Croydon-Carshalton bus extension decision 'within two weeks'
A decision on whether to extend the hours of a popular bus service is expected within the next two weeks, according to emails seen by one of the borough's MPs.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake has been campaigning for an extension to the operating hours of the 154 service, which runs between Morden and West Croydon via Sutton, Carshalton and Wallington, to make up for the loss of the axed N213 service.
The N213 service was withdrawn in 2009 meaning there is no bus link Croydon and Carshalton and Wallington in the early hours of the morning - something Mr Brake said inconveniences shift workers and revellers.
Mr Brake has called on Transport for London (TfL) for an extension to the hours of the 154 to make it a 24-hour service and an email received this week claims a decision is imminent.
The email, from a member of City Hall staff, said: "We are investigating the possibility of running some later journeys on route 154 in part compensation for the withdrawal of route N213, and this proposal will be considered within the next fortnight.
"If the decision is made to carry the proposals forward, we will be communicating with all stakeholders in the near future."
There is a four hour gap in services to and from Carshalton and Wallington between about 1.20am and 5.20am.
Mr Brake said a service every half hour between these times would make a big difference to people.
He plans to hand a petition to City Hall backing up his argument. He said: "The removal of the N213 left us without a night bus from Croydon to Carshalton and Wallington.
"The decision has particularly affected young people and shift workers – many of whom were forced to walk or pay for mini cabs.
"We need to demonstrate local support for night services, that is why I will be handing in a petition at the City Hall, calling on TfL and the Mayor to extend the 154 bus service operating hours.
"If you want later running buses to be reintroduced then make sure you sign the petition."
To sign the petition send an email with your name and address to email@example.com with ‘Night Bus’ in the subject line.
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