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 bus routes 8, 172 and 242. No changes are proposed for the night bus route N8.
We need to make sure that the bus network is providing the best service possible for passengers in the most cost effective way.
8 - Buses on this route have been temporarily starting and finishing at Tottenham Court Road instead of Oxford Circus since August 2013 due to roadworks and traffic congestion. We are proposing that the route would now start and finish at Tottenham Court Road permanently. The terminus arrangements would though be different to now.
Buses would run towards Tottenham Court Road and continue along High Holborn (A40) instead of turning into New Oxford Street, continuing to St. Giles High Street, to stand on Earnshaw Street. Towards Bow it would run via New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury Way and back to the existing route. Buses on route 8 would use the stand currently used by route 242 which would also be re-routed.
There would be no change to current frequencies. At the moment buses run from Bow Church to Tottenham Court Road, serving Bethnal Green, Liverpool Street, Bank, High Holborn and New Oxford Street. Buses run about every 6 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime and every 10 minutes on Sundays.
242 - We propose that buses on route 242 would be re-routed to terminate at St Paul’s station. Buses would be re-routed at Bank and continue towards St. Pauls via Cheapside, Newgate Street and King Edward Street to stand. Towards Homerton Hospital it would run via Montague Street, Museum Of London Roundabout, St Martin's Le Grand and Cheapside back to Bank and the existing route. Buses on route 242 would use the stand currently used by route 172 which would also be re-routed.
There would be no change to current frequencies. Buses run 24 hours a day between Homerton Hospital and Tottenham Court Road station serving Hackney, Dalston, Shoreditch, Liverpool Street, Bank and Holborn. Monday to Saturday buses run about every 9-10 minutes during the day and every 12 minutes on Sundays. On Friday and Saturday nights buses run every 15 minutes and every 20 minutes on other nights.
172 - We propose to reroute the 172 to run between Brockley Rise and Clerkenwell for Farringdon station. It would no long serve stops between Ludgate Circus and St. Paul’s station. Buses would serve Farringdon Street and Farringdon Road for Clerkenwell.
There would be no change to current frequencies. At the moment buses run between Brockley Rise and St. Paul’s station serving Crofton Park, Brockley, New Cross Elephant & Castle, Waterloo and Aldwych. Buses run every 10 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every 15 minutes during the day on Sundays.
The service would continue to run every 10 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every 15 minutes during the day on Sundays.
Our proposals intend to make the route more efficient and improve reliability.
We have taken into consideration how passenger demand for buses is expected to decrease in the area in the future with the introduction of the Elizabeth line, which will offer new travel options at Farringdon.
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, N2, C2, 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.
Over the past five years usage on route 8 has decreased by 14 per cent on weekdays, 18 per cent on Saturdays and 21 per cent on Sundays, not including the effects of road works, which have resulted in a further decrease of around seven per cent on all weekdays.
The service used to run to Oxford Circus, but currently terminates at a temporary stand on Tottenham Court Road due to ongoing works on Oxford Street. The temporary stand is due to be withdrawn in summer 2017 as part of Camden Council’s West End Project and an alternative stand cannot be found at Tottenham Court Road within the planned new road layout. Buses on route 8 would therefore use the existing permeant stand, currently used by buses on route 242. In turn this means route 242 buses would use the stand at St Paul’s currently used by buses on route 172 which would be re-routed to Clerkenwell.
Around 420 weekday customers would need to change bus from route 172 if we changed where buses go. Those wishing to travel to destinations between Ludgate Circus and St Paul’s station would need to change bus to complete their journey.
We appreciate that having to change bus may inconvenience some customers. There are multiple other bus services that currently run between Ludgate Circus, and St Paul’s Station.
Over the past five years usage on route 242 has decreased by 17 per cent on weekdays, 17 per cent on Saturdays and 14 per cent on Sundays. Usage on the night service has decreased by 20 per cent on weeknights and 60 per cent on weekends. Some of this decline is down to the service not running as reliably as it should. Our proposals seek to address this. By shortening the route and avoiding certain pinch points we can manage the service more efficiently and restore reliability and confidence in the service. Around 1,800 weekday customers would need to change bus from route 242 if we changed where buses go.
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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