James opposed to Transport for London’s proposed change to 492 Bus

James Brokenshire has written to Transport for London to express his opposition to the proposed changes to the 492 bus route which is part of a number of proposed changes to bus routes in the Dartford and Crayford area.

Under these proposals, the 492 bus would no longer run between Dartford town centre and Bluewater Shopping Centre. Currently, the 492 bus starts at Sidcup Station and stops at many locations in Old Bexley and Sidcup, including Ruxley Corner and Bexley Library, then onto Dartford Town Centre before terminating at Bluewater.

Whilst there would be no change to the frequency of the service, this change would mean there is no direct bus route from Old Bexley and Sidcup to Bluewater. Alternatively, passengers would have to travel to Dartford, Welling or Bexleyheath first. Passengers would, however, be able to take advantage of the Hopper fare, which allows customers to interchange between buses, or make multiple bus journeys, within one hour at no extra cost.

Transport for London have since launched a consultation on the proposed changes to buses in Dartford and Crayford which closes on 10th September 2019. You can find out more details and have your say by:

visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/dartford-crayford,

emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk,

writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS,

or calling 0343 222 1155

Commenting on the proposed changes, James said:

“I am concerned at the proposed changes to the 492 bus route and have written to Transport for London to ask for this proposal to be reconsidered. At a time when we are seeking to encourage greater use of public transport, losing a direct link to Bluewater is a step backwards for people living in Old Bexley and Sidcup.”

“I would therefore encourage anyone affected by these proposed changes to submit their views to the Transport for London Consultation.”