Bus route 200, Wimbledon

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you provide an update on whether TfL will be relocating the bus stop outside the Centre Court Shopping Centre for route 200 in the light of the serious concerns about the congestion at its current site?


Answer for Bus route 200, Wimbledon

Answer for Bus route 200, Wimbledon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The bus stops outside the Centre Court shopping centre are an important part of the transport interchange at Wimbledon and give good access to the station, the shopping centre and for interchange between bus routes. Accordingly they are used by a large number of passengers.

TfL reviewed whether routes 57 and 131 could instead serve stops on Worple Road, or whether route 200 could stop on Queens Road. They found that around 3,000 trips on route 57 and 2,000 trips on both routes 131 and 200 would be affected. These passengers would be disadvantaged by having to walk further to alternative stops and would potentially see a reduced frequency of service as they would lose out on 'common stop' opportunities to South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood. Given that a very large number of passengers would be inconvenienced, TfL does not believe that moving the bus stops to other roads is desirable.

However, it may be possible to better utilise the existing space. The London Borough of Merton is the highway authority here and is progressing an alternative design for the stop. The scheme seeks to provide two inset taxi bays and move the bus stop flag forward a few metres. This would allow buses to use the full length of the bus stop and enable them to align appropriately with the kerb. Furthermore, the repositioning of the bus stop flag would encourage waiting passengers to stand on a wider section of the pavement. Currently, utility works are in progress in the area and in order to avoid further disruption to traffic, the bus stop and inset bay works are delayed until these can be completed.

TfL has also introduced initiatives to every student to travel outside of the peak where it is possible for them to do so. A large number of school children can gather at these stops, particularly during the peak periods, and this contributes to the congestion here. TfL is progressing work with the borough on a pilot project to encourage the students of Ricards Lodge and Ursuline High Schools to change their travel behaviour by either walking to school or travelling earlier in the morning. A programme of activities has been established at the two schools, including pre-school social clubs and incentives to encourage children to walk and to arrive at school earlier. Initial indications are that the programme has had some benefits and this is being kept under review.