Changes To Local Night Bus Services Proposed
Waiting times on 94 bus route would double at weekend
Transport for London (TfL) is consulting about changes to night bus services which will affect Chiswick.
Under the proposals, the late night 94 service which runs from Piccadilly to Acton Green will run every half an houir, instead of every fifteen minutes.
The changes are coming about because of the new weekend Night Tube service which will include a Piccadilly line stop at Turnham Green from September. This will partly duplicate the current route of the 94.
The 94 route is one of 17 out of 117 on the night bus network that TfL are planning to reduce the level of service. They claim that detailed analysis of Oyster card data and passenger surveys show that it is not necessary to run as many buses at the weekend on these routes.
A spokesperson for TfL said, "Night Bus services in London have increased beyond recognition in the last 30 years. This reflects and supports changes to London’s vibrant night time economy. The current comprehensive Night Bus network means that most of zones 1 and 2 are within walking distance of a Night Bus route, and London’s suburban Night Bus service is also amongst the most comprehensive in the world.
"There is every indication that night time travel in London will continue to grow. From September 2015, we will be running a Friday and Saturday Night Tube service on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines. This means that many of our customers will now have a choice between Night Tube or Night Bus. Our analysis indicates that customers who take the tube instead of the bus for all or part of their journey will save 20 minutes on average, and in some cases up to an hour.
"When Night Tube starts, we are proposing to continue all Night Bus services, and introduce up to 20 new services and one extended service, to help customers travel to and from Night Tube stations. This would continue the expansion of the network."
TfL say that of their 20 proposed new Night Bus services, 17 would run on Friday and Saturday nights, with three running seven nights a week. These would aim to help passengers start or finish their Night Tube journeys, as well as providing new travel opportunities to and from suburban local centres. All these new services would follow the same route and run between the same points as the day service.
The consultation runs from May 19 to 1 July 2015.
May 22, 2015