TfL are soon going to start formal consultation on forthcoming bus cuts in the next few weeks.
TFL stated they are considering reducing the 428 at Crayford on the border of London and Kent, with the 492 stopping at Dartford instead of running to Bluewater. Changes to the 96 will be expected if heading beyond Dartford (using the Hoppa fare which allows unlimited journeys within an hour of first swiping.
TFL are stretched financially after £700 million a year was cut in central government funding which was announced in 2015 after a deal between Boris Johnson and George Osborne. Sadiq Khan’s policy of freezing fares is being estimated to cost another £60+ million each year and other issues affected the organisation such as Crossrail delays.
Routes beyond London boundary are for the cut without support from Kent County Council and cuts to their funding means it is
However, the 428 will switch from a single to double-decker for its very short journey from Erith to Crayford.
Within London there is some positive news with a new route which started on Saturday 13th July numbered 301 and running from Bexleyheath to Abbey Wood then onto Thamesmead and Woolwich.