Mayor answers to London

Bus Cuts

Question number2805/2009
Meeting date14/10/2009

Question by John Biggs

East London Line replacement services are being cut back. What saving will this achieve? What other options have you sought for providing a replacement service for my constituents on the ELW service, whose frequency is to decrease? What other services in London have seen their frequency reduced in the past fifteen months?

Answer by Boris Johnson (1st Term)

From 25 September the East London line replacement bus service ‘ELC’ which served New Cross Gate – Canada Water was withdrawn. TfL carried out a review of the service which indicated that the service was no longer providing good value following a 40% reduction in passengers.

The ‘ELW’ bus replacement service (Wapping - Shoreditch) has not changed. TfL are currently carrying out a review to consider whether this service could provide better value for money. They are looking at all options including reducing the frequency.

The savings TfL hope to achieve by the withdrawal of the ‘ELC’ bus service are net £1 million over the whole period until the East London line reopens in June 2010.

Since 1 June 2008, frequencies have been reduced on routes 23, E2, E3 and H32. The changes on routes E2 and E3 were in association with conversion to higher capacity vehicles. The change on route H32 was linked to provision of new parallel route 482. Additionally, route 176 was withdrawn between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus, route N213 was withdrawn between Sutton and Croydon and route ELC was withdrawn. This list excludes temporary alterations to schedules during, for example, roadworks. Alterations to route alignments also occur. These may change the total combined frequency of routes along individual sections of the network. For example route S2 was withdrawn and new routes 425 and 488 were introduced. The changes listed have occurred as a result of the ongoing network review process, which helps ensure that the network remains up to date and that the available funding is distributed optimally.

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John Biggs