168 BUS STAND ON SOUTH END GREEN

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-01-25
Session date: 
January 25, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0354
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Local Councillors and residents have been voicing concerns that the current location of the 168 bus stand on the South End Green lay-by turning is unsuitable and dangerous.  However recent proposals to relocate the stop outside Morrisons Supermarket have been found unsuitable by Camden Council, Transport for London and the bus operating company.  How do you and TfL propose to improve the safety and practicality of this bus stop, and will you commit to working with residents and bus users to find the best solution?

Answer

Answer for 168 BUS STAND ON SOUTH END GREEN

Answer for 168 BUS STAND ON SOUTH END GREEN

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Route 168 runs between Elephant & Castle and Hampstead via central London and Camden. The site at Morrison's is part-way along the route and so an unsuitable place for layover. There is in any case no space there to accommodate additional services, following the extension of route 393 to Morrison's in October 2011.

Therefore no other site offers as much passenger benefit as the current location, which is an ideal interchange for the Royal Free Hospital and Hampstead Heath.

TfL and the operator consider that the stand operates safely. Officers regularly check the area to ensure drivers act in accordance with operational best practice. TfL regularly works through any issues with Camden Council and passenger liaison groups.