Members of the Tower Hamlets Labour Group and Unmesh Desai AM, Labour London Assembly Member for City and East, today presented a petition on preventing proposed cuts to local bus routes in Tower Hamlets to Seb Dance, the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport at the Transport for London Headquarters in Southwark.

Hundreds of local residents signed the petition from Tower Hamlets Labour before the consultation’s deadline of 7th August which called for buses in Tower Hamlets, such as Bus Routes D3 and D7, to be protected in the face of Conservative Government cuts to Transport for London’s budget.

This campaign was headed by Tower Hamlets Labour after Cllr Sirajul Islam, the Leader of the Tower Hamlets Labour Group and Unmesh Desai AM, Labour London Assembly Member for the City and East wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport on 8th June 2022 to express their concerns about the proposed cuts to bus routes across Tower Hamlets and to request the Government work with the Mayor of London to protect public transport in London.

The current Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman and his Aspire administration did not provide a formal response on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council to Transport for London’s consultation on the proposed bus cuts before the deadline of 7th August 2022.

Leader of the Tower Hamlets Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam said,

“Residents in Tower Hamlets rely heavily on public transport, and a number of vital bus services such as the D3 and D7 are under threat as the Conservative Government are too busy crashing the economy rather than providing a fair funding deal for Transport for London.

“The amount of signatures we have received in this petition shows the support we have in this community and that we are going to fight to save our local bus routes in any way we can. I look forward to working with the Mayor of London’s team in fighting Tory inaction on this important issue.”

Labour London Assembly Member for City and East, Unmesh Desai AM said:

“I have worked alongside our Labour Councillors in Tower Hamlets as they fight to save our local bus routes in the face of Tory inaction.

“I am very happy that the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport has kindly received our petition, and I hope this pushes the Government to give Transport for London the fair funding plan Londoners deserve.”

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