Bus service proposal: routes 136 and 343

Closed 21 Feb 2014

Opened 13 Jan 2014

Results Updated 11 Apr 2014

We recently consulted on proposals to extend bus route 136 from Peckham to Elephant and Castle. Thank you to those who provided their views.

Following the consultation, and the analysis of the responses, we can now confirm that we intend to proceed with the proposal. The planned introduction date is Saturday 10 May 2014.

The full report can be found here:

Responses to issues raised can be found here:



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

Why we consulted

We developed proposals for routes 136 and 343 and asked to hear your views.

Route 136: Grove Park – Catford – Lewisham – New Cross - Peckham

Route 343: New Cross – Peckham – north Peckham – Elephant – City Hall

Route 136 runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 15 minutes during the evenings, early Saturday morning and all day Sunday.

Route 343 runs every 6 to 7 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 10 minutes during the evening and on Sundays (every 12 to 15 minutes early on Saturday and Sunday morning). There are additional journeys in the morning peak giving a bus every 4 to 5 minutes from New Cross during the busiest times.

Demand has increased on route 343, especially in the north Peckham area, with a 10% rise since 2008. Additional journeys have been introduced over the past 2 years, but there are still instances of crowding on the service, especially at busy times. Demand is likely to rise further with the redevelopment of the Heygate Estate and the proposed redevelopment of the Aylesbury Estate.

To provide additional capacity in the area, we proposed to extend route 136 from Peckham along the 343 routeing to Elephant. This will give fifteen buses an hour during the day over the busy Peckham – Elephant section. (We will slightly reduce the 343 service by one bus in the morning peak as the capacity this gives is not required over the rest of the route.)

In Peckham, buses on route 136 towards Elephant will run via Clayton Road, Hanover Park and Rye Lane to provide a common stop with route 343 in Rye Lane. At Elephant buses will start and finish at Newington Causeway. They will use a stand in Borough Road, although details of the stand and Newington Causeway stops are being discussed with Southwark Council.

The drawing below shows the proposed routeing. A larger version of the map can be downloaded here.

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.


  • Southwark


  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators


  • Bus route 136
  • Bus route 343