TfL to withdraw 48 bus this weekend

This weekend, TfL is set to introduce changes to buses which will see the 48 bus withdrawn from service, alongside improvements to the 388 and 30 bus routes. 

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm
People have been telling us that they’re really concerned about the cumulative effect of cuts to buses in Hackney, which, for some residents, are the only way of getting around. 

Despite the Council’s objections and the negative impact it will have on many residents who rely on buses to get around the borough, TfL’s decision to withdraw the 48 will leave the 55 as the only direct link between Lea Bridge Road and Shoreditch, leading to more overcrowding at peak times.

Low emission, low cost public transit should be at the heart of London’s attempts to rapidly decarbonise the transport system and improve air quality in our dangerously polluted capital city. Losing bus routes and bus miles represents a backwards step, which is why I have recently written to the Transport Commissioner to inform him Hackney Council will oppose any further cuts to services in the borough that we do not believe are justified.

Nevertheless, we are pleased that TfL listened to our concerns about maintaining a link to Guy’s Hospital from Hackney by extending the 388 to London Bridge and, as I informed the Commissioner, stand ready to support the expansion of TfL’s zero emission bus fleet at the earliest opportunity. 
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm

From Saturday 12 October: 

  • The 48 will be withdrawn entirely

  • The 388 will now be extended from Liverpool Street to London Bridge, maintaining a link from the borough to London Bridge

  • The 30 will run eastbound along Wick Road, after the Council transformed Wick Road to improve it for people walking, cycling and using public transport. 

More information can be found at: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/permanent-bus-changes