Bus changes

School service prioritisation and extra buses

We are committed to helping London's schools remain open and operate safely. Around 250,000 school children use London's buses to get to and from school. So we have added over 200 extra buses to our bus network. We have also prioritised some of our bus services for school travel. Government guidance allows for all seats to be occupied on these 'school services', doubling their capacity, which is currently limited due to necessary social distancing.

These 'school services' are clearly signed and operate on a number of key routes between 0730-0900 (*some routes will run until 0930) and 1430-1630 on weekdays. On designated routes 'school services' will operate on an every other bus basis. We ask that schoolchildren travelling without adults use the designated 'school services' where these are provided, to help ensure space for customers on other services.

We are continually reviewing how our network is operating to ensure our approach is working and meeting demand as best as possible. Check this page for the latest information on our services.

Routes with extra buses being provided:
20, 50, 89, 110, 116, 117, 119, 122, 130, 138, 142, 152, 153, 167, 181, 186, 187, 201, 203, 206, 215, 216, 223, 225, 226, 228, 232, 233, 234, 246, 251, 255, 256, 265, 269, 272, 273, 275, 282, 287, 289, 290, 293, 294, 300, 309, 313, 315, 317, 322, 323, 324, 325, 331, 339, 346, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 359, 360, 362, 367, 370, 372, 376, 377, 380, 382, 383, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 401, 405, 406, 407, 411, 412, 413, 418, 428, 434, 444, 455, 462, 463, 465, 470, 481, 484, 487, 491, 492, 493, 496, 498, 499, 533, A10, B11, B12, B13, B14, B15, B16, E5, E7, E10, E11, G1, H17, H18, H20, H25, H26, H28, K1, K4, K5, P5, P12, P13, R1, R2, R3, R4, R6, R7, R8, R68, S3, S4, U3, W5, W9, W16 and X26.
Plus school routes 601, 602, 603, 608, 612, 613, 616, 617, 624, 626, 627, 628, 629, 631, 632, 635, 638, 639, 640, 642, 643, 646, 652, 653, 655, 656, 657, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 667, 669, 671, 674, 675, 677, 678, 679, 683, 684, 685, 686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 692, 696, 697, 698, 699

Routes with school priority buses running between 0730 and 0900 (* denotes until 0930):
1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 18, 21, 25, 33, 34*, 35, 36, 39, 41, 44, 46, 47, 51, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64*, 65, 66, 68, 70, 71, 80, 81, 83, 85, 86, 87, 92, 93, 95, 96*, 97*, 99, 102, 103, 108, 109, 111*, 112, 113, 114, 115, 118, 120, 121, 123*, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 137, 140*, 143, 144, 145, 147, 150, 151, 154, 155*, 157, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164. 165, 170, 172, 174, 176, 177, 180, 184, 185, 188, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 197, 198, 199, 200, 202, 204, 207, 212, 213, 217, 219, 220, 221*, 222, 226, 227, 229*, 231, 235, 236, 237, 244, 247, 248, 249*, 250, 251, 256, 257, 258, 262, 263*, 267, 270, 271, 276, 279*, 283, 284, 285, 288, 296, 299, 301, 307, 312, 316, 319, 320, 321, 326, 329, 330, 332, 333, 337, 343, 344, 357, 358, 363, 364, 366, 371, 379, 380, 381, 391, 393, 410, 417, 419, 422, 425, 427, 428, 430, 432, 433, 440, 450, 452, 453, 466, 468, 469, 472, 473, 483, 484, 486, 490, 607, B12, C10, C11, D6, E1, E2, E6, E8, E9, EL1, EL2, EL3, H10, H12, H19, H22, H37, H91, H98, K2, K3, P4, R11, R70, S1, U1, U2, U4, U5, W3, W4, W6, W7, W8, W11, W13, W15 and W19.

Routes with school priority buses running between 1430 and 1630:
25, 33, 39, 46, 51, 54, 58, 61, 65, 80, 81, 92, 93, 95, 96, 110, 111, 112, 114, 120, 123, 124, 125, 126, 131, 132, 140, 143, 144, 147, 152, 154, 157, 162, 163, 164, 165, 170, 184, 190, 192, 193, 200, 208, 213, 217, 221, 227, 229, 234, 235, 237, 238, 244, 248, 256, 261, 267, 270, 276, 279, 281, 284, 296, 307, 316, 320, 326, 358, 364, 366, 371, 410, 419, 427, 433, 440, 444, 450, 469, 472, 490, 607, C11, D6, E6, EL1, EL2, EL3, H10, H12, H19, H22, H37, H98, K2, K3, P4, R11, R70, S1, U1, U2, W3, W4, W6, W8, W13, W16 and W19.

Timetable changes - 19 September 2020

Routes Affected: 138, 202, 246, 291, 354, 533, H12, 601, 638, 672 and 677

A new daily timetable will be introduced on route 138 from Saturday 19 September to help improve the service providing more time for buses to complete the journey between Coney Hall and Bromley North. To provide the extra running time the frequency of route 138 will be changed to every 21-22 minutes during the daytime on Monday to Saturdays. There will be no change to the frequency during the evening or on Sundays.

Route 202 will have a new timetable and will be operated by Arriva London South.

Route 246 will have a new timetable and will be operated by Stagecoach London.

Route 291 will have a new timetable on all days starting from 19 September with revised journey times to better reflect traffic conditions along the route.

Route 354 will have a new timetable and will be operated by Go Ahead London.

Route 533 will be increased in frequency from 19 September to help aid with the closure of Hammersmith Bridge to pedestrians. Buses will now run every 15 minutes on all days of the week from first bus until last bus. First buses will continue to depart Hammersmith Bus Station at 0448 and Lonsdale Road / Castelnau at 0510. Last buses will continue to depart Hammersmith Bus Station at 0050 and Lonsdale Road / Castelnau at 0110.

Route H12 the school day only journey at 1525 from Hatch End High School to Stanmore Station is retimed to depart at 1515 starting from Monday 21 September.

Route 601 from Monday 21 September the 1537 departure from Wilmington Grammar School for Girls to Thamesmead is retimed to depart at 1523. The 1543 departure from Wilmington Grammar School for Boys to Thamesmead is retimed to depart at 1523.

Route 638 from Monday 21 September the departures from Beaverwood School at 1510, 1515 and 1520 are retimed to depart at 1505, 1510 and 1535. Also the departure from Kemnal College at 1500 will be retimed to depart at 1520.

Route 672 from Monday 21 September the departures from Woolwich Polytechnic School at 1511 and 1535 are retimed to depart at 1415 and 1425.

Route 677 from Monday 21 September the 1533 departure from Debden to Ilford will be retimed to depart at 1538.

Hammersmith Bridge closure

Routes Affected: 33, 72, 209, 378, 419, 485, 533, N33 and N72  

Hammersmith Bridge is currently closed to all users, including people walking and cycling, for safety reasons.

Routes 33, 209 and 485 continue to terminate at the junction of Castelnau and Lonsdale Road to the south of Hammersmith Bridge. Route 72 continues to terminate on the north side of Hammersmith Bridge.

To help provide additional journeys to and from Hammersmith Station from the south side of the bridge route 533 will be increased in frequency to run every 15 minutes all day every day starting from Saturday 19 September.

Route 378 has already been increased to run every 7-8 minutes on Monday to Saturdays and every 10 minutes during the evening and all day on Sundays between Mortlake, Barnes and Putney Bridge Station. Route 209 continues to operate between Mortlake, Barnes and Hammersmith Bridge south side every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturdays and every 20 minutes during the evening and all day on Sundays.

Route 419 continues to operate between Richmond, Mortlake, Hammersmith Bridge south side, Barnes and Roehampton every 12 minutes on Monday to Saturdays and every 20 minutes during the evening and all day on Sundays.

Route N33 will continue to be diverted between Barnes, Red Lion and Hammersmith Bus Station via Lower Richmond Road, Putney Bridge and Fulham Palace Road.

Route N72 will continue to be diverted between Barnes Station and Hammersmith Bus Station via Lower Richmond Road, Putney Bridge and Fulham Palace Road.

Vauxhall Bridge closure - Buses diverted

Routes Affected: 2, 36, 87, 88, 185, 360, N2, N87, N136  

From 15 August Vauxhall Bridge will be closed Northbound only with buses diverted via Lambeth Bridge instead. Buses crossing the bridge in the Southbound direction will not be affected.

Routes 2, 36, 185, N2 and N136 will use Albert Embankment, Lambeth Bridge and Millbank instead serving all stops on the revised route. Bus stop X on Vauxhall Bridge will not be served, please use bus stop A at Pimlico Station.

Route 360 will use Albert Embankment, Lambeth Bridge and Millbank instead serving all stops on the revised route. Bus stop X on Vauxhall Bridge will not be served, please use bus stop W on Millbank next to the Riverside Walk Gardens.

Routes 87 and N87 will use Albert Embankment and Lambeth Bridge instead serving all stops on the revised route. Bus stops T, N and ND on Millbank will not be served, please use bus stop NK on Millbank located after the junction with Lambeth Bridge.

Route 88 will use Albert Embankment, Lambeth Bridge and Horseferry Road instead serving all stops on the revised route. Bus stop X on Vauxhall Bridge will not be served, please use the bus stop at Vauxhall Bus Station instead. Bus Stops S and L on John Islip Street and NP on Marsham Street will also not be served, please use bus stop NT located outside the Home Office building on Marsham Street. Bus route C10 will continue to serve these stops and can be used to reach route 88 by alighting at the stop named Millbank on Horseferry Road and then crossing over the road to bus stop NE.

Bishopsgate - Stop closure

Routes Affected: 8, 11, 26, 35, 47, 133, 149, 344, 388, N8, N11, N26, N133, N242

Bus stop LN, named Threadneedle Street, on Bishopsgate is closed until further notice due to changes by City of London to aid social distancing. Buses will use stop W, named Wormwood Street, instead which is located opposite the 100 Bishopsgate building.
 

Northwick Park Hospital - Bus stop changes

Routes Affected: 186, H9, H10   

Due to roadworks within the grounds of Northwick Park Hospital route 186 will now start and finish at bus stop HV at the Accident & Emergency department. Bus stop HU opposite the Hospital Social Club will be served towards Brent Cross only.

Routes H9 & H10 will use bus stop HU opposite the Hospital Social Club and no longer serve bus stop HV at the Accident & Emergency department.

 

Bus capacity changes

To further ensure the safety of customers and bus drivers, new limits to the number of customers on board at any one time have been introduced:

Double deck buses with multiple doors now have a capacity of 30 people. Drivers have the discretion to allow up to 35 passengers, if households are travelling together 

Single deck buses now have a capacity of between 11 and 14 people. Drivers have the discretion to allow up to 18 passengers if households are travelling together, depending on the size of the bus.