- Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham 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.
On Monday, 3 April 2023, Greg and Nickie Aiken, MP for Cities of London and Westminster announced their proposal to make the No11 bus and route an UNESCO world heritage site.
The No11 bus has been a staple of London's public transport system for over 100 years and is renowned for its scenic route that passes by some of London's most iconic landmarks.
Greg and Nickie’s proposal aims to recognise the cultural significance of the No11 bus and route and preserve it for future generations to enjoy. The route is an integral part of London's history, passing by the King’s Road, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral, but is currently at risk of being axed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, on Saturday 29 April, just one week before The King’s Coronation.
This unique route is a vital part of London’s public transport system, not only essential for commuters but also tourists, who look forward to experiencing the historic journey right through the heart of the city’s cultural centre.
The decision to scrap the route would also leave many people unable to access the Westminster area, causing a great deal of inconvenience and disappointment to those who had planned to use it during the King's Coronation.
The inspiration for this move comes from Emmanuel Macron’s successful bid for the baguette to be put on the UNESCO list.
The proposal has received widespread support from Londoners, with many praising the initiative for recognising the No11 bus and route's importance to the city's history and culture. 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.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come under scrutiny for his plans to scrap the No11 bus route, which are a result of his and Transport for London’s Central London Bus Review consultation conducted last year.
Greg and Nickie have been campaigning to save the No11 bus route and will continue to do so.
Commenting, Greg Hands MP said:
“The No11 bus is a symbol of London and a unique way to experience the city's history and culture. The route takes passengers on a journey through the heart of London, past some of the most famous landmarks in the world.
“We believe that it deserves recognition as an UNESCO world heritage site and should be protected for generations to come - if it is good enough for Macron’s baguette, then it is good enough for our symbolic red bus!”
Commenting, Nickie Aiken MP said:
“The No11 bus is not just a mode of transport, but a part of London's cultural heritage. It has played a significant role in London's history and has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers, and filmmakers.
“We hope that bidding for UNESCO world heritage recognition, we can celebrate the bus’s contribution to showcasing London's history and culture."