Extension of H98 service

Date petition submitted: 
21 May 2010
Petition presented by: 
Caroline Pidgeon AM,
Petition presented at: 
London Assembly Mayor's Question Time

Summary of petition

“We call on Transport for London to extend the H98 service from its present terminus at Hayes End through Oak Farm Estate along Windsor Avenue up to Hillingdon Station and then on to West Ruislip Station. This will allow Hillingdon East's residents to make use of the Central Line and Chiltern Line services, as well as being able to reach Hayes & Harlington and Hounslow to the south.”

Response information

Name of person responding: 
The Mayor
Response date: 
21 May 2010
“I apologise for the delay in responding to you. On receipt of your letter I asked Transport for London (TfL) to investigate the matter. Unfortunately, TfL advise me that there are no plans to extend the H98 route as you and your constituents have suggested. An extension from the current terminus at Hayes End Station to West Ruislip Station would add approximately an extra 8.4 miles to the current route. In terms of time, this would add 48 minutes to the runtime during peak periods. The extension would result in an additional contract cost of £1,280,280, to the current cost of £2,779,887, In addition, the peak vehicle requirement (PVR) for this route is currently 15 and this extension would add seven buses to the PVR. To begin to justify such an alteration, approximately 3,000 new trips would need to be created. However, three routes currently link to operate a similar service to the proposed routing, the U2, U10 and U1 and the total relevant patronage on these routes in this area equates to 806 daily trips. A direct route may be more popular, but it is unlikely that 3,000 extra trips would be created. Finally, there are already interchange options for customers wishing to make the journey from Hayes End to West Ruislip. Passengers can take route 427, which operates every eight minutes, from Hayes End to Uxbridge and interchange onto the U1, which operates every 15 minutes. Alternatively they may take the London Underground from Uxbridge to Ruislip. In addition, the Oak Farm Estate is also currently served by route U2. I am sorry that this is not the answer you were hoping for.”