Bus route 251

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0553
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The 251 bus route that runs from Edgware to Arnos Grove gets very crowded at peak times when the buses are often full by the time they reach Mill Hill. Many people are often left stranded along the route as far as Oakleigh.

What plans do you have to increase capacity on this very busy service?

Answer

Answer for Bus route 251

Answer for Bus route 251

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is aware this service is well used and has increased peak hour capacity by 60 per cent since 2010.  The next step would normally be to convert to double deck, but this would require the trimming of numerous significant trees in the Mill Hill area.

While capacity is generally sufficient for levels of demand, effective capacity can be reduced if buses are delayed. TfL is working with the operator to address this.