Blackfriars and London Bridge

Closes 9 Nov 2018

Opened 28 Sep 2018


Routes 35, 40, 45, 46, 76, 100, 343, 388 and RV1

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 35, 40, 45, 76, 100, 388, 343 and RV1 that would:  

  • Change route 45 so it no longer runs between Elephant & Castle and King’s Cross
  • Introduce an extra morning journey to St Bartholomew’s Hospital on route 46
  • Change route 388 so it no longer runs between Liverpool Street station and Elephant & Castle and decrease its frequency from every 10 minutes to every 12 minutes
  • Change route 40 so it no longer runs between Elephant & Castle and Aldgate but instead extend it to Clerkenwell Green
  • Increase peak frequencies on route 35 to buses every 7.5 minutes, as well as  introducing a return journey
  • Extend route 100 from the Museum of London to St. Paul’s station, King Edward Street
  • Extend route 343 from Tooley Street, Borough High Street via Tower Bridge to Aldgate
  • Re-route the 76 from via London Wall and New Change. 
  • No longer run route RV1

Why are we proposing this?

Routes 45 and 46 run parallel to each other between King’s Cross station and Gray’s Inn Road at Chancery Lane station. 

Surplus capacity is currently provided on the Blackfriars Road to Farringdon Street corridor where route 63 provides similar links between Elephant & Castle, Blackfriars and King’s Cross,

We are proposing to shorten route 45 to enable a more reliable route between Clapham Park and Elephant & Castle. This would also better match customer demand at King’s Cross on the Farringdon Road and on the Gray’s Inn Road and Blackfriars Road corridors.

We would also schedule an additional morning peak journey on route 46 to ensure there is adequate capacity to serve Gray’s Inn Road.

Route 388 has suffered with reliability issues since its extension to Elephant & Castle, in part due to variable traffic conditions on Blackfriars Road and Blackfriars Bridge.

We are proposing to cut back route 388 from Elephant & Castle to Liverpool Street bus station, although temporary it will be to Finsbury Circus until the bus station re-opens in 2019. We would also decrease its frequency from every 10 minutes to every 12 mins. Shortening the route would improve reliability on the service and better match capacity to customer demand, whilst maintaining the service on the busiest section of the route, between Bethnal Green and Liverpool Street.

We would no longer run route 40 between Aldgate and Elephant & Castle and then extend it between Elephant & Castle and Clerkenwell Green. In order to meet demand between Bishopsgate and Elephant & Castle we would increase peak frequency on route 35 from every 10 minutes to every 7-8 minutes.

This would still provide sufficient capacity on the Blackfriars Road corridor if route 45 and 388 are also withdrawn from this section. We would extend the route to Clerkenwell Green to create new links.

To maintain a connection for passengers to London Wall, we propose to re-route route 76 via London Wall and New Change. This proposal would also remove a right hand turning at Bank Junction, which would allow for future improvements to pedestrian infrastructure.

We are proposing to extend route 343 from Tooley Street to Aldgate via Tower Bridge. This retains a connection between Aldgate and Elephant & Castle, so the connection to Elephant & Castle for route 40 passengers is retained.

Two pairs of stops in Fenchurch Street would no longer be served by a bus route; however they are within 300 metres of stops on Gracechurch Street, Leadenhall Street, and Eastcheap and Great Tower Street.

Route 100 currently operates between London Wall, Museum Of London and Shadwell Station every 12 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes and every fifteen minutes evenings and Sunday.

To complement our proposals to withdraw route 388 from London Wall, we are extending this route between Museum of London to St. Paul’s station, King Edward Street. This would restore a link to St. Paul’s station, improving interchanges for onward travel from the station.  This would also help provide appropriate capacity for customers changing from route 388 to route 100.

The RV1 is paralleled between York Road, Waterloo and Tower Bridge by route 381, between City Hall and Peckham, though the RV1 runs on Upper Ground between Waterloo and Blackfriars Road rather than Stamford Street which is a short walk away.

The 343 parallels the RV1 between London and Tower Bridges. Usage of the route peaked in 2008 and has been declining, which has led to excess capacity on the RV1. Extending the 343 to Aldgate from City Hall would duplicate many of the links provided by the eastern section of route RV1. The 343 would also run north of the RV1’s current terminal at Tower Gateway and so provides a new connection between the Tooley Street area. The 343 runs every 8 to 10 minutes compared to the RV1’s 20 minute frequency.

Maps of the current routes and proposed changes can be found below:

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Routes 40, 45, 76, 100, 343, 388 and RV1 current map (PDF 265KB)

Routes 40, 45, 76, 100, 343 and 388 proposed map (PDF 259KB)

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?

Passengers travelling between the Aldwych area and the South Bank would change buses in the Waterloo area by walking between stops on Stamford Street (route 381) and Waterloo Bridge or Waterloo Roundabout (the many routes on Waterloo Bridge). 

Passengers travelling on the RV1 between the South Bank and the Tower would change buses in the London Bridge area between routes 381 and 343.  These would be at the same stop and would be straight forward between the two high frequency routes.

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


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  • Bus route 35
  • Bus route 40
  • Bus route 45
  • Bus route 46
  • Bus route 76
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