Please join me and other concerned residents for a public demonstration of our concern regarding these proposals at 2pm on 16th July outside the The Green Man Pub, Wildcroft Rd, London SW15 3NG. I look forward to seeing you there.

Many residents have written to me with concerns about proposals to withdraw bus routes, including routes 14 and 74, and I share these concerns.

These cuts are a direct result of the Government’s refusal to fund TfL adequately. The only reason TfL is being forced to look at these cuts is because Ministers are refusing to agree a long-term and sustainable funding deal to keep TfL running after TfL’s finances were decimated when Londoners did the right thing and stayed at home during lockdown. Unlike other global cities, TfL is solely reliant on fares for their funding and does not receive a comprehensive Government funding package. Private train companies across the UK have faced the same emergency funding issues as TfL but in every case, the Government bailed them out with long-term agreements with no strings attached. There’s no reason the same couldn’t happen for TfL.

Withdrawing the 14 bus route will remove a direct service to the university quarter in Bloomsbury, the legal district around Holborn, and parts of the West End. It is also the main bus route to three major hospitals: Chelsea and Westminster, The Royal Marsden and The Royal Brompton. Whilst the 414 route will cover much of the 14 route, it is still only planning to terminate at Marble Arch.

Withdrawing the 74 bus route will remove a direct service to Baker Street and the Marylebone area. Whilst the route 430 and N430 will cover much of the 74 bus route, it is still only planning to terminate at South Kensington and will no longer go via Old Brompton Road.

Here are just some of the many comments from my constituents:

 “I am a pensioner and I use the buses to get around.   I was absolutely devastated to learn from a fellow passenger on the bus yesterday that the number 14 is to be cancelled completely and the 430 re-routed.  I use the 14 to get to the Brompton and the Chelsea and Westminster hospital and indeed I have used it to go all the way to the British Museum and the Royal Academy.  And the 430 goes all the way to the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as to the food shops in Putney High Street.  I am impaired from climbing the steps at our local tube stations due to a serious heart condition, so these buses are so wonderful for getting around.” 

“Getting rid of the 14 and 74 would be a disaster and dangerous for Putney/Roehampton residents as it totally cuts off our late-night connection to central London. We’ve already lost the connection to Hammersmith and the tube through the closure of Hammersmith Bridge, so the loss of the 14 would mean there is no way back late at night. This would make it significantly more difficult and significantly more unsafe for me to travel home at night. Please reconsider.”

“I use these buses frequently and always have. Not only would it make my travelling more difficult and expensive but I worry about my mum and step dad who are pensioners. If these buses are taken away they will not be able to travel easily, which given my step dad’s difficulty walking is crucial. He can’t afford other means and a bus is easier and cheaper for him – these bus routes allow him to live his life. Take this away and you’re hurting him, my mum, me and so many more.”

“I’m against bus 14 route termination since this is my main route to go central London and is used daily by my wife that works in Goodge Street.”

“I suffer from claustrophobia and so find using the tube difficult. London’s bus network is a crucial part of my life and cutting back on this resource would personally negatively affect my life in so many ways. I use these routes on a daily basis and can attest to the fact that they are busy and also how these are used by all sections of society.”

For anybody who has not done so already you can submit your views and concerns to the consultation via: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/busreview and send a copy to me on fleur.anderson.mp@parliament.uk. I will submit my own response to the consultation too.

If you prefer not to complete the survey, then please submit your response to TfL by email or in writing (no stamp needed) to:

You can also telephone TfL on 020 3054 6037 to leave your name and contact number and TfL will call you back. Please quote ‘Bus Review’ when leaving your message.

This consultation will close on 7 August 2022.

My main concern is ensuring that residents can still easily access the West End, Bloomsbury and Marylebone and Old Brompton Road easily. Where provision is picked up by existing bus routes, it is essential that frequency is maintained to avoid overcrowding.

I will be urging Transport Ministers to come forward with sustainable long-term funding agreement for TfL, just like other global cities receive.

It is crucial that everyone has access to affordable public transport with direct routes to central London and I will do all I can to push for this.

Very best wishes,

Fleur Anderson
Labour Member of Parliament for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields
Shadow Paymaster General
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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