Dou­ble deck­ers ease Cross­rail pres­sures

More ve­hi­cles to meet in­creased de­mand in town

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HAYES can look for­ward to more dou­ble-decker bus ser­vices by the end of this month.

It will help cater for in­creased de­mand dur­ing the re­gen­er­a­tion of Hayes town cen­tre, where Cross­rail ser­vices will be run­ning from 2019.

Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) will im­prove a key west Lon­don bus route by run­ning only dou­ble deck buses on it, to meet in­creased pas­sen­ger de­mand.

The Route 90 bus will only con­sist of dou­ble desk buses and will see in­creased fre­quency in the evenings and on Sun­days.

A phased con­ver­sion of Route 90, op­er­ated by Metroline, and which cur­rently runs a mix­ture of sin­gle and dou­ble-deck buses, is un­der way and will be com­pleted by the end of this month.

The route runs be­tween Northolt Sta­tion and Feltham Leisure West via Yead­ing, Hayes, Har­ling­ton Cor­ner and Hat­ton Cross Bus Sta­tion.

The dou­ble deck buses will be able to carry 87 peo­ple, whereas the sin­gle deck buses carry a max­i­mum of 55 pas­sen­gers.

TfL is also in­creas­ing the fre­quency of buses on the route from ev­ery 20 min­utes to ev­ery 15 min­utes dur­ing Sun­day shop­ping hours and all evenings.

John Barry, TfL’s head of net­work de­vel­op­ment for buses, said: “Lon­don’s bus net­work is kept un­der con­stant re­view in or­der to pro­vide pas­sen­gers with the best pos­si­ble ser­vice.

“This ser­vice im­prove­ment means big­ger buses and there­fore more ca­pac­ity on the route, and we are also in­creas­ing fre­quency on Sun­days and in the evenings.”

This ser­vice change is part of TfL’s man­age­ment and de­vel­op­ment of a net­work that com­prises around 700 routes across Greater Lon­don, op­er­ated by 7,600 buses at peak times, car­ry­ing more than 2.4 bil­lion pas­sen­gers ev­ery year.

TfL keeps the net­work un­der reg­u­lar re­view, work­ing with the Lon­don bor­oughs and other part­ners to help en­sure that ser­vices can re­spond to Lon­don’s chang­ing travel needs.

TfL’s latest busi­ness plan has ded­i­cated around £500m to im­prove the net­work over the pe­riod from 2015/16 to 2020/21.

This will in­clude fund­ing for more than 500 ex­tra buses, which will cre­ate ca­pac­ity for an ex­tra 2.9 mil­lion cus­tomer jour­neys each week.

This ser­vice im­prove­ment means big­ger

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n RE­GEN­ER­A­TION: Dou­ble decker buses are to be in­creased in Hayes

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