N213 bus protesters recreate scrapped Sutton to Croydon route

Bus protesters recreate scrapped night route

Bus protesters recreate scrapped night route

Bus protesters recreate scrapped night route

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The campaigners aiming to reinstate the axed N213 night bus recreated the route in a special protest last night.

The N213, the only night bus running between Croydon and Sutton was cancelled by TfL on July 4 because it says the route is only used “lightly”.

Campaigners fear vulnerable Sutton youths will be forced to take unlicensed cabs or walk home after a night out in Croydon.

They are also concerned Sutton residents working in Croydon’s clubs and bars will have no way of getting home late at night.

Laura Wheeler, 22, a university student from Sutton started the campaign on facebook with her sister May, attracting over 4,000 members to their protest group.

Many joined in the latest demonstration boarding the red London bus at 9pm on Tuesday and decked it out with posters saying “Save our n213” and a loud sound system.

The sign on the front of the bus read: N213 Cancelled.

The protestors travelled the night bus’s route getting a lot of attention from local residents.

One of the campaigners Andy Sweeney, wrote on facebook after the event: “Just got back from the third N213 protest.

“I followed along on my bike trying to keep my sign upright. Good turn-out - great that people still care and are willing to come out in numbers.”

Miss Wheeler said: “This was by far the best protest we have had. A big thanks to everyone who came and also to Tom Brake and Kingsley who lent us the bus. I really hope that we will get the bus back and our voices heard.”

This is the third protest the campaigners have organised. Hundreds of people met in Wallington Town centre to protest at the beginning of July.

The dynamic group of young people also attracted the attention of London Mayor Boris Johnson when they organised a demonstration front of Fairfield Halls during the Mayor’s question time at the end of July.

They handed him a petition and asked him what he was going to do about the problem. He promised to look into the matter.

Miss Wheeler said: “We did get a letter from Boris Johnson but he just paraphrased what TfL have already told us. We are hoping this big protest will get a lot of attention.”

Sutton MP Tom Brake and Councillor Steve O’Connell, the Sutton and Croydon member of the Greater London Assembly, have also pledged to support the campaign.

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11:10am Wed 9 Sep 09

Krissi says...

It's not just young people that are affected by this, what about shift workers, and those who start work before 6 am, do we expect them to all use their cars and add to the already congested roads, bringing the so called "rush hour" forwards ?
It's not just young people that are affected by this, what about shift workers, and those who start work before 6 am, do we expect them to all use their cars and add to the already congested roads, bringing the so called "rush hour" forwards ? Krissi
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12:07pm Wed 9 Sep 09

muzzie12- says...

Demand that boris johnson do something to get the service reinstated or we'll never support him again ! not that we did anyway but that's beside the point ! lol ppl power ! :]
Demand that boris johnson do something to get the service reinstated or we'll never support him again ! not that we did anyway but that's beside the point ! lol ppl power ! :] muzzie12-
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1:03pm Wed 9 Sep 09

sicktodeathofsutton says...

I totally agree with what these young people are campaigning for. They have gone about it in a peaceful and intelligent way and should be congratulated. Shame on tfl cost cutting and putting young people and shift workers at risk. Boris Johnson should be ashamed of himself, these young people are future London assembly voters and if something positive isn't done how does he think they will all vote?
I totally agree with what these young people are campaigning for. They have gone about it in a peaceful and intelligent way and should be congratulated. Shame on tfl cost cutting and putting young people and shift workers at risk. Boris Johnson should be ashamed of himself, these young people are future London assembly voters and if something positive isn't done how does he think they will all vote? sicktodeathofsutton
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1:09pm Wed 9 Sep 09

Fred1 says...

Hah, yeah, I'm with muzzie, trying to blackmail politicians by threatening to - er - not *vote* for them - is singularly ineffective, and doesn't get things done. After all, no-one lives forever, and serving politicians don't expect to do more than two or three terms in office at most as it is. So they probably don't care anywhere near as much about their re-election prospects as people think.
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Indeed, if I were a politician, then once I'd milked the gravy train and stashed the cash, I'd want out. Being re-elected would be the *last* thing I'd want. So I think it's naive to think that serving politicians at any level of government - local, national or international - are any different.
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About the N213 bus - of course I have no objection to it restarting. It's naive to think that keeping the bus off the road will suddenly make Croydon into a nice place to be at night. It's not buses that turns youngsters into monsters - it's booze.
Hah, yeah, I'm with muzzie, trying to blackmail politicians by threatening to - er - not *vote* for them - is singularly ineffective, and doesn't get things done. After all, no-one lives forever, and serving politicians don't expect to do more than two or three terms in office at most as it is. So they probably don't care anywhere near as much about their re-election prospects as people think. . Indeed, if I were a politician, then once I'd milked the gravy train and stashed the cash, I'd want out. Being re-elected would be the *last* thing I'd want. So I think it's naive to think that serving politicians at any level of government - local, national or international - are any different. . About the N213 bus - of course I have no objection to it restarting. It's naive to think that keeping the bus off the road will suddenly make Croydon into a nice place to be at night. It's not buses that turns youngsters into monsters - it's booze. Fred1
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11:36am Thu 10 Sep 09

muzzie12- says...

I have contacted CG myself asking that my post be removed if it has broken any rule of theirs or indeed law. It is certainly not my intention to do so. I merely wished to provide information to those that care that is already very much in the public domain. Lastly I would like to stress that a person's political opinion is not reason for action against them other than to be challenged in an open and honest fashion. Anyone stupid enough to take an action outside of the law or even reason would receive my total condemnation, LOL
I have contacted CG myself asking that my post be removed if it has broken any rule of theirs or indeed law. It is certainly not my intention to do so. I merely wished to provide information to those that care that is already very much in the public domain. Lastly I would like to stress that a person's political opinion is not reason for action against them other than to be challenged in an open and honest fashion. Anyone stupid enough to take an action outside of the law or even reason would receive my total condemnation, LOL muzzie12-
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