This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 19/07/2017.
Addiscombe could get better bus links to Croydon University Hospital
Bus links between Addiscombe and Croydon University Hospital could be set to improve under new proposals by Transport for London (TfL).
A London-wide review by TfL of bus services to hospitals has recommended altering and extending the 130 route to take in Addiscombe.
The route currently runs between Thornton Heath and New Addington.
The change is subject to a consultation and funding availability.
Plans for the route are currently in the second tier of priority in review, which outlines the long-term vision of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Mr Khan said: “Our bus services are lifelines to the tens of thousands of patients, staff and visitors who use them every single day to get to London’s hospitals. We’re committed to making these journeys as affordable, convenient and easy to make as possible, so that we can not only help existing passengers but also open up these services to help many more.
“We’re now working closely with hospitals and councils to deliver these improvements as soon as we possibly can.”
In a report that went to TfL’s customer service & operation performance board on July 13 said: “TfL will also now undertake more work on the second and third priority actions to establish their feasibility and costs. Where they prove not to be feasible TfL will explore suitable alternative options.”
About 3,900 people board buses at Croydon University Hospital, in London Road, according to the report.
Anne Rainsberry, regional director for NHS England (London), said: “Hopping on a bus to the hospital should be hassle-free for all patients, visitors and staff, so we welcome Transport for London’s work to boost services and improve access.”
Other improvements planned in the review is to extend the 470 bus route to Epsom hospital in Surrey to make easier for people from Sutton and St Helier Hospital.
The Advertiser has asked TfL exactly where in Addiscombe the bus route would stop.