London TravelWatch (LTW) and the London Assembly’s Transport Committee have published their concerns about Transport for London’s proposed cuts to bus services set out in its Central London Bus Review (Look in on London – July).
LTW was critical of the way in which the proposals were communicated, noting that a small poster announcing the consultation placed in bus stop casings did not say which routes were affected. It also thought that devoting so much space to highlighting TfL’s brand with a Streetscene image was wasteful when it would have been much more helpful to tell passengers which routes are in the consultation.
In its submission, LTW calls for TfL to abandon plans to withdraw routes 12 (Oxford Circus – Dulwich Library), 45 (Elephant & Castle – Clapham Park) and 78 (Shoreditch – Nunhead). It notes that under TfL’s proposals 93,000 daily journeys will involve a change of bus, in some cases twice or even three times. Over a third of passengers who currently use routes 12 and 78 would have to change buses. LTW also called for TfL to scrap changes to night bus services that would require a fifth of passengers having to change buses, in some cases at a different bus stop.