New bus route in south east London for Crossrail gets start date
A new and direct bus route linking Bexleyheath to Abbey Wood and Woolwich Crossrail stations will begin on December 8th 2018.
It’s the 301 bus and is one of a number of changes proposed by TfL in a recent consultation.
Here’s the planned start date showing 8th December.
The consultation covered changes designed to coincide with Crossrail (or Elizabeth Line if you like) services commencing in December this year. December 9th has been mentioned as the official Crossrail start date.
The B11 bus from Bexleyheath to Thamesmead via Abbey Wood will be curtailed at the same time and see frequency reduced.
Bexley is Bonkers has covered the planned route of the 301 and isn’t impressed at calls from Bexley Council to send it via New Road in Abbey Wood instead of Knee Hill which will slow journeys.
Given one reason for stagnant bus passenger numbers across London is slower journeys it doesn’t seem a wise move.
The 301 will run every 12 minutes using single-deckers so it won’t bring huge numbers of commuters from Bexleyheath to Abbey Wood for Crossrail.
I can see a need to adjust those plans quite quickly.
Bexley Council have also called for a direct bus from Welling to Abbey Wood.
Other changes planned for December are the 244 going double-decker.
The 472 bus will also be extended from Thamesmead to Abbey Wood, though this still shows Thamesmead.
Has it been cut back or will it loop around at Abbey Wood given the lack of places to sit-over near the station?