Update Change to 209 Bus Route

Dear Resident,

We have just received the following update from TfL regarding changes to the 209 bus route that are to be brought in on Saturday 3rd August. 

There will also be a new bus route, the 378 which will be replacing the 209 bus's current route to Putney. 

This follows a great deal of pressure that residents, Councillors and I have applied, and I am grateful to TFL for responding positively.   


Message from TFL

"As you know, following the closure of Hammersmith Bridge earlier this year we have been reviewing bus operations in the surrounding areas. We made a number of changes on Saturday 18 May, which were designed to:

  • Provide or enhance direct links between Roehampton, Mortlake, Barnes and the Tube network at Putney Bridge
  • Retain a direct link between Barnes, Mortlake and Hammersmith, where there is step-free access to the Tube
  • Reinstate route 72 to its full length north of the river so it again runs between Hammersmith and East Acton

We understand that not all of the changes we made have benefitted everyone. As such we have been taking feedback from local stakeholders via public meetings and the YourSay section of TfL’s website.

Following direct feedback from the local community, from Saturday 3 August, we are planning to make the following changes:

·Route 209 will run between Avondale Road and Castelnau, terminating at the junction with Lonsdale Road. The route will serve Barnes High Street, Church Road and Castelnau running along a similar route to the one it served prior to the changes made in May. It will no longer serve Mill Hill Road, Lower Richmond Road and Putney Bridge station. This route will run 7 buses per hour.

·Route 378 – A new route will be introduced between Avondale Road and Putney Bridge station. This mirrors the existing 209 route. This route will run 5 buses per hour.

We are continuing to review bus services in the area and will make further changes to other routes if necessary.

We continue to work with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and their contractors to provide greater clarity on timescales for the bridge repairs."

I will be providing continuing updates via the link below



Best wishes

Zac Goldsmith

MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston