Islington bus route changes spark protest
No 19 route, which connects Finsbury Park to the West End and Chelsea in one continuous journey, is set to be shortened, with more services under review
05 October, 2018 — By Emily Finch
Councillor Claudia Webbe said: ‘We’re concerned these proposed changes to routes will have a serious negative impact on local people and our communities’
THE Town Hall is to “submit a robust response” to Transport for London over cuts to bus services running through Islington.
New plans show the No 19 route, which connects Finsbury Park to the West End and Chelsea in one continuous journey, is to be shortened, removing a section between Holborn and Battersea Bridge.
Meanwhile, the No 4 route, which starts at Archway station, could be changed so it goes to Blackfriars rather than Waterloo, while the 271 night bus – a route linking Finsbury Square with Highgate Hill – could be scrapped. The night bus network during the week helps shift workers get home when the 24-hour tube is not running.
The 134, 341 and 476 bus routes are also under review, with possible shortened journeys.
Islington environment chief Councillor Claudia Webbe said: “For many people in Islington, buses are vital for work, health appointments, shopping, meeting friends and family, and much more. We’re concerned these proposed changes to routes will have a serious negative impact on local people and our communities.”
She added: “I wrote to the deputy mayor for transport ahead of the formal public consultation expressing our concerns, especially about how they will affect more vulnerable people.
“I am now working with ward councillors to gather information on the negative impact these proposed changes could have, and will be submitting a robust response to the consultation on behalf of Islington.”
Highbury East councillor Osh Gantly said: “While these proposed changes are annoying for me, I am especially concerned for our disabled residents, who can’t as easily change.”
TfL is looking to make changes to 33 bus routes across London. Its consultation says: “These proposed changes would help to make the bus network simpler and more efficient and would ensure our resources are invested in the right locations.”
Any approved changes would come into effect in 2019. Comments on the plans can be made until November 9 at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/central-london/