154 Bus Route

MQT on 2015-05-21
Session date: 
May 21, 2015
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor instruct TfL to extend the operating hours of the 154 bus route so that it runs for 24 hours a day?


Answer for 154 Bus Route

Answer for 154 Bus Route

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Thank you, Steve.  We have reviewed the night bus network including the operation of route 154 in preparation for the Night Tube and I am delighted to say that a Friday night and the Saturday service is proposed for route 154 to arrive every 30 minutes from 12.55am until 4.05am providing links with the Northern Line at Morden.

Steve O’Connell AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor.  I am delighted on behalf of residents in Sutton and Croydon that a night service has been resumed.  It was unfortunate that the N213 was removed some time ago.  This will enable residents to be able to enjoy the night-time economy both in Croydon and in London and get back safely and this is a very good thing.

It is a shame it has taken a while to get this but I am glad we are there in the first place and I am grateful.  I refer back to my earlier point around the fact that Sutton particularly is not served by public transport very well.  I have fought a rather comradely war of attrition with you over seven years to improve services in Croydon and Sutton and we are getting there.  I would urge you again to speak to your officers regarding the tram.  The tram extension may well be the Crystal Palace or indeed Sutton but at the moment we speak about Sutton.  It is important and I met with the leader of Sutton Council informally a couple of days ago to urge her to ask her officers to reinforce their offering to your officers regarding the joint funding.  Again I would welcome your comments of support in principal for a Sutton tram extension and also for you to urge TfL to be very positive around that.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Of course.  I congratulate both you and, of course, the new MP for Sutton, Paul Scully, on his lobbying for that and both your campaigns for the Sutton tram link.  We are, as you know, trying to progress it.  It will depend on a substantial contribution from the borough and a significant development plan.  That needs to be borne in mind.

Steve O’Connell AM:  Having met the leader of Sutton Council, I am pleased with the journey they have made in improving their offering.  I think they have a very serious offering and I would urge you to instruct your officers to sit down again with them soon.  I am happy to join at a strategic level to urge you to do that because I believe Sutton Borough does deserve further transport infrastructure investment.  I would be pleased to have your support on that, Mr Mayor.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  You shall.

Steve O’Connell AM:  Thank you, Chair.