Transport for London has just announced another reduction in service to a busy bus route in Croydon.
The 412, which runs between West Croydon and Purley, is to be reduced from four buses an hour to three, the change to be implemented from September 1.
TfL announced the service change last night. It is, they say, initially temporary, though they appear determined to make it permanent.
In common with other service reductions, they say that the changes are “to match demand”.
The service reduction in the evenings and on Sundays will be even more severe, going from three buses per hour to just two. They will, however, introduce one more additional service in the morning peak hours, to cope with the already chock-a-block school run.
Last month, service cuts to the 410 and 433 were announced.
The 412 reduction is just the latest in a series of cuts to bus services being implemented as TfL wrestles with its budgets, which are being squeezed largely as a result of the fares freeze introduced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Without increased revenues from passengers, services are being axed.
So passengers are not being hit with any fare increases, they’re just getting an ever-poorer service…
In TfL’s 412 announcement they said:
“We’re rerouting buses as they arrive in Purley. From Purley Road. Tesco, buses will run along Banstead Road, Fox Lane, Pampisford Road, Christchurch Road and Brighton Road.
“The last stop will be stop Z1 in Brighton Road (southbound), opposite Purley War Memorial Hospital. Stops D and E in Brighton Road (northbound) will no longer be served.
“There will be no change to the route and stops towards West Croydon. This is to improve reliability, as buses will have a shorter distance to travel when empty between journeys.
“We’re initially introducing this as a temporary change, but may make it permanent, following consultation.
“To match demand, we’re also changing the frequency: Monday to Saturday daytimes buses will run every 20 minutes, with three additional journeys in schoolday peak hours (previously every 15 minutes, with two additional journeys in schoolday peak hours) (the new additional schoolday journey will run from West Croydon to Purley in the morning peak).
“Sunday daytime buses will run every 30 minutes (previously every 20 minutes).
“Monday to Saturday evenings buses will run every 30 minutes (previously every 20 minutes).”
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