Proposed changes to bus routes 88 and C2

Closed 26 Sep 2018

Opened 8 Aug 2018

Results Updated 25 Mar 2019

Between 8 August and 26 September 2018, we received 1,167 responses to the consultation on bus routes 88 and C2. This included eight responses from local stakeholders. Of the 1,159 public responses:

  • 15% of respondents supported or strongly supported the proposed changes;
  • 6% neither supported nor opposed them;
  • 66% opposed or strongly opposed them;
  • 1% didn’t know; and
  • 13% did not answer this question

The outcome of this consultation is explained in full in our consultation report below.

Consultation report (PDF 836KB)

We have now analysed and considered all the feedback from the consultation, and have identified the following key themes from public and stakeholder responses:

  • There was support for a new bus link between Clapham and North London; and
  • There was concern regarding the service frequency, reliability and capacity of route 88 if the proposed changes were implemented

We intend to take steps to address these concerns and our full response to issues raised during the consultation can be found in our Response to Issues Raised report below.

Response to Issues Raised report (PDF 174KB)

Next steps

Following our consultation, we have identified the appropriate steps to address the key concerns raised during the consultation. 

In addressing these concerns we have concluded that we can now proceed in extending bus route 88, so that it runs between Clapham Common and Parliament Hill Fields, and withdrawing route C2.

To cover the loss of route C2, route 88 will be rerouted to run via the current C2 route between Great Portland Street and Parliament Hill Fields. It will no longer serve Mornington Crescent Tube station, Hampstead Road, Warren Street Tube station or Euston Road.

These changes will be implemented on 30 March 2019.


The way people travel around London is constantly changing and it is important that we have a public transport system that reflects that, as well as supporting the social and economic growth of the Capital.

We review the bus network regularly to ensure services remain efficient, safe, reliable, and provide good value for money to our customers.

We have developed a set of proposals for routes 88 and C2 that would:

  • Extend route 88 to run from Clapham Common to Parliament Hill Fields, 24 hours a day
  • Re-route route 88 at Camden Town via Albany Street, providing a new direct link between Clapham Common, Piccadilly Circus and Albany Street, Kentish Town and Parliament Hill Fields
  • Route 88 would no longer serve Mornington Crescent Tube station, Hampstead Road, Warren Street Tube station or Euston Road
  • Withdraw route C2. The route would be covered by the changes to route 88.

(Information updated 13/08/18)

Why are we proposing this?

We constantly review our bus network to ensure that we have the right number of buses to meet demand. Currently there are many buses with spare capacity between Camden Town and Portland Place.  Routes 88 and C2 currently both serve Camden Town, Portland Place and Oxford Circus, 24 hours a day.

Our analysis has also shown that demand on both these routes has decreased significantly between Camden Town and Oxford Circus. It shows that a maximum of 5 buses are needed to meet demand at Camden Town. Currently 15.5 buses per hour are scheduled.

A map showing proposed changes to routes 88 and C2 can be found below.

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How will customers be affected?

Replacing route C2 with an extension to route 88 would provide a new direct link between Piccadilly Circus and Albany Street, Kentish Town and Parliament Hill Fields. However, it would break the existing direct link between the Mornington Crescent area and Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and stops between Westminster and Clapham Common, although these areas would still be accessible with one change of bus.

Many other routes would continue to serve Mornington Crescent Tube station, Hampstead Road, Warren Street Tube station and Euston Road.

Our Hopper fare means there is no longer a financial penalty for changing onto additional buses within one hour.

The frequency on the route 88 would not change:

  • Monday to Saturday daytimes every 8 minutes
  • Sunday daytime and each evening every 12 minutes
  • Each night every 30 minutes

(Additional information added 13/08/2018)

Bus stands

Bus stands are used at the start and finish points of bus routes for buses to wait between journeys.

  • Route 88 currently uses the bus stand in Camden Gardens (north side of road, between Kentish Town Road and Camden Street)
  • Route C2 currently uses the bus stand in Conduit Street (south side of road, between nos. 56 and 62)

These stands would no longer be used at all times, but we would retain them for use by buses which do not run their full route (for example during times of disruption).

There would be no significant changes to the bus stands at:

  • Clapham Common (Old Town) – this would continue to be used by route 88 as now
  • Parliament Hill Fields – this would be used by route 88 instead of route C2

When would these changes start?

We will review and use the feedback from this consultation to help inform and shape these proposals. We may decide to change our proposals in light of comments or we may decide to go ahead as proposed. However, if we significantly revise our proposals we will run a new consultation to find out what people think.

If we go ahead with these proposals they would be introduced in early 2019.

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 26 September 2018.

Alternatively, you can:

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



  • Camden


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


  • Bus route 88
  • Bus route C2