Route W19: Re-routing and evening extension beyond Walthamstow

Closed 8 Mar 2020

Opened 24 Jan 2020

Results Updated 27 Jul 2020

We recently consulted on a proposal to re-route the W19 direct from South Access Road into Argall Avenue avoiding the Council depot which closes at 20:00 requiring the W19 to terminate at South Grove in Walthamstow town centre in the evening. We also proposed extending the W19 to terminate at Argall Avenue at all times.  

The public consultation was open between 24 January and 8 March 2020. We have completed our analysis of the consultation responses and have decided to implement the proposals without making any changes to them. Our consultation report and response to issues raised can be found below.  

Route W19 consultation report (PDF 489KB)  

The implementation of our proposals are dependent upon changes to the highway being made by the London Borough of Waltham Forest, who expect this to be completed in autumn 2020. Therefore, the service change we proposed is likely to occur soon after.


Bus route W19 currently operates between Ilford and Argall Avenue in Walthamstow.

Between South Access Road and Argall Avenue, it operates via the gated Council depot. The depot closes around 20:00 requiring route W19 to terminate at South Grove in Walthamstow town centre in the evening.

As part of the Coppermill area Liveable Neighbourhoods and Cycleway 27 schemes, a road link between South Access Road and Argall Avenue will be re-opened by the London Borough of Waltham Forest. This would enable route W19 to avoid running through the Council depot. It also creates the opportunity to extend the W19 to Argall Avenue at all times. The local schemes also include a bus gate outside Barn Croft Primary School, to the north of the Council depot. The borough has already consulted on their proposals including the bus gate. This consultation is only for the proposed changes to the W19 bus route.  

What is proposed?  

  • It is proposed to re-route the W19 direct from South Access Road into Argall Avenue avoiding the Council depot
  • It is also proposed to extend the W19 to finish at Argall Avenue at all times. The route operates every 20 minutes after 20:00

 Please see the map below for more information.

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Route W19 proposed changes map (PDF 134KB)

How these changes will benefit local community?  

The proposed changes will:

  • Improve the day to day operation of the bus service and the Council depot by removing the interaction between the two
  • Simplify the bus network
  • Enable the bus route to serve all its locations beyond Walthamstow town centre in the evenings, providing additional service to the local community and encouraging sustainable travel

Why we are consulting?  

Prior to making a final decision on the proposed changes to route W19, we would like to better understand how our customers feel about the proposal and if they have any concerns that we need to address.  

Impact on protected groups  

The proposed changes increase current bus service provision. It is therefore expected to benefit all customers. However, we have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). The EqIA examines what impact (positive or negative) our proposal has on customers with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.

We consider the impacts of bus service change proposals on equality groups throughout the planning process ensuring, where possible, effective mitigations are in place where no viable alternative is available. This EqIA can be found below.

Route W19 proposed changes EqIA (PDF 229KB)

We would welcome feedback to better understand how protected groups would be affected by our proposal.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposal to change route W19. Your comments and suggestions will help inform our final decision making.  

Please give us your views by completing the online consultation form by Sunday 8 March 2020.

Alternatively, you can:

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

Depending on the feedback from this consultation, we hope to make these changes in summer 2020.  

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.


  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Waltham Forest


  • Anyone from any background


  • Bus route W19