Thursday, 21 May 2015


Changes to Night Bus services to complement Night Tube from September 2015


Faster journey times, more travel choices and new night bus routes

Night Bus services in London have increased beyond recognition in the last 30 years. This reflects and supports changes to London’s vibrant night time economy. The current comprehensive Night Bus network means that most of zones 1 and 2 are within walking distance of a Night Bus route, and London’s suburban Night Bus service is also amongst the most comprehensive in the world.
There is every indication that night time travel in London will continue to grow. From September 2015, we will be running a Friday and Saturday Night Tube service on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines. This means that many of our customers will now have a choice between Night Tube or Night Bus. Our analysis indicates that customers who take the tube instead of the bus for all or part of their journey will save 20 minutes on average, and in some cases up to an hour.

When Night Tube starts, we are proposing to continue all Night Bus services, and introduce up to 20 new services and one extended service, to help customers travel to and from Night Tube stations. This would continue the expansion of the network. If our proposals go ahead, they will contribute to another year on year increase in the number of Night Buses on the road at weekends. This increase would include improvements during this year to other services not affected by Night Tube.
Many suburban Night Tube stations are already well connected to surrounding areas by existing Night Buses. Of our 20 proposed new Night Bus services, 17 would run on Friday and Saturday nights, with three running seven nights a week. These would help passengers start or finish their Night Tube journeys, as well as providing new travel opportunities to and from suburban local centres. All these new services would follow the same route and run between the same points as the day service.

On some Night Bus services extra buses run on Friday and Saturday nights to meet increased weekend demand. On 17 out of 117 existing Night Bus routes, where we have forecast that some passengers will chose to use Night Tube instead, it would no longer be necessary to run as many extra buses at weekends. This is based on detailed analysis of Oyster card and passenger survey data. These 17 services would continue to operate at their standard weekday frequency or more, providing a local, fully accessible service to all stops along the route.


Current routes to become 24-hour services on Friday and Saturday nights:

34      High Barnet & Walthamstow
47      Shoreditch High Street & Canada Water Bus Station

114    Mill Hill & Ruislip Station

123    Wood Green & Ilford

132    North Greenwich & Bexleyheath

145    Leytonstone & Dagenham

154    Morden Station & West Croydon

158    Stratford & Chingford Mount

183    Golders Green & Pinner

296    Ilford & Romford

307    Barnet Hospital & Brimsdown

319    Sloane Square & Streatham Hill

486    North Greenwich & Bexleyheath

E1      Ealing Broadway & Greenford Broadway

H32   Hounslow & Southall

H37   Hounslow & Richmond

W3    Northumberland Park Station & Finsbury Park Station

W7    Muswell Hill Broadway & Finsbury Park Station

All to be run at 30-minute frequencies apart from the W7 to be every 20-minutes

New 7-days a week Nighttime routes:

222    Uxbridge & Hounslow

238    Stratford Bus Station & Barking Station

Both routes to be run at 30-minute frequencies 

Other changes:

N47   Route withdrawn and replaced by 24-hour 47 and new N199

N199 New Nighttime route Trafalgar Square via London Bridge to Canada Water Station then as  
          per current route 199 to Bellingham. Then onwards via Bromley and Orpington to St.Mary 

188    Nightime element re-routed to serve Canada Water Bus Station

N1     Re-routed via Evelyn Way in Deptford, withdrawn from Plough Way and Grove Street

N133 Extended from Mitcham via daytime route 118 to Morden Station

N381 Re-routed to serve Canada Water Bus Station

Frequency changes on the following routes: 

14, 88, 94, 134, N5, N8, N9, N20, N29, N38, N73, N91, N97, N98, N155, N207


      Contributor Jeff Lloyd visited the Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering held at Whittlesea. A selection of the buses and coaches present have been placed into an album and can now be viewed by clicking here