Proposed changes to bus services in the Isle of Dogs area

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016

Results Updated 13 Jul 2016

We received 530 responses from members of the public and 11 responses from stakeholders.

Changes to our proposals

We’ve listened to the comments put to us through the consultation and have amended our proposals as a result;

  • We will divert route 135 along Spindrift Avenue to ensure links between the Health Centre and the east of the island are maintained. One of the key points raised during the consultation was the loss of links to Spindrift Avenue, by re-routeing the D3 to Leamouth. From Westferry Road buses on route 135 would go along Spindrift Avenue, East Ferry Road, Manchester Road, Marsh Wall, Limeharbour to Crossharbour Asda
     
  • We will keep the frequency of the D7 at it’s current level with buses running every 6-7 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday
     
  • Double deck buses will be introduced on route D8 providing additional capacity

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Overview

Update 13 July 2016

In February and March we consulted on proposals to make changes to routes 108, 135, 277, D3, D7 and D8. Thank you to all those who provided their views on our proposals.

We received 530 responses from members of the public and 11 responses from stakeholders.

Changes to our proposals

We’ve listened to the comments put to us through the consultation and have amended our proposals as a result;

  • We will divert route 135 along Spindrift Avenue to ensure links between the Health Centre and the east of the island are maintained. One of the key points raised during the consultation was the loss of links to Spindrift Avenue, by re-routeing the D3 to Leamouth. From Westferry Road buses on route 135 would go along Spindrift Avenue, East Ferry Road, Manchester Road, Marsh Wall, Limeharbour to Crossharbour Asda
  • We will keep the frequency of the D7 at it’s current level with buses running every 6-7 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday
  • Double deck buses will be introduced on route D8 providing additional capacity
     

Please click here to view the full report (PDF)

Please click here to view the respose to issues raised (PDF)

Implementation

The rest of the proposals will be introduced as consulted on over two different weekends;

  • Routes 135, 277 and D3 from 17 September
  • Routes 108 and D8 from 1 October 2016
     

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The need for a better service

London is growing. By 2021 London’s population is predicted to be over 9 million, with forecasts that there will be around 170,000 new jobs created.

The Isle of Dogs, Bow and Stratford are places where this growth is expected to be particularly noticeable. Lots of new housing and other developments (like the new Bow School) can already been seen. Already areas like Canary Wharf and Stratford are expanding and changing with new housing, new offices and further job opportunities. Crossrail will open in 2019 opening up new travel opportunities. The bus network needs to reflect and respond to these changes. 

We have reviewed bus routes serving Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs and Bow, to make sure that services can match future travel demand in the best way possible.

We proposed changes to the following bus routes:

108 – would be rerouted via route D8 between All Saints and Bow roundabout and at Stratford

135 – would be rerouted to serve more of the Isle of Dogs

277 – would be rerouted to Crossharbour and no longer serve Leamouth

D3 – would be rerouted via route 277 to Leamouth and no longer serve Crossharbour

D7 – would run less frequently

D8 – would be rerouted via route 108 between Blackwall Tunnel and Bow roundabout and at Stratford

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More capacity, better connections

What is proposed for routes D8 and 108?

What is proposed for route 135, 277, D3 and D7?

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More capacity, better connections 

We want to ensure that the bus network meets demand, both now and in the future. In reviewing the bus network, we’ve looked at local travel patterns and considered the relative impacts of other wider developments. For example the major new development at North Greenwich, in addition to planned changes north of the river. In proposing the schemes below, we have sought to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide a bus network that can be operated reliably
  • Provide a network that has sufficient capacity at the busiest point at the busiest times but also builds in additional capacity on those corridors where we anticipate growth in demand. In particular we have sought to remove single deck bus services from the Isle of Dogs
  • Provide new direct connections where possible
  • Minimise disruption to existing passengers
  • Provide enhancements to the bus network in a cost effective way
     

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What is proposed for routes 108 and D8?

Current situation

Route 108 runs between Lewisham and Stratford serving Blackheath, North Greenwich, Bromley-by-Bow and Bow every 10 minutes during the day. It also runs every 30 minutes during the night.

Route D8 runs between Crossharbour and Stratford International serving Canary Wharf, All Saints, Langdon Park, Devon’s Road and Bow every 12 minutes during the day. The route broadly follows the Canary Wharf – Stratford DLR line.

Our proposals

We are proposing to swap routes 108 and D8 between East India Dock Road and Bow roundabout and at Stratford (see map).

108 – would be rerouted to serve Chrisp Street, Violet Road and Campbell Road (instead of route D8). It would also be rerouted to Stratford International along Carpenters Road serving Stratford City.

This would create new direct bus connections for example from North Greenwich to the Devons Road area and to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It would also introduce a 24 hour service to the Devons Road area. Additionally frequency would be improved on the new roads served by the 108 as it runs more frequently than the D8.

We also propose introducing larger single deck buses, capable of carrying up to 70 passengers meaning capacity is increased across the whole length of the route.

D8 – would be rerouted to serve Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach (replacing route 108) and rerouted to Stratford bus station.

This would create new connections to Bow School, better connecting it to the forecast catchment area west of the school. Diverting the route at Stratford would permit us to convert the route to double deck vehicles, allowing capacity to be maintained along the Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach Road.

Major development is planned in the Isle of Dogs around South Quay and in Canary Wharf. Both are served by the D8. This suggests double deck buses would be more appropriate on the route in future. However, a low bridge along Carpenters Road (Stratford) currently prevents this.

Further information

Route 108 is busiest south of the river between Blackheath and North Greenwich. A height limit in the Blackwall Tunnel means we can only run single deck vehicles on this route. We are therefore proposing to use larger capacity single deck vehicles helping provide some additional capacity on the route.

Many of the journeys on route D8 can also be made on the DLR. Swapping the D8 with the 108 creates new direct connections which overall may prove more popular. For example, those living in the Langdon Park and Devons Road area would have improved access to North Greenwich for the Jubilee line and entertainment venues. Similarly passengers south of the river would have direct access to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford City.

Swapping the routes would mean that some passengers would no longer be able to make the journey they are used to on one bus. However we have tried to keep this disruption and any increases in interchange to a minimum.

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What is proposed for routes 135, 277, D3 and D7?

Current situation

Route 135 operates between Old Street and Crossharbour via Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf every 10 minutes during the day. In the Isle of Dogs it uses Westferry Road and East Ferry Road to reach Crossharbour.

Route 277 operates between Highbury & Islington and Leamouth serving Dalston, Hackney and Canary Wharf every 6-7 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes each night of the week with double deck buses.

Route D3 runs between Bethnal Green and Crossharbour serving Wapping and Canary Wharf every 10 minutes during the day using single deck buses. A low bridge prevents double deck buses being used on the route. Within the Isle of Dogs it serves Spindrift Avenue.

Route D7 runs between Mile End and Poplar serving Canary Wharf and Westferry Road every 6-7 minutes using double deck buses.

Our proposals

We are proposing to substantially increase capacity to and from Canary Wharf along Westferry Road by swapping routes 277 and D3.

Westferry Road has seen significant growth in bus usage over the past 15 years as new development has been built in the Isle of Dogs. It is the busiest point on routes 135, D3 and D7 and demand is expected to continue growing as a consequence of further development and Crossrail.

Route D3 is a high frequency single deck route that passes under a low bridge in Bethnal Green preventing double deck buses being used. Although the route remains busy between Crossharbour and Canary Wharf, usage on the route overall has decreased, mainly due to rail improvements on the Overground and Jubilee lines.

Route 277 would be rerouted to start and finish at Crossharbour. From Canary Wharf, buses would go along Westferry Road and East Ferry Road. This would provide additional capacity along Westferry Road as buses run every 6 -7 minutes for most of the day using double deck buses. Route 277 also runs every 30 minutes each night of the week meaning Westferry Road and East Ferry Road would have an enhanced night service. It would also provide new connections between the Isle of Dogs, Mile End, Hackney and Dalston at night.

Our Road Modernisation Programme includes a potential scheme in Highbury & Islington. Depending on the development of this scheme, changes may also be made to route 277 at the Highbury & Islington terminus. Our proposals for route 277 at Highbury can be found here.

D3 – would be rerouted to serve Leamouth (for Tower Hamlets Town Hall). This would replace route 277 east of Canary Wharf. It is also proposed that route D3 would serve Baffin Way and Blackwall Way rather than Aspen Way (as the 277 currently does) between Canary Wharf and Leamouth. The rerouteing would create new direct east-west connections to / from Leamouth and better serve residents south of Aspen Way.

135 – to and from Crossharbour would be rerouted to serve Limeharbour and Manchester Road instead of East Ferry Road. This would provide for many of the journeys currently made on the D3 as well as create new connections. It would also mean additional capacity along Manchester Road as buses are double deck.

Diverting route 135 along Manchester Road would replace some of the direct links that the D3 currently provides as well as creating new direct links to Commercial Road and the City. However, these proposals do result in Spindrift Avenue no longer having a bus service on it.

Route D7 would be reduced in frequency so that buses run every eight minutes most of the day. Combined with proposed enhancements to routes 135 and 277 there would be a bus every two to three minutes on Westferry Road which is slightly higher than at present. However, with double deck buses being used on all routes, capacity on Westferry Road would increase by around 20 per cent.

Routes 135, 277 and D7 would serve Heron Quays and Bank Street once the roads reopen. Until then access into Canary Wharf from the south will be along West India Avenue.

Further information

Route 277 is a very high frequency route using double deck buses. The busiest point is near Mile End meaning, currently,  more capacity is provided between Canary Wharf and Leamouth than there is demand for. By swapping routes 277 and D3, capacity is better matched with demand both on Westferry Road and east of Canary Wharf which is more cost effective. It also creates new direct bus connections. For some passengers a change of bus maybe required to complete their journey.

Between Prestons Road roundabout and Leamouth, the 277 uses Aspen Way where it is not possible for the bus to stop. This means new housing south of Aspen Way are not as well served by buses as they could be. Rerouteing the D3 via Baffin Way and Blackwall Way would address this and has been a request of Tower Hamlets Council for some time.

Diverting route 135 along Manchester Road would replace some of the direct links that the D3 currently provides as well as creating new direct links to Commercial Road and the City. However, these proposals do result in Spindrift Avenue no longer having a bus service on it.

The scheme provides significant additional capacity on Westferry Road. However, it is not expected that demand on this corridor will be so high that the current D7 frequency needs to be maintained. Therefore it is proposed to reduce the frequency slightly. As noted above, capacity on the Westferry Road corridor would be increased by 20 per cent and wait times will improve slightly.

Areas

  • Greenwich
  • Newham
  • Tower Hamlets

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Bus route 108
  • Bus route 135
  • Bus route 277
  • Bus route D3
  • Bus route D7
  • Bus route D8