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Cutting bus stops can’t be good news

08 April, 2021

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• I RECENTLY spotted a (so-called!) “consultation” notice on a lamp-post near Chancery Lane Underground station.

It talked of a scheme to make Gray’s Inn Road safer for pedestrians and cyclists… all good stuff, of course.

However, it also mentioned “consolidation” of bus stops. And what does that mean? It means, of course, cutting back on them.

One result is that if you come out of Chancery Lane station, to continue your journey northbound up Gray’s Inn Road, you can’t hop on a bus (unless you walk at least half-way to Theobald’s Road first).

This is yet another example of the unintegration (and hence slowing) of public transport in central London, with interchanges getting more difficult and connections being more spread out, recent changes in Tottenham Court Road being another classic example.

This is yet more proof that the people at Transport for London and Camden Council who plan public transport never have to use it themselves – or certainly not with heavy bags and a bad knee in the rain!

ALBERT BEALE
Little Russell Street, WC1

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