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Statement on the proposed changes to bus services at the end of the TfL consultation period

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Published: 11 August 2022

TfL's bus consultation has now closed. Thank you for taking the time to fill it out.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Adam Hug has said:

We don’t want to see any bus cuts in Westminster. Buses are a vital mode of transport, particularly during this unprecedented squeeze on the cost of living.

I am deeply concerned by the Government’s failure to properly fund Transport for London (TfL) while we continue to recover from the pandemic and call on them to resolve this urgently. This is absolutely the wrong time to be revising services, and although we accept TfL’s hand is being forced, these are also the wrong cuts.

The proposed changes will materially impact our residents’ quality of life, particularly the most vulnerable communities, and are not evidence led. TfL appear to be proposing:

  • cuts to routes where usage has increased by 74% over routes where usage has fallen by 60%
  • cutting the 31 which serves some of the most deprived areas of the city with no reasonable alternative
  • cutting the 24, which saw over 7,500 more journeys in May 2022 compared to November 2019 yet will at best be replaced by a reduced frequency 214
  • cutting the 12, where freedom pass use has gone up by 114% - removing a lifeline for older users.

While financial circumstances are forcing TfL to make these decisions, rushing cuts to viable services cannot be the right solution, and the decision must be evidence based and rational, including protections for those groups most impacted.

This is not what the current proposals offer, and that is why we have responded to the consultation calling on TfL to think again

Cllr Adam Hug also wrote to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, about cuts to TfL's budget.