Battle to save the Number 19 bus continues

Published: Thursday 14th February 19

Wandsworth Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for transport, Cllr Jonathan Cook, has presented a petition from residents and businesses to TfL today as part of the council’s campaign to save a popular bus route.

The number 19 bus runs from Battersea Bridge Road to Finsbury Park and is a well-used route connecting thousands of people every day from the borough to central and north London.

Under proposals put forward by the Mayor the route will be changed so it only runs from Finsbury Park to Holborn where it will terminate.

Cllr Cook visited Tfl headquarters today where he handed over the petition containing more than 2,200 signatures calling for the bus route to be saved.

Wandsworth Council has also produced a video showing just how important the route is, linking Battersea to the West End and north London.

Cllr Cook said: “We are campaigning to save this route and the petition is clear indication about how strongly people feel about this.

“If you watch the video it shows just what a vital route this is and by taking it out of the borough it will have a real impact on people who rely on the service.

“Under Tfl proposals 5,200 trips each day will now require passengers to change bus, where previously their journey was direct.

“If the bus route changes passengers will be faced with longer journey times and additional changes and waiting at bus stops, which will obviously have an impact on older people, the disabled and parents travelling with children.

“It is just not acceptable to taking this route away from people who really need it and cause them so much disruption.”

He added: “At a time when there are new and proposed developments in the area demand for bus services is only going to increase, especially bearing in mind we already have a lack of rail and tube alternatives in that part of north Battersea.

“Our council, and the people of Wandsworth, are urging the Mayor and TfL to see sense here, listen to our residents and protect this route.”

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Recent comments

I am very disappointed at the suggestion the 19 bus should terminate at Holborn. This is a vital service for Battersea residents who do not have tube access to west end up to Islington and will only mean greater use of cars taxis uber when our roads are already overcrowded or which be a further blow to locals limited resources.
Viv Redhead

17 February 2019

The 19 bus is a life line for people travelling to the West End. I use it every week to travel to my volunteer conservation work which I do in the library of the Royal Academy, after retiring from my work as a nurse. Without it I shall find getting to this work very difficult as it will require 3 buses. The absence of the 19 bus will affect a lot of people and I feel that with no tube nearby the bus is essential for our community in Battersea.
Mrs Eleanor Spooner

16 February 2019

The 19 bus is a life line for people travelling to the West End. I use it every week to travel to my volunteer conservation work which I do in the library of the Royal Academy, after retiring from my work as a nurse. Without it I shall find getting to this work very difficult as it will require 3 buses. The absence of the 19 bus will affect a lot of people and I feel that with no tube nearby the bus is essential for our community in Battersea.
Mrs Eleanor Spooner

16 February 2019

My family has owned a flat in Battersea for 28 years, the 19 bus was my lifeline when I worked off Oxford Street. My daughter works in Shoreditch & she takes the bus everyday , this proposed closure of this route will be really tragic , it’s everyone link to the west end, the north & the east, please , please think again . Yours sincerely Lucinda Crosthwaite.
Lucinda Crosthwaite

15 February 2019

I absolutely agree with everything Cllr Cook says and it is vital we preserve this bus route. Battersea would be lost without the 19 especially as we have no tube or rail connections. I just hope TFL sees sense and continues the 19 starting in Battersea and ending in Finsbury Park. I have done the whole route from start to finish and could see how popular and well used this bus is. Please keep it going to Battersea!
Ellie Grayson

15 February 2019

Why change an excellent bus route ,used by many !
anne louise saxton

15 February 2019

This plan is an utter disgrace and demonstrates TFL's complete disregard for the convenience and welfare of the citizens of London. The 19 bus is a vital through route, and one I get several times a week from Battersea to Rosebery Avenue and back. I totally support Wandsworth Council's efforts to preserve the route and wish them every success.
Miranda Watts

15 February 2019

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Queen Laraya Desoconocido

15 February 2019

TFL - Garden Bridge: TFL reveals total cost as it agrees to make final payment. £53.5m Garden Bridge costs. Axing free travel for TFL Staff relatives could save £17m. TFL staff claim £127,000 a year to drive their own cars. And yet the Number 19 bus is under threat.The 19 bus comes out of the depot at Battersea Bridge and on reaching Sloane Square the bus can be full up. A much used service which must be saved.
Liz Denton

15 February 2019