The Anonymous Widower

The Great Bus Robbery

Transport for London (TfL) obviously don’t like people where I live in the Northern part of De Beauvoir Town in the London Borough of Hackney.

When I moved here, ten years ago there were six bus routes that passed through the traffic lights where the Balls Pond Road (It is not a made-up-name from Round The Horne) and Southgate Road/Mildmay Park meet.

  • 21 – Newington Green and Lewisham Shopping Centre
  • 30 – Marble Arch and Hackney Wick (From the sublime to the ridiculous?)
  • 38 – Victoria station and the romantic Clapton Pond
  • 56 – Bart’s Hospital and Whipps Cross (You’d be cross, if you’d been whipped!)
  • 141 – London Bridge Station and Palmers Green North Circular Road (Surely, another romantic destination!)
  • 277 – Highbury & Islington Station and Crossharbour

Note.

  1. We had two bus routes to and from Highbury & Islington station for Dear Old Vicky!
  2. We had two bus routes to and from Moorgate, Bank and the City of London.
  3. We had four bus routes to and from Dalston Junction station and the cultural attractions of Hackney Central.
  4. We had a direct bus to Canary Wharf.

TfL looked at the name of the district and thought the posh French name, meant we were all had expensive vehicles or Hackney carriages and said we had too many buses.

So in June 2018,  the 277 bus was cut back to Dalston Junction station and TfL promised that the frequency of the 30 bus would be increased. We’re still waiting for extra services.

Now, if you want to go to Highbury & Islington station, according to TfL’s Journey Planner, it’s often quicker to take a 38 or 56 bus to Essex Road station and take a train.

To make matters worse the 30 bus route now has cheap and nasty Egyptian-built buses with more steps than Russia. All buses should have flat floors like the New Routemasters.

What is TfL’s latest crime?

The 21 and 271 buses are going to be combined into a new route between Lewisham and Highgate, which will go nowhere near the Balls Pond Road.

So we’ll just have the one bus route to the City of London.

On past form, if TfL say they will increase the frequency, I wouldn’t believe them.

I think that TfL have ignored some problems.

The Elderly And Disabled

Between Newington Green and Englefield Road, a higher proportion of the passengers getting on the 21 and 141 buses seem to be in these groups.

  • As it’s a nice place to live, I suspect many elderly people have just stayed on.
  • I believe that North of the Balls Pond Road, there are some care homes and sheltered housing.

Have TfL analysed their passengers?

Not Everybody Has Cars

There are several blocks of social housing on the Newington Green and Englefield Road stretch and you see a lot of passengers who don’t look like car owners.

The lack of parking and the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods don’t help.

Access To Waterloo

My quickest way to Waterloo, which is London’s busiest rail terminal, is to take a bus to Bank and then get the Drain.

A halved service to Bank station will probably force me to take longer routes.

Tradition

When I was a child in the 1950s, the 141 was the 641 trolley bus, which ran between Winchmore Hill and Moorgate.

People, who live in Wood Green, Turnpike Lane and Manor House still commute to the City by bus, as people have done for over a hundred years.

I suspect a lot of commuters change from the Piccadilly Line to the 141 bus at Manor House station. I certainly use that route if I’m going to Southgate or Cockfosters.

The 21 bus starts at Newington Green, which means if you want to go from Balls Pond Road to Bank, you’ll usually get on a 21 bus, as the 141 buses are full with passengers from further North.

So it looks like to get to Moorgate, we’ll need to get a bus to Angel and then get the Northern Line, after the rerouting of the 21 bus.

Crossrail

This will have a big effect.

Suppose you live in Wood Green and want to get to Crossrail.

There is no obvious connection, but tradition will mean your preferred route will be to take a 141 bus between Manor House and Moorgate.

There will also be a quick route between Moorgate and Liverpool Street station, that I wrote about in London’s First Underground Roller Coaster.

We will need the 21 bus to provide us with a route to Crossrail, as the 141 buses will be full.

Conclusion

The 21 bus is needed where it is and mustn’t be stolen.

 

 

November 22, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Looks like you need to set up a Balls Pond Road Bus User Group.

    Here is an example of a good one – https://lancsbus.blogspot.com/?m=1

    Comment by chilterntrev | November 22, 2021 | Reply

  2. Please find link to TFL Consultation which gives details of proposed changes-

    https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/routes-21-143-263-271

    It seems route 271 is being abolished and replaced by a diversion and extension of route 21 with a night route N271 introduced extended to North Finchley.

    Route 21 used to terminate at Moorgate, Finsbury Square but was extended to provide extra capacity under former Mayor Ken Livingstone as part of introduction of Congestion zone . I also remember their was proposed introduction of night services on route 141 but this never happened.

    I began life living on New North Road and thus grew up with the 611 Trolley bus .

    I do wonder if these changes and another proposal on TFL site are being made to soon as normal life is still just returning!

    Comment by Melvyn | November 22, 2021 | Reply

    • They shouldn’t be done until Crossrail has opened and passenger numbers have settled.

      Comment by AnonW | November 23, 2021 | Reply

  3. Worth remembering you used to have access to Waterloo by route 4 but that has been diverted in the City and now terminates at Blackfriars Station thus removing a link which had always existed since the days of horse buses . It would have been possible for route 4 to continue to serve Waterloo Station had it continued across Blackfriars Bridge and been diverted by Stamford Street .

    While the alternative route to Waterloo Station the 341 has been diverted to no longer serve Holborn area .

    Comment by Melvyn | November 23, 2021 | Reply

    • The best way to Waterloo is to get to Bank and use the Drain.

      Comment by AnonW | November 23, 2021 | Reply


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