All the axed London bus routes saved by Sadiq Khan

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has performed a U-turn on major cuts to the capital’s bus services  (PA Wire)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has performed a U-turn on major cuts to the capital’s bus services (PA Wire)

Sadiq Khan has partially U-turned on controversial plans to axe numerous bus routes across London after a massive backlash by passengers.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced it will get rid of only three bus routes following a consultation that attracted more than 20,000 replies.

Key central London routes, including the 4, 12, 14, 24 and 74, were under threat.

But some routes will be altered to “ensure a continued reliable bus network in central and inner London”.

The Mayor has decided to save all but three routes — the 11, 16 and 521 — and reduce or curtail the length of 15 others, including the 3, 6, 23, 26, 59, 77 and 133, by drawing an extra £25 million a year from City Hall reserves.

In June, TfL warned central London buses could be reduced by a fifth as it tried to balance the books following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Which bus routes are being axed?

The routes being axed are:

  • 11 (Fulham Broadway/Liverpool St)

  • 16 (Victoria/Cricklewood)

  • 521 (London Bridge/Waterloo)

But confusingly, the numbers 11 and 16 will still be seen on the front of buses, as the routes 507 (Waterloo/York Road) and 332 (Brent Park/Paddington) will be renumbered 11 and 16 respectively.

Which bus routes are being saved?

The following routes will be saved without alteration:

  • 4

  • 12

  • 14

  • 24

  • 31

  • 45

  • 72

  • 74

  • 78

  • 242

  • 349

  • C3

  • D7

  • N31

  • N72

  • N74

  • N242

Which bus routes are being altered?

Proposed changes to the following routes will still go ahead:

  • 3

  • 6

  • 11

  • 23

  • 26

  • 59

  • 77

  • 133

  • 211

  • C10

  • N26