TravelWatch Chair Arthur Leathley said the body was “concerned” at the scope of the changes which would increase journey times and make the bus less convenient for those passengers who rely on a local and accessible public transport mode being available to them.
The capital’s transport agency is facing significant funding pressures as a result of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s pledge to freeze fares for his entire first term and the withdrawal of central government grants.
The firm is focussed on sites which may not otherwise attract development and by using modular methods is able to build new homes “quickly and efficiently,” with many ready for occupation within 12 months following the granting of planning consent.
London TravelWatch is asking passengers for their views on the closures and says it wants “as many passengers as possible” to take part in its online survey which opens today and runs until 11 October 2018.
Heidi Alexander, who joined Sadiq Khan’s team over the summer, also expressed concerns that Crossrail had too much autonomy and said the sponsors risked being blamed for decisions they had little or no influence over.