Big bus changes confirmed: 244 double-decker plan scrapped, 180 to North Greenwich confirmed and more
Transport for London launched a consultation back in 2017 on a number of changes to bus services across south east London in anticipation of Crossrail. It was covered here.
Today the results of subsequent consultation are revealed. The final changes are:
- Converting route 244 to double decker operation is cancelled.
- Altering route 180 to North Greenwich instead of Lewisham as originally planned in 2017 is retained but will now be re-routed via Bugsby’s Way instead of Peartree Way.
- New route 301 between Bexlelyheath and Woolwich will now be double decker instead of single as planned. It will now run on a more indirect route between Bexleyheath and Abbey Wood station and avoid Knee Hill.
The new 301 bus was only supposed to go as far as Woolwich in consultation but on the TfL page now says Greenwich. Is this a typo? There is little mention of any extension mentioned elsewhere.
The 244 from Abbey Wood station to Woolwich via Thamesmead staying single decker will be disappointing to many given how busy it can be. New route 301 is expected to pick up the slack.
Sending the 180 via Bugsby’s Way will also surprise some. Bugsby’s Way is often busy as more and more retail parks have opened in recent years.
TfL claim route 177 has sufficient capacity between Charlton and Greenwich in place of 180:
Route 129 is being extended to Lewisham from Greenwich Town Centre.
Route 291 is going to double decker operation.
Other changes initially announced in 2017 remain, such as cutting back route B11 in Thamesmead to the old Boiler House as well as in frequency. The 472 however is extended to Abbey Wood station from Thamesmead.
TfL have rejected calls for an express 161 bus from Eltham to Woolwich as they claim reaching central London using existing Southeastern stations will be quicker than taking a bus and then Crossrail for those in Mottingham and Eltham.
Plans for a “super-crossing” linking the Arsenal site in Woolwich to the town centre also necessitate a change in the route of 161:
Other cuts are proposed on route 53 amongst many others as part of a separate bus change plan, and details of those can be seen on 853 here.
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