Government won’t fund the capital’s transport system

Thursday, 23rd June

John Sadler bus cartoon

Illustration by John Sadler 

• DOES anyone except me find it interesting that this government is happy to fund not only HS2 (which pretty much nobody actually wants) and the over-budget of the new Elizabeth line (£2billion over wasn’t it?), but they won’t fund London’s public transport system?

We are one of the most visited cities in the world. Tourists love our famous red buses, which are disappearing in central London faster than at any time I can remember.

Not only are entire bus routes disappearing but the frequency (especially at weekends) is decreasing quite dramatically.

Perhaps it’s a good idea to remind the major supermarket and retail chains that many of their customers use buses to reach their various stores.

If more routes disappear, these retailers will also suffer. Let’s get their assistance, as it does appear that this government listens to major retail chains rather more than it listens to the people.

For instance, if the planned demolition of the O2 Centre does come about the only other large Sainsbury’s branches are on Kilburn and Camden high roads. The 31 bus route is the only viable option.

Vue Cinemas will also suffer. The branch of Robert Dyas on the Finchley Road will also suffer a loss of custom if there is no 31 bus, as it’s the only branch in north west London.


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