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Buses set to get more crowded under Boris Johnson

November 18, 2011 10:45 PM
By Gary Malcolm

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has admitted this week that bus capacity is being cut back on key bus routes across London.

Starting from tomorrow (19th November) capacity will be cut back on a number of routes. As well as conceding that there would be a real reduction in capacity throughout the day on this bus route the Mayor conceded that reductions have also taken place on some other bus routes and will continue when further bendy bus routes are converted.

I think that the key issue is not whether bendy buses are good or bad, but simply whether people can get on a bus.

The Mayor promised to get rid of bendy buses - he didn't promise to make bus journeys more crowded. At a time when bus ridership figures are at a 50 year high, and almost certain to rise even further, it is appalling that big cuts in bus capacity are taking place.

Guest author Councillor Gary Malcolm is leader of the Liberal Democrats on Ealing Borough Council. This article first appeared on his blog.