Bus service proposal: routes EL1 and 387


The London bus network is kept under regular review. As part of this, we develop proposals for changes to services.

Barking Riverside is changing significantly and will eventually see 10,900 new homes. Phase 1 of the development around Galleons Drive and Minter Road is nearing completion. Phase 2 of the development around Drovers Road will begin to open throughout 2017. Initially it will consist of a school campus and approximately 500 homes.

We are working closely with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the Developer to provide bus services for these new developments.

Route EL1 is a 24-hour bus route which runs between Ilford Town Centre and Barking Reach every 6 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 10 minutes in the evening and on Sundays. Buses run every 30 minutes throughout the night.

Route 387 runs between Little Heath (King George Hospital) and Barking Reach every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 20 minutes on Sundays and all evenings.

What are we proposing?

We are proposing the following change to route EL1:

  • Extend route EL1 from its current terminus near Mallards Road to a new terminus near Drovers Road in the Barking Riverside development. The routeing would use new roads currently being constructed. This would link Thames View Estate with the new school

We are proposing the following changes to change route 387 to route EL3:

  • Re-route 387 through Barking town centre along the more direct bus-only roads used by East London Transit routes, to improve journey times and reliability for passengers.
  • Re-route 387 at River Road in both directions to run via Thames Road, Creek Road, Long Reach Road and new roads within Barking Riverside to a new terminus near Drovers Road. This would allow it to serve the new school and housing. Buses would no longer serve the section of Thames Road between the junctions with Creek Road and Marine Drive.
  • Route 387 would be renamed EL3 making it part of the East London Transit network that uses roads with higher levels of bus priority.
  • The daytime frequency of the EL3 would increase to a bus every 10 minutes on Monday to Friday.


Please see the maps below for further details of the changes to routes and how this may affect your journey.

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


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

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about these proposals for routes EL1 and 387 (EL3). Your comments and suggestions will help to inform our final decision.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by 14 August 2016.



Key Dates

Status: Closed

Ran from 17 Jun 2016 to 14 Aug 2016

Other Information


  • Barking & Dagenham,
  • Redbridge


Anyone from any background


  • Bus route EL1,
  • Bus route 387