“TfL Scrapping the 13 bus by stealth” says Dismore

Transport for London has been accused of giving “misleading” information in a consultation on bus services on the Finchley Road. The consultation proposes to “extend route 13 to North Finchley in the north and divert it to Victoria in the south (replacing route 82)” as part of an effort to reduce traffic flow through the Finchley Road


Labour London Assembly Member Andrew Dismore said that TfL were pulling the wool over commuters’ eyes, and their proposals were effectively to rename the 82 bus, and scrap the 13.


He said:


“The 13 is an important bus route into the heart of central London; with the introduction of Sadiq Khan’s 1 hour “hopper fare”, residents in Finchley and Hendon can travel to Charing Cross or Oxford Circus on one bus fare.”


“During the general election last year, Sarah Sackman and I successfully campaigned to halt a consultation into scrapping the 13 bus. In my opinion, TfL has planned all along to scrap the 13 bus route to reduce traffic on the Finchley Road due to the impact of Cycle Superhighway 11, which could see a bottleneck at Swiss Cottage.”


“I strongly urge TfL to rethink their plans, and to not to come back with already rejected proposals by stealth.”





  • Andrew Dismore is the Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden
  • Transport for London proposals are as below:
  • Slightly reduce southbound morning peak frequencies on routes 139 and 189
  • Extend route 139 to Golders Green, meeting a long standing request for a link to Abbey Road
  • Withdraw route 189 between Oxford Circus and Marble Arch (replaced by route 113)
  • Withdraw route 82 (replaced by route 13)
  • Extend route 13 to North Finchley in the north and divert it to Victoria in the south (replacing route 82)
  • Extend route 113 from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus (replacing route 189)
  • Increase frequencies on routes 13 and 113 at all times
  • Route N13 replaced by a 24 hour service on route 13 (running every 30 minutes each night of the week)



Key consultation information

  • The consultation will run from Friday 29 July to Friday 30 September 2016
  • Further information and a response form will be available from Friday 29 July on our website: www.tfl.gov.uk/consultations (including full details, maps and frequency information)
  • We will publicise the consultation by; sending emails to stakeholder and local groups, installing posters at around 400 bus stops along the affected routes, having flyers available local libraries, and through a press release
  • We’ll also send an email to registered Oyster card holders who use the impacted routes