Victory for 466 bus campaigners
By Jolene Hill
NOT HAPPY: Campaigners hand their petition to Cllr Steve O'Connell CCRKS021208D09
Months of campaigning for an improved 466 bus service have finally paid off with a promise of extra buses on the route.
Old Coulsdon and Caterham passengers have been complaining about service levels since Arriva took the 466 over from Metrobus, on August 30.
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Their particular gripes include how the bus terminates early at The Tudor Rose pub in Old Coulsdon, instead of continuing to Caterham-on-the-Hill.
They also complain about having to wait 20 or even 40 minutes on a bus which is supposed to arrive every 12 minutes.
And last week London Assembly member, Councillor Steve O'Connell, was presented with an 800-name petition calling for improvements.
He will give it to London mayor Boris Johnson, next month.
But this week, Transport for London revealed measures to improve the service were already being drawn-up following a barrage of complaints from unhappy customers.
The extra buses – TfL has not revealed how many there will be - will not increase the frequency on the route.
They will be used as reserves to boost late-running services to reduce waiting times and to stop the service terminating early.
A TfL spokesperson told The Advertiser: "From January 17, 2009 additional buses will serve the route to allow more time for buses to complete their journeys and improve reliability.
"We will continue to monitor the performance of route 466 and work with Arriva to ensure that the route provides a good service for passengers."