Central London bus cuts could compound congestion warns watchdog12 April 2019
The central London bus service cuts announced today by Transport for London will mean tens of thousands of bus passengers will have to make an additional change to complete their journey or change the way they travel every day.
Arthur Leathley, Chair of London TravelWatch expressed concern on behalf of passengers: 'These changes will mean slower and less reliable bus journeys for tens of thousands of bus passengers every day. Passengers will have to make an additional change of bus to complete their journey or have to change the way they travel, probably using a more expensive alternative or even compounding the problems of congestion by using their car or a private hire vehicle. Older and disabled passengers will have particular difficulties where they will have to make an additional change from one bus to another.'
When TfL consulted on their proposals last year London TravelWatch asked for action to halt deteriorating bus performance and rising costs by prioritising the bus, not cutting and curtailing services. The watchdog will continue to press TfL and local councils to prioritise bus travel by:
- Extending congestion charging so that it operates for longer hours, seven days a week
- Extending the operational hours of bus lanes – many could operate 24/7. This would also be of great benefit to cycles
- Extending the operational hours of the red routes
- Reviewing parking on roads used by buses
- Increasing the number of bus only streets like the proposed Tottenham Court Road scheme, and
- Investigating a wider and more sophisticated roads pricing scheme.
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