ransport for London has launched a six-week consultation on how 78 of its 620 bus routes will continue to operate.
Bus use hasn’t yet fully returned to the level it was at before the pandemic, standing at around 5 million journeys a day compared to 6.3 million previously.
Lower use is particularly the case in central areas, where other transport options exist, and TfL will be in a position to point its users towards the Tube – and the new option of the Elizabeth line – or improved cycle routes instead of a bus.
TfL has also said some of the 78 routes are not at threat of being scrapped completely, and could merely be re-routed or cut back in frequency.
Deputy Mayor for Transport Seb Dance explained: “TfL has looked carefully at the routes affected in order to reduce the impact on passengers as much as possible. Routes changed are ones where there are very similar existing services or where passengers would make use of the Mayor’s ‘Hopper’ fare to reach their destination.”
The consultation of course takes place in the context of TfL’s difficult financial situation, although a Government source has accused the Mayor of raising bus cuts as a “political weapon in his battle for a long-term capital funding deal”.
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