|Campaigners Claim Victory After Change to West Mid Bus Plans|
Route 110 will no longer serve area but will be replaced by extended H22
Transport for London (TfL) have announced their intention to make changes to bus services serving West Middlesex Hospital. Campaigners in the area say that pressure they exerted has resulted in substantial improvements over the original plans proposed.
TFL consulted back in 2018 on proposals to reallocate bus resources to where they said additional capacity was needed in Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton. However responses to the consultation and the closure of Hammersmith Bridge made it necessary for them to make amendments.
The proposals triggered protests from Isleworth residents and an online campaign and street petition was led by Councillor Salman Shaheen. Initial pressure from the residents and councillors forced TfL to extend the deadline for the consultation to January 2019. A petition with over 800 signatures was presented to the London Assembly and campaigners believe this has resulted in the revised proposals from TfL which are less unfavourable to the area. Instead of scrapping the 110 service which provided a link between West Mid Hospital and the Ivybridge Estate, TfL will only re-route the 110 service and instead extend the existing H22 bus from Twickenham to serve West Middlesex Hospital via the Ivybridge Estate.
Route 110 will operate between Hounslow Bus Station and Hammersmith and no longer run between Whitton, Hospital Bridge Road and West Middlesex Hospital. It will instead operate via Whitton High Street, Chertsey Road and St Margaret’s Road to Richmond Town Centre. It will then go to Hammersmith taking over the existing 391 route.
The original idea of extending route 419 has been scrapped as the takeover of route 391 covers this area and the latter operates every 15 minutes and has a slightly shorter run time.
The frequency of service on route H37 which runs from Hounslow to Richmond via Isleworth is to be reduced.
Route H22 will be cut back to Twickenham but will be extended to West Middlesex Hospital. TfL say this will retain many of the links that are broken by the withdrawal of route 110 and will mean a higher frequency of service to the hospital.
Councillor Shaheen had objected to TfL’s plans for Isleworth, pointing out that cutting the 110 would put additional pressure on the 267 service and isolate those needing to get to West Middlesex Hospital. “I’m pleased to see that TfL has listened to the concerns of Isleworth residents,”
“People power forced them to revise their plans and ensure a decent bus service to the hospital remains in place. It’s essential that good transport links are maintained to West Middlesex Hospital, especially during the Covid-19 crisis. But I remain concerned that the H37 reduction will further compound poor public transport in Isleworth.”
TfL plans to introduce the changes at the end of the year.
June 19, 2020