Great to see many saying they've completed the consultation. Please spread the details to friends and family to maximise responses. I've personally responded against this change and will be doing so on behalf of the local Lib Dems.
People decide where to live in a balance of public and private transport options to live, work and play alongside work, school and recreation considerations. A number of people will be here in East Dulwich based on where buses can take them. For many changing buses to get from East Dulwich to wherever wasn't part of the equation. So these proposals will have a huge impact on many for no obvious gain - if you wanted to travel directly by bus to Clerkenwell you probably don't live here.
Background is the 2016 London mayoral elections all candidate knew that the government subsidy for London public transport was going to be massively cut. The current mayor knew this and also made an election commitment to freeze fares without mentioning the method of achieving this - beware politicians offering freebies. He was relying on Crossrail being delivered on time, which is forecast to generate almost £1bn of revenue pa, filling that subsidy cut. Sadly the London Mayor and TfL have screwed up and Crossrail is now 9 months late and expected to be delayed further. That's a loss of revenue of £125 for every resident of London pa. This has create huge extra pressures to cut services to fulfil that election promise.
So these bus changes, on top of the already reduced no.40 and 176 bus route frequencies, are part of trying to fulfil that election promise and save money for TfL to avoid fare rises.
But their are other ways to see money. The London Mayor has a number of different organisations - TfL, Met Police, London Fire Brigade to name the obvious ones and they don't share back office function, supplier contracts, or offices, etc. I'm amazed no effort is being put into this sharing.
former Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich Ward (2006-2018)