Zac Goldsmith MP meets with TfL to discuss bus consultation for Richmond

Zac Goldsmith met with TfL to discuss their latest bus consultation on Wednesday the 28th November.  The consultation shuts on the 11th December and Zac would like to encourage residents to have their say on the consultation to ensure the service matches their needs.

TfL have shared the information below outlining the proposed changes to the route and how you can have your say:

Message from TFL:

Overview

The London bus network is reviewed regularly to make sure we are providing the best services possible for customers in the most cost effective way.

Our review of bus services in outer London has revealed that a number of corridors running in Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton are operating with spare capacity. This means that buses are not full. There are also missing links around Whitton and Chertsey Road.

We are proposing changes to bus routes 110, 419, 493, H22 and H37 to reallocate bus resources to where additional capacity is needed in Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton.

What are we proposing?

We are proposing the following changes:

Route 110 and 419

  • Routes 110 and 419 would be merged (all to be renumbered route 110)
  • Route 110 would be rerouted to Whitton, St Margaret’s and Richmond
  • Route 110 would be extended to Hammersmith via Castelnau
  • Route 110 would replace route 419 entirely between Hammersmith and Richmond, at the same frequency
  • Route 110 would no longer run between Whitton and West Middlesex Hospital (covered by higher frequency routes 267 and H22)
  • The merged route would have buses running every 15 minutes rather than every 20 minutes. Existing route 110 passengers using the route between Hounslow and Whitton would receive a frequency increase. It would run via A316 Chertsey Road between Twickenham Stadium and St. Margaret’s, a 1.2 kilometre section of road not currently regularly served by buses. New stops are proposed providing new links to local Richmond and Whitton town centres.

Route 493

  • Route 493 would no longer run between Richmond, Manor Circus Homebase and Richmond Bus Station. Additional bus standing space would be available in Richmond two centre meaning route 493 would no longer need to run to Manor Circus for standing.
  • Through routes 190, 391, 419 and R68, 17 buses per hour are provided which are sufficient to meet demand  

Route H22

  • Route H22 would be rerouted to serve nearer to Twickenham station
  • Route H22 would no longer run between Richmond, Manor Circus and Twickenham town centre. However, R68 and R70 would continue to serve Richmond Road.

Route H37

  • Route H37 frequency would be reduced from buses running every 6 minutes to buses running every 7 to 8 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes. An extra bus would run to provide 9 buses per hour during peak demand to and from Richmond and a second extra bus would remain in place to meet afternoon school demand at Isleworth.
  • Frequency reduction from buses running every 10 minutes to buses running every 12 minutes during all evenings
  • Frequency reduction from buses running every 8 minutes to buses running every 10 minutes during Sunday shopping hours
  • The route will be covered at its busiest point, St. Margaret’s, by extended route 110/419. This would add an extra 4 buses per hour during the peaks and Monday to Saturday daytimes, and provide new travel options.

Maps showing the current and proposed routes can be viewed below.

Current bus routes 110, 419 and H22 - Twickenham (PDF 109KB)

Proposed bus routes 110, 419 and H22 - Twickenham (PDF 119KB)

Current bus routes 419, 493 and H22 - Richmond (PDF 87KB)

Proposed bus routes 419, 493 and H22 - Richmond (PDF 97KB)

What are the impacts of these changes?

We know that each of our proposals will impact on some passengers. Many will gain new opportunities for direct connections to areas not previously accessible to them, while others may have to change buses to complete their journey. The new Hopper fare means there is no longer a financial penalty for changing onto a second bus within an hour.

Frequency changes

In addition to the frequency changes proposed on route H37, the proposed changes would result in the following frequency changes: 

  • Increased frequency on the busiest section of the existing 110, between Whitton and Hounslow, during Monday to Saturday daytimes. This is because the current route 110 (3 buses per hour) would be merged with route 419 (4 buses per hour).
  • Lower bus frequency between Whitton and West Middlesex Hospital, due to removal of bus route 110. However, routes 267 and 481 provide sufficient capacity and many of the same links between Whitton, Twickenham, Ivybridge and West Middlesex Hospital.

Reliability and capacity

As route 493 is currently a very long route, we anticipate that the proposed changes to this route would improve reliability. 

A second bus route would provide crowding relief on route H37 at its busiest point between St. Margaret’s and Richmond town centre. The proposed 110/419 route provides an extra 4 buses per hour. This means an overall increase to 12 buses per hour on this busy section of the route.

Additional bus standing space would be available in Richmond town centre meaning route 493 would no longer need to run to Manor Circus for standing. We are currently running routes H22, H37 and 493 beyond Richmond town centre to Manor Circus to stand. This adds 20 buses per hour to the A316 corridor unnecessarily. Through routes 190, 391, 419 and R68 17 buses per hour are currently provided which are sufficient to meet demand.

When would these changes start?

The proposed introduction date for these changes is May 2019. 

We will review and use the feedback from this consultation to make our final decision about the proposed changes. We may decide to change our proposals in light of comments or we may decide to go ahead as proposed. If we significantly revise our proposals we will run a new consultation to find out what people think.

Why are we proposing this?

To improve the bus network in Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton we are proposing changes to bus routes 110, 419, 493, H22 and H37. The changes would reallocate bus resources to where additional capacity is needed in Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about the proposed changes to bus routes in Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Tuesday 11 December 2018.

Alternatively, you can:

You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.