Bus service proposal: New route 335 from Kidbrooke Village to North Greenwich

Closes 17 May 2019

Opened 12 Apr 2019

Overview

Kidbrooke Village is a large housing development situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich on the site of the old Ferrier Estate. 

Before the development of Kidbrooke Village, routes B16 and 178 served Tudway Road and Moorhead Way via an anti-clockwise loop in both directions with a section of double running on Kidbrooke Park Road.

The 178 and B16 continue to serve the area. Both operate every fifteen minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 20 minutes during evenings. On Sundays the B16 runs half-hourly and the 178 every 20 minutes. Various structural changes have been made to the B16 and 178 in the Kidbrooke area to allow it to serve Moorhead Way and Tudway Road. The B16 terminates at Moorhead Way, within Kidbrooke Village. The 178 was converted to double deck operation in December 2018.

Requests have been made for additional services in the Kidbrooke area, notably to provide connections to North Greenwich Underground station.

What is proposed?

New route 335

There is currently no direct bus service between Kidbrooke Village and North Greenwich.  Stakeholder, passenger requests and experience of route 132, which serves an area to the north of Kidbrooke before heading towards North Greenwich, shows that there would be demand for a new, direct service linking these locations.  

Two options for a new route providing this link have been evaluated to provide this.  

Both options would use double-deck buses operating every 12 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 15 minutes during evenings and Sundays. Both options assume that they would serve and terminate at the stand on Moorhead Way.  

Option 1 – via Blackheath Royal Standard

The first option would go via Kidbrooke, Kidbrooke Park Road/Rochester Way, Blackheath Royal Standard, Westcombe Hill, Peartree Way and West Parkside. This would provide new links between Kidbrooke, Blackheath Royal Standard and North Greenwich. It would provide additional capacity on the following busy corridors:

  • Between Kidbrooke Park Road/Rochester Way and North Greenwich, currently served by the 132
  • Between Blackheath Royal Standard and North Greenwich which is served by routes 108 and 422

These routes and corridors have received feedback regarding capacity issues from customers and local stakeholders.

An end-to-end journey during the morning peak will take an estimated 30 minutes.

Option 2 – non-stop between Kidbrooke and the Greenwich peninsula

The second option would operate from Kidbrooke Village to North Greenwich and would operate via the A2, A102 and Peartree Way and West Parkside. It would provide new links between Kidbrooke and North Greenwich and would provide additional capacity on the North Greenwich peninsula.

There would be fewer local benefits from this option due to the long non-stop section on the A2 and A102.

However, there is an expected 5 minute time saving by using the A2 and A102 compared to Option 1. 

An end-to-end journey during the morning peak will therefore take an estimated 25 minutes.

Please see the map below for more information on both options.

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Proposed new bus service 335 map (PDF 104KB)

Other options

Sending the route via Charlton was considered, either via Woolwich Road, Anchor and Hope Lane and Bugsby’s Way, or via Charlton Road, Charlton Church Lane and Bugsby’s Way.

These routeings, while serving a wider area, would be circuitous.

An end-to-end journey via Charlton from Kidbrooke during the morning peak would take an estimated 37 minutes. This would be a slower alternative to routes 108, 132 and 422 and therefore less attractive compared to Option 1 and Option 2.

We also considered two variations of Options 1 and 2.

One variation used the A2 non-stop between Kidbrooke and Shooters Hill Road, before then serving the Blackheath Royal Standard routeing of Option 1 to North Greenwich.

The other variation served Kidbrooke Park Road/Rochester Way as far as Shooters Hill Road, then used the A102 non-stop to North Greenwich.

However, these variations were not felt to have sufficient journey time benefits over Options 1 or 2, nor would they provide an attractive alternative to route 132.

TfL’s preferred option

Our preference is for Option 1, via Blackheath Royal Standard, as it provides an attractive link between Kidbrooke Village and North Greenwich, while having a range of wider benefits by providing extra capacity on busy local corridors.  

These proposals are subject to a public consultation and we are keen to hear your views on how these changes could affect you.   

Why we are consulting?

The way people travel around London is constantly changing. We need to have a public transport system that adapts to varying demand, while supporting economic growth and allowing Londoners to live, work and enjoy life in the Capital.  

Buses play a unique role in the life of London. They are the most accessible form of public transport and they provide the widest and densest network of travel options for distances that are too long to walk or cycle. Good reliable bus services are fundamental to how our customers move around the city.  

The bus network is crucial to London’s continued economic and social development, and will be vital in meeting the Mayor’s Transport Strategy target of 80 per cent of journeys being made using sustainable transport options by 2041.  

The Mayor’s Transport Strategy also stated the importance of making the most of the flexibility of the bus network to reduce and remove existing services where they are no longer required in central and inner London. We can use this capacity to provide new or improved services in outer London where the potential for mode shift to buses and for housing growth is greatest.  

Impact on protected groups

We have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). The EqIA examines what impact (positive or negative) all of the proposed route changes have on customers with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.

We consider the impacts of bus service change proposals on equality groups throughout the planning process ensuring, where possible, effective mitigations are in place where no viable alternative is available. The EqIA can be found below.

Route 335 Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 336KB)

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals for new route 335. Your views and comments will help inform our final decision making.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Friday 17 May 2019.

Alternatively, you can:

You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.

Depending on the feedback from this consultation, we hope to make these changes in autumn 2019.  

This consultation is part of the process which fulfils the requirement for TfL to consult under Section 183 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

Have your say

Areas

  • Greenwich
  • Lewisham

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Buses