Bus route 53 - temporary curtailment

MQT on 2015-05-21
Session date: 
May 21, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You will be aware that bus route 53 (Plumstead to Whitehall) has been terminating early at Lambeth North since January due to road works near Westminster Bridge. Passengers were told that this was a temporary arrangement until March. The service is still terminated early. Can you inform passengers when you plan to restore this service as promised?


Answer for Bus route 53 - temporary curtailment

Answer for Bus route 53 - temporary curtailment

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The curtailment of the daytime service on route 53 at County Hall, just south of Westminster Bridge, was originally introduced to mitigate for work taking place in Bridge Street, Westminster.  Although this work has now been completed, modification of the junction at Elephant and Castle is impacting upon the reliability of route 53 and other bus services that run through this area.

As a result the curtailment of route 53 will continue for the foreseeable future until the works allow the service to be restored to Whitehall.  This will ensure a more reliable service for the majority of passengers using route 53.   Transfer tickets are available to help customers continue their journey by using any other bus route and will expire one hour after they are issued.

TfL is keen to return to normal operation as soon as possible. TfL will continue to review the curtailment on a monthly basis.  The route will be brought into full operation once TfL is satisfied there is sufficient resilience in the route's operation to be extended back to Whitehall.