Routes 110, 419, 493, H22 and H37 Nov 1, 2018 8:43:58 GMT via mobile
Post by DW135 on Nov 1, 2018 8:43:58 GMT
I feel as patronage in Richmond has decreased and I say this having gone through the town centre frequently for the last 4 years. You very rarely get a packed solid 65 now which leaves people behind and many vehicles are half full, making my journey a lot more appealing but I think it’s partly due to the PVR increase of 3.
I’ve also used the H37 recently. On one occasion the bus was half full and emptied by the time we got to Hounslow but on the second occasion the bus was absolutely packed and started to empty at St Margaret’s Station where it became comfortable enough to breathe in the bus. Personally, I think the H37 should get bendies but since that’s unlikely to happen, we have to suffer with the reduced PVR (although I don’t think it will be noticed by passengers).
The 110 extension is fantastic. I can’t wait to try it out and I hope AV run it just as successfully as the N9 and 111, which are also very long routes and the 111 also has to deal a fair bit of traffic. I am a bit disappointed that the H22 wasn’t merged with the 419 as that would truly be a nippy and useful link.
I've often thought that the H37 would be an ideal candidate for bendy buses, I don't know if there are any clearance issues?
I agree that merging the H22 with the 419 would be a better option.
I previously suggested to instead merge the 419 with the 371, to provide new links towards Ham and Kingston. With the H22 then extended via the 391 to replace it as far as Turnham Green.
A slightly more contraversial idea could be to withdraw the cross-Richmond route 33, as it is mostly paralleled by other routes. The 72 continues a Hammersmith-Barnes link, and the 337 Richmond-Barnes. Either of these could get a PVR increase if needed. Then merge the 209&419 to provide a slightly more direct Hammersmith-Richmond route via Barnes Bridge and Mortlake. West of Richmond, this reduces the spare capacity towards Twickenham. The R68 could have a small diversion around Strawberry Hill to serve part of the withdrawn section. The R68 could possibly even be renumbered to 33.