Bus Routes

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A commentary I received from a resident shows what a great shame it was when the 54 bus was stopped under the false premise that residents in Shirley Road were near to the Tram link.

"I live on Peabody Close off the Shirley Road and directly opposite a bus stop where the 54 bus used to stop. I used to use the 54 bus to get me to Tescos at Elmers End which was extremely handy for me as I don't have a car and have 7 kids so shopping is a bit of a priority! I was dismayed by the cutting of the bus as it takes me about 10 - 15 mins to get to Addiscombe tram stop or Woodside Tram stop in order to get to Tescos but having no other choice I've had to get used to it. The other option is walking up to Long Lane and getting a 289 which stops outside Tescos but that is a hassle too. I would be delighted if the 54 bus came back and would use it every week."

Do you understand the concerns of residents who have seen a reduction in their access to public transport?


Answer for Bus Routes

Answer for Bus Routes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Route 54 was restructured as part of a package of bus changes designed to complement the opening of Tramlink. New route 494 was introduced as part of the package to retain a bus service for Shirley Road linking it to Shirley, Addiscombe and West Croydon. The 494 was replaced with a diversion of the 367 in summer 2005. This restored the link between Shirley Road and Elmers End Tesco as well as East Croydon and Beckenham. The introduction of Croydon Tramlink has thus not led to a reduction in access to public transport in this area.