SAVED: Queen Mary's to Orpington hospital bus route will continue with more busses
PUBLISHED: 15:58 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:54 08 November 2016
Transport for London faced pressure from Bexley council and Bexley CCG to preserve the route
Plans to scrap a bus route connecting two hospitals in Sidcup and Orpington have been thrown out after ‘significant concerns’ were raised.
Transport for London faced a backlash over plans to stop the R11 bus running directly to Orpington Hopsital.
The route currently runs from Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup to Green Street Green.
It had been planned that the R11 would no longer serve Edgington Way, Sidcup Tesco or Orpington Hospital.
Residents, Bexley Care Commissioning Group and the London Borough of Bexley raised concerns with TfL over the impact it would have on elderly or less mobile patients.
“To have stopped the route directly accessing Orpington Hospital could have affected the way that local residents access health services, particularly patients with less mobility who travel from the Sidcup area” commented council leader Teresa O’Neill.
From April 2017, the R11 will run every 12 minutes from Monday to Saturday during the day.
Evening and Sunday frequencies will be increased to every 20 minutes.
Although the R11 will no longer serve Edgington Way or Sidcup Tesco, passengers are able to change to route 321 for Sidcup Tesco.
Cllr O’Neill added: “It is excellent news to know that the R11 will continue to provide a direct link to Orpington Hospital from Queen Mary’s and that the frequency of service will be much improved.”