Deja-vu as petition to save route 13 bus goes to City Hall

PUBLISHED: 19:06 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 06:27 01 October 2016

Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party members are campaigning to save the number 13 bus - setting up a potential clash with Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is in charge of Transport for London

Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party members are campaigning to save the number 13 bus - setting up a potential clash with Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is in charge of Transport for London


A petition to save the number 13 bus route has been handed to City Hall by Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party campaigners - setting up local members for a clash with Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has the final say on proposed changes.

The petition, which has rapidly gathered more than a thousand signatures, calls on Transport for London (TfL) to reconsider its plans to rename the 82 bus the 13, and remove the 13 bus route - which TfL admits will reduce the frequency of buses along Finchley Road.

TfL consulted on a similar proposal last year, with former Mayor Boris Johnson eventually scrapping plans after a public outcry.

But TfL has just closed a second consultation on an almost identical proposal to scrap the route of the popular number 13 bus, which runs from Golders Green to Aldwych.

Campaign organiser Tara Aleck has called TfL’s latest proposal “confusing” because she said people are under the impression it is only the name of the route that is set to change - when in fact the new route set to terminate in Victoria instead of Aldwych.

She said: “People were very surprised when we were explaining the changes to them, because they thought they had saved the 13 after the campaign last year.”

Barnet and Camden Assembly Member Andrew Dismore, who campaigned against the changes mooted last year until TfL backed down, submitted the petition to City Hall this week.

He said: “In my opinion, TfL want to reduce bus routes along Finchley Road to reduce traffic after they try to implement Cycle Superhighway 11, and have to divert fewer bus routes from Oxford Street, in anticipation of pedestrianisation.

“It is an extremely important bus service for residents of north-west London to get to central London, passing through many popular destinations, such as Baker Street, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and The Strand.”

The petition will be formally presented to the London Assembly at a meeting next month.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 23:41

I live in the north west of London in the United Kingdom. Like the rest of the country, I have been looking on in bewilderment at the Brexit deal while politicians on both sides of the house vie for political supremacy. Divisions in government make for good news headlines but do nothing for the public’s confidence in its institutions.

Yesterday, 16:24

Normally we celebrate one business of the week – but today we’ve got three!

Yesterday, 15:17

A Routemaster bus will take 72 passengers on a journey through Greek Cypriot history, via Camden and Holloway, on Sunday.

Yesterday, 12:12

The latest twist in the saga of a Hampstead landlord who refuses to pay a controversial levy saw him bring a top barrister to his court hearing.

Yesterday, 09:48

Opponents of the 100 Avenue Road development suffered a major blow last night as Camden voted through a controversial plan that will funnel seven lorries a day through residential streets in Swiss Cottage.

Thu, 17:35

The families left homeless by the fire that destroyed the upper floors of Willow House in East Finchley last week said Barnet Council treated them “like ants to be squashed” in the immediate aftermath of the fire.

Thu, 12:44

The Temple Fortune community was celebrating on Tuesday after Barnet’s Finchley and Golders Green planning committee unanimously rejected plans to build housing on the old Templars Tennis Club.

Thu, 12:10

Tens of thousands of pounds, weapons and drugs were seized after searching a garage in the Peckwater Estate on Tuesday morning.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now