproportionate. We know many of our residents rely on these services for all sorts of reasons, and some will be severely affected, particularly older and more vulnerable people.
The Overground means we are now better connected but bus services are still essential to how we move around the borough - for school, work or every day life. The 242 is the only bus route serving the Clapton Park Estate. Plans to cut back and reduce frequency will mean longer journey times and result in it being diverted at Dalston to run to Aldgate which would be the first stop to get on the Underground.
We appreciate TfL are under pressure to save money but these changes will have a huge impact on our borough’s mobility. TfL has been cutting bus frequencies in Hackney over the past year without consulting anyone. We’ve been calling on them to be more transparent and listen to the impact on people, so it’s now important that we and residents in the borough make our voices heard.
Hackney has seen a range of frequency reductions across many routes over the year (42, 48,106,141, 236, 276, 279, 343 and Night Buses) along with the cutback of the 277 from Highbury to Dalston Junction. The consultation proposes more frequency reductions and the loss of north-south links across the river with the withdrawal of the 48 bus route.
Earlier this year Hackney Council carried out a public consultation on the impact of bus cuts. A wide range of concerns were raised particularly around the 277 route and there came a clear message that less frequent buses meant longer waiting times, missed meetings, and being late for work, or appointments at doctors or hospitals.
WHAT THE PROPOSALS WOULD MEAN FOR HACKNEY
- WITHDRAWAL OF ROUTE 48 (WALTHAMSTOW TO LONDON BRIDGE FOR GUYS HOSPITAL) 55 extended to Walthamstow Central as a partial replacement with no increase in frequency
ROUTE 67 WITHDRAWN BETWEEN DALSTON JUNCTION AND ALDGATE
ROUTE 242 WITHDRAWN BETWEEN DALSTON JUNCTION AND ST PAUL'S AND EXTENDED TO ALDGATE TO REPLACE ROUTE 67
ROUTE 476 CUT BACK TO KING'S CROSS (FROM EUSTON)
ROUTE 388 CUT BACK FROM ELEPHANT & CASTLE TO FINSBURY CIRCUS
ROUTE 19 CUT BACK TO HOLBORN AND NO LONGER SERVING THE WEST END
NIGHT BUS ROUTE N271 WITHDRAWN - NIGHT BUSES WOULD NO LONGER BE SERVING NEW NORTH ROAD AND BARING STREET
Have your say at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/central-london/