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TfL backs down on plans to cut N271 and 19 buses

Routes remain unchanged following fierce resistance

19 April, 2019 — By Urte Fultinaviciute

Councillors Janet Burgess, Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Claudia Webbe and Sheila Chapman

TRANSPORT for London has dropped plans to remove the N271 bus and shorten the number 19 route following fierce opposition from residents.

Passengers, especially hospital employees, were concerned that the loss of the N271 – the only direct night service to the Whittington – would be a major problem.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport, led the Islington Labour campaign against the changes, which included a robust response to the consultation and handing a 500-signature petition to City Hall.

The plans for the number 19, which runs from Finsbury Park to Battersea Bridge Road, to terminate at Holborn were also scrapped. Cllr Webbe said she was “pleased” that the campaign protected the vital buses routes.

She said: “I want to thank Deputy Mayor Heidi Alexander for listening to the concerns of local people, including staff at the Whittington Hospital. We must remember that the changes being made are, in part, a direct result of the Tory government’s scandalous decision to cut funding to Transport for London by £700m per year.

“It’s time the government realised you can’t run a capital city’s transport system on the cheap. Maintaining a comprehensive, accessible and affordable transport network is vitally important, and bus services sit at the heart of this. We will continue to work with the Mayor of London to deliver the transport system that Islington needs.”

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