Islington Labour Councillors are continuing the ‘Back our Buses’ campaign to preserve vital bus routes in the borough, and particularly the N271 – the only direct night bus to the Whittington Hospital.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn have written to Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, expressing their concerns over Transport for London (TfL) proposals to scrap the service.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said:
“I remain concerned about the impact of proposed changes to bus routes on the local community, and particularly the proposal to scrap the N271. The N271 is the only direct night bus to the Whittington Hospital, and a vital link for patients and shift workers. The only way to ensure staff, and patients, do not lose a vital transport route is to maintain the service.
“Over 500 local people signed our ‘Back our Buses’ petition last year asking TfL to think again before cutting or shortening vital bus routes. Islington has some of the lowest levels of car ownership in the country, and we know how important public transport is to local people. There is only one fully accessible train station in Islington – Caledonian road – which means that accessible bus routes in particular are a lifeline to many people in our borough.
“Islington Labour fully recognises the impact the Tory Government’s scandalous decision to cut funding to TfL by an average of £700 million per year is having on the organisation. However, buses are an important form of affordable and accessible transport for local people, and we will therefore continue to urge TfL to think again on cuts to vital local bus services like the N271.”