Proposed changes on bus routes in south east London appear imminent with new bus stop boards appearing – including the extension of 472 at its new Abbey Wood terminus.
The 472 from north Greenwich is to be extended from Thamesmead to Abbey Wood station.
We know other route changes are coming on 14th May, but so far there’s no confirmed word from TfL on changes such as the 472. This will provide a regular link from north Thamesmead to Abbey Wood station for Elizabeth Line services.
It also provides a bus between Abbey Wood and north Greenwich. However while that has never existed, there will be two as the 180 is redirected from Lewisham to North Greenwich.
Having a 24 hour direct bus route on the 472 will be a big benefit to link with the night tube running on the Jubilee Line. No longer just a slow N1 to Abbey Wood from central London.
A reduction in frequency for the 472 was also proposed, and we await confirmation from TfL on that.
Emails to the Transport for London press office last week havn’t seen a reply (they’re normally pretty good), though we know the changes are long planned and the subsequent site of bus signs hopefully ensures the extension begins soon.
But what TfL giveth TfL taketh away – in part. The B11 between north Thamesmead and Abbey Wood station which ran four times per hour is being cut to three times an hour, and will no longer head to north Thamesmead.
The B11 between Abbey Wood and Bexleyheath has been bolstered for some time by the introduction of the 301.
The 301 is however quicker and more frequent than the B11. It doesn’t though have a hail and ride section, assuming the B11 still does? It been some time since yours truly rode it.
The 301 runs from Abbey Wood to Thamesmead then onto Woolwich. In future it may extend to Charlton riverside where up to around 8,000 homes will eventually be built.
The B11 will now head no further north than Harrow Manorway – where 525 new homes are approaching completion which I took a look at and covered yesterday at the old Tavy Bridge site, and 272 homes are set to begin over the road.
Last week a car wash closed in advance of further building work in Abbey Wood. A render of that development is below:
Other forthcoming changes include the 469. The 180 also extends at its eastern end to Erith Quarry – where 850 homes are being built.