205 Bus and Mobility Concerns

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17547
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The central London Bus Consultation notes that the most common concerns regarding changes to the 205/N205 routes were “that the restructure of routes will make it harder for passengers with mobility issues to access Marylebone station.” Please detail the work TfL will be undertaking to mitigate the impact of the changes to the route to support those with mobility issues.

Answer

205 Bus and Mobility Concerns

205 Bus and Mobility Concerns

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) carried out an Equality Impact Assessment as part of the central London bus consultation.  TfL has maintained travel options for those using the station, recognising that Marylebone is a hub for mainline train, Tube and bus services.  For those customers who wish to board the re-routed 205 from Marylebone station, the eastbound stop is located 130 metres from the station entrance on Marylebone Road. The westbound stop is located within 270 metres of the station entrance, with a signalised road crossing on Marylebone Road for those crossing the road. Both stops have a shelter, seating, lighting and information.

Alternatively, route 453 can be boarded from nearby Great Central Street. Route 453 has a direct interchange with routes 205 and N205 at Baker Street station, and this interchange can be made for free through the Hopper Fare or with a Freedom Pass. The journey can also be made in a similar manner in the opposite direction. The route to the bus stop from Marylebone Station is level, has no kerbs, and benefits from zebra crossing, meaning it is easier to reach for those who may not be able to comfortably reach the route 205 and N205 stop on Marylebone Road.  

The journey time and reliability improvements will help make bus travel more attractive and thereby contribute at least in a small way to my Transport Strategy goals.  No further mitigations are planned, but TfL will continue to monitor the changes.