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TfL confirms bus route 415 extension to Tesco Old Kent Road

Transport for London has confirmed that bus route 415 will be extended from Elephant & Castle to Tesco in Old Kent Road starting on Saturday 7 March.

TfL confirms bus route 415 extension to Tesco Old Kent Road
A 415 bus in Newington Butts

Route 415 currently runs between Tulse Hill and Elephant & Castle, terminating in Elephant & Castle, but from next month it will continue along New Kent Road, past Bricklayers Arms, and turn round at Tesco in Old Kent Road.

882 people responded to the recent public consultation on the proposed extension, and TfL says that 86 per cent were in favour of the change.

Transport bosses say they put forward the proposal after receiving complaints about overcrowding on buses heading up Old Kent Road towards Elephant & Castle in the morning peak.

"It's always worth complaining!" said London Assembly member Val Shawcross, who lobbied TfL on behalf of constituents.

"My thanks to passengers who raised their concerns with me and TfL about overcrowding on buses on the Old Kent Road."

Southwark councillors Ben Johnson and Lucas Green (Grange ward) and Catherine Dale (South Bermondsey ward) also gave their backing to the change.

Route 415 will continue to run every 12 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every 20 minutes in the evenings and on Sundays.

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