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Mixed views over Transport for London 61, 273 and 661 bus routes plan
AFTER uncertainty about the future of the routes, bus users have mixed feelings about the news services which were diverted for the Chislehurst Road bridge closure are likely to stay as they are.
Transport for London has been considering several options for the 61, 273 and 661 buses since the bridge reopened last November.
These included keeping all three buses on the diversion routes they had during the bridge rebuild works, along Poverest Road and Cray Avenue.
But this would have left Chislehurst Road without a service.
They also considered taking all three services back to their pre-diversion routes which would have been preferable to the people living on the other side of the bridge.
But it would have left Petts Wood people without a service to the Nugent Shopping Park.
Instead it is proposing to keep the buses as they are at the moment with the 273 and the 661 on the diversion route and the 61 on its original roads.
The Petts Wood and District Residents’ Association transport officer Chris Harris said: "I will be responding positively to the consultation on behalf of the Petts Wood community.
"It's in line with what they have been proposing for some time.
"It brings in people from the Leesons Hill area to Petts Wood to serve our businesses and it gives us access to the Nugent."
But the proposal has not been welcomed by pensioner Christine Booton, of Berens Way, Chislehurst.
The 72-year-old said: "We would like our buses back like they were before the bridge works.
"Now services from our nearest bus stop do not go to Petts Wood and a lot of my neighbours bank there and there is the chemist in Petts Wood."
Transport for London is now carrying out a consultation to get people’s views about its proposal.
The consultation is open until November 8.
Click here to take part.
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