Hold very tight please… our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, has news of more changes to local bus services
Transport for London public consultations are a bit like their buses… you wait for ages for one, and then two come along together.
The latest is to discuss proposed changes to a couple of routes in Coulsdon, the 404 and 434, with adjustments being made to take into account the hundreds of new households at Cane Hill.
TfL announced the consultation yesterday. “Following the development of the Cane Hill estate in Coulsdon, we have worked with the London Borough of Croydon to provide a bus service to the new area, some of which is currently more than five minutes walk from a bus route. We also want to improve services in both the western and eastern sides of Old Coulsdon.
“Route 404 would serve the Tollers Lane estate and Shirley Avenue in Old Coulsdon. It would also be extended along the current route of the 434 between Coulsdon and the Rickman Hill estate. We propose to introduce a Sunday service and to increase the frequency to every 30 minutes on all days.
“Route 434 would be extended from Coulsdon to serve Cane Hill. It would no longer serve Rickman Hill. The frequency would be increased to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and remain every 30 minutes on Sundays.”
All three political parties lobbied for better bus provision on the Tollers Lane estate, and generally the reaction to TfL’s proposals has been positive, though local transport groups are expected to seek some adjustments in the detail about stop locations and the final routing.
They anticipate that there will some opposition about the loss of 434 service from Rickman Hill to Woodcote School and Purley.
This consultation is open for information and public responses until February 11, and to take part you should visit the TfL consultation website here.
TfL’s other bus consultation, under which they are trying to reduce services on 11 routes in Croydon town centre – 50, 75, 109, 154, 197, 250, 264, 403, 405, 412 and 433 – is due to end this Sunday, January 13.
TfL says that some of the route changes are because of the anticipated traffic disruption in the town centre during the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre, which is supposed to begin this year (but we’ve all heard that before).
If you use any of these routes, or are affected by the changes proposed, you should take part in the public consultation before this weekend’s deadline.
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