Cllr Sirajul Islam, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group and Unmesh Desai AM, London Assembly Member for City and East have written today to the Secretary of State for Transport expressing their concern about the proposed cuts to bus routes across Tower Hamlets – including the possible withdrawal of Bus Route D7 – and has called for the Government to work with the Mayor of London to urgently provide a fair funding deal for Transport for London to protect local bus services.
Many residents in the borough rely on these services everyday, and this will put much undue pressure on those wishing to go to work, to visit friends and family or just to travel to the supermarket for their shopping. This will also further isolate the borough’s more vulnerable residents who see bus services as a life support during these difficult and uncertain times.
The letter writes that the Labour Group understands the current funding crisis that Transport for London (TfL) is facing in the face of inaction from the current Conservative Government, and notes that Tower Hamlets Council under the previous Labour administration had called on the Secretary of State for Transport in December 2021 requesting the necessary support to ensure that these significant cuts to public transport in London were prevented.
Unmesh Desai AM, London Assembly Member for City and East said:
“My Labour Colleagues and I in the London Assembly have spent months pushing the Conservative Government for a long-term funding deal for Transport for London to ensure vital bus services stay protected, like Bus Route D7 which is a lifeline for residents in the borough.
I look forward to working with the Mayor of London and Tower Hamlets Labour Group in pushing the Government to stop these cuts to services and provide a fair TfL funding plan for Londoners.”
Cllr Sirajul Islam, Leader of the Tower Hamlets Labour Group said:
“People in Tower Hamlets heavily rely on public transport, and a number of vital bus services including the D7 and 205 are now under threat due to the Transport for London funding crisis. The bus route cuts that have just been proposed have not come at a worse time for residents and will have a negative impact on residents’ wellbeing and the local economy.
That is why the Tower Hamlets Labour Group will be working with Unmesh Desai AM and the Mayor of London to push the Government to provide Transport for London with the long term funding it so desperately needs.”
Full Text of the Letter to the Secretary of State for Transport
Dear Secretary of State,
We are writing to you today regarding the concerning news that vital bus services serving Tower Hamlets borough are being cut due to the Government’s failure to provide fair long term funding for TfL.
We are particularly concerned at the proposal to withdraw the Bus Route D7, a service which provides a vital mode of transport for Tower Hamlets residents in the Isle of Dogs. Cuts to the Bus Route 205 will also see a big reduction in services for Bow East residents.
Many residents rely on these services everyday, and this will put much undue pressure on those wishing to go to work, to visit friends and family or just to travel to the supermarket for their shopping. This will also further isolate our vulnerable residents who see our bus services as a life support during these difficult and uncertain times.
The Labour Group understands the current funding crisis that Transport for London (TfL) is facing, and Tower Hamlets Council under the previous Labour administration wrote to you in December 2021 requesting urgent support for TfL to ensure that these significant cuts to public transport in London could be prevented. It appears our calls for assistance were ignored and as we feared, this is now having a negative impact on our residents.
The Cost of Living Crisis is hitting people across London, and the bus route changes that have just been announced have not come at a worse time for residents and will have a negative impact on the local economy. The Conservative Government appears to be punishing Londoners by refusing to sufficiently fund Transport for London and we call on you to come forward with a fair funding deal to save these services.
We would be grateful if you could work with the Mayor of London to ensure that these cuts to vital bus services in East London are not implemented, and these routes are protected in the best interests of Tower Hamlets residents.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Cllr Sirajul Islam
Leader of the Labour Group
Unmesh Desai AM
London Assembly Member for City & East
Cc. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London