Council raises concerns about bus change proposals

Release Date: 16 January 2019

Council urges Transport for London (TfL) not to reduce bus services in Richmond upon Thames.

Last year, TfL held a consultation proposing changes to bus routes across the capital. Locally, four routes were affected – the 110/419, H37, 493 and the H22.

The Council has now sent in an official response to the consultation, after encouraging residents to respond directly with their own reflections, canvassing the views of all councillors and having heard a number of views from residents at the Community Conversation events last year. 

View the response (pdf, 150 KB)

Headlines from the Council response, includes:

  • The proposed re-routing of the 110 will bypass Twickenham Station and West Middlesex Hospital– which is a life line to many residents
  • Residents who rely on the H22 along Richmond Road-Heath Road-Staines Road would also see service reductions, for many people this will cut them off and could isolated vulnerable communities
  • Older and less mobile people will likely be most affected as they travel more often by bus as the borough has little tube coverage
  • Bus usage has fallen elsewhere in London, however bus usage in Richmond has risen and we therefore do believe that services should not be reduced.
  • The proposed frequency reductions will negatively impact schools as some routes already suffer from capacity issues during peak periods. Reducing bus services will not discourage parents from using cars.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Streetscene and Air Quality, said:

“There are some positive proposals in the TfL plan. For example, we welcome the idea of extending the route of the 110, so residents in Heathfield can easily get to that side of the borough. 

“Contrary to almost everywhere else in London where bus usage has fallen, our usage in Richmond has risen. As a Council committed to improving air quality and helping residents to shift to better forms of transport including public and active travel it is concerning to see anything other than greater provision.  It is essential that we don’t weaken public transport provision in our borough and we will robustly make this point to our TfL counterparts.”

“It is starkly at odds with Mayor of London’s own air quality targets, which will require us to get more people to travelling by public transport.  Reducing bus services is clearly counter-productive and TfL should think again.”

Notes for editors

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Reference: P012/19

Updated: 1 February 2019