We want to make sure our bus services can match future demand in the best way possible. We regularly review how bus services are used, and as part of this process we have developed proposals for changes to 23, 46, 332 and 452.
We need to make sure that the bus network is providing the best service possible for passengers in the most cost effective way.
23 - We need to make changes to route 23 now to restore the reliability of the service. Our proposals to withdraw buses between Liverpool Street bus station and Aldywch can be seen by visiting https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/liverpool-street-buses#What are we proposing for routes 11, 23, 42 and 78?
In the longer term, once the Elizabeth line is open we propose major changes to this route. Under these proposals buses would no longer run east of Paddington. The route would be extended from Paddington to Lancaster Gate and from Ladbroke Grove, Sainsbury’s to Wembley. We expect one of the biggest change in trip patterns to be at Paddington as people will be able to continue their journey from the west into central London, and beyond. The exact routeing is still being developed but our thoughts at the moment are for buses to serve Paddington, Harrow Road and Harlesden then onto Wembley. To compliment this we would change route 452 as well.
We are working with Brent Council to establish a convenient and suitable terminus for the route. Further consultation will be undertaken once this is known.
Rerouting the 23 would reduce the number of buses between Paddington and Aldwych, reflecting the drop in demand predicted when the Elizabeth line opens and improve reliability for other buses and customers travelling through the area.
Our proposal would provide an extra bus route to central London to serve residential and business developments in Wembley.
There would be no change to frequencies. Route 23 currently runs between Westbourne Park bus garage and Liverpool Street station via Aldwych and Oxford Circus. Buses run every 8 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every 10 minutes during the day on Sundays.
46 - We propose to revise where this route terminates. Buses would terminate at Paddington instead of Lancaster Gate. Route 46 would therefore not serve Craven Road or Westbourne Avenue. This would allow us to extend route 23 to Lancaster Gate and make more efficient use of available stand space.
There would be no change to frequencies. Route 46 currently runs between Lancaster Gate station and St Bartholomew’s hospital via Hampstead and King’s Cross. Buses run every 10 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every 15 minutes during the day on Sundays.
332 - To improve connections between Maida Vale and Paddington we propose that buses are re-routed along Kilburn Park Road, Shirland Road and Warwick Avenue. In addition buses would terminate at Lancaster Gate rather than Paddington, Bishops Bridge Road and follow the current route taken by route 46 buses.
The proposals mean buses would no longer run in a large counter-clockwise loop at Paddington. Buses would therefore not serve Pread Street or Edgware Road but would instead provide improved connections to Paddington from Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue.
There would be no change to frequencies. Currently buses run between Neasden and Paddington every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 12 minutes on Sundays and each evening.
452 - To complement our proposed changes to route 23 we propose to re-route buses on this route to Harrow Road via Kensal Road. Route 452 would be withdrawn between Kensal Rise and Ladbroke Grove Sainsbury’s.
There would be no change to frequencies. Route 452 currently runs between Kensal Rise station and Vauxhall station via Kensington. Buses run every eight minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every 12 minutes during the day on Sundays.
How would these proposals change my journey?
These proposals form part of a wider package of changes to bus services in Central London. The proposals for routes 3, 6, 8, 15, 22, 23, 25, 46, 73, 137, 172, 242, 332, 390, 425, 452, C2, N2, N3, N8, N15, N22 and N73 take account of Mayoral commitments about Oxford Street, in addition to current and future changes in the number of passengers using each bus route, journey times, and where people are travelling to and from.
Our proposals would create new links between Wembley, Brentfield Road and Harrow Road and between Harrow Road, Ladbroke Grove and Paddington.
Around 2,400 weekday passengers would need to change bus from route 23 for journeys starting between Paddington and the West End, although this is expected to fall once the Elizabeth line is open. Around 290 passengers would need to change bus from route 452 if we changed where buses go. Customers travelling between Kensal Rise and Knightsbridge will still be able to use high frequency route 52. Around 190 passengers would need to change bus from route 46 if we changed where buses go. Customers using route 46 will be within walking distance of alternative bus stops.
We appreciate that having to change bus may inconvenience some passengers. We expect that a significant number of customers will use the Elizabeth line when it opens in 2019. We feel the benefit of reducing buses to match demand and improve reliability between Paddington and the West End provides a better use of our resources.
Rerouting the 332 would improve connectivity to the Elizabeth line (and other rail services) at Paddington. Parts of Maida Vale currently have no direct link to Paddington.
Around 600 weekday passengers would need to change bus from route 332 if we changed where buses go. However, we anticipate that this change would generate significantly more demand as people connect to and from Paddington.
The hopper fare will automatically be given to anyone who uses pay as you go with Oyster cards or contactless payments and will allow passengers to make an additional bus journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first bus.
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