Route 242

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


Are you aware that the 242 bus has seen a drastic deterioration in services recently? By the 4th or 5th stop from Homerton Hospital, buses are severely overcrowded. Will you give your commitment to starting an investigation into the capacity of this route?


Answer for Route 242

Answer for Route 242

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

We have investigated the problems. A recent review of usage of route 242 showed that the scheduled service capacity is adequate. However, the 242 has been delayed recently, and it is likely that these delays led to the reports of crowding you have received.

The delays coincided with the recent closure of Lea Bridge Road, due to resurfacing at Kenninghall Road, and also for three weekends after this at the junction of Lower Clapton Road and Dalston Lane, when roadworks and resurfacing caused severe delays. The 242 should now be operating more reliably, and constituents should find it much easier to board.

If there are any further complaints however please let us know and we will investigate (contact details below).