726 Bus - Sutton to Heathrow

Meeting: 
MQT on 2005-04-16
Session date: 
April 16, 2005
Reference: 
2005/0657
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I spent Sunday morning of March 6th measuring arrival times of the 726 bus at Sutton. The temperature was 1C. One bus departed five minutes early bound for Heathrow. Those arriving on time for the bus then had to wait 64 minutes for the next bus in the freezing cold. They were not amused.

Does this not illustrate how providing an hourly service on the new x26 service will just discourage usage as the wait is just too long especially if the service's timing is not worth relying upon when the service runs early ?

Surely an half hour service will prompt a much higher usage as Sutton residents will face less risk of missing their flights by relying on an ill-timed hourly service ?

Answer

Answer for 726 Bus - Sutton to Heathrow

Answer for 726 Bus - Sutton to Heathrow

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You will recall that the current 726 service fails to meet TfL's performance standards due to a number of factors, with the length of the route being a significant reason. TfL believe that the X26, which will begin operation on 16 April 2005, will operate more reliably, which will improve the situation you have highlighted. I have explained in response to previous questions on this subject that TfL could not make the case to increase the frequency of the X26 because the route is not well used when compared to other services.