Cuts in the frequency of 17 weekend Night Bus services must now be put on hold if the Night Tube service does not commence from the 12th September. This is the clear message that has been sent to the Mayor by Liberal Democrats headed by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and former Islington Liberal Democrat Council Leader Terry Stacy.
Back in the Summer Transport for London (TfL) proposed reduced weekend Night Bus services on 17 bus routes based on their forecast that some passengers will choose to use the Night Tube instead.
Key bus routes across Islington could be affected including N73, N38 and N20. Local Liberal Democrats have asked TFL to release the background date and business case behind the decision not to include the Angle branch of the Northern Line in the new service after concerns were raised by businesses in the Angel Town Centre.
Highlighting why the delay in reduced bus services is now needed Caroline Pidgeon said:
“The proposals by the Mayor and TfL to reduce Night Bus services at the weekend were based entirely on the premise that in some places passengers will choose to use the Night Tube instead. However with the Night Tube delayed this argument completely falls down".
She was joined by former Islington Liberal Democrat Council Leader & community campaigner Terry Stacy.
“It is absolutely vital that people who use Night Buses across London are not inconvenienced by a reduced service before the Night Tube has even started.
“I look forward to the Mayor confirming that he will not consider cuts to the frequency of any Night Time bus services at weekends until the Night Tube service is fully operating on Friday and Saturdays nights.”