Trolleybuses on Oxford Street. Do we need them? Dec 23, 2012 22:49:58 GMT
Post by snoggle on Dec 23, 2012 22:49:58 GMT
7- withdraw between Oxford Circus and Russell Sq, diverting the 98 to Russell Sq in replacement. The OC-Holborn route is already well served so would be no great loss.
10- divert between Oxford Circus and Euston via Great Portland St and Marylebone Rd. This would open up new links, but still maintain capacity on the Hyde Park Cnr-Kings X trunk
13- withdraw between Aldwych and Trafalgar Sq which would free up about 2 buses which spend most of the day stuck on the Strand. Also divert it via Wigmore St instead of Oxford St.
15- extend it up to Portland Place doing the loop taken by the 88/453 to terminate/turn round
73- divert it at Marble Arch to Notting Hill Gate and divert the 390 to Victoria in its place. On the MA-NHG section the 390 is quick and lightly used, so the 73's PVR could be reduced overall whilst maintaining frequency on the rest of the route. The 390 wouldn't need a massive increase, so the overall amount of buses on Oxford St could be reduced
159- cut it back to Marble Arch. I'm not convined the 23 and 7 can't cope with the amount of passengers that go to Paddington, and by cutting the 159 back you could reduce the PVR
189- divert it from Baker St via Marylebone Rd and Great Portland St to Regent St using the 15's vacated stand.
One comment - have you ever travelled on the 73 in the peak? Buses are routinely full by and after Newington Green on inward trips. The 476 tries to mop up the excess but fails. People on Essex Road routinely cannot board buses. It was like this in Routemaster and bendy days and hasn't changed now. It would be mad to reduce its frequency.
This is why it is so wrong of the shop owners to just look at their piddling stretch of road and propose to wreak havoc on bus routes that serve vast swathes of London. Why should people in Stoke Newington or Clapham or Brixton or Kilburn have their bus services cut to satisfy the rapacious greed of private businesss? This is what it boils down to - who is in control? Shareholders, voters or politicians?