Tuesday 8 October 2013 9.20am
London Assembly on-line survey completed and email sent to Val Shawcross, who responded very promptly. Hopefully she won't mind me posting her response below: -
"Thanks for sending me this report. I will of course send it to TfL buses who commission the contracts for each bus route and are therefore responsible for the frequency of services.
I think what you are reporting is the effect of rapid population growth in London which seems to be particularly impacting on North Southwark. As the population rises, the first evidence of this seems to be in overcrowding on the bus services.
Arguing for increased service is really difficult at the moment – because of the ‘flat lining ‘ the TfL bus budget. However it’s a an important issue as you know only too well, and I will start investigating this bus service and see how I can put a case together to TfL for improvements in frequency of the 21. If there’s a very strong case we may feel is worth arguing for an additional service"
Dee Dee, my ideal route would come along Grange Road
from The Blue (probably starting at Canada Water / Surrey Quays). Left into Tower Bridge Road
, round Bricklayers into Great Dover St then right into Borough High St up to London Bridge (actually I'd prefer it to go along Long Lane
but not sure a bus could negotiate the Grange Rd / Bermondsey St / Long Lane
junction (which I guess is why the C10 diverted to Great Dover St when it came along Grange Rd earlier this year).
Now I need to get some more people to put their voice to this so if anyone else is out there who agrees could you also email Val Shawcross and complete the survey.
Thanks everyone for the advice.