Consultation has begun today on a new express bus route running between Thamesmead and Bromley via Abbey Wood’s Elizabeth line station.
Upon departing Thamesmead, Route SL3 would pass through Abbey Wood, Bexleyheath, Sidcup and Bickley before reaching Bromley.
Crucially it would run in addition to the 301 bus route which it mirrors between Thamesmead and Bexleyheath and the 269 between Bexleyheath and Bromley. However it will serve far fewer stops.
This would make north Thamesmead to Abbey Wood journeys take as little as around 5-6 minutes.
There’s long been a somewhat exaggerated myth that Thamesmead is extremely remote. Far from true for parts of the town. In reality even the north of Thamesmead – furthest as the crow flies from Abbey Wood station – is currently 10 minutes from Abbey Wood on a bus, though they can be extremely busy.
Cutting that to five minutes offers faster links than many areas with supposedly far better transport options. It should also open up areas for housebuilding such as vast retail parks in Thamesmead, rather than waiting 20 years for a DLR extension which may or may not ever happen (with the emphasis on the latter).
Benefits abound for many and not only those in Thamesmead. A wide area will now have quick and direct links to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. Major areas of employment such as Bromley will be accessible for many more people. Huge numbers will benefit – and with the Hoppa fare that opens up greater benefits.
Buses would run every 12 minutes between Monday to Saturday during the day and every 15 minutes on evenings and Sundays. With the 301 and 269 still running, that greatly increases frequency in parts of south east London.
Just yesterday this site covered how bus use has doubled in Abbey Wood since the advent of the Elizabeth line. That will surely grow even more now express options to Abbey Wood station are in place.
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