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TfL cuts bus frequencies in SE1

If you think that you're waiting longer for your bus, you might not be imagining it. Transport for London has - without publicity - reduced the frequency of a number of bus routes in SE1 in recent months.

TfL cuts bus frequencies in SE1
12 months after boosting capacity with double-decker buses, TfL is cutting route 42 by 17 per cent.

The cuts come as TfL struggles to deal with the loss of all central Government funding and a decline in the number of bus passengers around the capital, partly attributed to congestion on the roads.

This weekend TfL will reduce the frequency of route 42 (Dog Kennel Hill to Liverpool Street via Tower Bridge) from six buses an hour to five.

It's only a year since double-deck buses were introduced on the route which had previously been slammed by Southwark councillors for its "inadequate" service.

Last month route 47 (Bellingham to Liverpool Street via London Bridge) saw a similar cut to its daytime frequency, with the evening and Sunday service reduced by a quarter from four buses an hour to three.

In July, the service on route 63 (Honor Oak to King's Cross via Blackfriars Bridge) was reduced from a bus every 5-6 minutes to a bus every 7-8 minutes.

Alterations to London bus routes are announced in a PDF document called Bus service changes published on the TfL website once a fortnight.

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