Central London Bus Review

TfL has unveiled consultation on bus services in its latest central London bus review.

The Government set a number of conditions before it would provide emergency funding to enable TfL to keep operating, including requiring them to produce a plan to set out how they would achieve significant financial savings. This plan included reducing the extent of TfL’s bus network.

TfL are consulting on withdrawing some individual bus routes or sections of routes where they are covered by other high-frequency services or are close to alternative stops. The Hopper Fare will continue to allow customers to change between buses within 60 minutes of starting journeys without having to pay more.

Route changes

All the proposed changes have been arranged into ‘neighbourhoods’ of north, east, south and west London to provide a picture of how the bus network in that area would change. The main changes affecting the Marble Arch area are presented first.

You can have your say on the Central London Bus Review here, consultation closes on 12 July 2022.

North London

  1. Baker Street including changes to routes 31, 113, and 189 in Camden and Westminster
  2. Caledonian Road including changes to routes 254, 259, 279, and 349 in Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, and Islington
  3. Edgware Road including changes to routes 6, 16, 23, and 98 in Westminster, Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham
  4. Euston Road including changes to routes 24, 88, 205, and 214 in Camden, Westminster, City of London, Islington, and Tower Hamlets

Bus numbers 113 and 189 will no longer serve Baker Street and Marble Arch. Bus number 16 is proposed to be withdrawn. The 98 bus will instead go to Victoria. The number 6 bus will end at Holborn instead of Aldwych. The 23 will now start in Westbourne Park and serve Paddington, Edgware Road and finish at Aldwych.

The 205 bus will be withdrawn from serving Paddington, Chapel Street, Marylebone Station etc and instead run from Parliament Hill Fields to Mile End.

You can view the maps for the Baker Street, Edgware Road and Euston Road proposals.

Central London Bus Review
Central London Bus Review

West London

  1. Earls Court including changes to routes 27, 328 and C3 in Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea
  2. South Kensington including changes to routes 14, 19, 49, 72, 74, 272, 283, 414, and 430 in Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, Hounslow, and Ealing

The 27 bus will continue to serve the BID area, but terminate at Clapham Junction rather than Hammersmith. The 74 bus which serves Baker Street and Marble Arch is being withdrawn.

You can view the maps for the Earls Court and South Kensington proposals.

Central London Bus Review

South London

  1. Coldharbour Lane including changes to routes 45 and 59 in Lambeth and Southwark
  2. Horseferry Road including changes to routes 3, 77, 507 and C10 in Westminster and Lambeth
  3. Walworth Road including changes to routes 12 and 148 in Southwark, Lambeth, Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham
  4. Waterloo including changes to routes 53, 59, 133, 171, and 521 in Westminster, City of London, Southwark, Lambeth, and Camden

East London

  1. Commercial Street including changes to routes 15, 135, and 242 in City of London, Hackney, and Tower Hamlets
  2. Essex Road including changes to routes 4, 56, 236, and 476 in Islington, City of London, Haringey, Camden, and Hackney
  3. Fleet Street including changes to routes 11, 26, 211, and 507 in City of London, Westminster, Lambeth, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham
  4. Isle of Dogs and Wapping including changes to routes D3, D7, D8, 100, 135, and 277 in Tower Hamlets, City of London, and Hackney
  5. London Bridge and Tower Bridge including changes to routes 43, 47, 78, 343, and 388 in City of London, Hackney, Southwark, Lewisham, and Tower Hamlets

Withdrawn services

Where customer demand for buses can be covered by other services, TfL propose to withdraw the following bus routes:

4, 11, 12*, 14*, 16, 24*, 31, 45, 72, 74, 78, 242, 349, 521, C3, D7, N11, N16, N31, N72, N74, and N242 (*24 hour routes)

You can have your say here, consultation closes on 12 July 2022.