Hackney Labour’s #MyRouteMatters petition against cuts to bus services including the removal of the 48 service, has been handed in to Transport for London (TfL).
“We hope that TfL will seriously reconsider their proposals to cut 16 of Hackney’s services out of the 32 services affected across London,” said Cllr Feryal Demirci, Hackney Cabinet Member for Transport, as she handed in the petition signed by more than 1,600 people.
“It just isn’t fair to Hackney residents – who rely so heavily on buses – to have their services cut in this way which leaves no direct route to the City, and longer waits for a bus to come.
“We ask TfL to think of those who are mobility impaired and older, and on those with young children, and the effect on them of having to change buses, and on those who rely on the 48 to take them direct to Liverpool Street, and London Bridge, and those who rely on the 242 going to Barts Hospital.
“We will continue to press TfL to think again. There is no way that we will accept this reduced service to the borough after so many years of Labour fighting to get it to a higher level of frequency and distance.”
Cllr Sam Pallis, Campaigns Officer for Hackney Labour Group of councillors, added: “We have been running stalls on Saturday and Sunday every weekend for the last few weeks, collecting petition signatures, handing out leaflets at bus stops and talking with local residents about the bus service. So many have been shocked at the proposed cuts.
“It’s not at an end. We are happy to continue to receive representations from people which will help to emphasise the case for keeping the current level bus service at least – and to increase and improve the service as part of our campaign to reduce car usage and reduce pollution, and people getting fitter through walking.”
Lea Bridge ward Cllr Ian Rathbone, councillor in one of the worst affected Hackney wards, added: “All three of us have travelled direct today to London Bridge and City Hall by the 48 bus from Mare Street. Will we able to make that same journey next year? I hope that will be so – because TfL will have listened to our residents.”
The petition was received at City Hall by Florence Eshalomi, GLA Member and deputy Chair of the GLA Transport Committee and Labour Lead on transport at City Hall. Florence said that she thought Hackney deserved a better deal and would certainly be making that case to TfL in future meetings.
48 bus at London bridge. Will we see it still taking people directly from Hackney?