TfL makes bus route changes

New ser­vice is also in­tro­duced to con­nect pas­sen­gers to hos­pi­tals

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

CHANGES to a num­ber of bus routes are tak­ing place in west Lon­don in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a new ser­vice.

The new 483 bus route took to the roads on Satur­day, con­nect­ing pas­sen­gers be­tween Har­row town cen­tre and Eal­ing Hos­pi­tal, in Southall, via North­wick Park Hos­pi­tal on the Brent and Har­row bor­der.

Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) says the ser­vice will run ev­ery eight min­utes dur­ing the day Mon­day to Satur­day, ev­ery 10 min­utes on Sun­day and ev­ery 12 min­utes in the evenings.

Its in­tro­duc­tion will al­le­vi­ate pres­sure on buses 182 (Brent Cross to Har­row Weald) and 83, the lat­ter of which will op­er­ate a shorter ser­vice be­tween Gold­ers Green and Alper­ton sta­tion, not con­tin­u­ing on to Eal­ing Hos­pi­tal.

How­ever the night bus N83 will con­tinue to serve be­tween Gold­ers Green and Eal­ing Hos­pi­tal.

The new 483 ser­vice will also pro­vide ex­tra ca­pac­ity be­tween Alper­ton and Wem­b­ley Sta­dium and along route 182 be­tween North Wem­b­ley and Har­row.

A spokesman for TfL said: “Be­cause the ex­ist­ing route, which op­er­ates 24-hours a day, takes four hours to com­plete, it is dif­fi­cult to main­tain re­li­a­bil­ity for cus­tomers, es­pe­cially when there is traf­fic con­ges­tion.

“How­ever, the two shorter routes will be more man­age­able with the new route 83 ser­vice es­ti­mated to take 160 min­utes and the new route 483 around 190 min­utes.”

In ad­di­tion, routes 182 and 183 (Pin­ner to Gold­ers Green sta­tion) have also had their fre­quen­cies in­creased from a bus ev­ery 12 min­utes to ev­ery 10 min­utes dur­ing Sun­day shop­ping hours and evenings.

TfL have also boosted the num­ber of buses head­ing to Heathrow Air­port to meet de­mand on a pop­u­lar route, it an­nounced on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 7.

Bus num­ber 140, which runs be­tween Har­row Weald and Heathrow Air­port, will run more fre­quent ser­vices, ev­ery six min­utes (in­stead of seven) dur­ing the morn­ing peak hours from Mon­day to Fri­day and ev­ery seven min­utes (in­stead of seven-and-a-half) on week­day af­ter­noons and dur­ing Satur­day shop­ping hours.

The Sun­day day­time and evening ser­vice will op­er­ate as nor­mal ev­ery 10 min­utes and the week­end early morn­ing fre­quency ev­ery 12 min­utes. The route is also set to be­come greener with the phased in­tro­duc­tion of 29 larger hy­brid buses, which will pro­vide ex­tra seats, from 80 to 87, as well as help re­duce pol­lu­tion on the 24-hour bus ser­vice.

The in­creased ser­vices on the route are sup­ported by changes to other con­nect­ing routes in­clud­ing H9, H10, 182, 183 and the re­struc­tur­ing of route 83.

H9 and H10 have also had their fre­quen­cies in­creased from a bus ev­ery 20 min­utes to ev­ery 15 min­utes dur­ing Sun­day shop­ping hours and in the evenings.

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