Have Your Say on Proposed Changes to 424 Bus Route

Residents can tell TfL their views at meeting on January 19

Fulham residents will have the opportunity to tell Transport for London their views on proposed changes to the 424 bus service at a special meeting next Tuesday, January 19.

The meeting, at Langford Primary School in Gilstead Road from 6pm till 9pm has been facilitated by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, which has been campaigning to protect the important 424 bus route and pressured TfL to agree to two drop-in sessions so that residents in Sands End can let the authority know how vital the current route is to them.

The new route proposed by TfL would miss out stops which are vital lifelines for residents, including those in sheltered accommodation on the route.

The next drop-in session is open to all residents affected by the proposed route change, which was announced earlier this year.

"Many residents were alarmed to hear of the proposed route change and contacted us for help, so we demanded that TfL consulted residents properly. The drop-in session is an an important opportunity for residents to do this," says Cllr Lisa Homan, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing.

" For many residents, this route is the only way for them to access shops, GP surgeries and other essential services that they rely on, so we have to fight to protect it."

The 424 bus currently runs from Craven Cottage and goes on to Putney High Street where it terminates.

The 424 is the only bus service that links Sands End with Putney and Putney Bridge. Many Sands End residents use the service to access the large Sainsbury's supermarket on Townmead Road, as well as Putney High Street.

TfL’s proposed revised route would terminate in Wandsworth, cutting out the direct link to Putney Bridge and Putney High Street and missing out stops used by many H&F residents. The 424 would no longer stop at Bagleys Lane, Pearscroft Road, Broughton Road and Byam Street, home to many elderly residents of Fulham. It is the only bus service to visit those stops.

The first drop-in session was held for residents of Manor Court sheltered accommodation in Bagley’s Lane in early December, and was attended by more than 30 concerned residents.

For those unable to attend the drop-in session, you can also make your views known until January 31 via TfL’s online consultation.

January 13, 2016