Bus service proposal: Routes 289 and 455

Closed 7 Mar 2017

Opened 24 Jan 2017


The London bus network is kept under regular review, to make sure that we are providing the best service possible for passengers in the most cost effective way. As part of this, we develop proposals for changes to services. We are proposing to make some changes to routes 289 and 455, and would like to hear your views.

Why are we consulting?

Route 289 operates between Elmers End station and Purley station. Route 455 runs between Purley and Wallington station. At Waddon Marsh, routes 289 and 455 currently run in a loop via Trafalgar Way and Drury Crescent in both directions. In addition, route 289 runs into Croydon Colonnades in the southbound direction only.

To reduce journey times and improve reliability, we are proposing to remove both of these ‘double runs’ so that routes 289 and 455 would run directly along Purley Way at these locations instead.

A map showing proposed changes to route 289 at Croydon Colonnades

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

A map showing proposed changes to routes 289 and 455

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

We estimate that the changes at Waddon Marsh would save about three minutes of journey time each for routes 289 and 455, and altering route 289 at Croydon Colonnades would save around one minute. At busy times, the time savings could be greater, as buses attempting to access Purley Way from both Waddon Marsh and Croydon Colonnades can experience long delays due to congestion.

Avoiding Waddon Marsh would mean that routes 289 and 455 no longer serve two bus stops – Waddon Marsh Tram Stop and The Purley Way Centre – in both directions. Passengers would have to walk about 200 metres to existing stops on Purley Way.

Removing the southbound double run for route 289 at Croydon Colonnades would mean that the route would no longer serve The Colonnades/Croydon Airport bus stop. Passengers would need to walk 90 metres to Purley Way, where a new southbound bus stop would be provided.

There would no changes to the frequency of either route as a result of these proposals. 

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals for routes 289 and 455.

Please give us your views by completing the online consultation form by Tuesday 7 March 2017.

Alternatively, you can:

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.


  • Croydon


  • Anyone from any background


  • Bus route 289
  • Bus route 455