MP Tom Brake calls on Boris Johnson to back night bus between Sutton and Croydon

Sutton Guardian: Tom Brake with protesters in 2009 Tom Brake with protesters in 2009

An MP is calling on Boris Johnson to make a bus service run 24 hours between Sutton and Croydon.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake wants to extend Sutton’s 154 bus service to 24 hours a day or bring back the N213 night bus.

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The mayor recently announced plans for a 24-hour tube service at weekends from 2015 but Mr Brake wants more to be done.

The former night bus serving Carshalton and Wallington, the N213, was withdrawn in 2009 after Transport for London concluded it attracted too few users.

But since then Mr Brake’s constituents have regularly contacted him requesting later journeys between Croydon and Sutton.

He said: “The lack of night time transport services in Carshalton and Wallington particularly affects those working in or participating in the night time economy.”

“Without a night bus, the safety of night-time travellers is compromised as they are forced to walk in the middle of the night or use illegal minicabs.

Extending the 154 service into a 24 hour route would have a beneficial impact upon the safety of night clubbers and shift workers alike.”

To sign Mr Brake’s petition visit tombrake.co.uk/en/petition/a-night-bus-for-sutton

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2:41pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Giles C says...

Dear Sutton Guardian
Why are you acting as an arm of a Lib Dem focus leaflet.
You have even given Tom Brakes petition address so that he can Hoover up more email addresses from young people for the next elections.
I thought you were meant to be balanced?
Dear Sutton Guardian Why are you acting as an arm of a Lib Dem focus leaflet. You have even given Tom Brakes petition address so that he can Hoover up more email addresses from young people for the next elections. I thought you were meant to be balanced? Giles C
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2:44pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Giles C says...

More to the point since when have people been "forced" to use illegal minivans?
That would be kidnapping wouldn't it?
More to the point since when have people been "forced" to use illegal minivans? That would be kidnapping wouldn't it? Giles C
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4:27pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Neil78 says...

Well, there's good news on this: while Tom Brake was out collecting email addresses for his campaign, Boris has actually been getting things done - since before Christmas the 154 has been extended to run later at night. The last bus now leaves Croydon at 2am and there are also extra buses in the evening, so after 8pm there's now a 154 every 15 minutes.

Tom Brake likes to imagine that he somehow made that happen, by asking us to give him our email addresses then sending a press release to the local paper. More likely it was our Conservative London Assembly Member, Steve O'Connell, who made sure the right people in City Hall and TfL looked at the Croydon-Sutton night bus problem so it could be sorted out. I suppose people can make their own mind up.

I don't think Tom Brake is yet claiming credit for the sun in the sky and the birds in the trees, but it's probably just a matter of time...
Well, there's good news on this: while Tom Brake was out collecting email addresses for his campaign, Boris has actually been getting things done - since before Christmas the 154 has been extended to run later at night. The last bus now leaves Croydon at 2am and there are also extra buses in the evening, so after 8pm there's now a 154 every 15 minutes. Tom Brake likes to imagine that he somehow made that happen, by asking us to give him our email addresses then sending a press release to the local paper. More likely it was our Conservative London Assembly Member, Steve O'Connell, who made sure the right people in City Hall and TfL looked at the Croydon-Sutton night bus problem so it could be sorted out. I suppose people can make their own mind up. I don't think Tom Brake is yet claiming credit for the sun in the sky and the birds in the trees, but it's probably just a matter of time... Neil78
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5:53am Tue 4 Feb 14

gbzgc says...

Oh how I despair.
Every time an election approaches Tom Brake wheels out the old Night Bus gag and the idiots of Carshalton and Wallington fall for it every time.
It doesnt matter who got it extended or what he doesn't do, or how he goes back on his election promises (tuition fees) the lemmings will vote him back in, probably with an increased majority!!!!
And i thought the weather was depressing
Oh how I despair. Every time an election approaches Tom Brake wheels out the old Night Bus gag and the idiots of Carshalton and Wallington fall for it every time. It doesnt matter who got it extended or what he doesn't do, or how he goes back on his election promises (tuition fees) the lemmings will vote him back in, probably with an increased majority!!!! And i thought the weather was depressing gbzgc
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3:28pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Daniel Dunican says...

more to the point. TFL saying this section of the N213 was hardly used I still think people would commute from Kingston to Carshalton and Croydon on the N213. the 2am bus would have a been a N213 service pre 2009 when it was running. I was on the 2am 154 last night from Croydon and there was at least 10 people on that bus. this is only 2am if that was a hour later like 3am after the bars and night clubs kick out I would think it was have a bigger usage back towards Sutton. but it still proves a point to TFL that the later buses are being used and are not empty which they claimed the N213 journeys did not have much usage.
more to the point. TFL saying this section of the N213 was hardly used I still think people would commute from Kingston to Carshalton and Croydon on the N213. the 2am bus would have a been a N213 service pre 2009 when it was running. I was on the 2am 154 last night from Croydon and there was at least 10 people on that bus. this is only 2am if that was a hour later like 3am after the bars and night clubs kick out I would think it was have a bigger usage back towards Sutton. but it still proves a point to TFL that the later buses are being used and are not empty which they claimed the N213 journeys did not have much usage. Daniel Dunican
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