Published Friday, 27th November 2020
Plans to change nine bus services and introduce a new route in the borough of Sutton have been launched in a new consultation by Transport for London.
Sutton Council wants local groups and communities to have their say on the TfL proposals, particularly older people and people with disabilities. The Council’s local committees have already started discussing the proposed changes to feed back residents’ views to TfL. The Council will also be making a formal response to the consultation.
The routes where revisions are proposed are: S1, S3, S4, 80, 164, 407, 413, 455 and 470. These include new routings and final stops.
A new S2 route is also planned from St Helier Hospital to Belmont via Sutton town centre, and will replace the connection to High Down prison currently served by route 80. Route 80 will also see the existing single deck buses changed to double deck vehicles.
TfL’s review of bus services in Sutton aims to increase capacity and frequency while creating stronger connections to shopping destinations and key locations across the borough, including the new London Cancer Hub and the Royal Marsden Hospital sites in Belmont, which will also now see a Sunday bus service.
The TfL proposals and consultation can be seen here: tfl.gov.uk/sutton-croydon-bus-change
The consultation closing date has been extended to Sunday 20 December.
Councillor Manuel Abellan, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said:
“It is clear that Sutton needs better public transport given the lack of tube and TfL Overground services and the Council is fighting for the improvements residents need. That’s why in Sutton buses are so important.
“These proposed bus service changes look to the future - a growing local population, a new hospital in the borough and the delivery of our ambitious economic development plans, including the London Cancer Hub in Belmont and the Sutton Town Centre regeneration programme.
“We recognise though that these bus changes will not suit everyone. That’s why we want residents, councillors and key groups in the community, such as older residents and people with disabilities, to take part in the consultation and help shape the final proposals.
“We also look forward to further measures coming from TfL in the future. The Council is lobbying hard for improvements to bus services in Clockhouse on the outskirts of the borough, express services such as the X26 and outside our main district centres.”