Weekend night buses on route 486 get set to start

Bus route 486
The Night Tube might have been delayed, but bus route 486 still gains a night service this weekend, with buses every 30 minutes between North Greenwich, Charlton, Shooters Hill and Bexleyheath.

Services will run through the small hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings, with the eventual aim of connecting with the weekend Night Tube at North Greenwich.

A new weekend service on the 132 at North Greenwich will also start this weekend, serving Sun-in-the-Sands roundabout. Routes 108, 188 and 472 already run to North Greenwich every night of the week.

TfL said 86% of respondents to its consultation who expressed an opinion supported a night service on the 486, with many responses “from the Charlton area, particularly around Charlton Church Lane”. 

When asked for more detailed views, 18 people said it should be more frequent while 11 claimed the service was “not needed”. There were nine complaints about noise from buses and two claiming the road was too narrow (presumably this refers to Charlton Church Lane).
Plans to cut the weekend service on route N1 from three buses an hour to two appear to have vanished, although it’s unclear if the proposal has been junked for good. Of 49 people who expressed detailed opinions, 15 said the N1 should be more frequent.

Other changes in south-east London see the N47 night bus replaced with a 24-hour service on route 47 from Shoreditch to Bellingham, and a new N199 from Trafalgar Square to St Mary Cray, which will replace the small section of N1 which runs through Deptford’s Pepys Estate.

One thought on “Weekend night buses on route 486 get set to start

  1. Chris September 9, 2015 / 11:43

    How bizarre that someone has complained about the road being too narrow for a night service! It’s during the day that problems often at the top of Charlton Church Lane. It’s generally the fault of cretin drivers thinking they can fit past a bus and then realising they can’t. Meanwhile, another car has come up their behind them.
    PS – Any news of the 53? Still Lambeth North I see.

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