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 73, N73 and 390.
73 & N73 - We propose to withdraw these services between Victoria and Oxford Circus. Buses would run between Stoke Newington and Oxford Circus; however our proposals for route 390 would ensure a connection between Kings Cross and Victoria is maintained.
We also propose to change how often buses on route 73 run. Throughout each day Monday to Saturday buses would run about every five minutes (instead of every 3-5 minutes). In addition in the morning peak towards Oxford Circus we would run extra buses so that between 07:45 and 09:45 there would be a bus every four minutes. We propose that on Sunday buses run about every seven minutes instead of every six minutes.
There would be no change to current frequencies on route N73. Buses run every 12 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights and every 30 minutes every other night between Victoria and Walthamstow.
390 - We propose to reroute buses to run to and from Victoria instead of Notting Hill Gate. This would ensure capacity and connections are maintained between Victoria, Oxford Circus and King's Cross
We also propose to increase the frequency of this route so that buses run every six minutes instead of every eight, during the day Monday to Saturday. Each evening and on Sunday’s buses would run every 10 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. Buses run every 30 minutes each night of the week, as now.
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.
Around 1,050 weekday customers would need to change bus from route 73 if we changed where buses go. These customers can be accommodated on an enhanced route 390 service. While we recognise that rerouting the services would mean some people needing to catch two buses to complete their journey, we feel the benefits of improved reliability and better connections provide a better use of our resources. Around 1,350 weekday customers would need to change bus from route 390 if we changed where buses go.
Our proposals take into account the numbers of customers using each bus route, as well as journey times, and where people are traveling to and from. We have also considered the potential impact of new developments (including Elizabeth line) in the area and the aspirations of our stakeholders, for example the impact of bus traffic in the West End.
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.
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