I hope this finds you well.
Yesterday Mayor Khan has 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.
Yesterday Sadiq Khan and TfL have 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 I also petitioned Mayor Khan and TfL on.
This is a real moment for power to the people! The consultation report highlighted the huge, combined petition from me, Nickie Aiken MP, Felicity Buchan MP and local GLA Member Tony Devenish AM which had reached over 10,000 signatures! Our strongly supported petition clearly made a massive difference.
In total, the consultation received a staggering 21,528 responses and the bus route which attracted the most public comments was the number 14 – which is already London’s slowest route under Khan – it received a total of 2,732 comments. The voices of the local community have been heard, so thank you to the public for your support!
But my 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 – 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. We want to see the routes unchanged.
Join me in the fight to save the 11, 211 and N11 bus routes by signing my new petition to keep these beloved buses on the same routes and the existing frequencies.
You can sign my petition here.
I will never stop fighting to save our local bus services!
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham