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As many as 16 London bus routes could be cut altogether as TfL begins a six-week consultation on the future of the capital’s bus services.

TfL announced on Wednesday it was launching the consultation as it needs to make “significant savings” as the funding row with central government rumbles.

A total of 78 bus routes are facing cuts due to the “managed decline” scenario, including some of London’s best-known and oldest services.

Read more: London buses will face the biggest cut in TfL history

While many of the services under consideration would be rerouted or have their frequency reduced under the proposals, the following services could be phased out entirely, as TfL says customer demand could be met by other services.

Itinerary 4

The number 4 bus route runs from Archway Station to Blackfriars Station, serving notable stops including Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park Station, Highbury Corner and St Paul’s Station among others.

Roads 11, N11

One of London’s oldest bus routes, number 11 has been in continuous service since 1906, serving stops between Fulham Town Hall and Appold Street.

Notable stops along the route include Westminster Cathedral, Charing Cross Station, St Paul’s Cathedral and Liverpool Street Station.

The frequency of service has been reduced to five buses per hour in 2021.

The N11 night bus service operates between midnight and 6am, serving stops between Ealing Broadway Station and Liverpool Street.

Route 12

Dating back to around 1851, service number 12 is one of the oldest in London. The route runs from Oxford Circus to Dulwich Library, passing landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

The route serves tube and tube stations including Westminster, Lambeth North, Elephant and Castle and Peckham Rye.

Itinerary 14

The number 14 bus route serves stops between Putney Heath and Russell Square, including notable stops such as Putney Station, Fulham High Street, Chelsea Football Club, South Kensington Station, Green Park Station and Piccadilly Circus.

The service was redirected to Russell Square in 2019, no longer serving stops between Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street.

Roads 16, N16

The much publicized number 16 bus service follows an almost entirely straight route between Cricklewood and Victoria Coach Station, much of it along Edgware Road.

The route includes notable stops such as Edgware Road Station, Marble Arch Station, Hyde Park Corner and Buckingham Palace Road.

In 2021, peak hour service was reduced from eight buses per hour to six, and from six buses to five at other times.

The N16 night bus service follows an almost identical route which begins at Edgware bus station.

Itinerary 24

Dating back to 1910, line number 24 currently serves stops between Grosvenor Road and Hampstead Heath.

Notable stops along the route include Victoria Station, Westminster, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road and Camden Town.

Road 31, N31

Bus number 31 serves stops between Camden and White City including Swiss Cottage, Kilburn High Road Station, Notting Hill Gate and Shepherd’s Bush Station.

The N31 night bus service follows the same route, operating between midnight and 6am, and serving more stops.

Highway 45

Introduced in 1950, route number 45 currently serves stops between Elephant and Castle and Clapham Park, including Denmark Hill, Loughborough Junction station and Brixton station.

The route had previously served stops between King’s Cross and Elephant and Castle, but this part of the route was retired in 2019 along with a series of changes to other routes.

Route 72, N72

The original number 72 route began operating in the 1930s and currently serves stops between Brunel Road in Ealing and the north side of Hammersmith Bridge.

Notable stops include East Acton Station, White City Station, Shepherd’s Bush Station and Hammersmith Coach Station.

While the 72 service stops on the north side of Hammersmith Bridge, the N72 night bus continues south towards Roehampton, with stops including Putney Pier, Barnes Station, Roehampton University and Queen Mary’s Hospital.

Roads 74, N74

Route number 74 currently serves stops between Putney Exchange and Baker Street Station, including Fulham High Street, Earls Court, South Kensington Station and Marble Arch.

The N74 night bus follows the same route, but starts in Roehampton and includes stops such as Roehampton University and Queen Mary Hospital.

Route 78

Serving stations such as Liverpool Street, Aldgate and Peckham Rye, the number 78 bus route runs from Shoreditch High Street to Nunhead and terminates at St Mary’s Road.

It was a number 78 bus that “jumped” Tower Bridge in 1952 when a guard failed to close the door and ring a warning bell before the bridge…

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