Proposed changes to routes 125, 303 and 305

Closed 12 Nov 2017

Opened 2 Oct 2017

Overview

Colindale and Burnt Oak is a large area of housing and office development that is increasing demand for public transport in the area. It is included in the London Plan of the Greater London Authority (GLA) as a growth area with at least 12,000 new homes and 2,000 jobs to be provided. This development is concentrated around Edgware Road, Colindale Station, Grahame Park and Aerodrome Road.

We are looking to develop the bus network to respond to this.

 

Why We Are Consulting

Route 125

We are proposing to extend route 125 from Finchley Central to Colindale Station. It would add an extra bus every 12 minutes between these two locations while reducing frequency across the existing route from every 10 minutes. As part of this we are also proposing to reroute 143 and 326 to run eastbound directly via Hendon Lane and Regents Park Road at Finchley Central to ensure routes 125, 143 and 326 share the same stops in this area.

 

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Routes 303 and 305

We are also proposing to merge routes 303 and 305 to run between Edgware and Kingsbury Circle via Mill Hill, Colindale and ASDA to run as route 303.

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Routes 186, 204, 303 and N5 post 2020

We have a further set of proposals that we would like your views on, although subject to the outcome of consultation, these would not happen before 2020 due to the requirements for new infrastructure.

Planned redevelopment at Grahame Park would lead to construction of a new link road linking Lanacre Avenue and Field Mead. It would replace Quakers Course that routes 186, 204 and 303 currently use.

Therefore we propose that routes 204 and N5 would run direct via Lanacre Avenue and routes 186 and 303 would run via the new link road.

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Why are we proposing this?

Route 125

Route 125 currently runs between Winchmore Hill and Finchley, Church End. Buses run every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday peak times and every 15 mins during Sundays and all evenings.

The extension of route 125 between Finchley Central and Colindale Station, with changes to routes 143 and 326, has the following benefits:

It would add capacity to the already busy and growing corridors between Finchley, Hendon and Colindale.

It would create a new orbital link across the London Borough of Barnet, with new direct links as follows:

  • New London Borough (LB) of Barnet headquarters at Colindale for staff and visitor who live on the east of the borough.
  • Aerodrome Road to Colindale Station.
  • Colindale to Hendon town centre, Finchley, Whetstone and LB Enfield
  • Hendon/Finchley Lane to Ballards Lane/North Finchley.
  • Middlesex University main campus to student accommodation at Colindale.

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The introduction of a new service on Greyhound Hill would also bring more people within 400m of their local bus network. As part of this we would need to build bus stops on Greyhound Hill and some further modifications to allow for safe passage of buses. We have developed detailed plans with Barnet Council  to show where we would like to place these stops.

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The extension would also remove its current stand working at Finchley Central and it would no longer stand at St. Mary’s Church using it as an eastbound stop instead. For consistency, it is proposed that route 125 parallels routes 143 and 326 and serves the same stops between Hendon and Finchley. Routes 143 and 326 do not currently serve the section of Hendon Lane where St Mary’s Church stop is located. All 3 routes will be rerouted eastbound via St. Mary’s Church. It is also proposed that route 125, 143 and 326 no longer serve stop S westbound at Regent’s Park Road. This is to reduce delays to buses and other traffic by buses needing manoeuvre from the stop to the right turn only lane for Gravel Hill. Stop L is located 160 metres away at Gravel Hill and would continue to be served by these routes.

 

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Routes 303 and 305

Route 303 currently runs between Colindale Station and Edgware Station, with buses every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes, every 20 minutes during Sunday shopping hours and every 30 minutes during all evenings. Route 305 currently runs between Edgware Station and Kingsbury Circle, with buses every 15 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 30 minutes during the evening and Sundays.

We are proposing to merge the two routes to provide a service every 15 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes, every 20 minutes during Sunday shopping hours and every 30 minutes during all evenings. It would run between Edgware and Kingsbury Circle via Mill Hill, Colindale and ASDA, the new route would be numbered route 303.

The proposed routeing of the revised 303 would remove some of the duplication in links with high frequency route 302 that has spare capacity in the area while maintaining a bus service on all roads currently served.

It would use the same stands at Edgware and Kingsbury Circle as existing route 305.

The benefits of this restructure are:

  • It would better match capacity to demand, and allow us to put more resources into other areas where additional capacity is required.
  • It would allow for new trips on the network as a result of new links between Colindale and surrounding areas including: Honeypot Lane/Princes Avenue to Colindale ASDA, Colindale Station (replacing Burnt Oak for Northern line), Grahame Park and Mill Hill Broadway Station/High Street. Deans Lane and Hale Lane to Colindale and the western end of Edgware town centre. There would also be faster journey times between Honeypot Lane and Princes Avenue to the Northern line at Colindale Station for some passengers.
  • Passengers at stops where route 305 is replaced by route 303 on Honeypot Lane, Princes Avenue and Deans Lane would have a higher frequency during Sunday shopping hours.  

 All existing stops would continue to be served with no network holes created.

As part of this we would need to build a bus lane in the middle of the width restriction at Capitol Way to allow buses to pass. It also requires a new northbound stop and a relocated southbound stop at Stag Lane for access and interchange between routes 302 and 303. We have developed detailed plans with Barnet Council to show where we would like to place these stops and modifications to the width restriction.

 

 

There are some disbenefits to these changes:

  • There would be some broken direct links across both routes. These would be Honeypot Lane and Princes Avenue to Burnt Oak Broadway and Burnt Oak Station (though passengers would gain a new link to Colindale Station).Some passengers would need to walk up to 400 metres to access the route. There would also be longer journey times from Princes Avenue to Edgware and Deans Lane to the Northern line as the proposed route would stop at Edgware and Colindale stations instead of Burnt Oak station.

There would be a reduction in frequency between stops on Stag Lane, Orange Hill Road and Deansbrook Road for some passengers. These roads would continue to be served by route 302 that runs every 8-12 minutes.

 

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Route 186, 204, 303 and N5 post 2020

Redevelopment at Grahame Park would lead to construction of a new link road between  Lanacre Avenue and Field Mead. It would replace Quakers Course that routes 186, 204 and 303 currently use. These highway changes would also increase the density and change the location of housing in the area creating new pedestrian desire lines. Once the Quakers Course stops and turnaround facility are removed in 2020, routes 186 and 204 can only serve either Watling/Montrose Avenue or Grahame Park.

The Quakers Course stops are located in the middle of Grahame Park and are used by around 4,200 passengers per weekday – the highest usage of any in this area. This number is expected to increase.

Therefore, we propose that routes 186 and 303 run via the new link road.

Route 186 would run via Grahame Park Way, Field Mead and the new link road withdrawing the route from Watling Avenue, Montrose Avenue and a section of Lanacre Avenue west of the link road. Route 303 would run via the new link road. It would be withdrawn from Grahame Park Way and Corner Mead that would be a maximum of 450 metres walk from Lanacre Avenue or the link road.

It is also  proposed that routes 204 and N5 run direct via Lanacre Avenue.

Both routes would continue to run along Watling Avenue, Montrose Avenue and Lanacre Avenue but not the link road. This would result in slightly faster journey times for a number of passengers but also increase walking distance for some passengers by 150 metres.

Overall, the proposed distribution of routes across the new link road and Montrose Avenue best matches expected demand with each route running as direct as possible through the area.

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Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by 12 November 2017.

Alternatively, you can:

  • Email us at consultations@tfl.gov.uk
  • or write to us at FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS

You can also request paper copies of plans and a response form, copies in Braille, large text or another language by emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk, writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS, or calling 0343 222 1155.


 

 

Areas

  • Barnet
  • Brent
  • Camden
  • Enfield
  • Haringey
  • Harrow
  • Islington

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Bus route 125
  • Bus route 143
  • Bus route 186
  • Bus route 303
  • Bus route 305