Bus routes 3, 137 and N3

Closed 29 Jan 2017

Opened 25 Nov 2016

Overview

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 routes 3, 137 and N3.

We need to make sure that the bus network is providing the best service possible for passengers in the most cost effective way.

Our proposals

3 - We propose to reroute the service to Russell Square serving Charing Cross Road and Great Russell Street. Buses would no longer run between Regent Street and Trafalgar Square.

Our proposals would create new passenger links between Millbank, the British Museum and the Russell Square area on route 3.

They would also create new links between Millbank and Tottenham Court Road station for easy access to Tube and Elizabeth line services.

There would be no change to frequencies. At the moment buses run between Crystal Palace bus station and Regent Street (Conduit Street) serving West Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton, Kennington and Westminster. Buses run every eight minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every ten minutes during the day on Sundays.

A linear map showing current and proposed route 3

N3 - We propose to reroute the service to Russell Square serving Charing Cross Road and Great Russell Street. Buses would no longer run between Oxford Circus and Trafalgar Square.

Night bus route N3 currently runs between Oxford Circus and Bromley North bus station serving Beckenham, Crystal Palace, West Dulwich, Herne Hill and Brixton. At weekends the service operates in two legs, between Oxford Circus and Crystal Palace and between Oxford Circus and Bromley North. Buses run every 15 minutes between Oxford Circus and Crystal Palace and every 30 minutes between Crystal Palace and Bromley North.

A linear map showing current and proposed route N3

137 - Buses would be re-routed to run between Streatham Hill (Telford Avenue) and the Marble Arch / Park Lane area, and not continue on to Oxford Circus.

There would be no change to frequencies. The route would continue to serve all stops between Streatham Hill (Telford Avenue) and Marble Arch / Park Lane serving Clapham Park, Chelsea Bridge and Sloane Square. Buses run every six minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every eight minutes during the day on Sundays.

Terminating route 137 at Marble Arch also means a more reliable service can be provided on the rest of the route.

Our proposals mean additional space for buses to stand at Marble Arch is required. We are working with stakeholders to establish what maybe possible at this location.

We’re not proposing any changes to route N137 which would continue to run between Oxford Circus and Streatham Hill.

A linear map showing current and proposed route 137

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 customers using each bus route, journey times, and where people are travelling to and from.

Under these proposals, customers on route 3, wishing to travel to destinations between Trafalgar Square and Regent Street would need to change bus to complete their journey. Customers could make use of existing high frequency to complete their journeys.

Around 850 weekday customers would need to change bus from route 3 if we changed where buses go. While we recognise that re-routing the service would mean some people needing to catch two buses to complete their journey, we feel the benefits of better connections to Tottenham Court Road and Russell Square provide a better use of our resources.

Under these proposals, customers on route 137 wishing to travel to destinations between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus would also need to change bus to complete their journey.

Around 2300 weekday customers would need to change bus from route 137 if we changed where buses go. There are multiple other bus services that will continue run between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus. In addition Bond Street or Marble Arch London Underground stations are a short walk away; providing alternative travel options with access to the Central and Jubilee lines, and at weekends the Night Tube.

Terminating route 137 at Marble Arch also means a more reliable service can be provided on the rest of the route.

The Hopper fare will automatically be given to anyone who uses pay as you go with Oyster cards or contactless payments and will allow customers to make an additional bus journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first bus.

Regeneration and road works in the central London area have affected the reliability of routes 3 and137 over the past year. To make the service more reliable, in early 2015 route 3 services were changed to terminate at Regent Street (Conduit Street) instead of Oxford Circus.

A map showing proposed changes to routes 3, 137 and N3

Please click here to view a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Areas

  • Bromley
  • Camden
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Southwark
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Bus route 137
  • Bus route 3
  • Bus route N3