Indeed, the 333 usually gets really packed from the very first stop.
The problem with the 57/333 between Tooting Bdy and Streatham St Leonards is it's overbussed in the off peak and underbussed in the peaks. Peak hour traffic is to Tooting Bdy tube from those areas along Southcroft Road and Mitcham Lane (and vice versa). Buses packed to the rafters at Tooting Bdy empty very quickly within a few stops. Long ago, the 77 (peak hour?) extension to St Leonards worked, I thought, a lot better than a more frequent 57, but unlikely to return now.
Remember also the Clapham Park part of the 57 provides a useful shopper service to Streatham.
That's exactly what I've seen, under bussed peak times and over bussed at other times but some people just seem to see what they want to see. The 127 can also struggle at peak times but is pretty quiet at other times although I suspect some people have switched to Thameslink from Tooting.
Did about 4 surveys on the 240 last week, the surveyors said that their company had to stay on the route from the first bus right until the last.
Today at Edgware Bus Station there were representatives from Kantar doing the passenger experience surveys on those little tablet devices. I politely declined as my 240 was due at any moment; maybe if TfL hadn't reduced the frequency I would have been happy to cooperate and wait for the next one....
Just seen some of the surveyors on the 108. I have a feeling that Lewisham or Greenwich are the next town centres in line to receive route cuts or re-routings.
Greenwich will be being re-assessed as there are plans to part pedestrianise the town centre and re-route the traffic. This will have implications for bus stop and bus stand locations and whether routes can terminate there in future. It's perhaps no great shock the 129 will become a through, rather than terminating, service when it's extended to Lewisham. The 286 will inevitably have to be looked at.
A quick win for the 286 would be an extension to Convoys Wharf from Cutty Sark. It would be quite a drawback if the 286 cut to somewhere ridiculous like East Greenwich.
Extending 286 there would be pointless for now considering that Convoys Wharf is still a wasteland. However it could stand along Prince Street. If the route isn’t cut back, an extension to Greenwich Station or standing on Norman Road could be likely.