London Bridge and Hackney Road

Closed 9 Nov 2018

Opened 28 Sep 2018


Routes 26, 48 and 55

Our proposals

We review the bus network regularly to ensure services remain efficient, safe and reliable for our customers.

We have developed a set of proposals for routes 26, 48 and 55. These would:

  • No longer run route 48
  • Re-route 55 away from Leyton High Road and extend to Walthamstow Central Bus Station via the current route 48
  • Increase frequencies on the 26 to from every 10 mins to every 7.5 mins Monday to Saturday

Why are we proposing this?

Usage over the past five years on routes 26, 48 and 55 has fallen significantly. Routes 48 and 55 share the same roads between Lea Bridge Road, Bakers Arms and Shoreditch High Street. Route 26 runs on the same roads as route 48 between Hackney, Well Street and Bishopsgate, and route 55 between Hackney, Well Street and Shoreditch High Street. 

Currently we have spare capacity on these services at the busiest point on Hackney Road. Route 55 is the most popular service on this corridor, with the remaining demand split between routes 48 and 26.

We are proposing to no longer run the 48 and extend the 55 to retain the connection to Walthamstow. We would increase the frequency of the 26 from every 10 mins to every 7 to 8 mins Monday to Saturday, to ensure there is appropriate capacity it its busiest point.

Routes N26 and N55 would remain unchanged.

A map of the proposed change can be found below:

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Routes 26, 48 and 55 map (PDF 329KB)

A summary of our analysis of this route and the data supporting the case for change can be found here in the Central London bus services supporting material.

How will these proposals affect my journey?

Customers using route 48 from Walthamstow could instead use route 55. To continue their journey to Bishopsgate customers would need to change to route 26.

Customers wishing to travel towards London Bridge or Bishopsgate would need to walk 200 metres along Shoreditch High Street and interchange using routes 35, 47 or 149.

Our Hopper fare means that there would be no additional fare for doing so within one hour.


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