Transport for London (TfL) have been urged to "find an alternative" for bus passengers in light of a stop closing for at least two years..

The bus stop closest to Kentish Town Tube station, which is due to close for a year on June 26, for people wishing to travel north to Tufnell Park or Archway will be closed for two years.

Folgate Estates are redeveloping the former car wash behind the stop into residential flats following approval from Camden Council in 2019.

Cllr James Slater, who represents Kentish Town North, launched a petition calling on Transport for London (TfL) "to find an alternative northbound bus stop for Kentish Town station as soon as possible".

He said as well as affecting people getting to Parliament Hill, Highgate, Tufnell Park and Archway it will "most affect those with mobility issues, such as those residents who use the Greenwood Centre".

He added: "I can understand for some construction work getting things in and out that they'd have to look at some alternatives but TfL doesn't seem to have planned this through properly.

"Other bus stops on Kentish Town have been shut for works and that has shown real pressure on the system. If other bus stops do have issues it will be an even longer walk for somebody to access the bus services."

Cllr Slater said he has had more emails about the bus stop than the station closure "because people understand the Tube station closing more because the escalators are unpredictable and the repairs do have to take place".

He added: "But with the bus stop, there's no proper explanation as to why the bus stop has to be closed for so long."

Rosie Trew, TfL’s head of bus operations, said she appreciated the bus closure "may be disruptive especially while essential maintenance work is taking place at Kentish Town station".

The work will see old escalators removed and replaced.

She added: "The regeneration project has long been in the pipeline and the station upgrades are vital, so unfortunately both sets of work must happen at the same time.

“All options for the possibility of a temporary bus stop were fully explored, and regrettably the road and pavement layout and infrastructure in the surrounding area would not allow this.

"We contacted local groups and councillors about the bus stop closure as soon as we could and remain in frequent dialogue, and will work with the developers and local council to ensure the stop is reinstated as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

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