Friday, 31 October 2014

South East London Bus users to get frequent services

London Bus route 185.jpg
"London Bus route 185" by Matthew Black from London, UK - WVL on 185
Uploaded by oxyman. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Transport for London released a press release over the improved bus services in South East London.

Local bus services in south east London are to get a further boost from this Saturday (1 November), as Transport for London (TfL) increases the frequency of the 124, which is
operated by Stagecoach, and the 185, which is operated by Go-Ahead, to provide extra capacity on these busy routes.
 Route 124, which operates between Catford (St Dunstans College) and Eltham (Southend Crescent) via Catford Bridge, Grove Park and Mottingham has seen its frequency increased from every 12 minutes to every 10 minutes during Monday to Saturday.  This represents a 20 per cent increase in capacity.  On Sundays and during all evenings the service has also been increased from a bus every 20 minutes to one every 15 minutes. These changes came in to effect on Saturday 25 October and follow conversations between TfL and local residents and councillors who requested extra capacity on the busy route.
 Route 185, which operates between Lewisham (Thurston Road) and Victoria Station via Catford, Forest Hill, East Dulwich, Denmark Hill, Oval and Vauxhall will see its frequency increased from a bus every 10 minutes to one every eight minutes during Monday to Saturday.  This represents a 25 per cent increase in capacity.
 This change will come in to effect from Saturday 1 November and has been introduced to respond to high demand in the mornings and afternoons. John Barry, TfL's Head of Network Development for buses, said: `This is great news for our passengers in south east London - capacity on these routes has increased significantly.  We'll continue listening to our passengers and stakeholders so we can continue to respond to changes in travel requirements'.

Then LOTS reported on 19th October 2014 reported
“Stagecoach's new E40Hs continue to drift slowly into service at Plumstead, thus far up to 12352 with eleven more to go. The four 8.9m E20Ds (36584-587) have now arrived to cover route 124's PVR increase on the 25th and have already started to enter service on Catford routes. Later this month, the eight new E40Ds (10198-205) are due to take over from the eight oldest Tridents at Catford, nominally on route 136.”

Four new 8.9m Alexander Dennis Enviro200 ordered by Stagecoach to be used to cover the PVR (Peak Vehicle Requirement) increase for route 124.
The route 185 will have Four Alexander Dennis Enviro400’s from Route 453. Because the Route 453 is being converted to New Routemaster operation which would leave Spare Enviro400 buses to be used on other routes operated by Go Ahead London.



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