Bus Network Reduced and Shared Space Schemes

Transport for London (TfL) have published plans that will reduce bus services on 33 routes in London. This will particularly apply to underused services in central London which are alleged to contribute to traffic congestion and poor air quality.

The 33 routes represent only 6% of London’s bus routes and in some cases the route is simply being shortened. Another reason for the reduction is that bus usage has been dropping lately and there is the issue that while the deficit on TfLs budget is rising, buses are still massively subsidised. This is surely a sensible step to rationalise the bus network. If you might be affected by these changes, go here for a public consultation on them: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/central-london/?cid=central-london-bus-consultation

In July the Government announced a moratorium on new “shared space” schemes. That followed concerns in the responses to a public consultation on the Accessibility Action Plan. However they have now made it clear that this ban was not intended to apply to new housing developments or streets with low traffic levels.

Roger Lawson

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