318 bus route

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-05-18
Session date: 
May 18, 2011
Reference: 
2011/1431
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

My residents and I were sorely disappointed with TfL's decision to not extend route 318 for patients and their relatives in Winchmore Hill, Grange Park and Highlands Village to reach North Middlesex Hospital. At the moment residents have to pay in inconvenience, extra time and money of doing this journey to the hospital on two separate buses. Please can you urge TfL to look again at this much needed bus route extension?

Answer

Answer for 318 bus route

Answer for 318 bus route

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written answer received on 16 June 2011:

TfL receives a large number of submissions to extend or provide new bus services each year, and although as many proposals as practicable are accommodated, unfortunately it is not possible to meet all requests.

TfL did examine the proposal to extend route 318 to Winchmore Hill in detail. Unfortunately the demand on that section would not be sufficient to justify that extension.

TfL also investigated the potential for any lower-cost options, following your meeting with them of 4 March, but unfortunately no suitable alternative was found and it remains the case that TfL is not able to implement this suggestion. I do understand the frustration this causes for residents, so the aspiration for enhanced services to the hospital from Winchmore Hill will be kept in mind during future bus network reviews.