Have your say on proposed changes to Brixton Town Centre for southbound bus services

Closed 23 Nov 2018

Opened 12 Oct 2018

Results updated 17 Oct 2019

Between 12 October and 23 November 2018 we consulted on our proposed changes to the layout of bus stops in the centre of Brixton.  We received 74 responses to the consultation, of which 61% supported or strongly supported our proposals.

Thanks to all those who provided their views – we appreciate your patience in waiting for our response.

Having considered all of the issues raised by respondents to the consultation we have decided to proceed with the proposed scheme incorporating the following changes:

  • We will retain three bus stops in the town centre
  • Stop Q will remain unchanged
  • Stop P will remain in its current location and will be served by routes 3, 35, 355 and P4. This means that the two stops nearest to the junction with Coldharbour Lane serve routes continuing on Effra Road towards Herne Hill and Tulse Hill
  • Stop N will be relocated further south and will serve routes 45, 59, 109, 118, 133, 159, 250, 333 to Brixton Hill and beyond. These routes carry the highest number of passengers in the scheme area.  Walking distances to and from Brixton Underground station for passengers using these routes will be reduced by approximately 25 metres

Works are expected to commence in early 2020, if all planning permissions have been received.

The full consultation report, including our response to issues raised, can be found below.

Consultation and Response to Issues Raised report (PDF 675KB)


Brixton Road is a busy road served by 16 bus routes during the day and seven bus routes at night. Customers using our bus services either visit Brixton Town Centre, or interchange with other local services including Tube, train and cycle hire.

We recognise the importance that buses play in the town centre. We are proposing improvements to the road layout which will speed up journey times of southbound bus services, and subsequently improve bus reliability. 

What are we proposing?

Our proposals include:

  • Rationalising bus stopping arrangements for southbound services in Brixton Town centre. We will reduce the number of bus stops from three to two which will better match destinations and improve interchange between bus services. One bus stop will serve routes to Herne Hill and Tulse Hill etc and the other will serve routes to Brixton Hill and beyond. 
  • Creating a double bus lane on Brixton Road (southbound only). This will reduce the number of general traffic lanes to one.
  • Starting the southbound bus lane on the A23, south of the junction Acre Lane, Coldharbour Lane and Effra Road earlier
  • Relocating and slightly increasing the length of a loading bay in the southbound bus lane
  • Providing signage and line markings which will make it clear which lanes vehicles should use at the Acre Lane/Coldharbour Lane and Effra Road junction. This will improve safety.

Please refer to the plans below for further details.

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Brixton Town Centre bus services - proposed changes (PDF 3.94MB)

The scheme as a whole would have a positive impact on tens of thousands of bus passengers daily due to reduced southbound bus journey times. The bus lane changes will also benefit cyclists, taxis, coaches and motorcycles using the bus lane. There is not expected to be a noticeable impact on general traffic journey times through Brixton as a result of the proposals.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by 23 November 2018.

Alternatively, you can:

You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.



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