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Tower Hamlets essential bus routes saved

TfL bus 100 Shadwell website

Tower Hamlets Council has welcomed news that Transport for London (TfL) will not scrap essential bus routes in the borough.

In an announcement yesterday (Wednesday), TfL said additional funding provided by the Mayor of London had allowed it to reassess its proposals for the bus network.

As part of the plan bus routes serving Tower Hamlets – D3, D7, D8, 100,135 and 277 – were under threat.

The council opposed the proposed changes on the grounds they would increase journey times and particularly affect people with mobility issues.

Strong local opposition was also voiced by residents and community groups who were concerned about the substantial negative impact these changes would have.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“I am delighted that Transport for London will not be scrapping any of our bus services. Public transport is vital for a greener future and a critical lifeline for our more isolated and less mobile residents.

“This is a brilliant result, and I am pleased that Transport for London has listened to the many voices of people across Tower Hamlets.”

TfL’s consultation during the summer saw more than 21,500 people share their feedback. The organisation will still go ahead with some service changes in Horseferry Road, Fleet Street, Edgware Road and Waterloo, where there are numerous alternative public transport options and enough capacity on buses to meet demand.

You can read more about TfL’s plans on its website.

Posted on Thursday 24th November 2022