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Tuesday 6 February 2018 5.25pm
Yes, it's a bit of a scenic route indeed and it never turns where you expect it - but only the first time of course :)
Ironically, I haven't been using the RV1 because of how unreliable it is and now they're making it worse. I live and work in Waterloo/Southwark area and the RV1 is like an urban myth, noone seems to know when it runs, which days etc :-)
Tuesday 6 February 2018 6.56pm
stxmld wrote:
Maybe more people would use it if it didn't have such a convoluted route??
The convoluted route is the whole point of the RV1 - serving Belvedere Road and Upper Ground which otherwise don't have a bus service.

Originally it took a detour off Southwark Street to pass closer to Tate Modern, too.

Part of the aim was to provide near door-to-door access to the various attractions of the South Bank and Bankside which were otherwise best reached on foot.

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Tuesday 6 February 2018 7.08pm
But assuming savings do have to be made, perhaps the RV1 is one of the least painful ways to do it, operating in an area already well served by other bus routes and other transport options (including walking).
Tuesday 6 February 2018 7.23pm
Failure of this service - only suffering in 2017 because of sustained Tooley Street blockages as many posters here have pointed out - is now a self-fullfilling prophecy. Faced with a wait approaching 20 minutes many potential passengers will find other ways to travel and give TFL the excuse to close the route down.
Tuesday 6 February 2018 8.39pm
butlers wrote:
How does one start a petition and advertise it ?

This covers how to do it and we can use one of the websites like
Friday 9 February 2018 11.31pm
A petition has been started to ask for reconsideration of the plan to reduce the RV1 service at
Hopefully it will receive support.
Saturday 10 February 2018 4.04pm
Today I waited ages for the RV1 in Tooley Street going westbound and when it arrived it was chockablock. Good on the driver for letting more passengers on as the next bus was 20 minutes away and it raining quite hard. I use this bus a lot and it's dreadful decision to halve the frequency - I've signed the petition.
Saturday 10 February 2018 6.30pm
butlers wrote:
A petition has been started to ask for reconsideration of the plan to reduce the RV1 service at
Hopefully it will receive support.

I've signed it - but it's a pity it's being sponsored by the LibDems.
Monday 12 February 2018 9.40am
I expect others who signed the petition have also received the following message from the LibDems:

"Thank you for signing the petition to save the RV1.

"Can you join the 'Save the RV1' campaign for a quick photoshoot on Monday 12 February?

"London media are planning to cover the campaign to save this vital bus service. It's important thtat we're able to show how well used and loved the RV1 is. We'll be taking photos with users from across the route and other campaigners.

"We'll be meeting at the start of the route outside the Novello Theatre,WC2B 4LD (corner of Aldwych and Catherine Street) at 12.30."
Thursday 15 February 2018 8.48am
Thanks to everyone that's signed the petition to save the RV1 -

So far hundreds of residents from across Bankside, Borough, London Bridge, Shad Thames, Waterloo and across London have signed the petition.

If you haven't yet had a chance please sign (and share) the petition. It's really important that we encourage family, friends and other passengers to sign up and send a clear message to the Mayor and TFL.

We are planning to hand the petition in to Caroline Pidgeon AM (Deputy Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee and Liberal Democrat Assembly Member) and it will be presented to the Mayor of London at the London Assembly Plenary meeting in March.

For a full update on the campaign visit:
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