Post by snoggle on Mar 14, 2018 0:27:04 GMT
Anyway, seeing as how Kingsway seems set to be the scene for the next culling of the fleet, I'm going to stick my neck out and predict what the ensuing changes may look like:-
First off, I can foresee the 68 being withdrawn altogether. The signs have been around for a time that some at TfL, mostly on the basis of a map or, much more likely these days, a computer screen with a map on it, consider it expendable because of its overlaps with the 168 and 468. I'd suggest they try staying at Tulse Hill (say) for a few days and travel on it to Euston - while at the latter, see how many come out of the station and board it in the morning peak to go southbound, and then imagine how those people would get on if left to be picked up by the 168 or the 91. You still don't see? Oh well, none so blind as choose not to see.
So, the 68 gets withdrawn, with the 468 stepping up to Waterloo and, probably, as a sop the X68 might get an extra 1 or 2 bph, maybe with slightly extended hours or, less likely, even an interpeak service.
The 188 would need to be extended from Russell Square to Euston - I don't think this can be cut back because of the tourists staying in the RS area hotels travelling to Greenwich'
The 91, as the only route into the area now from King's Cross/St Pancras, and the only one not to extend to Waterloo, should be safe.
Apart from the 68, the other route I can definitely see vacating Kingsway is the 171, to terminate at Aldwych.
I hope the 1 is safe, but I fear it may not be.
The most frequent route of all in the peaks is the 521, and again one might assume it's safe, perhaps with minor trimming (and environmental issues shouldn't feature). However, I don't put it past TfL producing some sort of computer model to show the Elizabeth Line taking some 521 passengers (never mind that the 521 may be the only buses to be seen along Holborn Viaduct if you took a snapshot at certain times of the day).
The 168 should be safe if I'm right about the 68.
There is one other key factor to consider alongside any "Kingsway cull" and that is HS2 works at Euston. I understand the current bus station has to vanish for a number of years so TfL will be very keen to reduce the volume of services in and around Euston. If you right about the 68 vanishing then I don't see the 468 running to Euston. I'd be surprised if any overlap with the 168 stretched beyond Waterloo or Aldwych. I suspect TfL will try to keep the 59, 91 and 168 serving the Euston area from Holborn but that'll be it. I can see the 253 and 18 being cut back too. I expect something will have to happen before the end of the year.