Oliver today convened a meeting to discuss the future of the 84 bus route, which connects Potters Bar with other key settlements including St Albans, London Colney and New Barnet.
Oliver previously wrote to Metroline to urgently raise his concerns about the discontinuation of this bus route, and has now convened a meeting with Metroline, Sullivan Buses, Transport for London and Hertfordshire County Council to discuss how the route can be preserved for Potters Bar residents.
Oliver said: ‘A large number of Potters Bar residents have raised their concerns with me about Metroline’s withdrawal of the 84 bus route. I remain extremely concerned about this. This bus is a lifeline for many people without cars and forms a vital part of our public transport system. Preserving and improving local transport links is a key priority of mine and I am clear that this route must continue to serve Potters Bar residents.
I have engaged with Metroline and Hertfordshire County Council and whilst I welcome the update that the council has now approved a proposal from Sullivan Buses to run a service from Potters Bar to St Albans, via London Colney, I remain extremely concerned about the impact on Potters Bar residents.
In particular, I know that elderly residents are especially reliant on this route, including as a means to and from Barnet Hospital.
This is why I urgently convened a meeting with Metroline, Sullivan Buses, Hertfordshire County Council and Transport for London to emphasise the importance of the entire 84 route for Potters Bar residents.
On behalf of residents, I urged TfL to continue the dialogue on this. All at the meeting committed to continued discussions to explore options for this part of the route and I will follow all developments very closely.’