London Buses Are Going to be Shaken Up Because of the Elizabeth Line

By James O Malley on at

Transport for London, the body which oversees the capital's bus network has today announced that 23 routes are going to face some major changes - because of the Elizabeth Line. The thinking is - quite sensibly - that with a massive new railway line going underneath London, it will change the way in which people travel, and the routes that people take.

For example, the Number 3 bus is set to be diverted so that it no longer travels up Regent's Street, but instead goes to Russell Square via Charring Cross Road. While to non-Londoners, faffing about with the bus routes may seem trivial, the changes are significant because some London bus routes have been running for decades. The 3, for example, has been running on roughly the same route from Crystal Palace to Central London for around 80 years.

A big part of the plan is to reduce the number of buses that travel along Oxford Street, and this makes a lot of sense: The road is already hugely congested and slow moving, and the street is notorious for exceeding pollution limits. Before he was elected, London Mayor Sadiq Khan pinched fellow candidate Christian Wolmar's plan to fully pedestrianise the shopping street - so perhaps winding down the number of buses could be the first step.

The Elizabeth Line, once it launches, will have stations at both Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street (which will both be wheelchair accessible), so the road should still be accessible, should you be insane enough to actually go to Oxford Street by choice.

The full list of routes affected are as follows: 3, 6, 8, 15, 22, 23, 25, 46, 73, 137, 172, 242, 332, 390, 425, 452, C2, N2, N3, N8, N15, N22 and N73.

TfL has already created a punishingly detailed consultation website where affected commuters can chime in and moan at the agency for changing things.

And if you're worried: Don't worry yet, as the changes aren't exactly imminently. Apparently they'll be phased in gradually both before and after the Elizabeth Line launches - so you've got another couple of years of familiar commuting left.

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