No. 161 Bus Diversion

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Transport for London has tabled planes to divert the No. 161 bus away from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Stadium Road, Woolwich during the Olympic period. While emergency services will still have the use of the roads, many residents who regularly use the bus services to attend the hospital have raise serious concerns about these plans. Will you reconsider this diversion for those who rely on public transport to take them directly to the hospital?


Answer for No. 161 Bus Diversion

Answer for No. 161 Bus Diversion

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Due to road closures it is not possible for bus services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to serve their normal routes when the Royal Artillery Barracks is being used as a venue.

Route 161 will run direct between Eltham and Woolwich via Woolwich Common because there are around 3,200 through passengers per day who would have a significantly longer journey if the route were to run to the hospital and then back to Academy Road via Shooters Hill Road.

However, in response to comments received, TfL will run an additional shuttle bus to the hospital during the Games from Chislehurst, Mottingham and Eltham. It is planned to run every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during evenings. Passengers will also have the option of interchanging at the Well Hall Road/Shooters Hill Road junction, where there will be a bus every two minutes serving the hospital.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital will continue to be served by routes 178, 244, 291, 386, 469 and 486.

The same diversions will apply for the April / May test event at Royal Artillery Barracks and the shuttle bus will also operate during this time.

An updated document summarising planned changes will be available from the TfL website shortly. This will include details of the service changes needed on road event days during the Games