East London Line replacement bus service cancelled

BC reader James has alerted us to the fact that the bus service covering the route of the old East London Line is to be withdrawn in late September.

The new ELL is not due to restart until the middle of next year, meaning that passengers of the service will be expected to catch the nearby 225, which goes to Canada Water from New Cross Gate, in the interim.

This month, responsibility for the East London Line is transferred from London Underground to London Rail, which has a different policy with regards to rail replacement services.

The new operators claim that not enough people are using the service to justify its continued existence. However, James is one of the people who will be inconvenienced and says that he sees plenty of other people - including school children - every day on the bus. He's hoping there may be other BC readers who use the service and who can help him campaign for some sort of service to be kept going.

If you'd like to support James please email him at his ironic email address: cheerfuljim@yahoo.co.uk


Unknown said...

Oh, that's crazy! I found a two-wheeled alternative to the ELL, but the buses I see in the morning are usually packed.

Anonymous said...

I dont know how many people use the bus service,But the 225 is only a single Decker.

Anonymous said...

I have a child at Bacon's, this is such a pain - the 225 takes much longer, which means a much earlier start.

Anonymous said...

The replacement service is not a proper alternative c/w the ELL train service. for starters it doesn't cross the river, it isn't as frequent and takes so much longer for me it's faster (although more expensive) to take the train direct to London bridge from new x.

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