Orbital express coach services [Woolwich-Croydon]

MQT on 2009-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2009
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


TfL Stakeholder Engagement Ref MH/T269/Stage 3/PAN/0109 contains the comment 'Stakeholders also requested that an express bus route be examined between Woolwich and Croydon. An express service would also duplicate the existing links and cannot be justified.' Of course an express service duplicates the link: to encourage modal shift from car to public transport, it provides a much faster, more direct and comfortable service between key destinations. Can you encourage TfL to grasp this concept ?


Answer for Orbital express coach services [Woolwich-Croydon]

Answer for Orbital express coach services [Woolwich-Croydon]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know, the frequency of express route X26 was doubled for most of the day (from Monday to Sunday) on the 22 November 2008. TfL is undertaking before and after passenger research to assess the reaction to the change. This will help in assessing the benefits of potential enhancements to other services such as the one you highlighted above.

However, any new services users would need to be justified by setting the cost against an assessment of potential benefits. For a possible express route this would include.

- new direct links created; - frequency increases on sections of routing shared by the new route and existing services; - faster journey times.