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Fury over plans to cut short East London’s 25 bus at Holborn

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:41 05 October 2010

Bendy bus... at Whitechapel station

Bendy bus... at Whitechapel station

TRANSPORT bosses are being put on the spot over plans to shorten the route 25 bus when it switches from bendy’ buses back to London’s famous double-deckers. Half the buses are to be turned round at Holborn instead of going on to Oxford Circus when the bendys are scrapped next year

By Mike Brooke

TRANSPORT bosses are being put on the spot over plans to shorten the heavily-used route 25 bus when it switches from the much-criticised bendy’ buses back to London’s famous double-deckers.

Half the buses on the route through East London to the West End are to be turned round at Holborn instead of going on to Oxford Circus when the bendys are scrapped next year, the East London Advertiser has learned.

That’s upset London Assembly member John Biggs who thinks East Enders will be getting a raw Deal. The route 8 from Bow Church has already been shortened and now stops at Oxford Circus.

Transport for London’s plan to reduce half the route 25 journeys as well is the last straw for Biggs.

“The 25 has always been a heavily used route,” he insists. “It is one of the few remaining services linking the East End to central London.

“Cutting these links will hit passengers and put even more pressure on the Underground at peak times as people struggle to get to work.”

The 25 splices right through his East London constituency from Whitechapel at one end to Manor Park at the other and beyond.

Now the long bendy buses are being replaced by double-deckers he says don’t carry as many passengers and there’ll be growing queues at bus-stops.

“It’s all very well TfL telling me how many buses will run,” John added.

“But this is meaningless unless we know how many people the replacement service can carry.

“East London passengers are going to face all this inconvenience simply because the Mayor has got it in for bendy buses.

“But, of course, Boris isn’t trying to get to work from East London!”

Withdrawing the bendys in June next year, he fears, could leave passengers fighting to get on board the double-deckers.


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