357 Bus into Whipps Cross

MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Changes to timetables are negatively impacting upon my constituents, making it increasingly difficult for those with limited mobility and health issues to access Whipps Cross Hospital via public transport. Since Transport for London refuses to reconsider the service provision of the W12, in spite of relying on flawed data to justify the reduction in service, can the 357 service instead be lengthened slightly to stop in the grounds of Whipps Cross all week and not just on Sundays?


Answer for 357 Bus into Whipps Cross
357 Bus into Whipps Cross

357 Bus into Whipps Cross

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Route 357 enters the grounds of Whipps Cross hospital on Sundays because lower passenger demand on the entire route allows single deck buses to be used.

As the hospital grounds tend to be less busy on Sundays, the buses can stand and turn within the grounds without impacting on the operation of the hospital.

On Mondays to Saturdays the route operates using double deck buses to provide the necessary capacity into Walthamstow. Extending the route into the hospital is not possible on these days due to the low bridge within the hospital grounds and the lack of a proper stand and turning facility.

Route 457 serves the hospital from the redesigned Whipps Cross roundabout, which is less than five minutes walk from the hospital.  All routes serving Whipps Cross University Hospital, including route 357, use low-floor wheelchair accessible buses.