A consultation has been launched today looking at proposed bus routes through the Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels from 2025.
Plans for 37.5 buses per hour in each direction have been reduced to 20 bph, with just two new routes proposed through the new tunnel in addition to the existing 108 through the Blackwall tunnel.
Eltham, Kidbrooke and Charlton see no bus routes across the river.
Documents within the consultation include proposed bus maps. The two new routes are:
X239: Limited stop Grove Park and Canary Wharf
129: Extension from north Greenwich to Beckton
108: Minor changes that see new Millennium Way slip road to exit the Blackwall Tunnel southbound
For all Greenwich Council’s support particularly in the early days, few areas of the borough will see any cross-river buses.
Earlier ideas to serve areas such as Charlton have been dropped. The rapidly growing area around Kidbrooke also sees no direct bus.
Many of the tunnel’s proponents lived in Eltham, but it sees no route.
Proposed frequencies are every 12 minutes on the 108 and every 8 minutes on the 129 and X239.
The X239 would not stop between Sun in the Sand and Leamouth roundabout.
Public transport second best?
Proponents of the new tunnel have long stated bus routes as a major pillar of support.
However just two new routes and a reduction from earlier levels o 37.5 buses per hour do dent that argument, as does the proposed bus lane which ends at the immediate exit from the tunnel.
The bus lane will be shared with lorries, and buses will meet two tunnel’s worth of traffic.
See above exactly where the southbound bus lane ends.
So in total we have a very limited bus lane and few new routes, with many parts of Greenwich borough not seeing any cross-river routes after years of promises.
Various documents are included within the consultation.
It runs until 11th January 2023.