Update from TfL on changed bus routes following the closure of Hammersmith Bridge

Dear Resident,
I wanted to share the following update from TfL regarding Hammersmith Bridge.  
The bridge closure has caused immense difficulties for residents, and as things stand those disruptions are set to last a long time. We do not yet know how long as TFL haven't provided that information. I continue to apply pressure, and am working with neighbouring MPs, local Councillors and our London Assembly Members. 
In the meantime, I have asked TFL to attend a Public Meeting in the coming weeks, so you can ask them questions directly. I will send you information as soon as we have a venue and date. 
Best wishes,
Zac Goldsmith 
MP Richmond Park and North Kingston
 
 

MESSAGE FROM TFL RE BUS ROUTE CHANGES FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE
 
As buses will not use Hammersmith Bridge until safety-critical upgrade work is complete, we are making some changes to the local bus network to improve links for affected customers. These will replace the current temporary changes to six routes that were introduced when the bridge was closed in April.
 
Routes 33, 72, 209, 419, and 485 will run shortened or altered routes. There is also a new route 533 between Barnes and Hammersmith via Chiswick Bridge, and we will increase the frequency of route 265 between Roehampton and Putney Bridge station. Schooldays-only route 609 will no longer run, having been withdrawn when the bridge was closed.
 
Our changes are 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
 
These changes will be introduced on Saturday 18 May. We will review them based on operational experience and customer feedback, and may make further changes later in the year if required.
 
Customers can see details of the changes and provide feedback at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/hammersmith-bridge/ from Wednesday 15 May. We will take feedback received to account when deciding whether to make any further changes to these services. We will also publicise the changes at bus stops, on social media and in customer emails.
 
Hammersmith Bridge is 132 years-old and is a highly complex structure. We are working very closely with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to ensure it is restored as soon as possible.
 
 
Summary of changes:
 
Route 33 - Day Service (approx. 05:00-01:00)
Route 33 starts and finishes in Castelnau ('Lonsdale Road' bus stops), close to the south side of Hammersmith Bridge, no longer serving Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station.
 
It continues to run as previously between Fulwell and Castelnau. There is no change to frequency.
 
Alternative routes
Customers to / from Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus stationHammersmith bus station can either walk across Hammersmith Bridge and use route 72 north of the bridge, or use alternative buses as described below.
Route 533 provides alternative buses between Castelnau and Hammersmith bus station, via Chiswick Bridge.
Route 265 provides alternative buses to / from Putney Bridge station, connecting with route 33 at Barnes Station. Route 220 provides connecting buses between Putney Bridge and Hammersmith bus station.
Route 337 provides alternative buses between Richmond, Sheen Road, Upper Richmond Road West and East Putney station.
 
Route 33 - Night Service (approx. 01:00-05:00)
At night, route 33 is renumbered N33.
 
It continues to run between Fulwell and Hammersmith but is rerouted between Barnes Station and Hammersmith Bus Station along Lower Richmond Road, Putney Bridge and Fulham Palace Road, no longer serving Rocks Lane (northern section), Castelnau or Hammersmith Bridge Road.
There is no change to frequency.
 
Alternative routes
Route N22 provides alternative night buses along Rocks Lane (northern section), but there are no alternative night buses along Castelnau or Hammersmith Bridge Road.
 
Route 72 - Day Service (approx. 05:00-01:00)
Route 72 starts and finishes at Hammersmith Bridge (north side bus stop), north of the river, no longer serving Castelnau, Rocks Lane, Barnes Station or Roehampton. It runs along Hammersmith Bridge Road (westbound), Bridge View (southbound) and Hammersmith Bridge Road (northbound and eastbound) to get as close as possible to the bridge.
 
It continues to run between Hammersmith bus station and East Acton. This replaces the temporary arrangement with route 72 buses not running between Shepherd's Bush and East Acton.
 
There is no change to frequency.  
 
Alternative routes
Route 33 provides alternative buses along Rocks Lane and Castelnau to and from Castelnau ('Lonsdale Road' bus stops), close to the south side of Hammersmith Bridge. Customers to / from Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station Hammersmith bus station can walk across Hammersmith Bridge and use route 72 north of the bridge.
Route 533 provides alternative buses between Castelnau and Hammersmith bus station, via Chiswick Bridge.
Route 265 provides alternative buses along Bessborough Road, Alton Road, Roehampton Lane and Rocks Lane (southern section), running to / from Putney Bridge station and connecting with route 33 at Barnes Station. Route 220 provides connecting buses between Putney Bridge and Hammersmith bus station.
 
Route 72 - Night Service (approx. 01:00-05:00)
At night, route 72 is renumbered N72.
 
It continues to run between Roehampton and East Acton but is rerouted between Barnes Station and Hammersmith Bus Station along Lower Richmond Road, Putney Bridge and Fulham Palace Road, no longer serving Rocks Lane (northern section), Castelnau or Hammersmith Bridge Road.
There is no change to frequency.
 
Alternative routes
Route N22 provides alternative night buses along Rocks Lane (northern section), but there are no alternative night buses along Castelnau or Hammersmith Bridge Road.
 
Route 209 
Route 209 is rerouted to run between Mortlake and Putney Bridge, no longer serving Church Road, Castelnau, Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station.
 
Between Barnes Pond and Putney Bridge it runs along Station Road, Mill Hill Road, Lower Richmond Road and Putney Bridge, starting and finishing at the bus stops in Putney Bridge Approach, close to Putney Bridge station.
It continues to run as previously between Mortlake and Barnes Pond.
 
There is no change to frequency.
We plan to reroute route 209 along Church Road and Rocks Lane (northern section), instead of Station Road, when changes to the junction of Rocks Lane and Mill Hill Road have been made.
 
Alternative routes
Route 419 provides alternative buses along Church Road and Castelnau to and from Castelnau ('Lonsdale Road' bus stops), close to the south side of Hammersmith Bridge. Customers to / from Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station Hammersmith bus station can walk across Hammersmith Bridge and use route 72 north of the bridge.
Route 533 provides alternative buses between Mortlake High Street, Barnes Bridge station, Barnes Pond, Church Road, Castelnau and Hammersmith bus station via Chiswick Bridge.
 
Route 265
There is no change to the route of route 265.
 
Additional journeys run between Roehampton and Putney Bridge station. Buses between Roehampton and Putney Bridge station run every 6 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes (previously every 12 minutes) and every 7-8 minutes on Sunday daytime and each evening (previously every 15 minutes). There is no change to frequency between Tolworth and Roehampton.
 
Alternative routes
Route 220 provides connecting buses between Putney Bridge and Hammersmith bus station.
 
Route 419 
Route 419 is rerouted to run between Richmond and Barnes Pond, no longer serving Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station.
Between Lonsdale Road (eastern end) and Barnes Pond it runs along Castelnau (serving the 'Lonsdale Road' bus stops, close to the south side of Hammersmith Bridge) and Church Road, starting and finishing at the bus stops in Church Road at Barnes Pond.
 
It continues to run as previously between Richmond and Lonsdale Road (eastern end), except towards Barnes Pond it runs along Verdun Road (northern end) and Lonsdale Road, no longer serving Howsman Road and Kilmington Road in this direction. 
 
There is no change to frequency.
 
Alternative routes
Customers to / from Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station Hammersmith bus station can either walk across Hammersmith Bridge and use route 72 north of the bridge, or use alternative buses as described below.
Route 533 provides alternative buses between Lower Richmond Road (eastern section), Mortlake High Street, Barnes Bridge station, Lonsdale Road and Hammersmith bus station via Chiswick Bridge.
Route 190 provides alternative buses between Richmond, Lower Mortlake Road, Lower Richmond Road (western section) and Hammersmith bus station via Chiswick Bridge.
Route 391 provides alternative buses between Richmond, Lower Mortlake Road and Hammersmith bus station via Kew Bridge.
 
Route 485
Route 485 starts and finishes in Castelnau ('Lonsdale Road' bus stops), close to the south side of Hammersmith Bridge, no longer serving Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus station.
 
It continues to run as previously between Wandsworth and Castelnau, except bus stop R in Ram Street is no longer served.
 
There is no change to frequency.
 
Alternative routes
Customers to / from Hammersmith Bridge Road or Hammersmith bus stationHammersmith bus station can either walk across Hammersmith Bridge and use route 72 north of the bridge, or use alternative buses as described below.
Route 220 provides alternative buses between Wandsworth town centre, Putney Bridge Road and Hammersmith bus station via Putney Bridge.
Route 209 provides alternative buses between Barnes Pond, Station Road and Putney Bridge. Routes 209 and 265 provide alternative buses between Lower Richmond Road and Putney Bridge. Route 220 provides connecting buses between Putney Bridge and Hammersmith bus station.
Route 533 provides alternative buses between Castelnau, Church Road, Barnes Pond and Hammersmith bus station, via Chiswick Bridge.
 
Route 533
Route 533 is a new route between Hammersmith bus station, Mortlake and Barnes.
 
It runs along Hammersmith Bridge Road, Great West Road, the A316, Chiswick Bridge, Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake High Street (Barnes Bridge station), Lonsdale Road (eastbound only), Castelnau (southbound only), Church Road (Barnes Pond) (westbound only) and Barnes High Street (westbound only).
 
It runs every 30 minutes daily between approximately 05:00 and approximately 01:00.
 
Route 609 
Route 609 (schooldays only)) will no longer run, having been withdrawn when the bridge was closed.
 
Alternative routes
Route 533 provides alternative services between Hammersmith Bus Station, Hammersmith Bridge Road and Harrodian School, via Chiswick Bridge, or students can walk across Hammersmith Bridge, using route 72 north of the bridge and route 419 (to / from Suffolk Road) south of the bridge.