137/417 bus routes

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been contacted by a resident who asks if consideration could be given to reinstating the 'old' 137 bus route, which ran from Crystal Palace to Oxford Street until being 'split' into the current 137 route and the 417 route some years ago. The resident notes that the original route still operates as the N137 night bus service, and would like this reinstated during the day. He states that this would provide an improved service from the Crystal Palace/Streatham areas to Knightsbridge and Central London, since currently passengers making this journey need to pay twice on Oyster PAYG. Please ask TfL to give this consideration.


Answer for 137/417 bus routes

Answer for 137/417 bus routes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The current structure was introduced in 1991 to help provide a reliable service, particularly south of Streatham, taking account of varying levels of demand along the corridor. Whilst it is possible to provide a reliable service on route N137 at night when traffic levels are much lower, it would be very difficult to operate the same structure reliably during the day. The current pattern provides the best overall service for passengers, the vast majority of whom make bus journeys much shorter than the eight or more miles via routes 137/417 between places south of Streatham and central London. For those who do wish to make the journey this way, the one-way fare on Oyster Pay As You Go would be £2.80, which is good value, and the return fare would be capped at the daily PAYG limit of £4.40.