Greenwich to Bexleyheath bus route goes 24 hrs, 7 days a week

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.

Courtesy TfL. 486 route

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.

Hospital entrance

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.

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One thought on “Greenwich to Bexleyheath bus route goes 24 hrs, 7 days a week

  • Excellent news that route 486 will run a 24 hour service between Nortth Greenwich Station and Bexleyheath Town Centre via Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This will give zqyeen Elizabeth Hospital a 24 hour bus service. I do agree though the Hospital could do with a night bus service from Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Woolwich. With perhaps route 469 Queen Elizabeth Hospital to Erith also becoming a 24 hour. Service. As part of improving bus services in Outer London.


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