Key London bus routes saved in Sadiq Khan U-turn

Sadiq Khan has performed a partial U-turn on controversial plans to axe 22 bus routes and reduce the frequencies of almost 60 more after a massive backlash from passengers. More than 20,000 people made their views known after the cost-cutting proposals, first revealed in June, threatened key central London routes including the 4, 12, 14, 24 and 74. The plans ended up uniting prominent Tory MPs such as Greg Hands and Nickie Aiken with unions and bus drivers who feared for their jobs. But the Mayor has decided to save all but four routes — the 332, 507, 521 and N11 — and reduce or curtail the length of 11 others, including the 3, 6, 11, 23, 26, 59, 77 and 133, by drawing an extra £25 million a year from City Hall reserves.