Bus route N2

Closed 29 Jan 2017

Opened 25 Nov 2016

Results Updated 30 Mar 2017

As part of our review of the bus network, we recently proposed to make changes to bus route N2.

We proposed the changes in light of a significant and sustained change in passenger demand, and to provide better connections for passengers.

As part of our larger consultation on changes to bus routes in central London, we invited customers and stakeholders to have their say, and received a total of 3,415 responses. Of these, 677 supported or strongly supported the proposal for route N2, whilst 106 opposed or strongly opposed it. Others who answered the question about this route said they neither supported nor opposed or didn’t know.

There were no stakeholder comments about the changes proposed to the N2.



After considering the responses received, we have decided to proceed with the changes as proposed in our consultation.

From Friday night 31 March, buses will be rerouted at Victoria to start and finish at Marylebone and no longer serve Trafalgar Square.



To view our consultation report document please click the link below.


We plan to publish the consultation report and response for the wider central London bus consultation in April, and will write to you again when we do.



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 route N2.

Our proposals

N2 - We are proposing to restructure the northern end of the night route so that it no longer runs between Victoria and Trafalgar Square. Buses would be re-routed to Marylebone, following the same line of route as the day service and using the same stand at Hayes Place.

Buses would no longer run between Trafalgar Square and Victoria, where there are multiple other bus services.

There would be no change to frequencies. At the moment buses run between Trafalgar Square and Crystal Palace bus station via Victoria and Whitehall. Buses run every 20 minutes during the weekends and every half hour during weekdays.

A linear map showing current and proposed route N2

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.

Approximately four per cent of passengers would need to change bus if we change where route N2 goes. We anticipate that many new connections would be created by re-routeing buses to Marylebone.

A scheme to restructure the night service to create a full 24 hour service has also been reviewed. However, if the service didn’t run between West Norwood and Crystal Palace, there would be too many passengers who would need to change bus with no new journey opportunities being created, so this would not be progressed.

A map showing proposed changes to route N2

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


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