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Val Shawcross AM responds to plan for 500 new London buses

Responding to the announcement that TfL is to consider buying an extra 500 buses, London Assembly Labour Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:

“For years the Mayor has treated the bus service as the poor relation in London’s transport system. Despite fares for bus users rising 47% since Boris Johnson came to power we’ve seen six years of flat lining growth in the bus network at the same time as soaring demand and massive issues of overcrowding.

“Under the previous Mayor the number of bus kilometres operated by TfL increased by 38% to 490 million. Until this announcement it was planned that between 2012 and 2020 that number would go up by just 4% despite London’s rocketing population.

“More people travel on London’s buses than any other type of transport, yet for six years the Mayor has neglected the bus service and subjected passengers to ever increasing overcrowding. Whilst I welcome this announcement, for many overcrowded bus users it will come as too little too late.”

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