Bus route 486 running between North Greenwich and Bexleyheath will begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week from tomorrow (29 July).
The night service will operate every 30 minutes linking North Greenwich, east Greenwich, Charlton, Queen Elizabeth hospital, Welling and Bexleyheath.
TfL offer more details of the change here. One of the biggest benefits is an all-night service to and from the hospital which will be a great benefit to staff, patients and visitors alike.
Queen Elizabeth hospital is not in the most practical location given its former military status. Anyone who has stayed there will probably have had to contend with a lack of facilities (the onsite WH Smith isn’t great) with few walkable shops in the area.
The lack of night buses was also a real pain when needing to get supplies for patients at short notice during extended stays. In the past I’ve had to walk to Woolwich town centre to catch a bus or pay pricey cab fares.
It’s the only night bus serving the hospital so areas such as Abbey Wood still lack any direct route, though this does at least allow a night bus to east Greenwich, for example, to then connect with other all-night routes such as the N1.
The Hoppa fare also ensures no cost penalty (as long as a connection made within an hour) for doing so.