TFL has launched a consultation on buses in Croydon town centre which proposes curtailing 11 bus routes. The result will affect passengers who will face long hikes to get to their bus stops under proposed changes
The consultation runs until January 13, and seeks the views of local people on proposals which will see buses no longer cross the busy town centre. The changes could affect routes 50, 75, 109, 154, 197, 250, 264, 403, 405, 412 and 433.
TfL claims the proposed changes would help maintain reliability of services in Croydon by making the bus network simpler and more efficient.
Bus passengers have had mixed reactions to the proposed changes and say that it will make several stops more remote from the shops in the town centre, causing inconvenience for many, and perhaps even deter some sections of the public from travelling to Croydon altogether.
The changes also seem to reverse previous transport policy in the area, which had sought to make West Croydon a transport hub for buses, trams and TfL’s London Overground rail service. The changes would see six fewer bus routes serve the West Croydon bus station, which only re-opened in 2016 after a two-year rebuild costing millions.
Currently, 23 bus routes run through West Croydon serving 11 boroughs. This accounts to one-third of Greater London. TfL figures suggest that the bus-tram-rail interchange is used by eight million passengers each year.
The changes also appear to anticipate the re-opening of the stretch of Croydon High Street which was turned into a pedestrianised area in 2017 by Croydon Council.
TfL’s proposed changes include:
- Routes 50, 75, 250 and 264 terminating at West Croydon
- Routes 154, 403, 405 and 412 to terminate at Katherine Street and St George’s Walk
- Routes 197 and 433 to terminate at Fairfield Halls
- 24-hour routes 250 and 264 would terminate at West Croydon at night.
TfL said, “The way people travel around London is constantly changing. We need to have a public transport system that adapts to varying demand, while supporting economic growth and allowing Londoners to live, work and enjoy life in the capital.”
Transport For London has been amending bus routes and shortening services across London as it struggles to balance a budget hit by London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze and the multi-billion costs of the over-runs of the late-running CrossRail.