Orpington MP Jo Johnson talking to TfL about Chislehurst Road bridge bus routes

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

ORPINGTON MP Jo Johnson has added his voice to the debate about bus routes using the Chislehurst Road bridge.

The 61, 273 and 661 routes have been on diversion along Poverest Road and Cray Avenue since weight restrictions were put in place on the old bridge in March 2009. This move was welcomed by people living in Petts Wood.

But some of the pensioners living on the other side of the bridge in Berens Way, St Mary Cray, struggled to get to their new nearest bus stop, which is about half a mile away.

Now the bridge is open, they are hoping all the buses will be returned to their old routes.

Transport for London (TfL) says the 61 bus will revert to its original route via Chislehurst Road from December 1.

But it says routes 273 and 661 will be kept on their existing routes for the time being, because it says they have been well used on the diverted route.

Peter Bradley, head of consultation delivery for TfL, said: “During the spring, we will be undertaking a review of all bus services in the area, including a consultation with residents and stakeholders. “No permanent changes to bus routes will be made until the conclusion of this consultation.”

Mr Johnson said: “I have been closely involved with the ongoing discussions on the future of the 61 and 273 bus routes.

“I have discussed the matter with the Mayor of London and have arranged to meet TfL’s managing director for surface transport.

“I will press him to consult widely and undertake a thorough usage analysis to determine the best future routes for these vital community links.”

Do you think the buses should be returned to their old routes or stay as they are? Have your say below.

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10:07am Thu 22 Nov 12

plasticfantastic says...

What would he know? He doesn't even live in the borough!
What would he know? He doesn't even live in the borough! plasticfantastic
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10:13am Thu 22 Nov 12

groompaul says...

Having bus routes 61 and 273 on diversion has been handy. having bus route 273 connecting Lewisham, Mottingham and Chislehurst and the Nugent Retail park has been great and I would like the 273 route staying as it is. I am disabled and to go to Mottingham on the original route would mean getting 3 buses instead of 2
Having bus routes 61 and 273 on diversion has been handy. having bus route 273 connecting Lewisham, Mottingham and Chislehurst and the Nugent Retail park has been great and I would like the 273 route staying as it is. I am disabled and to go to Mottingham on the original route would mean getting 3 buses instead of 2 groompaul
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12:11pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Slonik says...

Let's just hope TFL don't reinstate that dreaded bus lane on Cray Avenue which causes so much congestion, Everything's been moving a lot better since that was removed.
Let's just hope TFL don't reinstate that dreaded bus lane on Cray Avenue which causes so much congestion, Everything's been moving a lot better since that was removed. Slonik
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12:32pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Len Kivingstone says...

Surely the answer is to either introduce a new route to serve Nugent Shopping centre, or increase the 273 route to 4 per hour and send 2 to Petts Wood as before and 2 to Nugent.
Surely the answer is to either introduce a new route to serve Nugent Shopping centre, or increase the 273 route to 4 per hour and send 2 to Petts Wood as before and 2 to Nugent. Len Kivingstone
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3:37pm Thu 22 Nov 12

whitekia08 says...

i think the 273 bus route should stay as it is.i live in motingham and work in cray avenue.before i would have to get 2 or 3 buses now i get a 273 all the way there.
i think the 273 bus route should stay as it is.i live in motingham and work in cray avenue.before i would have to get 2 or 3 buses now i get a 273 all the way there. whitekia08
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4:39pm Thu 22 Nov 12

lonmark1980 says...

Good News is.. 273 is stay as where current route is. but 61 is back to chislehurst road bridge. But heard TfL is looking at review on network in Spring 2013.
Good News is.. 273 is stay as where current route is. but 61 is back to chislehurst road bridge. But heard TfL is looking at review on network in Spring 2013. lonmark1980
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