Transport for London has announced that bus routes 130 and 312 – which have been unable to operate along their regular routes for five years due to engineering work on Spring Lane Bridge – will get back on the road through Woodside on February 14.
The return of the buses along the route will provide links to the main railway lines, and to large branches of the major supermarkets for residents of Ashburton, Woodside and South Norwood for the first time.
The 130 will also be extended to serve Thornton Heath.
The returned service was achieved despite the MP for the area, Gavin Barwell, and the London Assembly Member, Steve O’Connell, playing no part in the public consultation run out of City Hall by TfL.
“I am delighted we have finally reached an end of this sorry saga,” Stephen Mann, a Labour councillor in Ashburton ward, told Inside Croydon. “After nearly five years Ashburton residents have the 312 and 130 buses back on their original routes.
“When we first became the Action Team we campaigned on this important issue on behalf of Ashburton residents and we are delighted that, as councillors, we have been able to deliver on another of our local campaign promises for the ward,” Mann said.
“We remain disappointed in the length of time it took to restore the bridge and the two bus routes, but we hope now that Ashburton residents will benefit from the convenience of the renewed services.”
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