Post by rif153 on Oct 4, 2019 14:54:47 GMT
Downsides would be that the 391 is a bit longer between Richmond and Hammersmith and the indirect routing from Chiswick to Hammersmith over the 237. That said the 110/419 in reality was not about creating new links but mroe reducing pressure on Richmond bus stands.
I've previously flirted with the idea of extending the 391 beyond Richmond, and thus reducing overbusing at Manor Circus, and discussed this with george.
I myself explored the idea of merging the 391 with the R70, but I decided against it. The merger would have created some new links but not many. The same can be said for a 110/391 merger. The new links created are to the A316, as the 267 already connects the roundabout at London Road/Chertsey Road to Kew Bridge, Gunnersbury, Chiswick, and Hammersmith, ditto the 237 for Hounslow (other than serving Hammersmith).
I think that on paper it makes sense to extend the 391, it'll be a short route and I fear for its future once its hacked back to Hammersmith. However, as it has been said, Kew Bridge, Chiswick Roundabout, and the Gunnersbury area are gridlocked during the peaks. You always get a tailback from Chiswick Roundabout during the peaks which is at least half a mile long if not stretching all the way back to Turnham Green. Years of relying on the 65 (and occasionally using the 267) have taught me that the traffic there is a nightmare.
Having said that, I object to cutting the 391 back to Hammersmith. Whilst the idealist in me says the route shouldn't be cutback, the pragmatist takes over, and says that cutting the 391 back is necessary. However, had I been my decision, I'd cut the 391 back to Fulham Broadway. I concede its an imperfect solution for a few reasons. I haven't seen three buses occupying the 11's stand in a very long time, so the 391 could share the stand with the 11. This isn't without its flaws. Primarily, you still need to have a bus route linking Sand's End to Hammersmith but the 306 could run from Sand's End to Ealing Broadway.