As the population of the country continues to boom, the effects of such growth on the transport system are being felt from Scotland to London, and nowhere more so than in the capital, where said effects are impacting daily life for millions of people.
More than 10 million people are expected to be living in the city come 2030, and now Transport For London have announced a number of proposals, requiring huge investment, that would, in their view, greatly improve transport links to ensure the capital stays as mobile as possible for its millions of residents and thousands more commuters.
One of the key investments being made is that in the Elizabeth Line which, from 2018, will provide a key east-west link across London and beyond although many individuals who live in inner and outer London will be required to use a bus to get to the new service.
Looking into the impact of the Elizabeth Line on people in the capital, TFL have also looked at how buses might best serve stations in West, South East and North East London and announced a number of proposals to their running.
Route 440 currently runs between Stonebridge Park and Gunnersbury, Power Road serving Chiswick High Road, Acton Green, South Acton, Acton High Street, West Acton, North Acton, Park Royal and Stonebridge Park. At the moment it connects key areas for people to use buses in an indirect way. It also serves Park Royal, South Acton and Chiswick that currently have no direct connection in both directions to any rail station planned to be served by the Elizabeth line.
The proposed changes would mean a restructuring of the the route to so that a more direct connection can be provided whilst also better serving new Elizabeth line stations. It would continue to run between Stonebridge Park and Gunnersbury but would amended at the following stops/locations:
Park Royal ASDA: Southbound only it would serve stop D instead of stop K.
Acton: Between Gypsy Corner and Acton High Street, it would no longer serve West Acton. Instead it would run directly via Horn Lane and Steyne Road to serve Acton Main Line Station.
Chiswick: It would no longer serve Acton Green. Instead it would run directly between Chiswick Park Station and Turnham Green Church running via the southern end of Acton Lane, Chiswick High Road (Sainsbury’s) and Heathfield Terrace.
Route 266 currently runs between Brent Cross and Hammersmith serving Cricklewood, Willesden, Harlesden, Old Oak Common, North Acton, Acton High Street, Askew Road and Hammersmith. This is a high frequency 24 hour orbital route that provides links not currently available by rail. It currently suffers from poor reliability due to the large number of congested areas it serves.
The proposed changes would see the route restructured to run between Brent Cross and Acton, Town Hall and would no longer connect to Hammersmith. Buses would continue to run every 8 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 12 minutes on Sundays and all evenings. At night route 266 would be unchanged and continue to operate between Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Hammersmith. However it would be renumbered N266.
New route 218
This new route would be introduced between North Acton and Hammersmith serving West Acton and Askew Road. It would run every 10 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytime, and every 15 minutes during Sundays and all evenings using single-deck buses. It would follow the existing alignment of route 440 between North Acton, Gypsy Corner and Acton High Street via West Acton. It would then follow the existing alignment of route 266 between Acton High Street and Hammersmith via Askew Road. To ensure sufficient capacity between Askew Road and Hammersmith, TFL propose a further scheme to restructure route 391 and introduction of new route 306.
Route 391 currently runs between Richmond and Fulham, Sand’s End serving Kew, Gunnersbury, Chiswick, Hammersmith Bus Station, Olympia, Fulham Broadway and Sand’s End. It currently suffers from poor reliability due to the large number of congested areas it serves. To help improve reliability, better match capacity to demand and create new links, TFL are proposing to restructure the route.
The proposed changes would mean the route would run between Richmond and Hammersmith Bus Station and would no longer connect to Fulham. The frequency would also be reduced to every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 20 minutes on Sunday and all evenings to better match capacity to demand.
New route 306
This new route would run between Acton Vale, Bromyard Avenue and Fulham, Sand’s End running every 12 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytime and every 15 minutes during Sunday and all evenings using double-deck vehicles. It would follow the existing alignment of route 266 between Acton Vale and Hammersmith Bus Station via Askew Road. It would then follow the existing alignment of route 391 between Hammersmith and Fulham, Sand’s End.
This route currently runs between Ealing Broadway and Brent Cross. TFL recently consulted on a proposal to reroute buses on this route along Madeley Road, Ealing to improve reliability and reduce journey time. The outcome of that consultation is still being considered.
New proposals have recommended/suggested that route 112 be extended from Ealing Broadway to Osterley, Tesco serving South Ealing. This would provide new connections into Ealing Broadway and better match capacity to demand on the South Ealing Road corridor.
Route 427 would be rerouted in the Southall area to serve and start / finish in Merrick Road serving Southall Station. The section between Southall Broadway and Acton Town Hall would be withdrawn.
With the opening of the Elizabeth Line there will be less capacity required along Uxbridge Road east of Southall. Withdrawing route 427 between Southall and Acton would reduce capacity along this section of Uxbridge Road to better match demand to capacity. This would currently break around 1,200 trips per weekday, though the Elizabeth line will be an attractive alternative for many from Southall Station. In addition routes 207 and 607 will continue to link Southall and Acton.
TFL are proposing an extension of route 427 from Southall Broadway to the nearest available stand at Merrick Road to the southeast of Southall Station, some passengers who lose existing direct links would gain the option of interchanging to the Elizabeth line to access stations at Hanwell, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Acton Main Line. It would also serve an area where 6,000 new homes are planned. TFL are also considering reduce the frequency so that buses would run every 10 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytime and every 12 minutes during Sunday shopping hours and all evenings.
This route runs between Southall and Hounslow, with buses running every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, every 15 minutes on Sunday and each evening and every 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights.
TFL are proposing to extend the route to Hayes & Harlington station. Buses would no longer run between Southall Station and Southall, Town Hall. Instead buses would be re-routed at Southall Station to serve the new Southall Waterside residential development and then extended via a new link road to Pump Lane and Hayes & Harlington Station. This service change is subject to developer funding and infrastructure being completed that is estimated to be ready from December 2019. This would ensure that buses can properly serve the new Southall Waterside developments. It would create new public transport links between Southall Waterside development and Southall and Hayes & Harlington Stations, Hayes Town Centre, Southall Old Town, Heston and Hounslow Town Centres.
This route runs between Southall, Town Hall and Shepherds Bush Green with buses running every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 20 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
To better match capacity with demand; improve journey times to the Elizabeth line and support new housing, TFL are proposing a re-route the 95 via Somerset Road (between Lady Margaret Road and Allenby Road) and terminate at a new stand within the Southall Waterside residential development. It would no longer serve Carlyle Avenue, Burns Avenue, Dormer’s Wells Lane, Allenby Road (southern section) and Cornwall Avenue.
This route runs between Perivale and Toplocks Estate, with buses running every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 20 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
To complement the proposals for the 95, TFL would re-route the E5 via Burns Avenue (between Lady Margaret Road, Carlyle Road and Dormer’s Wells Lane). It would no longer serve Denbigh Road, Allendale Avenue, Thurston Road and North Road. This would ensure quicker access to Southall Station from Greenford Road and better match capacity with demand.
TFL also propose a number of frequency increases affecting both areas to ensure that capacity would be well matched to demand. These are outlined below.
New plans would see an increase in frequency with buses running every seven to eight minutes in the morning peaks and afternoons, and every 12 minutes during all evenings.
Plans are suggesting a bus conversion to larger 60 capacity single deck vehicles together with an increase in frequency with buses running every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday day-times and every 20 minutes during all evenings.
Route 140 currently runs between Harrow Weald and Heathrow Airport serving Harlington, Hayes Town, Yeading, Northolt, South Harrow, Harrow and Wealdstone. This popular, high frequency 24 hour a day orbital route provides links not currently available by rail. To better match demand and help improve journey times, TFL are proposing to restructure the route and introduce a new limited stop service.
If the new proposals are approved, the route would be restructured to run between Harrow Weald and Hayes & Harlington Station and would no longer connect to Heathrow Airport. Buses would run every 8 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 12 minutes on Sunday and each evening.
At night, the route would be unchanged and continue to operate between Harrow Weald and Heathrow but be renumbered N140.
New route X140
This new route would be introduced as a limited stop service between Heathrow Airport and Harrow Bus Station. It would follow the existing alignment of route 140 with the exceptions of running direct (northbound) from Heathrow Vehicle Tunnel to Bath Road and direct between South Harrow and Harrow Bus Station. It would stop at Harrow Bus Station, South Harrow Station, Northolt Park Station, Northolt Station, Yeading White Hart, Yeading Willow Tree Lane, Hayes (The Grapes), Hayes Town Centre, Hayes & Harlington Station, Harlington Village, Harlington Corner and Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station.
New route 278
This route would run between Heathrow Airport and Ruislip Station creating a new north-south route across the London Borough of Hillingdon. Buses would follow the current 140 routeing between Heathrow Airport and Hayes Town Centre, follow route H98 between Hayes Town Centre to Uxbridge Road, and then provide new connections to Hillingdon, Hillingdon Station, Ickenham and Ruislip. TFL would run the service every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 20 minutes Sunday and each evening using double deck buses.
TFL are also proposing to change the frequency of some routes in the area to better match demand and reflect changes to routes 140, X140 and 278.
Routes 697 and 698
These school day only services would have a reduction in the number of journeys because new route 278 provides similar connections at a higher frequency.
TFL are proposing to restructure route 223 so that buses run between Wembley Central and Northwick Park Hospital only and would no longer run through to Harrow Bus Station. Harrow Bus Station and Northwick Park Hospital will continue to be linked by routes 182, 483, 186, H9, H10 and H14. Curtailing the 223 at Northwick Park Hospital will also create the free space for new route X140 to stop and stand at Harrow Bus Station.
CHANGES TO BUSES IN THE WOOLWICH AND ABBEY WOOD AREAS
New route 301
TFL propose to introduce a new bus route running between Bexleyheath and Woolwich Town Centre, serving Bexleyheath Market Place, Long Lane, Brampton Road, Knee Hill, Harrow Manorway, Bentham Road, Central Way, Nathan Way, Plumstead Road and Beresford Street to terminate at Woolwich Ferry Roundabout.
The new route would use high capacity single deck buses. Buses would run every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, and every 15 minutes each evening and all day on Sunday.
The route currently runs between Bexleyheath and Thamesmead Town Centre, with buses every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday.
The proposal is to shorten the route so that it runs between Bexleyheath and South Thamesmead (Yarnton Way/Harrow Manorway Roundabout). It would no longer run between South Thamesmead and Thamesmead Town Centre. TFL also propose to change how often buses run. Monday to Saturday throughout the day, buses would run every 20 minutes while Sunday frequencies would remain the same.
Route 472 currently operates between North Greenwich and Thamesmead Town Centre. The route operates about every 6 minutes during peak times. On Saturday buses run around every 7-8 minutes and every 10 minutes on Sunday. The route runs as a 24 hour a day service with buses running every 30 minutes each night.
TFL propose to restructure the route to run between North Greenwich Station and Abbey Wood Station via Western Way and Crossway. It would no longer serve Bentham Road or Nathan Way. The existing short journeys between North Greenwich and Charlton would continue to run.
TFL are also proposing to change the frequency of route 472, so that it runs about every 8 minutes on Monday to Friday daytimes. On Saturdays, buses would run around every 10 minutes and on Sundays, buses would be about every 12 minutes. There would be no change to how often buses run at other times, with the route continuing to run as a 24 hour a day service.
Route 129 operates between North Greenwich and Greenwich Town Centre with buses running every 8 minutes during Monday to Friday peak hours, every 12 minutes at other times on Monday to Friday daytime and on Saturday, and every 20 minutes on Sundays.
TFL are proposing to extend route 129 from Greenwich Town Centre to Lewisham Town Centre serving Nelson Road, Greenwich High Road, Green South Street, Lewisham Road, Lewisham High Street to terminate at Molesworth Street (following the current route 180 routeing). They’re also suggesting changes to how often route 129 runs during Monday to Friday peak hours, so that buses run about every 12 minutes. Frequencies at other times would remain unchanged.
Route 180 currently operates between Belvedere and Lewisham with buses running every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, and every 15 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
TFL propose to change the route at Westcombe Hill so that it runs to North Greenwich Station serving Peartree Way, Commercial Way, Southern Way and the Millennium Busway (West Parkside). It would no longer serve Woolwich Road (west of the A102), Trafalgar Road, Romney Road, Greenwich Town Centre, Greenwich High Road, Greenwich South Street, Lewisham Road and Lewisham Town Centre.
At the other end of route 180, TFL are also proposing to extend the route from Belvedere so that it serves Church Manorway, Lower Road, West Street, Erith Town Centre and Fraser Road to terminate at The Quarry, Erith, where a new development is under construction. It would no longer serve Fisher’s Way or Belvedere Industrial Estate.
Route 469 operates between Woolwich Common and Erith with buses running every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 20 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
TFL are proposing to re-structure the route between Belvedere and Abbey Wood so that it serves Picardy Road, Woolwich Road and New Road. It would no longer serve Picardy Street, Gilbert Road and Abbey Road.
Routes 178, 244 and 291
Route 178 operates between Woolwich and Lewisham, with buses running every 20 minutes on all days of the week.
Route 244 runs between Woolwich Common and Abbey Wood, with buses running every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 15 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
Route 291 operates between Woolwich Common and Woodlands Estate, with buses running every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 15 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
All three routes currently use single deck buses. To provide more capacity for these busy routes, TFL are proposing to convert operation of the three routes to once again be double deck buses. There would be no change to the current frequencies of the routes. TFL will be working closely with the local highway authorities to ensure measures to provide improved priority for buses are progressed ahead of the change.
This route operates between North Greenwich and Chislehurst serving Charlton, Woolwich and Eltham. Buses run every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 12 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
TFL are proposing to reroute route 161 in Woolwich Town Centre. Towards North Greenwich buses would serve Thomas Street, Wellington Street, John Wilson Street, Woolwich Church Street to line of route. It would no longer serve Beresford Street.
This change would not affect buses towards Chislehurst, and there would be no change to how often buses run.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO BUSES IN THE CUSTOM HOUSE, ROYAL DOCKS, HAROLD WOOD & WHITECHAPEL, AREAS
This route runs between Canning Town and Manor Park Station, with buses running every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 15 minutes each evening and on Sunday. The route runs as a 24 hour a day service with buses running every 30 minutes every night.
TFL propose to reroute the 474 between London City Airport and Canning Town in both directions. Westbound it would serve Connaught Bridge, Victoria Dock Road, Munday Road, Radland Road, Tarling Road and Jude Street to line of route on Silvertown Way. Eastbound it would serve Silvertown Way, Hallsville Road, Ruscoe Road, Rogers Road, Tarling Road, Appleby Road, Munday Road, Victoria Dock Road, Connaught Bridge to line of route at London City Airport. This change is linked to TFL’s proposals for routes 241 and 330.
TFL also propose to reroute the 474, eastbound only, between Albert Road and Pier Road at the North Woolwich Ferry terminal . Eastbound from Albert Road it would serve Factory Road, Store Road and Pier Road, returning to line of route on Albert Road. A stop on Albert Road would no longer be served, however buses would be less susceptible to delay from vehicles using the Woolwich Ferry.
This route runs between Canning Town Station and Wanstead Park Station, with buses running every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, and every 20 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
TFL are proposing to extend the 330 from Canning Town Bus Station to Silvertown (Cannaught Bridge) operating in both directions via Silvertown Way and North Woolwich Road. A new stand/ terminus point would be need provided on North Woolwich Road just west of the Connaught Bridge Roundabout. This would ensure connections to and from Silvertown are maintained as part of our proposals for route 241 and 474.
Consideration is also being given to extending route 330 beyond Silvertown to Custom House Station, operating in both directions via Connaught Bridge and Victoria Dock Road. This would be dependent upon a terminus being provided by LB Newham at Custom House station and funding being available. TFL would also like to hear your views on this.
This route runs between Canning Town and Stratford City, with buses running every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 20 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
TFL are proposing to shorten the 241 from Canning Town, Hermit Road to Custom House. The first and last stops would be at Custom House Station with buses standing at a new stand; yet to be constructed. The proposal forms part of the wider scheme involving routes 474 and 330. In the event that a new stand cannot be provided consideration will be given to terminating at Prince Regent DLR Station.
TFL also propose to extend the 241 from Stratford City Bus Station to East Wick (Here East), operating in both directions via Montfichet Road, Westfield Avenue, Waterden Road and Lesney Avenue. The first and last stops will be at Here East with buses standing on Lesney Avenue.
Route 104 and New Route 304
This route currently runs between Stratford Bus Station and Manor Park Station, with buses running every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 15 minutes each evening and on Sunday.
TFL are proposing to split route 104 into two overlapping routes. The first, which would continue to be numbered as route 104, would operate between Stratford and Beckton Bus Station every 8 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 12 minutes on Sundays and all evenings. The second, which would be numbered route 304, would operate between Manor Park and Custom House every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 15 minutes on Sundays and all evenings. The new route would run as outlined below:
Towards Manor Park:
Victoria Dock Road, Prince Regent Lane, Glen Road, Boundary Lane, Boundary Road, Lonsdale Avenue, High Street South, High Street North, Station Road, Whitta Road and Gladding Road.
Towards Custom House:
Gladding Road, Capel Road, Forest Drive, Station Road, High Street North, Ron Leighton Way, Barking Road, High Street South, Greatfield Avenue, Lonsdale venue, Boundary Road, Boundary Lane, Glen Road, Prince Regent Lane and Victoria Dock Road.
This route runs between East Ham and Canning Town, with buses running every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 20 minutes on Sunday and each evening.
TFL are proposing to reroute the 300 from Tollgate Road / Stansfeld Road via Tollgate Road, Prince Regent Lane, Victoria Dock Road, Custom House, Freemasons Road, New Barn Street and back to line of route on Barking Road.
New route 497
TFL are proposing to introduce a new route to serve the Kings Park area which is currently remote from the bus network. The new route would connect the local shopping centre in Harold Hill; supermarket, Polyclinic and Elizabeth line station.
It would run every half hour Monday to Saturday daytimes and every hour during early mornings, evenings and all day Sundays. The hours of operation would be from 0500 to midnight with the half hourly frequency running from around 0700 – 2100.
The routeing would be: Hilldene Avenue, Chatteris Avenue, Faringdon Avenue, Ashton Road, Tangent Link, Colchester Road, Whitelands Way, Gallows Corner Tesco, Whitelands Way, Lister Avenue, Nightingale Crescent, St Clements Avenue, Gubbins Lane and Harold Wood station forecourt.
As part of the local improvements for the opening of the Elizabeth line, TFL also propose to increase the frequency of route 174 from a bus running every 8 minutes to a bus running around every 6 minutes. Route 256 would also be converted to run with double deck vehicles instead of the current single deck buses.
TFL are proposing to reroute the 115 between Commercial Road and Aldgate with two options that TFL would like your views on:
Option one is via Jubilee Street, Stepney Way, Sidney Street and Whitechapel Road in both directions.
Option two is the same as option one but running via Stepney Way westbound only and Ashfield Street eastbound.
These would provide new direct bus links between Limehouse and Whitechapel Station where none currently exist. These options would also take account of the increased residential development in the Whitechapel area.
Route 15 and 135 would continue to provide sufficient capacity on Commercial Road.
Following on from initial proposals as part of a central London review, TFL are now proposing to further restructure route 25 to run between Ilford and Holborn Circus only. It would run with buses every seven to eight minutes during Monday – Saturday daytimes and every 10 minutes during evenings and Sundays. Route 25 would use a stand on Charterhouse Street. Westbound it would run via Snow Hill, Farringdon Street and Charterhouse Street to set down and stand. It would pick up on the stand and then run to Holborn Viaduct and back on to the current line of route. Route 25 currently runs between Ilford and Oxford Circus with buses every 6 minutes.
TFL are proposing this change to improve the reliability for passengers on route 25. TFL also expect demand to fall further on route 25 when the Elizabeth Line opens.
To have your say on these proposed changes, fill in the questionnaire which can be found here.