46 Bus Route Chaos

(posted by Janine Griffis on behalf of resident) No-one can help but notice the chaos and disruption the route 46 bus has encountered during the last week arising out of the ongoing utilities works being undertaken at Swiss Cottage. The 46 is one of the longest bus routes that runs through central London from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in the east to Lancaster Gate in the west and also passes through several bottle-necked areas such as King’s Cross, Holborn, Camden Town, Swiss Cottage and Paddington. I can remember about ten years ago there was talk of splitting this route into two sections, Camden Town being the start and end of both, something like 46A and 46B to differentiate the two sections concerned. In the light of the recent extensive delays and unreliability of service, would it not be appropriate for TfL to implement this right now? The diversions due to these utilities works are due to continue up to March 2016 so anything that can be done to alleviate this problem would obviously be more than welcome. I understand that very few people travel the full length of this route so changing buses at Camden Town would not inconvenience too many of them. At most times of the day there are far more travelling public using this route that can safely and comfortably be accommodated. The school run also puts additional pressure on the service and, in the warmer months, tourists and visitors to London as well. The route also serves several hospitals and GPs surgeries so those people who are affected by mobility problems also find travelling on this over-crowded service arduous. As an alternative, have TfL I wonder, ever thought of replacing the single-deck buses on route 46 with double-deckers? This would certainly provide more capacity as an alternative to splitting the route as above. I note that, unlike the C11 route, there are no low bridges anywhere on the 46 route so this alternative solution would certainly be possible and practical. Time is of the essence and surely TfL must now address this situation without further delay.


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  • commented 2015-11-28 20:16:42 +0000
    Please no. I use this route a lot to go to work, from Hampstead all the way to Smithfield or from Hampstead to King’s Cross St Pancras when I can’t face a crowded Northern Line.
    Changing at Camden would mean the timings would not work, especially for the kings cross route (at the moment taking the 46 gets me to St pancras at the same time as getting the tube for the same Thameslink train)
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