Proposals for 465 bus route, Richmond

MQT on 2005-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2005
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How do you justify comments from TfL officers contained in a letter from the GLA dated 5 October 2005 to officers at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames claiming that the Linden Homes site in Sandy Lane is "within acceptable walking distance" of the 281 and 285 bus stops in Kingston Road? With the loss of the 465 bus under London Buses' current proposals, there would be no service on a Sunday and Kingston Road bus stops are more than 700 metres away, over a footbridge. The development contains a residential home for the elderly and the visitors may also be expected to be elderly. Is it now your policy that 700 metres is 'an acceptable walking distance' to the nearest bus-stop?


Answer for Proposals for 465 bus route, Richmond

Answer for Proposals for 465 bus route, Richmond

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, my policy has not changed. TfL propose to replace route 465 on Sandy Lane with new route 481, so the Linden Homes site will remain in close proximity to the bus network. TfL's service planning takes place in the context of my Transport Strategy and within the usual constraints of cost and practicality. In proposing the changes to route 465 and introduction of new route 481, full account was taken of both the current usage on Sandy Lane and the extra trips expected from the Linden Homes development. Unfortunately the demand was not sufficient to justify an evening or Sunday service on the 481.