Friday, 13 September 2019

TfL Invests in Outer London Bus Routes

Travel options for residents of south east London will be improved from October as Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that, after a public consultation, a second new bus route will be introduced in the area.

The 335 aims to better connect new homes in Kidbrooke to the key transport hub in North Greenwich. This builds on the recent introduction of the route 301, which launched in June, improving journeys between Bexleyheath and Abbey Wood.

These two new routes are part of a major programme of improvements to outer London bus services – the biggest investment in over a decade. Alongside the 335 and 301, TfL intends to introduce five new routes in outer London before the end of the year:
218 from Hammersmith to North Acton;
278 from Ruislip to Heathrow;
306 from Acton to Sands End;
497 from Harold Wood to Harold Hill; and
X140 from Harrow to Heathrow.

These seven new routes will make sustainable travel easier for outer London residents, helping to achieve the Mayor’s ambition of 80% of trips made by bicycle, on foot or by public transport by 2041. 

TfL has undertaken an ambitious programme of work to grow the bus network in outer London and create faster connections, better coverage, and more direct, frequent services. The new routes complement TfL’s other recent investments in the outer London bus network, including increased frequencies on more than 25 routes and extensions to five routes. 
For example, from Saturday 31 August TfL will increase the frequency of the route 158, which runs from Stratford to Chingford Mount via Blackhorse Road, allowing more people to use this sustainable and affordable mode of transport in Waltham Forest.

Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “I’m really pleased that the new route 335 between Kidbrooke and North Greenwich will be in service from October, with a further five new routes in operation by the end of the year. This boost to outer London routes, together with more frequent, direct services, is all part of the Mayor’s commitment to provide a good public transport experience for all Londoners.”

Geoff Hobbs, Director of Public Service Planning at TfL, said: “We are committed to improving and growing the bus network in outer London and introducing more convenient routes to help our customers connect to key local amenities more easily. The confirmation of the route 335 is great news for our customers in south east London, giving a frequent direct link between Kidbrooke and North Greenwich, and by the end of the year we should have delivered seven new routes in outer London.”

The new high frequency 335 will use double-deck buses, running every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday day times, and every 15 minutes during evenings and Sundays.

Reallocating resources from central London can take time, so the Mayor provided additional funding from London’s business rates to speed up investment in outer London. This funding is what has allowed TfL to deliver the new 335 in a growth area in outer London earlier than planned.

TfL’s ongoing improvements will help achieve its planned five million km increase in outer London bus services over the next five years.