Update 21 April 2023 – Greg submits this hugely supported petition to Mayor Khan and Transport for London.
Greg would like to thank everyone who took the time to sign his petition to save our buses.
On Friday 21 April, Greg submitted his blockbuster petition to save the existing 11, 211 and N11 bus routes to Mayor Khan and Transport for London (TfL). With 3,895 signatures, the petition received a huge amount of support. This shows the sheer strength of opposition to Mayor Khan’s and TfL’s plans.
At the petition presentation, Greg was joined by Nickie Aiken Member of Parliament for the Cities of London & Westminster. Their combined petitions reached over 5,000 signatures. This sends a clear message to Mayor Khan – save our existing beloved bus routes!
As you may know, Mayor Khan would massively curtail the routes. He would chop the 11 route, diverting it from Parliament Square south of the river to Waterloo, and he would chop the 211 route by diverting it before St Thomas’ and Waterloo and users will be forced to interchange buses. Our iconic number 11, our 211 local ‘Hospital bus’ and N11 need to remain as they are.
Greg knows how important and vital these buses are for Chelsea & Fulham residents, and his petition gave residents the opportunity to join him in the fight to save the existing number 11, 211 and N11 bus routes. In addition to the thousands of residents who have signed his petition, hundreds of concerned constituents, local organisations and services contacted Greg about the unwanted plans.
We now wait for a response from Mayor Khan and TfL. Greg very much hopes that Mayor Khan sees sense. There is no excuse, the Government has provided ample funding to the Mayor and TfL, and to force through changes one week before The King’s Coronation is absurd.
Greg will never stop fighting for our local buses, so thank you again for joining him in this fight.
You can watch Greg’s petition hand in video HERE!
Once again, thank you for all your support.
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Update 3 April 2023 - Greg Hands MP and Nickie Aiken MP bid to save the No11 bus route by making it an UNESCO world heritage site!
Greg and Nickie Aiken, MP for Cities of London and Westminster have announced their proposal to make the No11 bus and route an UNESCO world heritage site.
The proposal aims to recognise the cultural significance of the No11 bus and route and preserve it for future generations to enjoy.
UNESCO world heritage status would provide an added layer of protection, ensuring that it remains a vital part of London's public transport system for years to come.
You can read further information in Greg’s press release here.
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On 23 November Mayor Khan u-turned on hammering London’s buses and cancelled almost all of his proposed cuts. This is a huge campaign victory!
As many of you will know, in June this year Mayor Khan and Transport for London (TfL) revealed shocking proposals to abolish or cut back nearly 80 bus routes across London and they ran a consultation in the summer titled the Central London Bus Review.
On Wednesday 23 November, Sadiq Khan and TfL finally released their consultation report, almost 4 months after the consultation closed. There is welcome reprieve for the bus routes: 14, 74, C3 and N74. Although, the number 14 bus service had already been cut down to a reduced service earlier this year – which Greg also petitioned Mayor Khan and TfL on.
However, Greg’s campaign to save the number 11, 211 and N11 buses goes on!
Unfortunately, these will no longer go East-West through the centre, but instead routed south of the River.
This will see an end of the iconic number 11 bus route to Liverpool Street. The current route is from Fulham to Liverpool Street, via Chelsea and Trafalgar Square. This has great tradition and is one of London’s most important routes. It also offers a vital route for commuters from my constituency into Central London and it has been a key part of the fabric of Chelsea and Fulham for more than 100 years.
The 211 and the N11 also serve strategic locations and local services in my constituency such as Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital. The current 211 route is from Hammersmith to Waterloo via Fulham and Chelsea. We want to see the routes unchanged.
Greg knows how important these routes are to residents.
To show Mayor Khan and TfL the need to save the existing 11, 211 and N11 bus routes, Greg has launched a new petition to keep our buses on the same routes and the existing frequencies.
Please take the time to sign the petition below and show your support for our local buses.