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Survey launched online over plans to shorten No 8 bus

PUBLISHED: 13:10 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 October 2010

PROPOSALS to cut short the Number 8 service, one of London's main bus routes, have prompted London Assembly member John Biggs to join the East London Advertiser to launch a survey of passengers' views. Transport bosses at City Hall have suggested the service from Bow Church in East London should terminate at Oxford Circus in the West End instead of going on to Victoria main-line station

Victoria Huntley

PROPOSALS to cut short one of London’s main bus routes have prompted London Assembly member John Biggs to join the East London Advertiser to launch a survey of passengers’ views.

Transport bosses at City Hall are thinking of shortening the Number 8 route to improve reliability,’ the paper revealed last week.

Transport for London, which is in charge of the capital’s transport, has suggested the service from Bow Church in East London should terminate at Oxford Circus in the West End—instead of going on to Victoria main line station.

It has begun a three-week public consultation on the route which goes through Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, Liverpool Street, Bank, Holborn, Oxford Street and Mayfair towards Victoria.

Mr Biggs, London Assembly member for City & East, has set up an e-survey to ask passengers whether it should turn round at Oxford Circus.

“I am working with the Advertiser to call for improvements on the Number 8,” said Mr Biggs.

“Transport for London’s own performance tables prove it is underperforming.

“I want to hear more detail about the reliability and overcrowding problems that affect journeys.

“I can then demand from TfL the service improvement we need.”

East London Buses which operates the service for TfL is currently underperforming with a large proportion of Number 8 buses arriving late at stops along the route.

TfL says it has already introduced an extra bus on the route during the busiest times and is working with the route operator to improve the service.

A City Hall spokesman said: “We welcome feedback on the performance of the Number 8 and people’s views on the changes we’re proposing.”

TfL hope the shortened route would increase its reliability by reducing the journey length and avoiding long delays in Mayfair.

London Buses customer services has more information on 0845-3007000. Deadline for comments on TfL’s proposals is November 14.

John Biggs’ survey is online at:

http://tinyurl.com/61277a

or on email:

biggsnews@london.gov.uk

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