Alan Rusbridger: save the C2 bus!
Former Guardian editor says TfL's plan would be 'disservice to residents'
17 August, 2018 — By Helen Chapman
Transport for London wants to withdraw the route
Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has called for the C2 bus route to be saved, saying shutting it down would “do a disservice to residents”.
Transport for London chiefs have stunned passengers by proposing to withdraw the route between Parliament Hill, Camden Town and the West End.
TfL, as part of the changes, will extend the 88 route to cover the missing C2s. The changes would mean the route 88 would no longer serve Mornington Crescent Tube station, Hampstead Road, Warren Street Tube station or Euston Road. It would also mean a switch to Routemaster buses.
Mr Rusbridger, who lives in Kentish Town, told the New Journal: “The C2 bus takes you from a beautiful place which has no tube, Hampstead Heath, to a bustling place, Oxford Circus, on the quickest of routes. The buses are incredibly frequent. You can normally get a seat because the bus is such a large one, and it runs through the night.”
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Under TfL plans, the extended route 88 will start at Clapham Common and terminate at Parliament Hill Fields, instead of Camden Town.
The current C2 route runs from Parliament Hill Fields and terminates at Conduit Street, Mayfair.
“The 88 is a poor replacement, since it’s always crowded – Routemasters always seem to be – already,” said Mr Rusbridger.
“Although a mid-morning C2 might be emptier than TfL would like, the rest of the time it’s a bustling route, full of school kids and locals. To replace it with a bus already full would do a disservice to residents.”
The C2 row has enraged media figures in Camden Town, where Janine Gibson, editor in chief of Buzzfeed UK, has posted several Tweets about her love for the bus, including images of buses with heart symbols.
In Dartmouth Park, Nick Bradfield, chairman of Dartmouth Park Road Residents’ Association, speaking in personal capacity, said: “I don’t think that the long route will be manageable. I have a lack of confidence in long bus routes. Every time there is some disruption in central London it could get curtailed. If they run it properly, it would be fine.
He added: “The C2 is a very nice route that goes through central London, which is always enjoyable.”
TfL’s director of public transport service planning Geoff Hobbs said: “We are holding a consultation to hear the public’s views on the potential changes. With both the C2 and 88 operating in the area, there are significantly more buses than there is demand for.
“Rerouting of the 88 would ensure all locations served by the C2 would still be served by the 88, which has the right capacity for the area. These proposed changes would reduce bus-on-bus congestion, helping to improve the record reliability of the network further.” The consultation, available on the TfL website, runs until September 26.