THE Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hackney have slammed Transport for London (TfL) plans to scrap Hackney bus services – as a result of Tory cuts.

TfL have gone ahead with plans to scrap or reduce a number of bus services in Hackney, including completely cutting the 48 service, after Hackney Labour councillors led a campaign which attracted 1,600 signatures to a petition against the proposals.

Philip Glanville, Labour & Co-operative Mayor of Hackney said: “The loss of the 48 is completely unacceptable and will mean cramped remaining services and worse travel conditions for our residents. These are services that our poorest residents rely on.

“But these changes are clearly a direct result of the Tory cuts to London’s transport system ─ TfL have lost their £700 million subsidy from central government. London is now one of the only major cities in the world with a public transport service that is not subsidised by central government. This is not good enough, and moving forward Labour will continue to call on the government to reinstate the subsidy.”

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor for Hackney and Cabinet Member for Transport who led the local Labour #MyRouteMatters campaign said: “These changes, like cuts to the 242, are incredibly disappointing. Hackney residents will be disproportionately affected; these bus routes offer more affordable travel for some of our borough’s poorest residents in our least connected neighbourhoods.

“I am however really proud of our local Labour team for leading this vital campaign and speaking up for our residents who rely on their bus services every day. I would also like to thank local residents for their support, particularly the over 1,600 that signed our petition.

“I am pleased that as Labour councillors we have raised the voice of local people. TfL could not ignore Hackney residents that said #MyRouteMatters and I am really pleased we won concessions. TfL are increasing the frequency of the 26 bus from Hackney Wick and we have worked together to see a night bus servicing the Homerton to Tottenham Court Rd, helping Hospital staff on their night-shift.

“They have also altered their plans for the 388 route which will now extend to London Bridge, which combined with the Mayor of London’s hopper fair, will help make up for the 48 cut.”

Transport for London’s report can be found here:

  • A full list of the changes are as follows:
  • 48 – Withdrawn entirely – Route 26 will be increased in frequency from 6 bph to 8 bph Mon-Sat to maintain capacity on Hackney Road and Route 55 will be extended to Walthamstow Central to compensate.  388 diverted to London Bridge to maintain the Hackney-London Bridge link.

  • 67/242 ─ Route 67 will be curtailed from Aldgate to Dalston Junction.

  • 242 will be diverted at Dalston to Aldgate severing the link to St Paul’s to connect with the Central Line. Route 242 will also see a frequency reduction Mon-Sat from 6 bph to 6 bph further reducing bus frequencies in King’s Park. N242 ─ Night Service retained and extended to Homerton.

  • 476 ─ Cut back between Euston and King’s Cross.

  • Minor changes are also proposed to Routes 4, 205/N205, 35 and 341.

  • Changes cancelled or altered as a result of Hackney Labour campaign:
  • Route 19.

  • Route 271.

  • 388 diverted to London Bridge to maintain the Hackney-London Bridge link.

  • N242 ─ Night Service retained and extended to Homerton.

  • Route 26 increase in services.


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