Changes to route 83 and the introduction of new route 483

Closed 22 Feb 2016

Opened 11 Jan 2016

Results Updated 9 Jun 2016

Thank you to all those who provided their views on our proposals.

We received 657 responses to the consultation. 645 responses were from members of the public and 12 were from stakeholders.

57 per cent of respondents supported or partially supported the proposal to shorten route 83 to run between Golders Green and Alperton and not continue on to Ealing Hospital. 22 per cent said they did not support the proposal, 5 per cent were not sure, and 15 per cent had no opinion or did not answer.

77 per cent of respondents supported or partially supported the introduction of new route 483 which would run between Harrow town centre and Ealing Hospital. 11 per cent said they did not support the proposal, 3 per cent were not sure and 9 per cent had no opinion or did not answer.

We have considered all of the responses and have decided to go ahead with the proposals.  We plan to introduce these changes on 10 September 2016.

To view the full consultation report and responses to issues raised documents; please click on the links below:

Click here for a copy of our Consultation report (PDF)

Click here for a copy of our Responses to issues raised (PDF)

Overview


Update - 7 June 2016

Results

Thank you to all those who provided their views on our proposals.

We received 657 responses to the consultation. 645 responses were from members of the public and 12 were from stakeholders.

57 per cent of respondents supported or partially supported the proposal to shorten route 83 to run between Golders Green and Alperton and not continue on to Ealing Hospital. 22 per cent said they did not support the proposal, 5 per cent were not sure, and 15 per cent had no opinion or did not answer.

77 per cent of respondents supported or partially supported the introduction of new route 483 which would run between Harrow town centre and Ealing Hospital. 11 per cent said they did not support the proposal, 3 per cent were not sure and 9 per cent had no opinion or did not answer.

We have considered all of the responses and have decided to go ahead with the proposals.  We plan to introduce these changes on 10 September 2016.

To view the full consultation report and responses to issues raised documents; please click on the links below:

Click here for a copy of our Consultation report (PDF)

Click here for a copy of our Responses to issues raised (PDF)

Details of the consultation can be found below.

Update ends

Background

The London bus network is kept under regular review. We developed proposals to change route 83 to improve reliability and provide more capacity as passenger demand grows in the area.

Route 83 is a 24-hour service that runs daily between Golders Green and Ealing Hospital serving Hendon, Wembley, Alperton, Hanger Lane and Ealing. Buses run approximately every 8 minutes during the day Mondays to Saturdays, every 10 minutes during the day on Sundays and every 12 minutes on all evenings. The overnight service runs every 30 minutes on all nights of the week.

What we proposed?

Route 83
We proposed to shorten route 83 so that it would run between Golders Green and Alperton station only, and not continue on to Ealing Hospital as it does now. The frequency of this service would remain unchanged.  It would no longer be a 24-hour service; however new route N83 would continue to provide the night service covering all stops served by the current 83.

New route 483
We proposed to introduce a new bus route, numbered 483, between Harrow town centre and Ealing Hospital. The proposed new route would start at Harrow bus station, and then run via College Road, Station Road, Kenton Road, Watford Road and East Lane. Buses would go along Wembley Hill Road and then follow the line of the existing route 83 from Empire Way and Wembley Stadium station to Ealing Hospital.  Buses would return over the same roads.

Buses would run every 8 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, every 10 minutes during the day on Sundays and every 12 minutes all evenings.

The proposed new route would introduce a bus service to a 400 metre section of Wembley Hill Road between Empire Way and Wembley Park Drive for the first time. We are working with the London Borough of Brent to determine whether bus stops could be introduced here.

Our proposals would provide many new direct links between places in North West London not currently possible and give additional capacity between Wembley, Northwick Park and Harrow supplementing route 182. For some though, who currently travel on route 83 between places north of Wembley and south of Alperton, a change of bus may be required to complete their journey. This would affect approximately 1,680 passengers a day, about five per cent of passengers currently using route 83 on weekdays.

Route N83
Route 83 is currently a 24-hour service.  Therefore to ensure all current stops retain a night service we proposed to introduce a new service, N83, running between Golders Green and Ealing Hospital via the current 83 route. The frequency of this service would remain at a bus every 30 minutes on all nights.  There would be no separate night service on route 483 but route N18 will continue to link Harrow and Wembley at night via Watford Road and Harrow Road.
 

Map and route diagram of our proposals

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Click here for a larger (PDF) version of the spider map (bus route diagram)
 

Why did we propose this?

Increased demand
Each year, more and more people are using bus services in and around Alperton and Wembley and towards Harrow town centre. In time we predict that demand will increase further as more people travel to and from the area.

On bus route 83 we have seen passenger numbers increase over the last five years by 15 per cent Monday to Friday, 24 per cent on Saturdays and 27 per cent on Sundays. Night bus usage over the same period has also increased by 40 per cent.

Looking ahead
We expect that passenger numbers will continue to grow as significant infrastructure changes are planned to take place in the area, and we want to ensure the bus network is able to support this growth.

The London Borough of Brent’s ‘Wembley Area Action Plan’ aims to create new homes, jobs and shopping and leisure facilities in the vicinity of Wembley Stadium, which in turn will increase demand for bus link from the area.

In addition NHS Healthcare services in northwest London are changing.  Some patient services are moving so increasing passenger demand to and from Northwick Park. New route 483 would help connect many communities to Northwick Park and also to Ealing Hospital. 

Fit for the future
We want to make sure that our bus services can match future demand in the best way possible. Our proposals for bus route 83 aim to improve reliability and create space for more passengers on bus routes in the area.

Click here to download a copy of our leaflet outlining these proposals

Click here to download a copy of the poster that appeared at bus stops during the consultation period

 

Areas

  • Barnet
  • Brent
  • Ealing
  • Harrow

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Bus route 83