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Bus Services

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received any representations concerning bus services in Bexley and in particular proposed route T1; and if he will make a statement.

I have received representations from residents of Hythe avenue, Bexleyheath about the proposed use of the road by London Regional Transport for the proposed T1 bus route. I understand that the revised proposals for changes to bus services in the Bexleyheath area are currently subject to formal consultation by London Regional Transport with the police, local authorities, London Regional Passengers' Committee and other interested parties.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is satisfied with consultation procedures adopted by London Regional Transport in connection with changes to bus services; and if he will make a statement.

Where London Regional Transport proposes to provide, or secure the provision of, a new London bus service or vary an existing one it is required by the Transport Act 1985 first to consult the police, the local authorities affected, the London Regional Passengers' Committee, and any other person it thinks fit. It must be a matter for LRT's judgment as to which other persons to consult in particular cases, but it is its normal practice where major changes are contemplated also to undertake a wider preliminary consultation exercise involving passengers' and residents' groups and affording widespread local publicity of the proposals. I am satisfied that these procedures generally work well.