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It’s Official. 185 and 176 are: Full to Bus-ting 4 January 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Transport.
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Susan Kramer with Margot and George

Local campaigners George Crozier and Margot Wilson raised bus overcrowding when they met with Transport Minister Susan Kramer (centre) recently, While buses are the responsibility of Transport for London, which is run by the Mayor of London, national government sets the level of TfL’s grant.

This story appears in the December 2013 / January 2014 Forest Hill Focus

Buses serving Forest Hill, Honor Oak and Sydenham are among the most overcrowded in London. The 185 from Lewisham to Victoria is the most crowded of all and the 176 from Penge to Tottenham Court Road is also in the top ten, according to a survey carried out by the London Assembly’s Transport Committee.

Focus Team campaigners George Crozier and Margot Wilson raised the issue when they met with Transport Minister Susan Kramer recently.  While buses are the responsibility of Transport for London, which is run by the Mayor of London, the national government sets the level of TfL’s grant.

The Forest Hill Lib Dem team are calling on TfL to:

  • Officially measure and publish information on bus crowding, as happens with trains, including the number of people who cannot board a bus because it is too full and the number who are unable to get a seat once on board
  • Invest in additional buses for routes in south east London including the 185 and 176, to reduce overcrowding

George Crozier said: “With our area a ‘no go zone’ for the Tube it’s no surprise that buses are so packed. TfL need to get their act together, start measuring overcrowding properly and provide extra buses for the busiest routes at peak times.”

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