Hackney Labour says no to bus cuts. Following bus service cuts by Transport for London (TfL) in the last year, TfL are now putting forward new proposals which will mean:

  • Even MORE overcrowding
  • Even LONGER waiting times
  • Leaving many people with NO DIRECT ROUTE into the City area or London Bridge.

Hackney Labour has launched another step in its campaign to stop any more bus cuts by TfL with its #MyRouteMatters campaign.

The worst affected by the proposed cuts will be the residents living in some of Hackney’s most-deprived and least connected neighbourhoods, such as those in the Clapton Park and Lea Bridge areas.

They will suffer from a COMPLETE LOSS OF THE 48 ROUTE and major REDUCTIONS in frequency and rerouting of the 242 to Aldgate, taking away our direct access to St Pauls area, and to Barts Hospital.

Cuts are also proposed to routes 67, 388, 476, 149, and other routes. Waltham Forest residents will be heavily hit by the loss of the 48.

“We need to make sure as many voices of Hackney residents as possible are heard and that they get the opportunity to show why their route matters,” said Cllr Feryal Demirci [pictured above], Hackney Council Cabinet member with responsibility for transport, helping to lead the campaign.

There will be street stalls around the borough, where people can get more information and sign a petition calling on TfL to reconsider their proposals..

Hackney, unlike boroughs with extensive tube networks, is very reliant on buses. Hackney Labour will be standing with residents in calling on TFL to go back to the drawing board on the proposed changes to these services. Maintaining our bus routes is integral to delivering a sustainable Hackney, a fairer hackney and an accessible Hackney.

TFL have opened the consultation on the proposals and it will close on 9 November.

Hackney Labour campaigned against bus service cuts earlier in the year following Hackney Council carrying out a survey to seek the public’s attitude to Hackney’s bus services. Over 1600 responses were received and a number of useful suggestions made, overwhelmingly opposed to any cuts. These have been taken up with TfL but it seems they are still set on consulting on making cuts to the service.

At a time when London is suffering an air pollution crisis, it is more important than ever to make sure that we keep our public transport serving us FULLY in Hackney.

Hackney Labour is standing with residents across the borough, calling on TfL to THINK AGAIN about their proposals. We are collecting signatures on a petition to TfL. Find it on-line at https://www.hackney-labour.org.uk/myroute/

We also know that transport cuts have been forced onto TfL by a £700m direct cut to its subsidy by central Government. TfL is operating a fares freeze until 2020.

If we are to save our buses it is really important that residents take part in the TfL consultation and tell TfL why their route matters.

Hackney Labour says NO to bus cuts!

 

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