PASSENGERS are being asked their views on planned changes to bus routes in Harrow town centre that one group believes are "not in the public interest".
Transport for London subsidiary London Buses is proposing to re-route the southbound 140, 182, 186, 258 and 340 along Station Road, which is currently only served northbound by these services, instead of stopping in Greenhill Way, Headstone Road and Kymberley Road.
Furthermore, the 114 and 183 services, which already call at Gayton Road westbound, could be diverted permanently to serve that street eastbound rather than travelling along Station Road and the northern half of Sheepcote Road as it does at present.
Chairman of the Harrow Public Transport Users Association (HPTUA), Anthony Wood, said the plans are not fair to all bus users.
He said: "We do not agree with the proposal and we believe they they are not in the public interest. The route on Sheepcote Road is used by 150 passengers a day and the new route will go by Gayton Road only, meaning they will have to walk a considerable distance. These people deserve to be served."
According to London Buses, the changes are designed to simplify bus services, cutting waiting times by an average of 1.4 minutes and reducing walking distances between bus stops.
A London Buses spokesperson said with these changes, the shorter journey lengths will reduce costs and save money.
The plans would see new bus stops installed on Station Road and Gayton Road. However, both Harrow Council and HPTUA have objected to the plans through a public consultation that was launched on Monday (July 26) by London Buses and closes on Friday September 10.
HPTUA has organised a special public meeting on Thursday September 2 at Harrow Baptist Church Hall in College Road, Harrow, at 7.30pm, for representatives from London Buses and the public to openly share concerns.
David Eaglesham, traffic and highway network service manager at Harrow Council, said: "Our view is that Transport for London should strongly consider retaining a bus service on both Greenhill Way and Sheepcote Road, in both directions. As a result TfL's consultation does put this question to bus users so their views can be heard before a final decision is made."