Post by redbus on Jul 15, 2017 13:42:34 GMT
It's six of one, or half a dozen of the other, there are arguments on both sides. Sure, there's impeccable logic that the 82 number should have been kept and the 13 withdrawn as the route is that of the 82, and indeed the first consultation was to do just that. On the other hand bus services are there for passengers, and if passengers express the view that they want the number 13 to remain (as we are told they did in the original consultation), who am I to criticise. Arguably TfL can show that they listen and make changes as a result of comments by calling the route number 13. Also don't forget that go back in time and it was the 13 that ran onto Finchley, whilst the 82 only ran to Golders Green, so there's plenty of history of bus 13 going to North Finchley.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I think the real message behind the comments was that passengers wanted to keep the 13 going through the West End to Aldwych. After several months of the changes, I am far from convinced TfL got this one right. If TfL needed to make some savings it would have been better to extend the old 13 to North Finchley at it's old frequencies and have had the 82 go back to its original routing of Golders Green - Victoria at a lower frequency. No changes to the 113 or 139 would have been needed and a lot more passengers would have their needs met by direct buses than do today.