TfL – Night Bus ‘Not Worthwhile’

December 20, 2012 10:20 AM

Transport for London have quashed hopes of reintroducing a night bus in Carshalton and Wallington, claiming that a night service was 'not worthwhile'.

The area has been without a night bus since 2009, when hundreds of youngsters came out to protest against Boris Johnson's decision to axe the popular N213 service. Local campaigners had hoped that a consultation into the 154 bus service over the summer would lead to reintroduction of a night bus service.

However, TfL claim that they tested a later service and a full night service but that both were found to be 'not worthwhile using a full cost-to-benefit appraisal process'. Local campaigners have argued that the removal has left youngsters without a safe way to travel between Sutton and Croydon at night and has inconvenienced night workers.

Local MP, Tom Brake said, 'This is desperately disappointing, 5000 people signed the petition calling on Boris Johnson to reintroduce the night bus, but time after time Boris has failed to listen to the needs of local people. The Mayor needs to cater for the needs of all of London not just inner London'.

One local resident took to Twitter to express his frustration saying, 'it's too long now without a night service. When will TFL go into gear and realise theN213 was a much used service'.

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