Transport for London (TfL) have proposed cuts to bus services in Croydon town centre.
Under the proposals, several bus routes will no longer run through the town centre forcing passengers to change buses to reach their destination.
The main bus routes affected are the 50, 75, 154, 250, 264, 403, 405, 412 and 433.
- The 50, 75, 250 and 264 will be cut short to terminate at West Croydon bus station, and no longer travel along Wellesley Road towards the Whitgift Centre, Fairfield Halls and High Street
- The 154 (daytime), 403, 405, 412 and 433 bus routes will be cut short to terminate in the Fairfield Halls or High Street area, and no longer travel along Wellesley Road towards the Whitgift Centre and West Croydon.
The 60, 64, 119, 154 (night-time), 166, 198, 312, 407, 455, 466 and 468 would not change, and the 109 and 197 would continue to travel through through Croydon with only very minor alterations. Journeys through Croydon would still be possible therefore, but would require a change of bus for passengers using the affected routes.
Liberal Democrats are concerned that the proposed cuts will make journeys harder by adding to waiting times and forcing passengers to change buses, which is an especially significant concern for those who already find it difficult to get about.
These cuts also risk taking footfall away from shops in the town centre and could lead to a spiral of decline in the capital's bus services - a disaster if we are serious about tackling climate change and traffic congestion.
If you have not already read TfL's consultation web page, you can read about their plans in full here.
Act now to save Croydon town centre's vital bus links
We would like to hear from you. Make your voice heard by signing our petition asking Transport for London to rethink these cuts today.
Croydon Lib Dems are also keen to hear about any specific issues or throughts you have regarding the cuts as we put together a response to TfL, so that we are fully representing the views of Croydon's residents and businesses. You can share these with us by visiting the Tell Us area of our website.
You may also want to respond to TfL directly.