FANTASY Bus extensions and routes that should be. Dec 3, 2023 18:28:47 GMT via mobile vjaska likes this
Post by rift on Dec 3, 2023 18:28:47 GMT
Unless I’m confused, the 161 runs every 10 minutes Saturdays and every 11 minutes Mon-Fri peaks and whilst it doesn’t run along the high street, it’s literally crosses the bottom end of it and the shops are walking distance at worse.
Let's face it, Eltham needs a good bus connection with Woolwich (and no, the 161 doesn't count; it doesn't serve the high street and only runs once every 16 mn), so here are my ideas for two routes that fulfil this purpose and a few more.
Firstly, route 361, which could also be called route 522, which would run from the 122 terminus at Plumstead Bus Garage to Chislehurst, Gordon Arms (where the 160 terminates), following the 122 as far as Well Hall Road/Broad Walk before going onto Westmount Road with 2-3 new stops on the northern section of that road before joining the B16 as far as Eltham High Street, then the 126/161 as far as Mottingham Road/Ravensworth Road before briefly running alongside the 314 on William Barefoot Drive and going on to serve Green Lane, with a few new stops there as well.
Secondly, route 461, which would go from the 54 start/end points on Plumstead Road in Woolwich to Eltham Station via Plumstead Common and Welling, following the 244 before continuing on Plumstead Common Road and following the 51 as far as Wickham Street/Edison Road, then going onto a new section on Wickham Street before joining the 96 up to Welling High Street. It would then go onto a new section using Danson Lane and Wendover Way, serving Bexley Grammar School, before rejoining the 51 briefly, then following the 132 up to Eltham Bus Station.
Both routes would probably be operated by Stagecoach from PD, and the 361/522 would use double-deckers while the 461 would use single-deckers.
I don’t know if you need a link that runs along the high street to Woolwich but extending the 126 to Woolwich would surely be easier than the idea you proposed?
Correct about the 161 frequency, every 10 Mon-Sat and every 12 on Sundays.
I don’t think either routes would be worthwhile and the best way to provide a faster link from Woolwich to Eltham without changing the 161 would be to extend the 126 as you say.