consultation on bus services on the Finchley Road

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3398
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Transport for London has been consulting on bus services on the Finchley Road. The consultation proposes to "extend route 13 to North Finchley in the north and divert it to Victoria in the south (replacing route 82)" as part of an effort to reduce traffic flow through the Finchley Road. However, these proposals in effect rename the 82 bus as 13 while scrapping the existing 13, a proposal that was heavily rejected in a consultation which was cancelled just before the 2015 election. Why is TfL trying to pull the wool over the eyes of local bus users, by reintroducing a previously unpopular plan in this way?

Answer

Answer for consultation on bus services on the Finchley Road

Answer for consultation on bus services on the Finchley Road

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL reviews the bus network to ensure it adapts to changing patterns of demand. The services you mention are being reviewed because there has been an increase in capacity on the Jubilee line, which runs along a similar route, and because we need to reduce the number of services along Oxford Street.

Because of the feedback from the earlier consultation, TfL has made new proposals with the removal of route 82 and the diversion of route 13 at Marble Arch south towards Victoria. Peak hour frequencies on Finchley Road would reduce from 27 buses an hour to 22 buses an hour, which would better match current demand. This would allow for other bus services elsewhere in London to be enhanced.

The new proposals keep in place the majority of bus links from Finchley Road, including to Oxford Circus via revised route 113.  Where links have been broken, passengers will be able to travel to other parts of the West End by changing for free onto high-frequency route 9 at Hyde Park Corner or routes 6 or 139 on Oxford Street. Thanks to my Hopper ticket, these onward journeys would be free for Pay As You Go passengers if they are made within an hour of the first journey.