Dear Mr Sadiq Khan, I have written to TFL regarding this and had no reply apart from nortification of receipt.
I am a 61 year old woman. I live alone on an estate at the crossroads of barbly road and ladbroke grove. I have lived here for 25 years.
I cannot use the tube as I suffer from claustraphobia and I no longer drive a car due to costs and overcrowding on the roads.
I rely on public transport. Particularly the buses to help me enjoy the reources of our city for which I contribute my taxes.
On the last week in November 2018, many passengers were totally confused to find that the 23 route had changed again. I wrote about this on Nextdoor.co.uk and got many replies agreeing with my thoughts.
I use the 23 bus to and from Liverpool St to go to shoreditch and bricklane.
23 bus to Somerset house, 23 to charing cross for southbank and waterloo, 23 to trafalgar square - galleries and westminster reference library, 23 bus to selfridges and oxford st. The last few weeks the route has slowed down considerably as bewildered passengers ask if the bus goes to Bond St or elsewhere and the patient bus drivers explain the route has changed.
I like to climb to the upstairs seats and sit and watch the view from the window. Having to get 2 or 3 separate busses to make what used to be a single journey is prohibitive and isolating. It is an effort to climb up and down those stairs, it is awful having to wait in the cold and the dark several times for one journey.
The cancellation of the 23 bus route to Aldwych at least has ruined my life - truly.I feel marooned and imprisoned at the forgotten end of Ladbroke Grove. Noone wants to go to Hammersmith via Marble ARch.
I thought that Sadiq Khan, whose father was a bus driver would understand and support the way bus routes have woven a thread of community and connection through the London Streets - especially for the old and the poor. Also the young - I have seen the local schools Barlby Road primary and St Charles use the 23 to v