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MPs call for bus route to be given World Heritage status

  • May 12, 2023
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MPs call for bus route to be given World Heritage status

Two MPs call for changes to TfL’s controversial policy of reducing Central London bus routes and adding them to outer London. better match demand but has proven controversial for those affected by cuts. Those concerns have taken part in petitions, meetings, and local campaigns.

However, Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham, and Nickie Aiken, MP for Cities of London and Westminter, are calling for bus route 11, which runs from Liverpool Street to Fulham Broadway, to receive UNESCO World Heritage Status. The MPs call for it to be given similar protections to the Taj Mahal and Stonehenge.

The route has been modified many times over the past century and is seen as the cheapest way to see many attractions, passing Chelsea, Westminster Cathedral and Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England and Spitalfields Market with a single fare of just £1.75. It undercuts sightseeing buses and takes commuters from Kensington & Chelsea into The Square Mile. It may take twice as long as a tube journey but costs half as much.

“The No11 bus is a symbol of London and a unique way to experience the city’s history and culture,” Mr Hands, who is also Conservative Party chairman, told The Evening Standard. “The route takes passengers on a journey through the heart of London, past some of the most famous landmarks in the world.” Both he and Ms Aiken have campaigned for the existing route to be maintained.

 

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