Tom Brake MP and Sutton Lib Dems set out their list of demands for 'Better Buses for Sutton' at a meeting with Transport for London (TfL) last week.
The meeting, attended by Tom Brake MP, Councillor Manuel Abellan, Fergus McGhee, Principal Transport Planner leading on the review and Jamie Peterson, Government Relations at Transport for London (TfL), comes ahead of a review of bus services in Sutton that TfL will be conducting later this year.
During the meeting, Tom Brake presented the results of his survey and 15 key steps needed to improve bus services across the borough.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"I'm pleased that TfL have agreed to engage with the Council and me at an early stage. I very much hope that their intention to improve bus provision in Sutton is delivered.
"As one of the London Boroughs without a tube station and with unreliable rail services, it’s crucial that our residents get cleaner, more frequent and reliable buses, especially on key routes such as the 127, 463, S3 and 157."
Councillor Manuel Abellan said:
"It’s clear from Tom’s survey and from our regular conversations on doorsteps that Sutton residents rely heavily on buses for trips within Sutton and into neighbouring boroughs like Merton, Kingston and Croydon.
"I am pleased that TfL have already accepted that outer-London boroughs like Sutton, where car dependency is high and public transport accessibility levels low, need better public transport. I welcome the one year demand responsive bus trial which is about to start in Sutton, but really hope that our residents will soon be able to enjoy a better bus service throughout the borough."
You can add your name to the Better Buses for Sutton campaign here: www.tombrake.co.uk/better-buses.