Bus Routes Saved from Extinction

Published: 02/12/2022 By Allan Fuller

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it will no longer be proceeding with most of the bus service cuts it was proposing earlier this year. 

Extra funding including money provided by the government to cover the shortfall incurred during the pandemic has allowed it to ditch over three quarters of the planned service reductions.

Only three routes will now be completely axed and 53 routes will either no longer be withdrawn or not be subject to the proposed changes.

More than 70 routes were originally proposed to be affected, while the plans being taken forward will impact 18 routes out of 620 across London.

Proposed changes to routes 15, 19, 27, 43, 47, 49, 53, 56, 88, 98, 100, 113, 135, 148, 171, 189, 205, 214, 236, 254, 259, 277, 279, 283, 328, 343, 388, 414, 430, 476, D3, N15, N19, N27, N98, N133, N205, will not be taken forward.

Routes 507 and 521 will be withdrawn, with routes 11 and the night service N11 restructured.

The proposed changes to routes 3, 6, 11, 23, 26, 59, 77, 133, 211, C10 and N26 will still go ahead to minimise the impact of withdrawn routes.

Routes 4, 12, 14, 24, 31, 45, 72, 74, 78, 242, 349, C3, D7, N31, N72, N74 and N242 will be saved and kept as they currently operate.

Route 16 will run on route 332 between Brent Park and Paddington. The night route N16 will be renumbered N32
 
 In response to issues raised by passengers during the consultation, the Mayor has found additional funding for TfL averaging around £25m per year. This is in addition to a £500m City Hall financing facility, which is still required for TfL to maintain a balanced budget.