Protect the 277: why haven’t TFL communicated or consulted with Hackney residents given the changes planned at Highbury Corner?

I was alerted to this today by the following poster in my local bus stop. Thank you very much to the citizen who has taken the time and effort to alert others.

Poster at my local Hackney bus stop

Please sign this petition to Save the Dalston to Highbury Corner 277 Bus Service:

https://www.change.org/p/transport-for-london-save-the-dalston-to-highbury-corner-277-bus-service

Please share on social media with the hashtags #Protect277 or #277

Please email/tweet your MP, Hackney Council, TFL:

Please voice your concerns with the TFL consultation (currently schedule to close Sunday 20 March 2016)

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/highbury-corner-roundabout?cid=highbury-corner-roundabout

My submission as an example can be found here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/highbury-corner-roundabout/consultation/my_response?user_id=ANON-WX5R-NB5W-J&key=c11006e5a2d904c4dc3779af9558082f294a7ac7

The facts of this matter are as follows:

1. TFL is running an incomplete consultation process for the Highbury Corner redevelopment work by not communicating with and/or consulting with Hackney residents.

2. The consultation period is currently scheduled to close on Sunday 20 March 2016.

3. When searching TFL Improvements & Projects on the TFL website by Borough using Hackney as the search term, the Highbury Corner redevelopment work is not listed.

4. TFL has not engaged with Hackney residents about the impact of the proposed changes as per the Highbury Corner redevelopment work, which will impact transport links for many Hackney residents.

5. As part of the Highbury Corner redevelopment work, TFL proposes to withdraw the 277 route between Highbury Corner and Dalston. TFL has suggested it may run just 2 extra 30 buses instead.

6. Part of the 30 and 277 bus routes currently run from Highbury & Islington to Dalston Junction along St Pauls Road and Balls Pond Road, serving both Islington and Hackney residents.

7. Due to its central London route, the 30 bus service often experiences considerable delays due to congestion, traffic incidents, demonstrations etc.

8. Under the proposed changes, Hackney residents will suffer a significant reduction in bus service to and from Highbury & Islington underground station.

9. Hackney currently has no underground stations in any part of the borough.

10. Highbury & Islington underground station is used by 1,000s of Hackney residents each day. The local area is also used by 1,000s more from outside the local area when events are held at the local Emirates stadium, the home of Arsenal Football Club.

11. The Highbury Corner redevelopment work is described by TFL on their website as follows: “We are replacing the bridge over the rail line and removing the Highbury Corner gyratory system.”

12. The 277 bus route starts and finishes at Highbury Corner. A small lay-by that fits 2–3 buses currently allows drivers to take a break before restarting their routes, travelling around the current gyratory. This also serves to regulate the service.

13. The 30 bus route originates at Marble Arch, navigating the Marylebone and City roads, The Angel and Upper Street. At Highbury Corner the 30 bus stops to pick up passengers from Highbury & Islington tube station, transporting passengers from and to both Islington and Hackney.

14. The Highbury Corner redevelopment work has been an ongoing project for several months.

15. The Highbury Corner redevelopment work is an inconvenience to pedestrians entering and leaving Highbury & Islington station, adding over 1 hour to passengers’ commute times each month.

16. The Highbury Corner redevelopment work is causing significant road traffic congestion due to lane closures, impacting local residents, businesses and through traffic using the A1 to enter/leave London via N1.

17. The URL of the Highbury Corner redevelopment work on the TFL website is:
https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/highbury-and-islington

18. The URL of the Highbury Corner consultation on the TFL website is:
https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/highbury-corner-roundabout?cid=highbury-corner-roundabout

19. The general public can sign this petition to Save the Dalston to Highbury Corner 277 Bus Service:
https://www.change.org/p/transport-for-london-save-the-dalston-to-highbury-corner-277-bus-service

20. The general public can show their support for protecting the 277 route in its current form using the hashtags #Protect277 or #277 on social media.

Engineer by education, Consultant by experience, Entrepreneur at heart. My professional focus is #fintech, I’m an #avgeek, + I occasionally blog about #politics

Engineer by education, Consultant by experience, Entrepreneur at heart. My professional focus is #fintech, I’m an #avgeek, + I occasionally blog about #politics