Review of B12 bus service

Date petition submitted: 
19 January 2011
Petition presented at: 
London Assembly Plenary

Summary of petition

“At present the residents of Coldblow and the surrounding area are served by the B12 bus service which was originally intended to serve Bexley hospital. The hospital has since been replaced by several hundred new homes but the bus service has not been updated to reflect the additional demand. It continues to provide a one way loop around the Joydens Wood Estate returning to Bexleyheath via Bexley Village. There is at present no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays leaving local residents with a steep difficult walk of well over a mile to Bexley Village in order to access public transport. We the undersigned request that Transport for London review the current B12 passenger numbers and provide a full 7 day a week service for our community.” 2) “At present the residents of Joydens Wood and the surrounding area are served by the B12 bus service which was originally intended to serve Bexley Hospital. The hospital has since been replaced by several hundred new homes, but the bus service has not been updated to reflect the additional demand. It continues to provide a one way loop around the Joydens Wood Estate returning to Bexleyheath via Bexley Village. There is at present no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays leaving local residents with a steep difficult walk of well over 2 miles (2.2m) to Bexley Village in order to access public transport. We the undersigned request that Transport for London review the current B12 provision and increase this to include Sundays and Bank Holidays albeit a restricted service on these days.” 3) “At present the B12 service via Joydens Wood and Bexley Park does not run on Sundays – leaving local residents with a walk of at least a mile to access other public transport. The undersigned request that Transport for London review the current B12 passenger numbers and provide a full, seven days a week service for our community.”

Response information

Name of person responding: 
The Mayor
Response date: 
22 March 2011
“TfL estimate that a new Sunday service on this route would cost approximately £80,000 per annum. That would be revenue of approximately £25,000 and passenger benefits of approximately £110,000 per annum. Thus additional subsidy of around £55,000 per year would be needed and the ratio of benefit to net cost would be 2.0 to 1. TfL normally require that benfits are at least twice the net cost for a new service to be considered. Also, the necessary subsidy must be available, for examples from savings elsewhere. “This service just meets the cost/benefit test if usage is at the estimated level. A significant part of the benefit would be in Kent County Council’s area, for Joydens Wood and Bexley Park. In view of this, TfL has discussed the request with the County but they have indicated that part-funding a Sunday service on route B12 is not a priority for them.