Double deckers ease Crossrail pressures
More vehicles to meet increased demand in town
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
n REGENERATION: Double decker buses are to be increased in Hayes