Changes by Transport for London to the 100 bus route which serves Wapping could have a damaging impact on the ability of the elderly and less physically able to get around the capital, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets has said.
The comments came after the amended bus route was introduced earlier this month. Ahead of the change the Mayor wrote to TfL Managing Director of Surface Transport Leon Daniels after TfL proposed changes to, and a shortening of, the 100 bus route warning of far fewer opportunities for Wapping residents to change to other buses.
The Mayor said that the consultation response to the change showed widespread opposition to the change but TfL chose to combine the feedback with consultation on a different route, the 388, making the opposition appear less stark. The Council had made representations against the changes but TfL decided to press ahead.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:
“Sadiq Khan made a massive and welcome change when he introduced the Hopper Fare; it meant that residents in less accessible areas like Wapping are able to change from bus to bus without being charged twice. Unfortunately TfL’s plan to shorten the 100 bus route could damage this progress by significantly limiting the number of other routes which are accessible to Wapping residents.
“Many residents rely on buses to get around, particularly as the area doesn’t have its own tube station. By cutting back the 100 bus route people will have much further to walk and fewer interchange options, this will particularly hit the elderly and less physically able.
“I am disappointed that TfL failed to see sense and fully address our concerns.”
Councillor Denise Jones, Wapping, said:
“The 100 bus is a really important transport route for residents in Wapping, particularly for the elderly and disabled. We worked to try and get TfL to change its mind about the plans, but sadly they haven’t listened. We also expressed our concern at the way TfL consulted residents and partners on the plans.”
Wapping resident Di Roome said:
"The number 100 bus is a really important link for people in Wapping. We don’t have many bus routes in Wapping as it is, by shortening the route TfL have made it much harder for Wapping residents like me to get around.
"Not only is the new 100 route shorter it’s now even more difficult to change onto other tube lines or buses as a result."