Routes R5 and R10

Closed 22 Nov 2013

Opened 18 Oct 2013

Results updated 2 Dec 2013

We recently consulted stakeholders about proposed changes to route R5 and R10 to improve reliability.

The consultation was open from 18 October to 22 November 2013. A total of 80 replies were received from members of the public and 12 from stakeholders. 87 objections were received. The consultation report is available here:

We have decided to go ahead with the changes from 7 December 2013. However, given the concerns raised during consultation the changes will be kept under review.  Additionally the new timetables will be distributed to users of the route in the week before the change to ensure that passengers are better able to plan their journeys around the new schedule.



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

We developed proposals for routes R5 and R10 and asked for  your views.

Route R5 and R10

Routes R5 and R10 run from Orpington Station via Green St Green and then serve the communities of Pratts Bottom, Halstead, Knockholt, Knockholt Pound and Cudham before returning to Green St Green and Orpington. They use a single bus, with journeys operating clockwise around the loop using the R5 number, and those running anticlockwise numbered R10. The bus is scheduled to depart from Orpington approximately once an hour although there are longer intervals at peak periods. Hence it is scheduled to run every two hours in each of the directions around the loop.  The services run on Mondays to Saturdays (except evenings).

However, routes R5 and R10 are not running as reliably as we would like meaning that at times customers are waiting longer for the bus to arrive.


We proposed to adjust the timings of routes R5 and R10 to ensure that the bus has sufficient time to complete its journey.  It will now run every 75 minutes from Orpington Station (meaning a bus every 2½ hours in each of the directions around the loop). Although this is less frequent than the current service it should result in a significant improvement in reliability.

Following on from the outcome of this consultation we will introduce this change on 7 December 2013. 

We will distribute timetables to all local residents served by routes R5 and R10.

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.


  • Bromley


  • Stakeholders


  • Bus route R10
  • Bus route R5