Liberal Democrat councillors in Sutton have called for Transport for London (TfL) to make a popular local bus scheme permanent in the borough.
The GoSutton bus pilot began in May 2019 and is an on-demand scheme which picks up residents close to where they live and takes them to any destination across most of the borough. The pilot scheme ends in May 2020.
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:
"Sutton has a high percentage of elderly residents and people with learning disabilities, and this pilot bus scheme has proved to be a lifeline for them. Residents who have used the service have told me that they have been able to take part in activities and lead fuller lives by having access to the GoSutton bus - so we need to make sure it continues after one year".
Cllr Manuel Abellan, Chair of the Environment & Neighbourhoods Committee, added:
"Liberal Democrat councillors are calling for the Mayor of London to make this scheme permanent after the pilot has ended. Sutton has some of the worst public transport provision in London, so further investment from the Mayor and Transport for London is vital. Aside from benefitting our residents, the scheme is helping us to improve air quality, reduce congestion and cut down on the number of individual car journeys. I am delighted by the success of the pilot scheme but we need to make sure that Transport for London and the Mayor get the message and make the GoSutton bus permanent."