This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 23/11/2018.
Big changes planned for 11 bus routes serving Croydon town centre
The changes would make the bus network ‘simpler and more efficient’, TfL says.
Bus passengers could see big changes to their journeys in Croydon town centre due to proposals to alter 11 routes.
Transport for London (TfL) has put forward plans to change the routes in a bid to make the bus network “simpler and more efficient”, while also arguing it will cut traffic on the roads.
Routes 50, 75, 109, 154, 197, 250, 264, 403, 405, 412 and 433 are the routes which face being changed, with TfL launching a consultation on the matter on Wednesday (November 21).
The proposal is for these routes to terminate on the side of the town centre from which they approach, so they would no longer serve the whole town centre. For example the 403 would stop around Katharine Street, rather than continue to West Croydon bus station.
Passengers who would need to change buses to reach their destination could do so within one hour without an additional charge, using the Hopper fare scheme.
TfL says bringing in the changes will “boost the reliability” of buses in Croydon and cut costs, so money could be invested where “passenger demand is highest”.
Bus journeys across Croydon have been reviewed in recent months by TfL, which found the majority of passengers do not travel across the town centre. The review took into account the number of passengers using each bus route, journey times, and where people are travelling to and from.
TfL says there will be no changes to how often buses run if the changes are brought in.
Geoff Hobbs, director of public transport service planning, said: “Buses have a crucial role to play in boosting the number of people walking, cycling and using public transport.
“These proposed changes will reduce congestion in Croydon town centre and boost the reliability of buses by rationalising the network. This will help to create a more pleasant, healthier environment for local residents and visitors while maintaining existing links across Croydon.
“Our analysis shows that the majority of customers do not travel across the town centre in buses, so the proposed changes will help ensure that capacity is in the right places at the right times, while allowing for future increases in services elsewhere in the borough. It is important that we hear from people in the area to help us shape our plans to serve the local community.”
What is being proposed?
- It is proposed to terminate routes 50, 75, 250 and 264 at West Croydon Bus Station
- It is proposed to terminate routes 154, 403, 405 and 412 in the Mid Croydon area (Katherine Street and St George’s Walk)
- It is proposed to terminate routes 197 and 433 at Fairfield Halls
- Route 109 would stand at Fell Road. There would be no change to its first or last stop
- At night, 24-hour routes 250 and 264 would terminate at West Croydon Bus Station
How will passengers be affected?
TfL has said the proposals would have the following affect on passengers who currently cross the town centre:
- 91% of passengers would be able to complete their journey as they can today
- 3%would be able to complete the same journey but would need to use a different bus route
- 6% of users would need to make one additional change to complete their journey
In regards to this, it’s worth noting that passengers can make multiple journeys within one hour at no extra cost, via the Hopper fare.
TfL has also said the impact of the proposed changes on residents travelling to Croydon University Hospital would be “minimal”. All routes that currently serve the hospital would continue to do so., it has been confirmed.
How does it affect the redevelopment of the town centre?
The proposed changes to bus routes serving the town centre comes at a time when a £5.25bn major investment programme is planned, which includes the redevelopment of Fairfield Halls and the construction of Westfield.
TfL says it is working closely with Croydon Council to ensure travel and traffic disruption in the town centre during the regeneration is minimised. It added some of the route changes are being proposed to coincide with the anticipated traffic disruption as a result of these developments.
A spokesman for TfL said: “A simplified bus service which aims to reduce the impact on bus operations potentially arising from the construction works in and around Wellesley Road would likely be beneficial to passengers as far as the bus reliability is concerned.”
Anyone wishing to have their say on the proposed changes can complete the online consultation form here. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for comments is Sunday, January 13.