James welcomes decision to delay changes to 492 bus route

James Brokenshire has welcomed Transport for London’s decision to delay the proposed changes to shorten the 492 bus route.

Transport for London have announced that proposed changes to the 492 bus route which would have terminated the route at Dartford will not be implemented in January 2020 as originally planned and they are currently considering whether or not to proceed with their proposals. James made representations to Transport for London opposing the plan as part of a public consultation on the changes which closed in September this year.

Under the 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. 

James has since written to Transport for London again seeking clarification over when a final decision will be made on whether or not they will proceed with their proposals.

Commenting on Transport for London’s decision, James said:

“I welcome Transport for London’s decision to delay and reconsider the proposed changes to shorten the 492 bus route. I am concerned at the proposed changes which is why I wrote to Transport for London earlier this year 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 will therefore continue to press Transport for London to reconsider these plans and for clarity over when a final decision will be made.”